Parish History

  • 1955—Members of the new St. Cyprian Parish assembled at A.E. Smith Auditorium to celebrate Eucharist with Fr. Eugene Fedewa, the Archdiocesan appointed pastor.
  • 1956—The first Mass was celebrated in the new building on Pennsylvania Road.
  • 1958—St. Cyprian School opened grades 1-4 under the direction of four Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) from Monroe.
  • 1967—The first Parish Council and Commissions were established.
  • 1970-76—Transition marked these years: some classrooms were converted to form the present Social Hall; the Church was remodeled and rededicated; Fr. Walter Hurley led the community, assisted by in-service seminarians from the Crosier House of Studies in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.
  • 1976—Cardinal Dearden invited the Canons Regular of the Holy Cross (Crosiers) to accept the leadership of St. Cyprian Parish.
  • 1996-99—A two-phase Capital Campaign was begun to address major needs in the upkeep of the building and grounds and to refurbish the Church. The Refurbishing of our Church included a new immersion baptismal font, an expanded gathering space, a redesign of the Blessed Sacrament Chapel, new flooring, improvements in the music area, handicapped accessibility to the altar area was provided, and new stained glass windows installed. 
  • 2000-02—Statues of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Therese “the Little Flower”, Mary and Joseph, the Holy Couple, and an icon of Fr. Solanus Casey were placed in the niches in the church. The 25th Anniversary of the Crosiers at St. Cyprian was celebrated in the fall of 2001, and the new Stations of the Cross were installed.
  • 2003—The new electronic organ was installed and dedicated.
  • 2004—The Crosiers returned leadership of the parish to the Archdiocese of Detroit. Fr. William Promesso is the first Diocesan priest to serve in 28 years.
  • 2005-06—Parish celebrates its 50th Jubilee.
  • 2007—St. Cyprian Parish School closed after 49 years of excellence in education.
  • 2008-12—During the recession, St. Cyprian expands its service to the poor and vulnerable.
  • 2013—Parish pays off debt.