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Martyrs of Uganda Parish

Houses of God | Detroit, Michigan

Issue: "Surviving Syria," June 1, 2013

Martyrs of Uganda Parish, an African American Catholic parish in Detroit, Mich., survived the 1967 riots (at the time home of St. Agnes Parish) while most of the neighborhood burned to the ground. But church attendance afterward dropped—from 1,600 in 1964 to 162 in 1986. In 1981 the church hosted Mother Teresa, packed with an audience of 1,500. But it merged with Martyrs of Uganda Parish in 1989, then closed in 2006 due to high maintenance costs on its large, Gothic-style building and a declining congregation.

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