- Associated Press - Monday, April 20, 2015

ROYAL OAK, Mich. (AP) - A celebration takes place this week to mark the elevation of a historic Catholic church in suburban Detroit to the status of minor basilica.

The Detroit Free Press reports (https://on.freep.com/1bd9Msb ) that Mass is planned for 7 p.m. Wednesday at National Shrine of the Little Flower that will be led by Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron. The parish choir, plus chorus groups from its two schools, will perform.

The Shrine of the Little Flower is one of 82 minor basilicas in the U.S. The other one in Michigan is the Basilica of St. Adalbert in Grand Rapids.

The church was founded in 1926 and is named for St. Therese of Lisieux. The French nun known as the “Little Flower” became a saint in 1925.

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Online:

https://www.shrinechurch.com

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com

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