Restoring Detroit’s Basilica

Restoring the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit

In his letter to those interested in supporting the capital campaign to restore the Basilica of Ste. Anne, Archbishop Allen Vigneron wrote: 

The Basilica of Ste. Anne is extraordinary in its design and detail. The current church building, built in 1886, is an historic landmark in the City of Detroit that has been visited for more than a century by people of faith. The parish has preserved elements of its earlier churches, which serve as a reminder of the generations of Christ’s faithful in the Archdiocese of Detroit and Michigan who have responded to the gift of faith. However, over the passing decades, time and the elements have taken a toll on the church, and it is now in need of a major restoration. 

This restoration is deeply important to the Archdiocese. By returning the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit to its original splendor and making needed structural repairs, we will give new life to a place that has been a light in the lives of so many people and will continue to do so for another century. We do this in honor of our beloved patroness, Ste. Anne, and in gratitude for the many blessings that God has bestowed upon us. 

To address the structural needs of the basilica building, we have started a five-phased plan to restore the Basilica of Ste. Anne’s radiant legacy and ensure its long-term vitality. 

Phase 1 
Roof and Bell Towers
Work began in May 2023 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. 

Phase 2
Facade Repair, Mechanical and HVAC

Phase 3
Window Restoration 

Phase 4
Fire, Plumbing, Lighting and Plaster

Phase 5
Complete Interior

Additional Funding
Plaza and Campus
Parish Hall

For more information about the plans to restore the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit, or to discuss how you can contribute, please contact Msgr. Chuck Kosanke at 313-496-1701 or