Novena at Ste. Anne: July 17 – 26

One of the highlights of the year at Ste. Anne Parish is Novena. This joyful event will take place in 2018 from July 17-26 and is a decades-old tradition. Novena is nine days of prayer including a noon Mass and an evening Mass. Each day of prayer has a different theme associated with an ethnic group important to Detroit. On the tenth day, we celebrate the Feast of Ste. Anne. We gather to ask Ste. Anne to pray for our intentions, the intentions of our families, our city, our Archdiocese, and our world.

Parish groups, families and individual pilgrims are all welcome to participate. We expect nearly 4,000 people to attend Novena over ten days. 

Our Novena Celebration Program Book will be given to everyone who attends. We invite our friends and parishioners to support Ste. Anne Parish by making a donation for our program book. The book is comprehensive and will be used on all ten days of the celebration. There are three ways to show your support. 


2018 Novena Evening Mass Schedule

Tuesday, July 17
Celebrant: Fr. Hoang Lam
Preacher: Fr. Tom Hoang
Celebration of Asian Culture

Wednesday, July 18
Celebrant: Bishop Gerard Battersby
Preacher: Fr. Stephen Pullis
Celebration of Celtic Culture

Thursday, July 19
Celebrant: Bishop Donald Hanchon
Preacher: Fr. Beto Espinoza
Celebration of Latino Culture 

Friday, July 20
Celebrant: Fr. Frederik Kalaj
Preacher: Fr. Mario Amore
Celebration of Albanian Culture

Saturday, July 21
Celebrant: Fr. Michael Nkachukwu
Preacher: Dcn. John McKenzie
Celebration of African Culture

Sunday, July 22
Celebrant: Fr. Pierre Ingram
Preacher: Fr. Pierre Ingram
Celebration of French Culture

Monday, July 23
Celebrant: Bishop Francis Kalabat
Preacher: Bishop Francis Kalabat
Celebration of Chaldean Culture

Tuesday, July 24
Celebrant: Bishop Arturo Cepeda
Preacher: Fr. Salvatore Palazzolo
Celebration of Italian Culture

Wednesday, July 25
Celebrant: Bishop Robert Fisher
Preacher: Dcn. Adam Nowak 
Celebration of Polish Culture

Thursday, July 26
Celebrant: Archbishop Allen Vigneron
Preacher: Archbishop Allen Vigneron
Celebration of the Feast of Ste. Anne 


History of Devotion to Ste. Anne

What is known about Ste. Anne come from the Protoevangelium of James, an apocryphal Gospel written around 145 A.D. Anne was married to Joachim and is the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and therefore the grandmother of Jesus.

Missionaries dedicated a chapel to Ste Anne in France in the 6th century A.D. In France, devotion to Ste. Anne became important when a French peasant, Yves Nicolazic, reported apparitions of Ste. Anne in August of 1623 and 1624. A woman appeared who said: “I am Anne, mother of Mary. There was a chapel built here before that was dedicated to me. I ask you to build it again and take care of it because God wants me honored here.”

French missionaries brought the devotion to Quebec, Canada in 1658. Over the centuries several churches have been built in honor of Ste. Anne. The Basilica of Ste. Anne de Beaupre in Quebec was completed in 1946.


Devotion to Ste. Anne in Detroit

Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac founded Detroit on July 24, 1701. Two days later a Mass was celebrated on Ste. Anne’s feast day by one of the priests who came with Cadillac. Ste. Anne was the patroness of New France.

Although the novena to Ste. Anne presumably goes back to the beginning of the parish, there was surge of devotion to the saint and to the novena with the building of the current church in 1886. A shrine was constructed in the southeast side of the church. A relic of Ste. Anne was obtained from the Basilica in Paris and is displayed in a reliquary at the shrine. Fr. James Grand (1186-1907) and Fr. Luke Renaud (1907-1919) of the Basilian Fathers of Toronto were pastors during this period.

On April 19, 2017, Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, decreed that the shrine in Ste. Anne Church is the official Archdiocesan shrine to Ste. Anne. Ste. Anne is the patron saint of the Archdiocese of Detroit.

For more information about Novena, please contact Danielle Center at 313-496-1701 x14 or