The Detroit Catholic School Heritage Project (also known as the Bishop Michael J. Gallagher Society), is extremely pleased and honored to announce that the permanent home of its collection of Detroit Catholic school heritage and historical material will be at the Fellowship Hall on the grounds of Ladywood High School in LIvonia.
The building, which is on the grounds of the Felician Sisters campus, was formerly used as the convent for Felicians teaching at Ladywood. The two-story structure has a chapel, kitchen and dining facilities, meeting rooms and rooms for 30 Sisters.
The Felician campus includes the Central Convent, Madonna University, St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Angela Hospice, a Montessori school, a nursing home and clergy retirement housing, as well as Ladywood High. Now named the Fellowship Hall, the former convent is only one of several places where Felician Sisters lived in the extensive Livonia campus.
This location will serve as a reminder to all future visitors of the great contributions of the Felician Sisters to the rich tradition of Catholic education in the Detroit area. The fact the the building was once used as a convent for teaching Sisters will also remind all of us that many of our Catholic institutions have closed or been given over to other uses.
The picture below shows the building in its setting on the back campus of Ladywood High. A more beautiful setting you could not ask for.
The building will undergo renovation for a variety of new uses, including the Collection. Space might include a replica classroom with artifacts from many Detroit area Catholic schools. The close proximity of both Ladywood and Madonna will allow for possible involvement of both schools and their students in cataloging and building the Collection. We are also considerating taking video histories from alumni of Detroit area Catholic schools, the open and the closed.
In a year that has seen great growth in the Detroit Catholic School Heritage Project, this is without doubt the most exciting deveolopment, and a key to making our Collection available for viewing and study.
Thanks to the Felician Sisters for this great opportunity and special thanks to all at Ladywood, including President (and BG Board member) Karen Moore for helping make this possible.