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Dignity Detroit, since its humble beginnings in the “Pink Palace” in 1974, has had a wild, exciting, and faith-filled ride!

We were blessed to have the support of both Msgr. Clement Kern and the gracious parishioners of Most Holy Trinity Parish in Corktown for 23 years!

In 1997 we were welcomed into the fold of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (I.H.M. Sisters) and the family of Marygrove College.

Through the years we have experienced both highs and lows and we honor those moments in time:

X Our founding on May 11, 1974

X Our first liturgy on May 19, 1974

X Our last liturgy at Most Holy Trinity on May 25, 1997

X Our first liturgy at Marygrove College on June 1, 1997

X Our newsworthy 39th Anniversary Celebration

X Protests against our community

X Strong and vocal support of our allies.

X Strong support of many dedicated clergy

X Outreach to a plethora of community organizations including

Ruth Ellis Center, Freedom House, Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Affirmations, AIDS Walk

Detroit, and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.

X Piles and piles of Christmas gifts, Halloween candy, hygiene kits, clothing, and canned goods all donated to local charities

X Awesome traditional Catholic liturgies

As we celebrate 41 years of ministry we look forward to and embrace whatever the future may hold for us. We ask God’s blessings on us, our priest-presiders, the I.H.M. Sisters, the faculty and staff of Marygrove College, and on all who have loved and supported us on our journey.


Happy 41st Anniversary Dignity Detroit!


Claudia Welbes




Dignity Detroit 41st Anniversary Dinner Dance




Saturday, May 16, 2015

Tickets: $50.00

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What We Are About

  Dignity Detroit is a faith community of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Catholics, their families and friends who unite to celebrate God's love for all persons.

  We are a community rich in diversity, that worships in an affirming and supportive setting. Ours is a ministry that speaks to us by offering an expression of faith and fellowship not experienced in other church situations. In this way, Dignity has helped many who have lost touch with the church to reaffirm and establish a relationship with God.

Dignity envisions and works for unity, equality, and an end to all forms of hatred. Most importantly, we are devoted to nurturing faith and love through Christ, the Sacraments, and one another.

Dignity Detroit Goals

 Spiritual Development  We strive to achieve Christian maturity through full participation in the sacramental life of the church.

  Education  We strive to grow continually in our knowledge of faith, and to promote a positive self image of our sexual orientation.

  Social Involvement   As Catholics, we strive to become involved in those actions which bring the love of Christ to others and which extend our justice ministry.  We also encourage the People of God to accept gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals as full and equal members of the Church.

Fellowship   Social and recreational activities are provided to promote an environment in which friendship can develop and mature, and in which the member's sense of acceptance and dignity can be strengthened.

Our Vision

Dignity Detroit: Spirituality, Equality and Justice

Nurtured in a Welcoming Catholic Community.

Statements of Principle

We will explore and initiate ways to be innovative with our ministry.

We will encourage ministry, community and social involvement.

We will support and expand membership.

We will network with other GLBT&S and social justice groups.

We will become a respectful voice on GLBT issues.

We will set goals, develop processes and monitor progress to accomplish our objectives.

Our History Since 1974

Dignity Detroit was founded in 1974 and met at Most Holy Trinity Church for 23 years before moving to Marygrove College in 1997.  We are part of a network of Dignity chapters throughout the nation, all affiliated with dignity/USA, headquartered in Washington D.C.

What We Do

In addition to Mass every Sunday, our activities include and annual retreat in the fall, monthly women's group and seasonal prayer services.  We volunteer at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen and support other charitable organizations, including those which directly impact the gay and lesbian community.  There are after-Mass socials, an Annual Dinner Dance, and when the opportunity affords itself, we have a party.


The Dignity Detroit Team

 Ministers - Lectors, Eucharistic ministers, acolytes, greeters, gift bearers and choir members are all drawn from the congregation.

Dignity Detroit Council- Dignity Detroit's Constitution provides for a democratic governing council elected from the membership, by the membership.



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