National Shrine of the Little Flower – Royal Oak, Michigan
The Shrine was originally the brainchild of one Michael J. Gallagher, Archbishop of the Diocese of Detroit from 1918 to 1937, who in May of 1925, after witnessing the canonization of Saint Therese of Lisieux (aka The Little Flower) in Rome, was determined to establish the first U.S. parish in her honor. The Shrine’s first priest, Charles E. Coughlin, financed the building primarily through the contributions of listeners to his nationally syndicated Sunday afternoon radio program on WJR. Coughlin, over his many years of broadcasting, developed quite the disturbing anti-semetic reputation and was eventually silenced, through all kinds of shady FCC and postal related legalism, by the second Roosevelt Administration. (I Love Detroit Michigan prefers to focus on the architecture, not the controversy, but recommends you check out this Wikipedia entry for some very interesting light reading).
Chambellan’s life and stunning body of work.
Stay tuned! I Love Detroit Michigan plans to publish, in the very near future, a detailed photo study of this gorgeous Shrine’s extensive interior sculpture by one of our favorite local legends and artisans, Corrado Parducci. ~I♥DM