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Archdiocese launches podcast highlighting Catholic High School League

The Archdiocese of Detroit on Friday launched “Inside CHSL,” a weekly podcast about the happenings of the Detroit Catholic High School League.

Hosts and local sports broadcasters Jeremy Otto and Brendan Johnson will recap each week, interview coaches, players and friends of the league, highlight upcoming competitions, and explore the connection between athletics and faith. 

New episodes will be available each Friday on SpotifyGoogle Play, and iTunes.

“I'm excited to help bring to life the countless stories of one of the best leagues in the state,” Otto said. “This podcast gives the league a unique opportunity to showcase its teams while also highlighting its mission to align faith and sports in the lives of students.”

In the premiere episode of “Inside CHSL,” the hosts welcome CHSL director Vic Michaels as their first guest, explore league history with a discussion about the 1926 Holy Redeemer football champions, point out things to watch next week, and more.

“We’re looking forward to bringing along our listeners as we highlight the successes of our Catholic League schools, athletes, and coaches, reflect on the value of educational, faith-based athletics, and dive into the archives to discover some of the historic stories of CHSL,” Johnson said. “This should be a great way to bring the community together and further promote this great league.”

“Inside CHSL” is the third podcast launched recently in the Archdiocese of Detroit. It joins Open Door Policy, a weekly podcast hosted by Fr. Steve Pullis and Danielle Center, featuring guests from throughout the archdiocese who are living as joyful missionary disciples; and Eyes on Jesus, a monthly podcast led by Archbishop Allen Vigneron and co-hosts Mary Wilkerson and Mike Chamberlain, exploring the missionary transformation of the Church in southeast Michigan and the early fruits of our movement to Unleash the Gospel.

About CHSL
The Catholic High School League is the largest Catholic sports league in the U.S. with 27 private high schools located throughout southeast Michigan. CHSL oversees all aspects of competition including game scheduling, rules, referees and records management for 30 separate sports. Founded in 1926, CHSL has a rich history of governing Catholic sports in the Detroit metro and surrounding area.

About the hosts
Brendan Johnson is an experienced broadcaster with roots near and dear to the Catholic League. He began broadcasting as a student at De La Salle Collegiate in 2012. After three years of calling De La Salle football, basketball, and baseball games, Johnson moved on to college where his broadcast career continued. After a short stint at Marygrove College working as an analyst for men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball, and men's and women's basketball, Johnson transferred to Madonna University. There, he was part of the formation of the Madonna Athletics Network, providing live video and audio coverage for MU athletics. In addition to his high school and college broadcasting career, Johnson has been a member of the CHSL Football Game of the Week on WDTK’s The Patriot for all six seasons of its existence. He has hosted the post-game show, the CHSL "Drive Home" for the past five seasons. The show is sponsored by the Student Broadcast Foundation, a nonprofit organization that has been an integral part of the success of numerous Catholic League broadcasters. Johnson also hosts the Palace of Pistons podcast. Johnson now also works full time at De La Salle Collegiate as the Associate Director of Alumni Relations and is the moderator of the student broadcast club. 

Jeremy Otto has been broadcasting in the Detroit area for the last ten years. He attended the University of Detroit Jesuit High School and helped kick start their sports broadcasting platform. Jeremy began his relationship with the Catholic High School League in high school, when he called a wide variety of league championships on their video productions. Otto moved on to college and was instrumental in launching two collegiate broadcasting platforms: the Mustang Sports Network at Marygrove College and the Madonna Athletics Network at Madonna University. During his senior year at Madonna, he landed an internship with the Detroit Tigers aiding radio broadcasters Dan Dickerson and Jim Price during home games while also reporting to the director of broadcasting. He is in his sixth year serving as the lead play-by-play announcer for the Catholic High School League Football Game of the Week on FM 101.5 and AM 1400 The Patriot. He is entering his second season calling Detroit Mercy men's Basketball on WADL and ESPN + and 3. Jeremy also works for State Champs! High School Sports Network Michigan (Fox Sports Detroit) and Indiana (Fox Sports Midwest), voicing highlights and writing scripts. In addition to his play-by-play duties, Otto also serves as a public address announcer for the CHSL, Michigan Athletics, Madonna University, and others. 

Monsignor Robert McClory Named to Lead Diocese of Gary, Indiana

Pope Francis has appointed Monsignor Robert McClory, 56, to be the fifth bishop of the Diocese of Gary, Indiana. The Diocese of Gary is in northwest Indiana, on the southern shore of Lake Michigan, and has a Catholic population of 168,500 and a total population of 786,000. Bishop-elect McClory, currently serving as pastor and rector of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, Michigan, will be ordained as bishop and installed on February 11, 2020. He will succeed Bishop Donald Hying, who was appointed Bishop of Madison, Wisconsin in April of this year.

“I am honored and humbled that the Holy Father has appointed me as the bishop of Gary. During this week in which we celebrate Thanksgiving, my heart is full of gratitude that he has entrusted me to serve the people of northwest Indiana,” Bishop-elect McClory said. “I look forward to getting to know the needs of our local church and, together, sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ.”

Bishop-elect McClory was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit on May 22, 1999. Prior to his assignment as pastor of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica, Bishop-elect McClory served as Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Detroit from 2009–2018, Chancellor from 2003–2009 and Administrative Secretary to Cardinal Adam Maida from 2002–2003. He also served as Pastor of Presentation/Our Lady of Victory Parish, Detroit, from 2011–2017; parochial vicar of St. Isidore Parish, Macomb Township, from 2001–2002 and St. Therese of Lisieux Parish, Shelby Township, from 2000–2001; Weekend Associate at Our Lady of the Lakes Parish, Waterford, from 2002–2004 and St. Blase Parish, Sterling Heights from 2004–2011.

“Here in Monsignor McClory’s home diocese, he is recognized as a zealous priest who generously devotes all the talents God has blessed him with to the ministry of spreading the Gospel,” said Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron. “The pastors and people of the Church of Gary will find themselves blessed by his service. We, the priests, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese of Detroit, send him on mission with our heartfelt prayers.”

Bishop-elect McClory graduated from Oakland University in 1983 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics and Communication. He also holds a Master of Professional Studies in Economic Development from Columbia University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan. He practiced civil law in Michigan from 1991 to 1994.

He entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary in 1994 for philosophical studies. In 1998, he received a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and, in 2000, a Licentiate in Canon (Church) Law from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum) in Rome.

Bishop-elect McClory is the second priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit to serve as Bishop of Gary. Bishop Dale Melczek, ordained for Detroit in 1964, led the Diocese of Gary from 1992 until his retirement in 2014.

Reverend Douglas Bignall

Reverend Douglas Bignall appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Louis Parish, Clinton Township, effective November 9, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of St. Hubert Parish, Harrison Township.

Reverend George Patauave

Reverend George Patauave authorized for service to the Archdiocese of Military Services, effective January 6, 2020. Fr. Patauave currently serves as the Pastor of St. Mary Mystical Rose Parish, Armada.

Reverend Christopher Talbot

Reverend Christopher Talbot appointed Pastor of St. Mary Mystical Rose Parish, Armada, effective January 6, 2020, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of St. Francis of Assisi-St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Ray Township.

Reverend Steven Mateja

Reverend Steven Mateja appointed Parochial Vicar of both St. Mary Mystical Rose Parish, Armada, and St. Francis of Assisi-St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish, Ray Township, effective January 6, 2020. Fr. Mateja currently serves as Parochial Vicar of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Allen Park.

Reverend Ronald Babich

Reverend Ronald Babich granted a personal leave of absence, effective October 11, 2019.  Fr. Babich currently serves as the Pastor of St. Daniel Parish, Clarkston.

Reverend John Maksym

Reverend John Maksym appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Daniel Parish, Clarkston, effective October 11, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Parochial Vicar of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Lake Orion.

Catholics in Detroit, Windsor to unite in prayer for international Rosary Coast to Coast event

Metro Detroit Catholics plan to gather at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13 along the Riverwalk at the Detroit Renaissance Center to pray the Rosary while their Canadian neighbors pray within eyesight at the Bert Weeks Memorial Gardens in Windsor. 

The twin prayer gatherings are part of the second annual Rosary Coast to Coast, a series of Rosary prayer rallies happening simultaneously across North America and in 50 countries worldwide. 

“Prayer changes things for the positive and we’re excited to help our nation through the power of the Rosary,” said Leonard St. Pierre, president of the World Apostolate of Fatima’s Detroit Archdiocesan Division, which co-sponsors Detroit’s event. “Uniting with people from across America and around the world to pray at exactly the same time will be an amazing and impactful experience.” 

The Detroit and Windsor coordinators have exchanged large national flags, which will be visible from either side of the river during the rally. Both country’s participants plan to wave the flags in a sign of unity before they begin praying the Rosary. The event will kick-off with the U.S. side singing “God Bless America” as their Canadian friends sing “O Canada.” 

In addition to the Detroit and Windsor locations, Rosary Rallies will take place along U.S. coasts and borders, in front of state capitols and other public buildings, in parks, on beaches, along busy streets as well as inside and outside churches and shrines. In 2018, the first annual Rosary Coast to Coast resulted in more than 1,200 simultaneous rallies held across the U.S., in addition to rallies in more than 50 participating countries worldwide.  

Catholic groups from across America are registered to participate, with a large-scale event scheduled in front of the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C.  

“Praying the Rosary is a tremendous way for families to pray together and for people to gather in prayer as a public witness to our faith,” said Father Stephen Pullis, director of the Department of Evangelization, Catechesis and Schools for the Archdiocese of Detroit. “The Rosary Rally brings together many faithful Catholics in the Archdiocese of Detroit, reminding our Church and community that Jesus is at the center of our lives and his Mother, Mary, is a powerful intercessor, guide and friend to all the faithful.”

John Azzopardi, Windsor’s event captain, echoed Father Pullis’ prayer.

“We’re blessed to live on a peaceful border between our two countries and to share such a strong friendship between our nations,” Azzopardi said. “We’re happy to be joining our American neighbors in Detroit, and it will be exciting to physically see them as we pray for continued peace on our border and for peace throughout the world.”

The second annual Rosary Rally falls on the feast of Our Lady of the Fatima, who in 1917 appeared to three shepherd children in Portugal and encouraged them to pray the Rosary daily for world peace.  

Rosaries and miniature American flags will be offered free to the first 300 people to arrive at the Detroit event. Those who cannot attend a rally are encouraged to unite in spirit with participants worldwide, by praying the Rosary at 4 p.m. wherever they can. For more information on how to participate in Rosary Coast to Coast, please call (313) 320-7887.

Reverend James Kean

Reverend James Kean appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Perpetua Parish, Waterford, with the assistance of Deacon Robert Gajda, appointed Deacon Coordinator.  Deacon Gajda, under the auspices of Father Kean, will manage the day-to-day operations of the parish, being attentive to the needs of the parish, and report those to Father Kean.  These assignments are effective September 30, 2019, in addition to Father Kean’s continuing responsibilities as Pastor of St. Damien of Molokai Parish, Pontiac; and Deacon Gajda’s continuing responsibilities as Deacon of St. Perpetua Parish, Waterford.