Then and Now — A Brief History of Divine Child
June 15, 1950 – The Church of the Divine Child is founded by Reverend Herbert F. Weier.
September 1950 – Fr. Weier is joined by our first Associate Pastor, Maurice Decker. Masses are offered in the Haigh School Auditorium at 9:30 and 10:30 AM and draws approximately 130 worshipers. Within a month, 600 people are attending the Church of the Divine Child. Daily Mass is said in the basement chapel of our first Rectory on Silvery Lane.
December 1952 – Construction begins on Divine Child Elementary School. In September 1953, our Elementary School opens with 297 students in Grades 1-4. An additional grade is added each year thereafter. Divine Child Elementary School now accommodates approximately 600 students in Grades K-8.
October 1, 1954 – Eight Bernardine Franciscan sisters move in to our newly constructed Convent. By the 1960s, there are 24 sisters teaching and living on our Parish campus. Today, the Convent remains a beautiful home to our Bernardine Franciscan sisters, some who still work in our School.
September 4, 1958 – Divine Child High School opens its doors to 84 freshmen. While our High School was originally founded as a parish school, it now draws over 800 students from Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Allen Park, Belleville, Canton, Detroit, Garden City, Grosse Ile, New Bedford, Northville, Novi, Plymouth, Redford, Riverview, South Lyon and Ypsilanti.
February 1961 – Reverend Herman Kucyk is appointed Associate Pastor.
June 1962 – Construction begins on the new Church.
September 30, 1962 – Fr. Weier is named Monsignor.
June 1963 – Church of the Divine Child is dedicated
1972 – Fr. Kucyk is appointed Co-Pastor.
January 1976 – Fr. Kucyk is named Pastor of Divine Child.
June 1990 – Fr. Kucyk is named Monsignor.
January 1998 – Church renovations begin in order to accommodate ever-changing and ever-growing circumstances. The choir loft is expanded, organ pipes are exposed and new stained glass are added to the choir loft.
May 1998 – Groundbreaking takes place on the new Activities Center for the High School, which is dedicated on April 25, 1999. One of the Elementary School’s gymnasiums is converted into a cafeteria.
September 1999 – The Perpetual Adoration Chapel, built adjacent to the south side of the church, opens its doors.
June 2000 – Church of the Divine Child proudly celebrates its Golden Jubilee.
June 1, 2007 – Msgr. Kucyk celebrates his 50th Anniversary of Ordination to the Priesthood.
July 1, 2007 – The Divine Child parish welcomes Rev. James Bilot as its third pastor.
May 15, 2009 – Msgr. Kucyk enters eternal life with our Lord.
Today, approximately 2200 families are registered parishioners of Divine Child. Two daily Masses are celebrated Monday through Friday, and one on Saturday morning. We have one Saturday evening liturgy and three Masses on Sunday.
WE HAVE BEEN BLESSED…ONE SPIRIT, ONE FAMILY