Friday, May 29, 2015
St. Thomas More Catholic Church was established by the Archdiocese of Detroit in early June of 1963. The first Mass of the new Catholic Community was held in Eastover Elementary School on June 23, 1963. One week later the ground breaking for the new Parish worship area was held. At that time there were 350 families in the Parish.
The founding Pastor was Reverend William Anderson who served from 1963 to 1984, followed by Father Edward Belczak.
The 25th Anniversary Celebration was held in late 1987 with 1300 families in the Parish. The year 2013 marked the 50th year of service with 2297 families in the Parish.
During these past fifty years the membership of St. Thomas More has grown, not only in physical size, but in its willingness to serve the good people of the Troy and Bloomfield Hills community. We applaud the City of Troy for its 60 years of growth and progress and the good people of St. Thomas More Catholic Church look forward to a bright future filled with both promise, and continued growth.
To commemorate the City of Troy’s 60th Anniversary in 2015, we will publish a different story each day that highlights a person, discovery, or event that occurred locally, regionally, nationally, or even globally between 1955 and 2015 and that helped shape our lives and our community. We will try to post stories on important anniversary dates, but we also realize that dates are less critical than content and context. We will include the facts related to controversial stories, allowing our readers to form their own opinions. We invite you to read and comment on the stories. Your suggestions for topics are also welcome and can be posted on our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/TroyHistoricVillage. You can also email stories or ideas to the 365 Story Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.