Cathedral and Community

Williams Pavilion

The Williams Pavilion, named for the late G. Mennen and Nancy Williams, both active members of the Cathedral, is a fourteen story mid-rise building which has 150 apartments for low-income seniors. This attractive building, a block from the Cathedral, has just undergone a multi-million dollar renovation. It maintains an occupancy rate of almost 100%, and always has a waiting list.

The location in Detroit’s Midtown community is a strong plus for convenience and activity, amid the presence of the Main Library, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Museum of Modern Art, the Detroit Medical Center, the Veterans’ Administration Hospital, and Wayne State University.

In addition to the Cathedral, Plymouth Congregational Church, Bethel A.M.E., Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church and First Congregational Church offer varieties of Christian congregational life.

Williams Pavilion, Inc., a subsidiary of the Cathedral Foundation & Community Services, Inc., provides oversight and relationship with the Village Green Management Company, the management firm which has operated the apartment house from the entrance of the first tenant, in 1985. They also meet with the social worker to consider various concerns of the residents.

Cathedral Foundation & Community Services, Inc.

The Cathedral Foundation & Community Services (CF&CS) is engaged in the community in several ways. Its subsidiary, Williams Pavilion, Inc., provides management oversight of the operation of Williams Pavilion (see above). This continues a legacy begun over thirty years ago with the then Cathedral Foundation set out to provide apartment housing of excellent quality for low-income seniors through the construction and operation of Williams Pavilion.

Today, the Cathedral Choir School of Metropolitan Detroit is an integral part of CF&CS. The Cathedral Choir School provides music education and opportunity of the highest caliber to young people throughout the metropolitan region. This includes use of the voice, sight reading, vocal coaching, and in many cases piano and other instrumental lessons.  For more on the Cathedral Choir School, click here.

A new effort of the Cathedral Foundation & Community Services is the development of a grants program to offer support for innovative projects which may be within the umbrella of the Cathedral or part of the community. This effort is still under development, so stay tuned to this website for more information.


Crossroads is a social service outreach agency in Detroit. Its primary mission is to support the community at large by providing emergency assistance, advocacy, and counseling to anyone in need. Acting in partnership with many other agencies, parishes, hospitals, companies and organizations in the metro area, Crossroads offers assistance in the form of a hand-up; they work with their clients to meet their immediate needs, and help them assess their situations to lessen the likelihood of future problems.

Crossroads began its life in the Cathedral under the leadership of the Reverend Canon James A. McLaren and a few dedicated parishioners. (The current Executive Director, Mary Honsel, is Canon McLaren’s daughter.) It soon outgrew its space and moved to a house on Forest Avenue and then to a former church across the street. Over time, it became independent of the Cathedral and became its own not-for-profit organization. In 2008, the Crossroads moved to its current location on West Grand Blvd. with assistance from the Cathedral.

Visit the Crossroads web site

Midtown Detroit Inc.

The Cathedral is an active member of Midtown Detroit, Inc. (known previously as the University Cultural Center Association (UCCA)).  MDI, and its members, represent the area’s cultural, academic, medical and service institutions, corporations, businesses and community organizations. Over 300 representatives from member organizations actively participate in MDI activities through committees, which include Community Development, Facility and Maintenance, Beautification, Security, Directional Signage, Collaborative Programming, Marketing, Detroit Festival of the Arts and Noel Night, Dlectricity and more.

For more information visit the Midtown Detroit, Inc., website.

Detroit Historic Churches Association

The Cathedral is a member of the Detroit Historic Churches Association. The DHCA is a group of historic churches located near downtown Detroit. Each church hosts periodic organized tours of their sites.

Cathedral Church of St. Paul
4800 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Other members include:

Central United Methodist Church
23 East Adams Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226

Christ Church of Detroit
960 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207

First Congregational Church
33 East Forest Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Fort Street Presbyterian Church
631 West Fort Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Historic Trinity Lutheran Church
1345 Gratiot Avenue
Detroit, MI 48207

Jefferson Avenue Presbyterian Church
8625 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48214

Mariners Church
170 East Jefferson Avenue
Detroit, MI 48226[/one_half]

Metropolitan United Methodist Church
8000 Woodward Avenue
Detroit, MI 48202

Most Holy Trinity Parish
1050 Porter Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Old St. Mary’s RC Parish
646 Monroe Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Plymouth United Church of Christ
600 East Warren Avenue
Detroit, MI 48201

Second Baptist Church of Detroit
441 Monroe Street
Detroit, MI 48226

St. Aloysuis Catholic Church
1234 Washington Boulevard
Detroit, MI 48226

Ste. Anne de Detroit Catholic Church
1000 Sainte Anne Street
Detroit, MI 48216

St. Charles Church
1491 Baldwin Street
Detroit, MI 48214

St. John’s Episcopal Church of Detroit
50 East Fisher Freeway
Detroit, MI 48201

St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
1828 Jay Street
Detroit, MI 48207

Ss. Peter & Paul Jesuit Church
438 St. Antoine Street
Detroit, MI 48226

Sweetest Heart of Mary Church
4440 Russell Street
Detroit, MI 48207

Young Adult & Campus Ministry

The Cathedral has an ongoing relationship with the local campus community and students. Several Wayne State and College for Creative Studies students regularly attend the services at the Cathedral. They are integrated into the regular parish life of the Cathedral as well as having some special perks such as regular “care packages” and lunches with members of the Cathedral clergy, staff and parishioners. In addition, the Cathedral hands out special gifts to students who may be walking in the area. These gifts may include a bottle of water on a hot day, candy for Valentine’s Day and Halloween, and a “finals emergency kit,” consisting of pens, pencils, candy, gum and a prayer for exams, as well as contact information for the Cathedral and an invitation to come to the Cathedral for quiet reflection. Events are also planned for local college students including picnics and dinners at parishioners’ homes.

Our parish students who are in college either locally or out of the area also receive regular messages and “care packages” from the Cathedral.

For more information, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Kit Ilardi, at