Welcome to the Official Website of Holy Family Parish, Adrian, Michigan
Holy Family parish was established on December 30, 2018, the feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, following an extensive process of merging the two original Catholic parishes of Adrian, MI, St. Mary of Good Counsel and St. Joseph.
Each community brings with it a unique history, culture and resources. In joining these two communities we will provide a more effective and comprehensive ministry to the people of the community. Both sites will continue to function with a single administrative and pastoral staff working together as a team.
We hope you find our website helpful in providing you the information you seek. We also hope, if you are part of this community, the website will help you discover how the Lord is calling you to be an engaged member of this community and live out your baptismal commitment in new and creative ways. Our hope and prayer is that we grow as the Body of Christ where we have been planted by God and provide an experience of God’s grace through our worship, Christian service and formation experiences.
St. Mary of Good Counsel Catholic Church
In 1851, Fr. Smulders, a Redemptionist priest from Monroe, built the first Catholic Church in Adrian on the corner of Erie and Center Streets. Two years later, Fr. Peter Kindekins was appointed the first pastor of St. Mary’s Church. This is the date used for the establishment of the parish. St. Mary’s was originally known as Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Parish. It was home to all Catholics of Adrian until 1863 when the church and school burned. Parishioners then purchased land on Erie and Division streets where they rebuilt the church. This is where the church still stands today. When the new church was dedicated in 1871, the name was changed to Our Lady of Good Counsel. St. Mary’s came to be known as the Irish Parish.
St. Joseph Catholic Church
By 1862, there were at least fifty immigrant German-Catholic families who wanted a church of their own, where they could listen to sermons and go to confession in their native language. German parishioners petitioned Bishop LeFevre, of the Diocese of Detroit to form their own parish, thus in April 1863; ground was broken for St. Joseph Catholic Church. The church, which faced Ormsby Street, was a wooden structure set on a brick foundation. On 3 June 1877 the church went under construction to build a second church building. It was dedicated on 13 October 1879.