Detroit, Mich., Aug 20, 2023 / 06:00 am
Just as they felt called to their vocations to the priesthood and religious life, members of the religious community Pro Ecclesia Sancta felt called to serve within the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Pro Ecclesia Sancta — meaning “For the Holy Church” in Latin — is a religious institute founded in Lima, Peru, in 1981 by then-81-year-old Father Pablo Menor, SJ, who felt moved by the Sacred Heart to start a new religious community. The order includes religious men and women as well as a lay community.
Following an invitation from Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, Pro Ecclesia Sancta found a new home in the Archdiocese of Detroit beginning in July with Father Joe Barron, PES, one of the first two Americans to join the community. Since then, two additional brothers have moved to Detroit to work with Cornerstone Charter Schools, one of whom lives with Barron.
Barron, a Minnesota native with Michigan ties (his father is originally from the Metro Detroit area), has been serving as a priest “in solidum” at the Gaudium et Spes, Joy and Hope Family of Parishes, with his primary responsibility being at St. Isaac Jogues Parish and School in St. Clair Shores.