In 2018, the Archdiocese of Detroit began the process of transitioning real property from a civil law form of “corporate sole” ownership to prepare for holding that property in a civil law model of parish incorporation, which harmonizes the way the property is owned in canon and civil law.
After consideration by the Archdiocesan Finance Council and College of Consultors, it was deemed most appropriate to pursue a two-step process. The first step involved the establishment of Mooney Real Estate Holdings (MREH) to hold title to around 900 distinct pieces of real estate, for the benefit of the Archdiocese, its parishes, and other Church-affiliated parties. This exercise was deemed as an appropriate first step to the parish incorporation process to help inventory the real estate. The majority of properties were successfully titled under MREH by the end of 2018.
The second step of this process involves creating individual parish corporations and transferring the real estate and personal property title to the parish corporations. The first three parishes were incorporated in 2019, namely Our Lady of the Albanians, Divine Providence, and Church of the Transfiguration, all in Southfield. The remaining parishes will be incorporated in May and June 2021.
Frequently Asked Questions
Part One — Mooney Real Estate Holding Company
Part Two — Parish Incorporations