St. John's Plymouth

St. John's, Plymouth

The story of St. John’s Plymouth is one of mission and facilities rich with history and transitions. The communities in Plymouth, Plymouth Township, Northville and western Wayne County embrace the excellence of the present facility and its programs as St. John’s Plymouth celebrates its 70th anniversary.

The entire complex, excluding the hotel building, is currently owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit. In 2018, the archdiocese received notice the hotel building ownership would be conveyed from the estate of a generous donor to the archdiocese in the coming year. Upon completion of this transfer, the entire complex will be owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Since 2009, an independent Board of Directors monitors operations and advises the Archbishop on the strategic planning developed to contribute to the overall missions of the archdiocese.  Archdiocesan support continues for a very active Catholic wedding ministry at St. John's, in addition to regular use of the St. John's chapel for Sunday evening Mass and other events. As needed, the Board reviews opportunities to enhance the revenue earning capacity of operations at the complex with the Archdiocesan Finance Council and the College of Consultors.

As we approach 2019, St. John’s Plymouth, better known by its marketing brand name of “The Inn at St. John’s” has been generating positive cash flows, establishing reserves for maintenance of the entire complex, and paying for the annual $400,000 expense to keep the former Youth and Family Retreat Center structure properly maintained and protected in its limited use status.

The last independently audited balance sheet of St. John’s Golf Club, Inc., for December 31, 2017, shows shareholder equity of $25 million, cash reserves of $7 million, and net property and equipment investment of $18 million derived from consistent annual revenues in the $10 million area (excluding any hotel related income or value).

What’s changed?

  • The average $1.5 million in annual subsidies over the 15 years (accumulating to $25.3 million) needed to support the Retreat Center from 1994-2009 was stopped. The average $1.5 million in annual subsidies over the 15 years (accumulating to $25.3 million) needed to support the Retreat Center from 1994-2009 was stopped.
  • The management teams have elevated the entire level of services to achieve prestigious rankings and awards such as: The management teams have elevated the entire level of services to achieve prestigious rankings and awards such as:
    • “4 Diamond Status” designations from AAA; “4 Diamond Status” designations from AAA;
    • 2017 “Best of Weddings” pick from the Knot; 2017 “Best of Weddings” pick from the Knot;
    • 2017 Best of Events and Meetings (small venue) from Michigan Meetings and Events; 2017 Best of Events and Meetings (small venue) from Michigan Meetings and Events;
    • The prestigious Concours d’Elegance historic car show initially moved to The Inn at St. Johns in 2011 (moving from the Meadowbrook Mansion facility) and recently extended its commitment for the next 3 years. The prestigious Concours d’Elegance historic car show initially moved to The Inn at St. Johns in 2011 (moving from the Meadowbrook Mansion facility) and recently extended its commitment for the next 3 years.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the background of St. John's?

What happened after the St. John's seminary was closed?

How much money has the Archdiocese put into the St. John's complex?

Where did the AOD funds come from?

Why did the Archdiocese invest in redeveloping St. John's?

Who owns the buildings and land at St. John's?

Why did the Retreat Center at St. John's close?

What revenue does the Archdiocese realize from the for-profit hotel, conference center, and golf course operations?

Who is overseeing operations at St. John's?

Is the Archdiocese considering new plans for the St. John's complex, or will it close?

 
 
Posted: January 2019