We had a request a few days ago for a photo of the oldest report to Rome from the Diocese of Detroit, which was sent in 1877 (before Detroit was an archdiocese). So, here it is. Here’s the text from the original post, which went up Jan. 25:
The oldest report to Rome from the Archdiocese of Detroit (then the Diocese of Detroit) is from 1877. The copy retained in the Archives is six pages long, written in beautiful script, and entirely in Latin. The pages were sewn together with a soft cover; the original would have been presented to Pope Pius IX.
As time went on, the reports grew longer, and by 1895 they were typewritten. It was not until John Cardinal Dearden sent the Quinquennial Report to Rome in 1974 that the Holy See received news about the Archdiocese of Detroit in English.