Detroit cathedral hosts historic Arabic-English bilingual Mass

Mother of the Savior Church, Episcopal Diocese of Michigan
Posted Jun 28, 2024

Congregants gather at The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit for the historic Arabic-English bilingual Mass in honor of Dean Scott Hunter’s retirement.

The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit proudly hosted a special Arabic-English bilingual Mass to honor the retirement of Dean Scott Hunter. Serving as the 10th Dean and 17th Rector of The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Dean Hunter’s tenure has been marked by a steadfast commitment to inclusivity and cultural diversity. This landmark event, which took place on June 9, 2024, at 1:30 pm, was the first Arabic Mass in the cathedral’s 200-year history.

Dean Scott Hunter & Fr. Halim Shukair.

The Mass, celebrated in Arabic and English, showcased St. Paul Cathedral’s diverse mission and honored Dean Hunter’s contributions to fostering a welcoming environment for all. “We are thrilled to honor Dean Hunter with this historic bilingual Mass,” said Fr. Halim Shukair, Priest-In-Charge of Mother of the Savior Church in Dearborn. “Dean Hunter’s leadership has been instrumental in creating a welcoming environment for all.”

The service featured readings, prayers, and hymns in both languages, reflecting the cathedral’s dedication to cultural inclusivity. A luncheon preceded the Mass at 12:30 pm in the cathedral’s fellowship hall, providing an opportunity for the community to gather and celebrate Dean Hunter’s remarkable legacy.

About The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, Detroit
The Cathedral Church of St. Paul, located in Detroit, is the cathedral church of the Episcopal Diocese of Michigan.

About Dean Scott Hunter
Dean Scott Hunter has served as the 10th Dean and 17th Rector of The Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Detroit. His leadership and dedication to fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment have left a lasting impact on the cathedral and its community.

About Mother of the Savior Church, Dearborn, MI
Mother of the Savior Church in Dearborn, MI,  is an Episcopal-Luthern mission and the First Arabic worshiping community using the Episcopal Church Liturgy translated to Arabic by Fr. Shukair and is known for its commitment to serving the spiritual and cultural needs of the Arabic-speaking community. The church is vital in promoting cultural diversity and inclusivity within the broader community.