Basilica Mass BookletOn December 23, 2014
Pope Francis grants National Shrine of the Little Flower in Royal Oak the honorary title of  ‘Minor Basilica’

Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron announced on January 31, 2014 that the Holy Father, Pope Francis, granted the title of Minor Basilica to the National Shrine of the Little Flower Church in Royal Oak. The title is given to churches around the world to denote a particular importance in liturgical and pastoral life and a closer relationship with the pope. The title of Major Basilica is reserved to churches in Rome.“By honoring the National Shrine of the Little Flower with the designation as a Minor Basilica, Pope Francis has blessed all of us in the Archdiocese of Detroit,” said Archbishop Vigneron.