Visitation, funeral hours for Cardinal Edmund Szoka

DETROIT (WXYZ) - Funeral and visitation arrangements for Cardinal Edmund Szoka have been announced.

Visitation for Szoka will be from 2-9 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 24 and Monday, Aug. 25 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. That's at 9844 Woodward Avenue, near Chicago Street in Detroit.

There is also visitation at the same place on Tuesday at 9 a.m.

The funeral is happening Tuesday at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Szoka served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 until 1990, when he was brought to the Vatican to oversee the city state's government under Pope John Paul II. He continued to serve in that capacity under Pope Benedict XVI.

"We mourn the loss of a dedicated shepherd," said current Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron in a news release. Vigneron had served as a priest under Cardinal Szoka in the 1980s. "For sixty years Cardinal Szoka gave himself totally to his priestly service of Christ and his Church. He has gone home to the Heavenly Father with our prayers. May the Lord give him the reward of his labors."

Szoka has lived in Northville since he retired in 2006.

Szoka was born on September 14, 1927 in Grand Rapids. He was ordained 60 years ago, on June 5, 1954 and his first church posting was in Marquette. He then established the Diocese of Gaylord, before being installed as the Archbishop of Detroit by Pope John Paul II.

Szoka was elevated to Cardinal in 1988.

He would eventually serve as President of the Governatorate of Vatican City and President of the Vatican City State before retiring a day after his 79th birthday in 2006.

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