Monsignor Jerome V. MacEachin / St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Parish Historical

Monsignor Jerome V. MacEachin / St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Parish Historical (HM1Y02)

Location: East Lansing, MI 48823 Ingham County
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N 42° 44.626', W 84° 28.44'

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Monsignor Jerome V. MacEachin
Affectionately known as Father Mac, the Reverend Monsignor Jerome V. MacEachin (1904-1987) was associated with Lansing area Catholics for nearly 45 years. A native of Ubly, he was ordained in 1932. Father Mac was appointed as the first superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Lansing (1940-1955). He became pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas in 1943. He founded the parish grade school in 1949 and St. John Student Center at Michigan State University in 1957. He was a lecturer in theology at MSU from 1943 to 1966. His loves in life were Catholic schools, MSU, the Knights of Columbus and the State Police. All his life he sought to do some spiritual good for each person he met whether young or old, without regard to creed.

St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Parish
Founded in 1940 by Bishop Joseph H. Albers, St. Thomas Aquinas was the largest parish in the Diocese of Lansing by 1988. The first Catholic parish established in East Lansing, it also served Okemos, Haslett and Bath. The church took its name from the scholar St. Thomas Aquinas because it originally served as the Michigan State University parish. During the pastorate (1943-1978) of Monsignor Jerome V. MacEachin, the present church site was purchased. The Parish school was opened in 1949 and the present church was
dedicated in 1968. It features a mosaic of the Miracle at Cana of Galilee and a 45-five-foot-high faceted glass window depicting Salvation History as seen through the mind of St. Thomas Aquinas.
HM NumberHM1Y02
Series This marker is part of the Michigan: Michigan Historical Commission series
Year Placed1988
Placed ByBureau of History, Michigan Department of State
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Date Added Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 at 9:01pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 706748 N 4735455
Decimal Degrees42.74376667, -84.47400000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 42° 44.626', W 84° 28.44'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds42° 44' 37.56" N, 84° 28' 26.4" W
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Area Code(s)517
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 915 Alton Road, East Lansing MI 48823, US
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