~ HISTORY ~
Duffey and Sister Mary Watson sent forth a
“Clarion Call” of desperation and need of help. The year was 1978 and the Cass Corridor was a
rather grim and desolate area of vacated boarded up edifices, occasionally occupied
by businesses catering to academia, or second-hand shops, a few
restaurants, some soup- kitchens, and bars. Most importantly for our
purposes, there were hundreds of economically deprived senior citizens;
indefensible targets for the numerous predators roaming the then nearly
empty streets of the “Corridor”. For example, a 76 year old blind
parishioner risks leaving his apartment early one Sunday morning to attend
Mass and noon meal. Upon his return he finds his apartment ransacked and,
what little food, clothing and few personal items he possessed are gone!
Even his only contact with the outside world…his table model radio. This
was the fourth such robbery of his apartment in almost as many months, the
others occurring while he was obtaining medical attention or grocery
Father Tom or Sister Mary
related to the F.O.U.I.s many heartrending
stories of the plights of the forgotten seniors whom they encountered on a
daily basis. They expressed their hopes and aspirations of a program
encompassing nutritional, medical and dental care, recreational and
physical therapy activities, legal and religious guidance, and most of all,
restoration of self-respect and dignity.
Upon hearing of St.
Patrick’s plans, the newly formed social/fraternal organization, the
Fraternal Order of United Irishmen met, discussed and voted unanimously to
adopt the St. Patrick’s Senior Center and St. Patrick’s Church because as
it’s primary charitable function and has espoused their mission ever since.
by whatever means necessary, have endeavored to promote St. Pat’s
humanitarian goals through fund-raising events as well as community
awareness via personal advocacy, and involvement in the Irish community
year round by it’s membership in the United Irish Societies since 1978. Our
membership is comprised of non-denominational, multi-ethnical men of varied
professional backgrounds with an appreciation of Irish music and culture.
We are non-politically affiliated; however we help to foster an awareness
of the human rights problems in Ireland, past and present.
While St. Patrick’s is and
always has been the Fraternal Order of United Irishmen’s primary charity,
we are also proud to include in our membership, and support, as well as
receive support from, the Irish Pallottine
Fathers of Wyandotte, Michigan and their Missions in Tanzania South Africa;
their Annual Golf Tournament and their Annual Golf Tournament and their
Bi-Annual Dinner Dances.
Our F.O.U.I. Singing
–Marching Chowder Society, and all-male, members only choir has performed
at many seniors residences, convalescent centers, charitable functions and
organizational fund-raisers in the state of Michigan.
During our many years of
existence, we have grown from an initial six founding members to a vast
city-wide and suburban membership, enjoying a lasting camaraderie of our
fraternal brotherhood, and the satisfaction of successful efforts on behalf
of St. Patrick’s Church, The Irish Pallottine
Fathers and Missions and the Irish Community.
We meet the 3rd
Tuesday of the month at 8 pm at the Gaelic League. You are always welcome
to come and join us.
Pavers installed at the UIS Irish
Plaza Honoring the memory of our deceased Brothers
Pat Cavanaugh, Sam
Ellis, Don Koenig Sr., Rev. Bill McGoldrick
(Honorary), Jim Reed, Tom Shoens
CHOWDER SOCIETY PERFORMANCES *
Chowder Society performed at the St. Patrick Senior Center Irish Festival on
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Director D. Mulrenin,
(l-r Front) J. Bentley, J. Dwyer, J. Dewan, F.
Kenny, N. Massa, J. Murphy
(l-r Back) B. Bonner, G. Pelyak,
J. Reed, P. Kennedy, T. McClary, B. Boyd
Chowder Society performed at the St. John Senior Home on Tuesday, March 24,
Director D. Mulrenin,
(l-r) B. Gunkleman, B. Davis, B. Head, N. Massa, T.
McClary, J. Dewan, J.
Byrne, B. Boyd, B. Bonner, P. Kennedy, G. Pelyak, J.
Fouis prep & clean the UIS Irish
Plaza for the annual ‘Painting of the Shamrocks’ on March 8, 2009.
Painter Extraordinaire, Jim Murphy (center), Moral
supporters & clean up crew (l-r) G. Marchetti,
J. Dewan, B. Boyd, G Pelyak
Chowder Society performed at the Fr. Solanus Casey
“Souper Bowl” on Sunday, October 12, 2008.
Century Club, 33204 MAPLE LANE,
STERLING HEIGHTS, MI
(Please send picture to Jim Dewan if you have one)
The MAGNIFICENT young men of the
Foui Chowder Society entertained
August, 2008 as he recovered from his broken arm at St John Senior Home.
L-R; Jim Reed, Don Mulrenin,
Pat Kennedy, George Pelyak, Bill Gunkleman, Brian Bonner, Jim Byrne, Bob Davis, Jack
Dwyer, Nick Massa, Jim Dewan, Tom McClarey, Jim Murphy with Fr. Bill McGoldrick
pleasing Foui Chowder Society bask in the glow of
the applause from their fans at the 2008 St. Patrick Spring Festival
L-R; Bill Head, Jim Reed, Bill Gunkleman, Nick Massa, Jim Dewan,
Jim Byrne, Don Mulrenin, Tom McClarey,
Bob Davis, Jim Murphy, Bill Boyd, George Pelyak.
Not shown – Joe Parsky, Brian Bonner