St. Lawrence Church - An Historical Site
The Oldest Continuous Religious Community in Utica.
Fr. Burns, who announced that he would retire in June of 1991, has seen many changes in his parish. He has moved us from the difficult times of the early 1970's into the active and progressive decade of the 1990's. He has created new programs and encouraged growth in religious education, and he has always been supportive of our elementary school. The parish is the largest in the Archdiocese, with new families being recorded every month. Fr. Burns can be proud of his sacrifices, his leadership and efforts that have made St. Lawrence the historical landmark that it is today.

The State of Michigan's Register of Historic Sites and the Michigan Historical Marker programs were established to serve the citizens of Michigan through the identification, designation and protection of historic properties. The State of Michigan recognized St. Lawrence Parish as the oldest continuous religious community in Utica. It was designated Historical Site #L1799 and a bronze Historical Marker, funded by the City of Utica, was erected in front of the present church at 44633 Utica Road with formal dedication Wednesday, May 15, 1991. This honor, bestowed on the parish in conjunction with the 125th Anniversary celebrations was an historic event in the community, but more than that it reflected an accumulation of memories and traditions.