Sisters, Home Visitors of Mary

11th Annual Gala Celebrates Black Life In Detroit

The 11th annual Sisters Home Visitors of Mary Gala was held at the beautiful and historic Sacred Heart Seminary on October 4, 2015.  The evening’s wonderful and fitting theme was Celebration of Black Catholic life in Detroit.

Three special people were honored, each of whom has long shared the Home Visitors’ vision of enculturating the Gospel and taking it into peoples’ homes:

Karla Cole Green continues the funeral home started by her father which has served African-American families and parishes in Detroit for many years.  She underwrote the Josephite calendars that brought Black religious art into many homes and religion classes.  See the full testimonial to Karla  by clicking here.

Karla Cole Green and special guest

John Fleming, a professional teacher, taught in HVM Vacation Bible Schools, served St. Benedict the Moor parish, and preserves the Black Catholic Story from his alma mater, Xavier University.  See the full testimonial to John  by clicking here.

Marjorie Gabriel-Burrow has provided leadership and direction to the superb Detroit Gospel Choir for 40 years.  See the full testimonial to Marjorie by clicking here.

Marjorie, Karla, John

Gala Overview

Master of Ceremonies John Thorne

Mr. Hugh Buchanan, Chairperson, HVM Finance Advisory Committee

Our Lady of Victory – Presentation Parish, 50 Up Club

Dorothy and Dr. Paul Sullivan, Christ the King Parish

Knights of Columbus, Blessed Sacrament Parish

Dr. Okulski and guests, faithful patron HVM mission

Kaitlyn Clark, grand daughter of Thelma Wilson

Entertaining dance presentation:

Fr. Ron DeHondt

Samuel I Onyene, Knights of Columbus

Sr. Chioma, HVM

Sr. Mary Frances, HVM

Margaret Ehriemere

Linda Franklin delivering testimonials to honorees

Thelma Wilson, Sr. Elizabeth HVM, Marjorie Gabriel-Burrow

Sr. Rosemarie and fundraising committee honoring Beatrice Cochran, long-time chairperson



Waving good bye! Sr. Laura Marie, HVM, Martha Lum, HVM Associate, & special guest