Florian church is located off of Bromback street, about
5 blocks south of the Firehouse. It is clearly the most
visible site in the Hamtramck skyline and is a great
example of gothic architecture.
parish was founded in 1908.
Florian Parish, located in Hamtramck, hosts an annual
Firefighter March and Mass the first Saturday in May.
unique event marks the feast day of St. Florian, patron
saint of all firefighters. Please join us in commemorating
this occasion by participating in a formal March that
begins at 3:00 pm at the Hamtramck Firehouse and end
at St. Florian Church for a 4:00 pm Mass (you are
not obligated to attend or participate in the Mass).
Departments with an Honor Guard are encouraged to
join us and all rigs are welcome; please contact the
firehouse in advance so that we may plan accordingly.
firefighters, retirees, and their families are welcome
to participate in this special celebration. This will
be an excellent opportunity for all firefighters to
unite in brotherhood and remember their fallen heroic
comrades. This will also be a great time to enjoy
the Parishes’ Strawberry Festival where good
food, drink and music will end the days’ activities.
Saturday, May 5th.
March leaves Hamtramck firehouse at about 3:00 PM
- march participants should arrive early!!
Mass starts at 4 PM (you are not obligated to attend
or participate in mass).
For more information, the Hamtramck Fire Department
is located at 2625 Caniff Street and can be reached
at (313) 876-7778 or contact Matt
Wyszczelski 313-683-1972 or Bill Dickens 586-615-0250.
Florian Parish can be reached at (313) 871-2778.
The firehouse is located at 2625 Caniff, approximately
2 blocks east of I-75 from the Caniff exit. (map)
Florian Church is located at 2626 Poland, approximately
½ mile south of the firehouse.
was an officer in the Roman army and held a high post in Austria
that had secretly converted to Christianity. When the Emperor
ordered his soldiers to hunt down Christians, Florian refused
and revealed his faith and surrendered himself.
professing his faith, he was whipped, beaten and flailed alive.
Finally, instead of being executed by the sword - a soldier's
death - Saint Florian was thrown into the river Ems, with
a stone around his neck.
miracles are attributed to him, including the extinguishing
of a huge fire with a pitcher of water. He is said to have
stopped a town from burning by throwing a single bucket of
water on the blaze, and thus his association with firefighters.
with being the patron saint of Firefighters, St. Florian also
holds the patronage of Austria, Poland, brewers, coopers,
chimney-sweeps, soap-boilers and of those in danger from water
and flood, and of drowning. He is invoked against bad harvests,
battles, fire, flood, and storm.
from previous St. Florian marches