CNA Staff, Sep 25, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- It is hard to overstate the impact Fr. Gabriel Richard, a French missionary priest, had on the state of Michigan and the city of Detroit, in particular.

From co-founding the University of Michigan, to starting Detroit’s first newspaper, penning the city’s motto and caring for its poor and sick, Richard “left an indelible mark on all of Michigan,” Monsignor Charles Kosanke, rector of the Basilica of Ste. Anne in Detroit, told The Detroit News.

Now, Fr. Richard’s life and works will be examined by a guild to determine whether he exhibited “heroic virtue,” which could put him on the path toward canonized sainthood.

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