I do not believe that it is in our best interests to have a second TLM in the Archdiocese at this time.
First, it would have the effect of reducing attendance at St. Josaphat, which would reduce the already meager collection (our biggest problem) and therefore might ultimately cost us use of this magnificent church. You can be pro-TLM as much as you want, but churches have expenses, and a tiny TLM can’t pay for use of a large church.
Second, “marketing” and operating this TLM has taken a significant amount of time as well as money. Adding a second TLM would require a similar effort, and I question who would step forward to actually do the work. You don’t just “ask” for a TLM, any more than you would just ask for a new public library to be built near you. You work for it!
Third, I doubt the Archdiocese would be interested in permitting a second TLM, for reasons both logical and political.
Fourth, people need to remember that barely 6 miles away from St. Josaphat is the Windsor TLM at St. Michael’s. That is a smaller community, and while it has many merits, a larger community as we have at St. Josaphat at least offers the possibility of having a fuller parish life with daily Mass and additional devotions, when permission is granted. If only 30 people come to your Sunday Mass, how likely is it that you will justify a daily Mass?
In summary, at this stage, Detroit needs one strong TLM. St. Josaphat’s is in its infancy. Many concrete plans, and not just dreams, are in the works for the future. Give the situation time, prayer, and if you live in the area, your volunteer time. Down the road, there may be justifiable reasons for additional locations, but now is not that time.