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The son of Charles and Catherine Kosanke and the oldest of 6 boys, Rev. Msgr. Dr. Charles Kosanke was born in northeast Detroit. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary in 1981, as well as a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Theological Studies from St. John Provincial Seminary in 1985. Upon completion of seminary studies Msgr. Kosanke was ordained a deacon on June 7, 1985. He served his internship at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Redford (1985-86). He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Edmund Szoka on December 14, 1985. His first assignment was at Shrine of the Little Flower Parish 1986-1988. Cardinal Szoka assigned Msgr. Kosanke to Rome from 1988-1992, where he earned a doctorate in Biblical Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Msgr. Kosanke published his dissertation on the subject of The Encounters of the Risen Jesus in Luke-Acts. He has also published articles in the New Catholic Encyclopedia (2nd ed.) and other journals. He has published a Bible study volume on the Book of Isaiah for the Come and See series.
Msgr. Kosanke served for ten years (1992-2002) on the faculty and administration of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the following capacities: Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture, Director of Undergraduate Seminarians, Moderator of the Latin American Program, and Dean of Administration and Advancement. During that time he served as pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Highland Park and as temporary administrator of Church of Madonna and St. Cecilia Parishes in Detroit. He has served on the Archdiocesan Assignment Board, as the Vicar of North Central Vicariate, and two terms as a member of the Presbyteral Council. Msgr. Kosanke served as pastor of Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson and President of Bishop Foley Catholic High School in Madison Heights from 2002-2005. Pope Benedict XVI named Father Kosanke as a Monsignor in May 2005. In August 2005 Cardinal Adam Maida appointed Msgr. Kosanke as Rector of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary (the national Polish seminary) in Orchard Lake where he served for six years (2005-2011). During this period he led the process to have the seminary reaccredited for ten years with the Association of Theological Schools. He also served Orchard Lake Catholic Schools as treasurer.
Msgr. Kosanke was appointed Pastor of St. Regis Parish in Bloomfield Hills and as Chairman of Catholic Charities of Southeastern Michigan (Archdiocese of Detroit) by Archbishop Allen Vigneron in 2011. He was then assigned in 2016 by Archbishop Vigneron as pastor of Ste. Anne de Detroit and Most Holy Trinity parishes in Detroit. Msgr. Kosanke has served on several archdiocesan committees and community boards for many years. His current involvement includes serving on the Appeals Board for the Association of Theological Schools, as the chaplain to the Detroit Legatus Chapter, a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and member of its Finance Committee, Chaplain to the Young Catholic Professionals, and the Detroit Yacht Club. He is a Knight Commander of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher and a Fourth-Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He has also served in local, regional, national, and international leadership roles for Worldwide Marriage Encounter and continues to present the program locally. He has traveled to more than 40 countries, most frequently to Italy and Israel, and all seven continents. Msgr. Kosanke’s life is immersed in the life of the Church, where he finds joy and fulfillment.