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Catholic Television Network of Detroit Collection

Identifier: ADT

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of programming and work tapes of the Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) which was owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit. The time span for the materials is from 1948 until 2019 with the bulk of the materials spanning from 1982 until 2019. The station was closed in 2020.

Topics of note include:

Coverage of Church events: Pope John Paul II’s Visit to Detroit, 1987 and commemorative anniversary programming the following years; the Papal conclaves of Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis; Installation Masses of Edmund Szoka, Adam Maida, Allen H. Vigneron; the Consecration as Cardinals for Edmund Szoka and Adam Maida in Rome; Ordination to the Priesthood and Diaconate Masses in the Most Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Detroit; Funeral Masses for Edmund Szoka, Moses Anderson, William Cunningham, John Dearden, Edward Mooney, Kenneth Unterer, Walter Schoenherr and others; reporting on the Steps to Beatification of Fr. Solanus Casey, 1987 to 2017.

Coverage of Church-related news and Church-sponsored organizations and events: Yearly Catholic Services Appeal [CSA] messages and their work tapes. Coverage of the National Black Catholic Symposium in 1985, various World Youth Days, abuse cases in the Archdiocese, establishment of the Pope John Paul Cultural Center in Washington, DC; closing of St John’s Provincial Seminary, Plymouth, MI in 1988; Press coverage of and press conferences, Interviews by Edmund Cardinal Szoka, Adam Cardinal Maida, Archbishop Allen H Vigneron, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton, Bishop Moses Anderson and others.

Programming produced by the Archdiocese of Detroit/CTND like Compass, Dialogue, Parables of Mark, Parables of Matthew, Lenten Gospels; programming by other institutions like the Council of Catholic Women, Family Theater, Telecare, A Wider World, Lumen Christi, Loyola Productions, Knights of Columbus, IHS Productions and others; the Kids’ Show Daedal Doors by the Christian Communications Council of Detroit. Coverage of area Catholic sports: St. Ambrose High School football team games, 1956-1962; CTND TV Broadcasts of Catholic High School League and Catholic Youth Organization sports like football, basketball, softball, baseball, soccer, hockey, cheerleading, pompom from 2001-2006

Materials include Betacam, Betacam SP, Digital Betacam. U-Matic, DVCam, DVCPro, and Mini-DV video tapes, Digital Audio Tapes [DAT], CDs, CD-Rs, DVDs and DVD-Rs, and Recordable Blu-Ray discs, and MP4 files of digitized videotapes. (NB: Originals of digitized videotapes have not been transferred to the Notre Dame Archives.) There are logs of programming schedules in paper form, video duplication forms and DVD case paper inserts for most of the Catholic High School League Sports games.


  • Creation: 1982 - 2019


Language of Materials

Chiefly in English, with materials in Spanish, Polish, Russian, Italian, and Latin.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research, however files AADT 93079, 90503-90506, 93127, 93128, 93129, and 93130 are restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright status for collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.

Biographical / Historical

The Catholic Television Network of Detroit [CTND] went on the air in 1985 and was initially affiliated with the Eternal Word Television Network [EWTN] which is based in Birmingham, AL. In 2011 the affiliation changed to Catholic TV which was founded by the Archdiocese of Boston in 1955. The CTND studios in Detroit were closed on July 22, 2020. CTND is now called Catholic TV Detroit but it is run from Boston.


201 Cubic Feet (113 record storage boxes, 48 Paige A/V storage boxes, 12 digital disc boxes)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Archdiocese of Detroit

Erik Dix
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Notre Dame Archives Repository

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