A priest and parishioner from St. Joseph Parish in Trenton are missing after a boat they were aboard capsized Sunday evening on the Detroit River.
Authorities continue to search for Fr. Stephen Rooney, pastor of St. Joseph, and Robert Chiles, a longtime parishioner, who were among 12 people aboard a 39-foot, 2017 Nortec Center Console that capsized off Stoney Island near Grosse Ile.
According to police, a passing boat from Ontario rescued many of the people on board, which included seven youths and five adults.
The Archdiocese of Detroit issued a statement Monday asking for prayers for all involved.
“It is with great sadness that we share that Fr. Stephen Rooney, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Trenton is missing along with longtime parishioner Robert Chiles after a boat capsized yesterday evening in the Detroit River, off Stoney Island. We are grateful to God for the Good Samaritan who rescued several others from the water,” the statement said. “Let us unite in prayer for the missing, for the rescued, and for first responders searching the waters today.”
“At this time, we ask for privacy for the parish and the families of those involved. The Archdiocese will share more information as it becomes available.”
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