His Eminence 
Adam Joseph Maida
Cardinal Archbishop Emeritus of Detroit
Outside of Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit
See Detroit (emeritus)
Enthroned June 12, 1990
Reign ended January 5, 2009
Predecessor Edmund Szoka
Successor Allen Henry Vigneron
Ordination May 26, 1956
Consecration January 25, 1984
Created Cardinal November 26, 1994
Other Bishop of Green Bay (1984-90)
Personal details
Born March 18, 1930 (1930-03-18) (age 87)
East Vandergrift, Pennsylvania

Adam Joseph Maida (born March 18, 1930) is an American archbishop and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He is the Superior of the Cayman Islands and a former Archbishop of Detroit.

Early life

Adam Joseph Maida was born to Adam and Sophie Cieslak Maida. He graduated from St. Mary's Preparatory in Orchard Lake Village, Michigan in 1948. In 1952, Maida graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Saint Vincent College in the Pittsburgh suburb of Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Maida was admitted to practice law after graduating from Duquesne Law School in 1964.[1]


Maida was ordained to the priesthood in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1956[2] by Bishop John Dearden, who two years later became Archbishop of Detroit. Following his ordination, Maida served as a vice chancellor of the Diocese of Pittsburgh,[2] and as adjunct professor of theology at Duquesne University School of Law.

Archbishop Maida's brother, the Reverend Thaddeus Maida, is a priest at Holy Child Parish in Bridgeville, Pennsylvania in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. Archbishop Maida presided at a Mass at Holy Child Parish celebrating his brother's 50th year in the priesthood in December 2008.

Episcopal ministry

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See Detroit (emeritus)

On November 8, 1983, Pope John Paul II named Maida to serve as bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin.[2] He was consecrated on January 25, 1984.[3]

In 1990, the Pope named Detroit Archbishop Edmund Szoka to serve as a Vatican official, and subsequently chose Bishop Maida as his successor as Archbishop of Detroit on April 28 of that year.[2] Maida was installed as the fourth Archbishop of Detroit on June 12.[4]

On November 26, 1994, Pope John Paul II elevated Archbishop Maida to the Sacred College of Cardinals as Cardinal-Priest of Ss. Vitale, Valeria, Gervasio e Protasio.[2] In 2000, Cardinal Maida was appointed the first superior of the Mission Sui Iuris of Cayman Islands.

In April 2005, following the Pope's death, he traveled to the Vatican as a cardinal elector to participate in the conclave that selected Pope Benedict XVI. Cardinal Maida remains eligible to vote in any conclaves that begin before his 80th birthday on March 18, 2010.

Maida is the ecclesiastic advisor to the Catholic Advisory Board for the Ave Maria Mutual Funds and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Catholic University of America.

In 2002, St. Gertrude School, part of the Diocese of Greensburg in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, was renamed Cardinal Maida Academy in Maida's honor. The school, which offers instruction from grades kindergarten through six, is near his hometown of East Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.

On March 18, 2005, Cardinal Maida followed church law and submitted his retirement request to the Vatican (age 75).[2] The Vatican asked Maida to remain archbishop until further notice.[2]

On June 8, 2006 Cardinal Maida celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.

On January 5, 2009, the Holy See announced that Bishop Allen Henry Vigneron, current Bishop of Oakland, would be installed as Archbishop of Detroit on January 28, 2009 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit[5]. On the same day, Maida's previously submitted resignation was accepted, and he is no longer Archbishop of Detroit.[6] Cardinal Maida is now the apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of Detroit and will assist incoming Archbishop Vigneron with the transition.[7]

Maida celebrated his final mass at the cathedral on January 25, 2009. This was also held in celebration of the 25th anniversary of his ordination.[8]


  1. "Prominent Alumni". Duquesne University, GradSource Profile. The El Group. Retrieved 2007-05-20. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 "Cardinal Maida retires; successor named". The Compass (official publication of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay, Wisconsin). January 9, 2009. 
  3. A History of the Diocese of Green Bay
  4. "Photo Gallery, Adam Maida, shepherd of the Archdiocese of Detroit". Detroit News. 2009-01-22. Retrieved 2009-01-22. "Picture 4 caption: Cardinal Edmund Szoka and Archbishop Adam Maida face the congregation at Maida's installation as Archbishop of Detroit, June 12, 1990." 
  5. Wilkinson, Mike. "Maida's successor will be first native son to lead Archdiocese of Detroit". Detroit News. Retrieved 5 January 2009. 
  6. "Detroit Gets New Archbishop". WDIV. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-06. "Maida, selected to lead the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1990, submitted his resignation in 2005 when he turned 75 as required by church law, but the pope had invited him to continue. Maida's resignation now has been accepted." 
  7. "Cardinal Adam Maida Resigns, New Bishop Named". MSNBC. 2009-01-05. Retrieved 2009-01-06. "During this month's transition, Cardinal Maida will serve as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese." 
  8. Jim Lynch (2009-01-26). "More than 1,000 attend final Mass for archbishop Maida". Detroit News. Retrieved 2009-01-26. "On Sunday (January 25, 2009), with Maida celebrating his final regular Mass as the archbishop of Detroit, Butkunas and Giedraitis traveled to Detroit for a special 3 p.m. service at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. ... More than 1,000 people crammed Blessed Sacrament Sunday for a service that marked the 25-year anniversary of Maida's ordination." 

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Preceded by
Aloysius John Wycislo
Bishop of Green Bay
January 25, 1984 – April 28, 1990
Succeeded by
Robert Banks
Preceded by
Edmund Szoka
Archbishop of Detroit
June 12, 1990– January 5, 2009
Succeeded by
Allen Henry Vigneron
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