John J.F. Thorne, Minister of Music

John is the Minister of Music and Pastoral Associate at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Detroit, Michigan, and a 2001 graduate of Central State University with a B.S. in Business Administration. He recently served as the Director of the Black Catholic Ministries for the Archdiocese of Detroit and is currently the Executive Director of the Detroit Catholic Pastoral Alliance

Since the age of five, John has had a passion for God and music, which has prepared him for the ministry in which he is now involved. John has traveled throughout Michigan and Ohio as a choir clinician. John is the founder of United in Christ, a music ministry dedicated to spreading the gospel to people of all faiths in the Metro Detroit area.

John has one son, John II.



Keir Ward, Organist and Co-Director Sacred Heart Youth Choir

Keir, is a native of Detroit, Michigan. Jeff brings a multitude of gifts to Sacred Heart.

Before coming to Sacred Heart, Keir served as the Minister of Music at St. Leo Catholic Church for many years and has frelanced at many city parishes over the years.

Keir is married to Charlene Ward and they are the proud parents of Coleman, Timothy and Arym.



Eileen Orr, MM, Accompanist

Eileen is a pianist, arranger, singer, and teacher who makes her home in Southwest Detroit. She is most widely known for her work with the Grammy-nominated jazz group, Straight Ahead., with whom she has performed extensively throughout the United States, playing such major venues as the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and at The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

She has also traveled extensively in the Caribbean, having performed and taught music for two years in Santo Domingo, the Dominican Republic. She was the arranger for an 11-Piece Latin group, Orquesta Fuego, which has played all the major Latin Music festivals and events in the Midwest. She was voted Best Pianist in Latin/World Music by the Detroit Music Awards, as well as being in that competition’s Hall of Fame for her work with Straight Ahead.

Eileen joined Sacred Heart’s music staff in 2002 and has continued to grown in her studies of Gospel and Sacred Music. She completed a Master of Music from Wayne State University in 2006.



Stephanie Flanagan, Co-Director – Youth Choir

Stephanie, a native of Detroit, juggles a hectic schedule as both a mom and an entrepreneur. As a professional, Stephanie is the owner of the Stephanie Keith-Flanagan Insurance Agency in Farmington Hills, Michigan. For over 22 years, she has provided service and educated the community about various insurance products. Stephanie received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Wayne State University. Stephanie is married to David Flanagan and they are the proud parents of three talented children: Devinn, Mackenzie and Brian.

As a gifted soloist, Stephanie desires excellence from herself and the young people that she works within the Sacred Heart Youth Choir. For over 8 years, she has enjoyed developing a motherly attachment to each choir member and continues to energetically develop the talents of each youth.



Theresa Matthews, Co-Director – Youth Choir

Theresa, is a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She relocated to Detroit after graduating from Central State University in Wilberforce, OH.

Theresa a devoted mother of three, Hartford, Jason and Emily also dedicated 30 years to the Detroit Public School System. During her tenure she worked in a number of capacities from counselor to principal, the position from which she recently retired.

Twenty-three years ago, Theresa became the director of the Sacred Heart Children’s Choir (now known as the Sacred Heart Youth Choir). Her unwavering support and love for young people, continues to inspire new generations of youth choir members to reach for their goals.




Arthur Miles, Percussionist

Arthur, a native of Detroit, has been part of Sacred Heart’s Musical Staff since 2000.

As talented drummer, Arthur began playing at the age of 7 years old. His love for music and passion for God, makes him an asset both to this ministry and his home church Miracle Tabernacle Pentecostal Church (Detroit.)

Arthur is married to Charlene (Green) Miles, and is the proud parent of 4 children Angelique, Ashley Chania Miles and Arthur III.