Appointed by Pope Benedict XVI, the Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron was named archbishop of the Detroit Archdiocese on Jan. 5, 2009, succeeding Cardinal Adam Maida.
In January of 2003, Archbishop Vigneron was named coadjutor bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif. He served in that capacity for nine months before becoming the local ordinary (resident bishop). While in California, he oversaw the design and construction of a new cathedral, chancery, conference center and healing garden dedicated to those abused by clergy.
In Detroit, he was named an auxiliary bishop under Cardinal Maida in 1996.
Archbishop Vigneron served as rector-president of Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 1994–2003. He had studied for the priesthood there, returned in later years to teach philosophy and returned yet again as a dean. A native of Mt. Clemens, the archbishop was ordained as a priest of the Detroit Archdiocese in 1975.
Born: Oct. 21, 1948
Ordained Detroit Priest: July 26, 1975
Appointed Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit and Titular Bishop of Sault Sainte Marie in Michigan: June 12, 1996
Ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit: July 9, 1996
Appointed Coadjutor Bishop of Oakland: Jan. 10, 2003
Installed Coadjutor Bishop of Oakland: Feb. 26, 2003
Succeeded as Third Bishop of Oakland: Oct. 1, 2003
Appointed Tenth Ordinary and Fifth Archbishop of Detroit: Jan. 5, 2009
Installed Archbishop of Detroit: Jan. 28, 2009
Auxiliary Bishops ordained under Vigneron
Bishop Donald F. Hanchon
Bishop Michael J. Byrnes
Bishop Arturo Cepeda
Bishop Gerard Battersby
Bishop Robert Fisher
Briefings focused on the Archdiocese of Detroit’s financial condition, the Together in Faith pastoral planning process, and future plans for Catholic charities and other institutions.