Official Announcements

Appointments

Reverend John Riccardo »
12/9/2018 12:00:00 AM
Reverend John Riccardo is being released to create and lead a new non-profit organization, Acts XXIX, a pastoral initiative aimed at supporting the movement to Unleash the Gospel. The team, composed of clergy and laity, will concentrate on two primary areas of focus: first, to work with pastors and parishes to create a culture of evangelization and discipleship; and second, in support of parishes, especially in the City of Detroit to offer direct evangelization efforts that foster encounters with Christ. This position will become effective July 1, 2019 until June 30, 2023. Father Riccardo is currently serving as Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Plymouth.
Reverend Anthony Richter »
11/25/2018 12:00:00 AM
Reverend Anthony Richter appointed Pastor of Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson, effective November 26, 2018.  Father Richer is currently serving as Administrator of Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson.
Reverend Gregory Piatt »
11/11/2018 12:00:00 AM
Reverend Gregory Piatt appointed Administrator of St. John XXIII Parish, Redford, effective December 2, 2018.  Father Piatt is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. John XXIII Parish, Redford.
Reverend Walter Ptak  »
9/3/2018 12:00:00 AM
Reverend Walter Ptak appointed Administrator of St. John the Baptist Parish, Dearborn Heights, effective August 27, 2018.  This will be in addition to Father Ptak’s continuing responsibilities as Pastor of St. Sebastian Parish, Dearborn Heights.
Reverend David Bechill »
9/2/2018 12:00:00 AM
Reverend David Bechill appointed Administrator of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Lincoln Park, effective October 1, 2018.  Father Bechill is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Lincoln Park.
Reverend Edwin Balazy  »
9/2/2018 12:00:00 AM
Reverend Edwin Balazy granted Senior Priest Status effective August 27, 2018.  Fr. Balazy has been serving as Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Dearborn Heights. 
Reverend David Bechill »
8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM
Reverend David Bechill appointed Associate Pastor of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Lincoln Park, effective August 20, 2018.  Father Bechill is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Our Lady on the River Parish, Marine City.
Reverend Bradley Forintos »
8/20/2018 12:00:00 AM
Reverend Bradley Forintos appointed Associate Pastor of Our Lady on the River Parish, Marine City, effective August 20, 2018.  Father Forintos is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Port Huron.
Reverend Darrell Roman  »
8/5/2018 12:00:00 AM
Reverend Darrell Roman granted a medical leave of absence effective July 10, 2018. Father Roman had been serving as Pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, St. Clair Shores.
Reverend Raymond Bucon  »
7/30/2018 12:00:00 AM
Reverend Raymond Bucon granted Senior Status effective July 1, 2018.  Father Bucon was previously on a Medical Leave of Absence.

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Notices

St. Philomena Parish and Church (Detroit) »
11/11/2018 10:00:00 AM
On November 6, 2018, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued two decrees.  The first decree brings about the cessation of Saint Philomena Parish, with merging the Saint Philomena Parish territory into Saint Matthew, Saint Clare of Montefalco, and Saint Paul Parishes.  The second decree relegates to secular use Saint Philomena Church.

Good Shepherd (Oratory) Chapel, Detroit »
5/14/2018 12:00:00 AM
On May 14, 2018, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a decree relegating Good Shepherd (Oratory) Chapel to secular use, which means that its closure is now permanent.

Special Collection for Hurricane Relief »
9/7/2017 4:41:00 PM
At the request of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Vigneron has asked all parishes to consider taking up a special collection at Masses on the weekend of September 16 and 17 to support relief efforts. Funds given through this collection will support the humanitarian and recovery efforts of Catholic Charities USA, providing pastoral and rebuilding support to impacted communities.
College of Consultors Statutes »
6/12/2017 12:00:00 AM

On June 7, 2017, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a decree promulgating new Statutes for the College of Consultors pursuant to canon 502 of the Code of Canon Law.  For additional information and assistance in understanding the details of this announcement, you may contact the Office of the Chancellor at chancellor@aod.org.

Reverend Philomen Okoh »
10/10/2014 12:00:00 AM

Reverend Philomen Okoh, now a priest of the Archdiocese of Oniteke, Nigeria (formerly a member of the Congregation of the Missions) has been serving on the chaplaincy staff at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak without the permission or authorization of the Archbishop of Detroit. Initially he had that permission but it was later withdrawn. Father Okoh has been directed to leave the Archdiocese of Detroit on several occasions in the past but has refused to do so.

Parish changes

Saint John Bosco and Saint Robert Bellarmine Parishes, Redford »
5/29/2018 12:00:00 AM
On May 29, 2018, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a decree merging Saint John Bosco and Saint Robert Bellarmine Parish communities into a new parish community that will be called Saint John XXIII Parish effective July 2, 2018.
Holy Family (Inskter) and Saint Mary (Wayne) Parishes »
5/9/2018 12:00:00 AM
On May 9, 2018, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued two decrees. The first decree brings about the cessation of Holy Family Parish, merging the territory of care into that of Saint Mary Parish. 
St. Philip Neri Church, Columbus  »
12/30/2017 9:14:00 AM

On November 9, 2017, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a decree that relegates to profane use but not sordid use the Saint Philip Neri Church building in Columbus, Michigan.

All Saints and Saint Gabriel Parishes, Detroit »
11/26/2017 12:00:00 AM
Concerning the merger of All Saints and Saint Gabriel parish communities and relegation of All Saints Church to profane use.
St. Leo Church - Detroit »
5/28/2017 12:00:00 AM

On May 19, 2017, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a decree that relegates to profane use but not sordid use the Saint Leo Church building in Detroit.

NeoCatechumenal Way - Missio ad gentes in the Archdiocese of Detroit »
5/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

On March 2, 2017, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a decree establishing a Missio ad gentes of the NeoCatechumenal Way for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

St. Mel Parish - Dearborn Heights, MI »
5/3/2017 12:00:00 AM

On April 5, 2017, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued two decrees. The first decree brings the cessation of St. Mel Parish, reditributing the territory to St. Linus, Saint Thomas the Apostle and Saint Mary Cause of Our Joy Parish.  A second relegates to profane use the St. Mel Church Building.

St. Sabina and Our Lady of Grace Parishes, Dearborn Heights »
3/18/2017 12:00:00 AM

On March 3, 2017, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued two decrees. The first decree merges Saint Sabina and Our Lady of Grace Parishes into a new parish that will be called Saint Sabina Parish. A second relegates to profane use Our Lady of Grace Church.

St. Pio of Pietrelcina Parish – Sacred Heart Church, Roseville »
11/12/2016 12:00:00 AM

On October 17, 2016, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a decree that relegated to profane use Sacred Heart effective January 23, 2017.

St. Joseph Oratory Parish, Detroit »
10/7/2016 12:00:00 AM

On October 7, 2016, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a decree that erected a personal quasi-parish effective October 15, 2016 for those who desire stable and comprehensive pastoral care through the extraordinary form of Holy Mass.

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Major announcements

Norms for Priestly Support and Compensation »
12/15/2014 12:00:00 AM

On November 17, 2014, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a decree titled “Norms for Priestly Support and Compensation,” which defines decent support, remuneration, and social assistance for priests incardinated in the Archdiocese of Detroit, pursuant to the Code of Canon Law (canons 274, 281, and 384).  These norms take force on January 2, 2015.  For additional information and assistance in understanding the details of this decree, you may contact the Office of the Chancellor at chancellor@aod.org.


Changes to Parish Finance Council Statutes »
5/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
On March 14, 2014, Archbishop Allen Vigneron issued a decree authorizing changes to the Statutes for Parish Finance Councils that now bears revision date of October 2013 (rev. 10/13) ); the prior edition being abrogated by this decree and replaced by the revisions bearing revision date of October 2013. To provide parishes the necessary time to align current practices with the Statutes, in accord with canon 8§2 of the Code of Canon Law, these Statutes will become binding on July 1, 2014.

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