My Dear Friends in Christ:
I began a series of Sharing the Light communications in 2011 to address common questions and expressions of concern from you, the faithful. These 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. These communications appeared in many parish bulletins and are published on the archdiocesan website.
As every parish in the Archdiocese works toward fulfilling the next steps specified through Together in Faith, I am restarting my Sharing the Light communications, beginning with an update on archdiocesan finances. I will focus an upcoming Sharing the Light on parish finances, that is, how your generous gifts to your parish offertory, the annual Catholic Services Appeal (CSA), and other collections are allocated. I will share with you the increasing importance of Sacred Heart Major Seminary and will provide an update on efforts to protect God’s children through our ongoing commitment to properly address allegations of sexual abuse.
My intent through Sharing the Light is to provide you with the facts regarding the challenges and opportunities we face together as brothers and sisters in Christ. In the meantime, please accept my deepest gratitude for the trust you have extended to me as your shepherd in faith.
Yours Sincerely in Christ,
Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit