I am pleased to restart my series of Sharing the Light communications with a favorable update on archdiocesan finances. Like many individuals and families in southeast Michigan, the Archdiocese of Detroit and its Central Services operations have endured the worst of the recession, and while our challenges are by no means over, we have stabilized and marginally improved our financial situation. We are also in better shape to manage possible future financial challenges.
We have implemented many changes in how the business of the Archdiocese is conducted. While we have made significant progress toward operating within a balanced budget, our efforts and diligence must continue.
You, the faithful, provide the resources with which the Church operates in the Archdiocese of Detroit. I am deeply grateful for your generosity and your trust through these difficult times.
Please be assured we are striving, every day, to be good stewards of that which the Lord has given to us.
In the spirit of addressing these challenges and informing you about them openly, thoroughly, and with regularity, I invite you to learn more about the current state of archdiocesan finances.
I welcome your feedback and ask you to join me in asking the Virgin Mother of God to protect and advance our efforts to fulfill Christ’s mission to his Church.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit