Dear Brothers and Sisters in the Lord:
From its founding in 1919 to the present, Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit has responded to the Church’s ongoing call to prepare men for the priesthood. The primary mission of our Seminary is forming our future priests to share the gospel message and administer the sacraments of salvation. They celebrate the Eucharist, preach and teach the living Word of God, hear confessions, baptize and receive marriage vows, and anoint the sick and dying. The 2013-14 enrollment of 120 seminarians at Sacred Heart is the highest in four decades.
Sacred Heart also prepares deacons and lay ecclesial ministers who selflessly support our pastors who often serve without the help of an associate pastor and sometimes minister to the faithful in multiple parishes. For decades, Sacred Heart has educated and trained lay men and women for ministerial service to the Church of Detroit, their parish communities, and the world. In these times of great challenges to the Church and the faithful, our Seminary is an irreplaceable part of our ability to fulfill our archdiocesan mission priorities, especially increasing priestly vocations, evangelization and catechesis, and lay leadership development.
As a graduate, former dean, former rector-president, and current chairman of the Board of Trustees at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, I am passionate about the presence of Sacred Heart, as are my brother bishops in the Detroit Archdiocese, who teach, attended, or had leadership positions at the Seminary - Bishop Michael Byrnes, Bishop Arturo Cepeda, Bishop Donald Hanchon, and Bishop Francis Reiss. We are committed to strengthen Sacred Heart to respond to our Lord’s invitation to train the next generation of lay and ordained leaders who will proclaim his message of love and forgiveness.
I encourage you to learn more about Sacred Heart Major Seminary by visiting my Sharing the Light section on the archdiocesan website at www.aod.org/sharingthelight/SHMS/.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit
Posted: December 11, 2013