Vatican Decree

Unofficial English Translation
Vatican decree declaring St. Anne the patroness of Detroit
Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

Prot. N. 57/10/L


The name of St. Anne, mother of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of whom Christian tradition has preserved the memory, which, carried through millennia, has never receded from the prayers and hearts of the faithful. Particularly, from the earliest times of the evangelization of the Archdiocese of Detroit until the present, countless of the Christian faithful have cultivated devotion to St. Anne in each generation and continually pursued devotion to her even to this day.

Hence, the Most Excellent and Reverend, Allen Henry Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, attending to the common desire of the faithful, in a letter dated Jan. 15, 2010, after carefully recalling, confirming and approving these things, consulted the Apostolic See concerning the patronage of St. Anne for the same archdiocese, and asked that it be strengthened by the patronage of St. Anne, appropriately to be observed in the future, as it has already been sought for so many years and with great spiritual fruit, unchanged and undiminished.

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in virtue of the faculty given by the Sovereign Pontiff Benedict XVI, seeing that the Patronage of St. Anne in the Archdiocese of Detroit has been observed to the provisions of the law, and has continued without interruption for many years and still remains firm, assents to the stated request, acknowledges and announces:

Saint Anne, mother of Blessed Virgin Mary, is established from time immemorial patroness before God of the Archdiocese of Detroit with all the attendant liturgical rights and privileges according to the rubrics.

Anything to the contrary notwithstanding.

Given at the office of the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, on Feb. 22, 2011, the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, Apostle.

Antonio Cardinal Cañizares Llovera

Archbishop Joseph Augustine Di Noia, OP