News Releases

Pope Francis Meets with Abuse Victims »
Published Monday, Jul. 7, 2014

Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that "despicable actions" caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been "camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained."

The Michigan Catholic wins two national Catholic press awards »
Published Thursday, Jun. 26, 2014

The Michigan Catholic, the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of Detroit, has been awarded two honors by the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada.

Reverend Thomas Puzio granted senior priest status, effective June 30 »
Published Monday, Jun. 16, 2014
Reverend Thomas Puzio, granted senior priest status, effective June 30, 2014. Father Puzio has been serving as associate pastor at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Parish, Detroit.
Archbishop urges prayers for peace in Iraq »
Published Friday, Jun. 13, 2014

In light of escalating violence and threats against Christians in Iraq, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron is urging Catholics in metro Detroit to pray for peace. The Archbishop made the following statement:

“The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Detroit offers its ardent prayers for all those suffering the effects of violence in Iraq, including those Christians being persecuted for their faith. With a unified voice we pray that the power of good may overcome the threat of evil. May Saint Mary, the Mother of God, intercede for our brothers and sisters in Iraq, and offer a model of peace for all people.”

Archbishop Vigneron, who in 2010 attended the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, tomorrow will be a principal co-consecrator at the ordination of Bishop-elect Frank Kalabat as he becomes the new bishop of the Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle, which includes the growing Chaldean Catholic community in metro Detroit and the entire eastern United States. The ordination is at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 14, at Mother of God Chaldean Church, 25585 Berg Road in Southfield, MI.

Reverend Tomek Maka appointment effective June 25 »
Published Monday, Jun. 9, 2014

Reverend Tomek Maka will serve as formator at SS. Cyril and Methodius House of Studies Krakow, Poland effective June 25, 2014, in addition to his principal responsibilities of doctoral studies at Catholic University of Lublin, Poland.

Pentecost Sunday »
Published Wednesday, Jun. 4, 2014

Pentecost Sunday is a Solemnity feast celebrating the day on which, as promised by Christ, the Holy Spirit was poured out on the apostles and disciples in the form of tongues of fire (Acts 2:1-41). In the liturgical calendar, Pentecost is celebrated fifty days after Easter.

As we celebrate Pentecost Sunday this year, we bear in mind that Archbishop Allen Vigneron has called upon the faithful to pray for a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit in our Archdiocese. To learn more about the Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost, visit aod.org/yearofprayer.

Six Men to be Ordained Priests June 7 for Detroit Archdiocese »
Published Tuesday, Jun. 3, 2014

Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron on Saturday, June 7, at 10 a.m. will ordain six men to the Catholic priesthood for the Archdiocese of Detroit: Deacons Ryan Adams, Jeffrey Allan, John Kopson, Gregory Piatt, Bryan Shackett and Joe Tuskiewicz. A seventh, Father Joseph Kirkconnell, was ordained May 24 in his home parish of St. Ignatius in the Grand Cayman Islands. As St. Ignatius Parish is under the pastoral care of the Archbishop of Detroit, Father Kirkconnell also is considered a priest of the archdiocese.

The June 7 ordination will take place at a liturgy at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Avenue, Detroit. The public is invited to attend. Those being ordained will greet family and friends following the ordination Mass.

Media Availability Archbishop to discuss Catholic survey results »
Published Tuesday, May. 27, 2014

Archbishop Allen Vigneron and officials from the Archdiocese of Detroit will be available for members of the news media to discuss the results of Perceptions of the Faithful, an archdiocesan-wide survey of 41,000-plus Catholics that took place

Detroit seminarian’s ordination in Caymans to be live-streamed »
Published Thursday, May. 22, 2014

Transitional Deacon Joseph Kirkconnell, a student at Detroit’s Sacred Heart Major Seminary and a native of the Grand Cayman Islands, will be ordained at 11 AM Eastern on Saturday, May 24, at his home parish of St. Ignatius in the Grand Cayman Islands. St. Ignatius Parish is under the pastoral care of the Archbishop of Detroit, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron.

CTND to carry coverage of Pope Francis Visit to Holy Land »
Published Thursday, May. 22, 2014

Beginning on Saturday, May 24th, 2014, the Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) will carry CatholicTV Network's coverage of the apostolic journey of Pope Francis to the Holy Land. CTND is an affiliate of Boston-based CatholicTV.