News Releases

National Shrine of the Little Flower to mark designation as 'Basilica' with Mass of Thanksgiving »
Published Tuesday, Apr. 21, 2015

National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, will celebrate Mass of Thanksgiving to mark the Shrine’s status as a basilica. The main celebrant will be Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron. During the Mass, the public announcement and declaration from Pope Francis will be read.

Reverend Paul Snyder »
Published Sunday, Apr. 19, 2015
Reverend Paul Snyder, appointed administrator, St. Mary Parish, Royal Oak, effective July 1.  Father Snyder currently serves as associate pastor at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Farmington.
Abp. Vigneron: Cardinal George 'a friend and mentor' »
Published Friday, Apr. 17, 2015

Statement from Archbishop Vigneron on the passing of Cardinal George.

Archdiocesan Chorus invites public to be part of its trip to sing for the pope »
Published Monday, Apr. 13, 2015
The Archdiocesan Chorus is inviting people from Metro Detroit to be part of its historic opportunity to sing at Mass with Pope Francis at St. Peter’s Basilica on January 6, 2016, the Feast of the Epiphany. The chorus, which in March received the invitation from the Vatican, is encouraging the public to attend events, contribute to crowdsourcing to provide scholarships to their musicians, and even to come along with the chorus on its pilgrimage to the Vatican.
Reverend Steven Wertanen »
Published Sunday, Apr. 5, 2015
Reverend Steven Wertanen, appointed pastor, St. Anastasia Parish, Troy effective July 1.  Father Wertanen currently serves as pastor at St. Mary Parish, Royal Oak.
Reverend Simeon Iber »
Published Sunday, Apr. 5, 2015
Reverend Simeon Iber, appointed pastor, St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Garden City effective July 1. Father Iber is a priest of the Diocese of Gboko, Nigeria, where he currently serves on their seminary faculty.  He served previously in the Archdiocese of Detroit in a variety of assignments in Port Huron.
New Rector for Blessed Sacrament Cathedral »
Published Saturday, Mar. 28, 2015
Reverend John J. Mech, appointed rector, Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit; and pastor of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Detroit; and St. Moses the Black Parish, Detroit effective August 1. Father Mech currently serves as pastor at St. Anastasia Parish, Troy.
Archbishop to Celebrate Holy Week at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral »
Published Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015

Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron extends and invitation to the public to join him during Holy Week and Easter at Detroit’s Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Cathedral is situated at 9844 Woodward Avenue, between Chicago Boulevard and the Davison.

Regarding Fr James Roth OSFS »
Published Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015

The Toledo-Detroit Province of the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales (OSFS) has deemed credible a complaint of sexual misconduct with a minor by one of the religious order’s priests, Fr. James Roth (1953-2015).  From 1995-2004, during his time as a teacher, guidance counselor, and administrator at St. Francis de Sales High School in Toledo, Ohio, Fr. Roth also helped with the weekend Mass and sacramental schedule at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Church in Monroe, Michigan.  Other assignments included schools in Utah and Ontario, Canada.  Fr. Roth died February 11, 2015.  

Regarding the funeral service for Sergeant Marcus Bawol »
Published Wednesday, Mar. 25, 2015

A funeral service for Marine Staff Sergeant Marcus Bawol, who was among 11 military members who died in a helicopter crash in Florida on March 10, will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 26, at St. Louise de Marillac Church, 2500 Twelve Mile Road in Warren. Monsignor Thomas Rice, pastor of St. Thomas More Parish in Troy, will preside at the Mass.

The Archdiocesan Department of Communications relays a request from the family and parish that no recording devices— video, audio, or still photography— be allowed in the church before, during, or after the funeral service. 

We thank in advance reporters, editors and camera crews for their respect of the solemnity and dignity of this occasion, and for honoring the family’s wishes for personal space at this sensitive time.