Statements

Chrism Mass Homily »
Published Thursday, Apr. 17, 2014

The following is an excerpt of Archbishop Allen Vigneron’s homily at the Archdiocese of Detroit’s 2014 Chrism Mass, celebrated on Holy Thursday, April 17, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. The full homily may be heard at this audio link.

Archbishop Vigneron's Palm Sunday Homily »
Published Monday, Apr. 14, 2014

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron gave the following homily at Mass on Palm Sunday, April 13, 2014, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Year of Prayer »
Published Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014

“Renew your wonders in our time, as though by a new Pentecost and grant that your holy Church, praying perseveringly and insistently with one mind, together with Mary, the mother of Jesus, and guided by St. Peter, may increase the reign of the Divine Savior, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace. Amen.”

Message to the Faithful of the Church of the Archdiocese »
Published Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014

Dear Brothers,

God is giving me great joy in celebrating the Feast of Our Lord's Presentation.  I want to share with you one of the graces I've had in my prayer for this day: Blessed John Henry Newman's sermon for the Feast.  I've attached it to this message for you reading and meditation if you are so inclined. I think that this is one of Cardinal Newman's best.  I pray that it will be an occasion for the Lord to renew for you as he has for me on this Feast my sense that: (a) he is working out his saving purpose whether anyone recognizes it or not; and (b) we need to watch for and respond to his hidden and obscure actions in our lives as he works to save us.  Let us pray for one another that the Holy Spirit confirm us in these convictions of faith.

Sunday Celebrations in an Emergency Situation »
Published Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2013

Dear Fathers,

From Apostolic times, Sunday has been the day when Christians have been gathered together by the Holy Spirit to hear God's Word and to offer sacramentally the Paschal Sacrifice of their Lord, the mystery by which the Church is constituted and sustained. As Christians we believe that we are not saved as individuals apart, but as members of the Mystical Body of Christ through his Pascal love. And so it has been important for us all to gather as that Mystical Body every Sunday in order to be renewed in that mystery, through which alone we find salvation.

Detroit Archbishop speaks about and prays for situation in Syria »
Published Monday, Sep. 9, 2013

Archbishop speaks about and prays for situation in Syria.  “We must bring to our participation, to our life as citizens, what we know about right and wrong, good and bad, defense of the innocent, and bringing to justices those who commit crimes. That’s what the Holy Father is asking the whole world to think about, to pray about…"

Detroit Archbishop Echoes Pope Francis in Urging Prayers for Syria »
Published Thursday, Sep. 5, 2013

Heeding encouragement from Pope Francis to make Sept. 7 a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, Archbishop Allen Vigneron will lead a prayer for peace during a 4:15 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Sept. 7, at St. Joseph Church, 1828 Jay Street, Detroit. All are welcome to attend.

Abp. Vigneron on U.S. Supreme Court Decisions on DOMA, Prop. 8 »
Published Wednesday, Jun. 26, 2013

Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron issued a comment regarding decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down part of the Defense of Marriage Act and to decline ruling on the merits of a challenge to California’s Proposition 8.

Fortnight for Religious Freedom »
Published Friday, Jun. 7, 2013

Religious liberty is not only about our freedom to go to Mass on Sunday, or to pray the rosary at home, or even to say publicly that we are Christians. It is about whether we can live how Christ would have us live. Unfortunately, in many instances in our country, our Christian actions – the very things we do to follow Christ and His Church – are being infringed upon and impeded by the government that we so often have counted on to protect our religious liberties.

Detroit Archbishop Welcomes Next Bishop of Grand Rapids »
Published Thursday, Apr. 18, 2013

Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron made the following comment regarding today's announcement that Cleveland priest Father David Walkowiak will succeed Bishop Walter Hurley as Bishop of the Diocese of Grand Rapids…

“The Catholic Community of the Archdiocese of Detroit shares the joy of the Church in Grand Rapids in welcoming Bishop David Walkowiak as Bishop Hurley’s successor. On behalf of us all I offer prayerful support to Bishop Hurley as he begins his new chapter in his service to the Church, and I extend a heartfelt welcome to Bishop Walkowiak. I am confident that the Lord Jesus will use him to continue the work of the New Evangelization here in our State.”