2013

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.”

Easter Message »
Published Sunday, Mar. 31, 2013

A blessed and happy Easter to all of you!

Easter Vigil Homily »
Published Saturday, Mar. 30, 2013

The following is an excerpt from Archbishop Vigneron’s homily given at the Easter Vigil, March 30, 2013, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. The entire homily may be heard at this audio link.

Chrism Mass Homily »
Published Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013

The following is the full text from Archbishop Vigneron’s homily given at the annual Chrism Mass, March 30, 2013, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. More than 160 priests concelebrated the Mass and renewed their commitment to the priesthood. The entire homily may be heard at this audio link.

Palm Sunday Homily »
Published Thursday, Mar. 28, 2013

The following are excerpts from Archbishop Vigneron’s homily on Palm Sunday, March 24, 2013, at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. Youths and young adult Catholics were extended a special invitation to this liturgy to mark the beginning of Holy Week. The entire homily can be heard at the audio link.