2014

Our Lady of Hope completes burials of Wayne County unclaimed bodies »
Published Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014

Our Lady of Hope Cemetery in Brownstown Township today completed burials of 145 bodies that had gone unclaimed from the Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office. The first of the bodies had been buried at a public, interfaith memorial service July 9.

Our Lady of Hope Cemetery is at 18303 Allen Road, between Pennsylvania and Sibley roads. The cemetery is owned by the Archdiocese of Detroit and managed by Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services (CFCS).

The efforts to find final resting places for the remains of the individuals came cooperatively from the Michigan Funeral Director Association chapters from Wayne and Oakland counties; the Jewish Fund; the Archdiocese of Detroit; and a coalition of volunteers and sponsoring businesses and organizations.

An additional 13 bodies from the Wayne County morgue are to be buried with military honors on Sept. 11 at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly. Six other bodies had been claimed as news of the burial service had spread.

Of the remains laid to rest at Our Lady of Hope, 135 were full burials in caskets; 10 were burials of cremated remains. An upright, granite grave marker — which will be donated by Inch Memorials in Northville and installed this fall — will be inscribed with the names of those buried. The graves are to the right-hand side of the cemetery’s main entrance, in Section 1. Those wishing to visit the cemetery and pay their respects can call Our Lady of Hope at (734) 285-2155 for further directions and information.

CTND to air 2007 interview with Cardinal Szoka »
Published Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

As the Catholic community in Michigan mourns the passing of His Eminence Cardinal Edmund C. Szoka, who died of natural causes on Thursday, Aug. 20, the Catholic Television Network of Detroit will air A Conversation with Edmund Cardinal Szoka t

Pope offers condolences and blessing to mourners of Cardinal Szoka »
Published Friday, Aug. 22, 2014

Following the August 20 death of Archbishop Emeritus Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, who served at the Vatican from 1990 until 2006, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron on Thursday received the following correspondence from Pope Francis...

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Abp. Vigneron available at 2:30 PM today to discuss the late Cd. Szoka »
Published Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron will be available this afternoon, Thursday, August 21, to speak with members of the news media on the passing of Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka. The media availability will be at at 2:30 p.m.  at the offices of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Ave. in Detroit. The offices are at the rear of the church building, with the entrance just off the parking lot.
Former Detroit Archbishop Cardinal Szoka Has Died »
Published Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014
With sadness and great hope in the Resurrection we share news of the death of Cardinal Edmund Casimir Szoka, who served as Archbishop of Detroit from 1981 until 1990 and went on to oversee the government of the Vatican City State under Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI.
UDM to award $20000 and $10000 Catholic Education University Grants to Catholic School Graduates »
Published Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014

University of Detroit Mercy, in partnership with the Archdiocese of Detroit, will award a new Catholic Education University Grant of $5,000 annually for four years to qualified graduating seniors who enroll at UDM and attended Catholic schools from first grade through high school. University of Detroit Mercy and the Archdiocese of Detroit made the announcement this morning at the university’s campus.

Students who attended and graduated from a Catholic high school and enroll at UDM will receive a $2,500 annual Catholic Education University Grant for four years.

“University of Detroit Mercy is excited to support the Archdiocese of Detroit Catholic Schools with these new university grants because they will help students to continue their Catholic education for four more years,” said UDM President, Dr. Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.

The respective grants of $20,000 and $10,000 will be available to first-time, full-time students entering UDM in the fall term of 2015.

“Several months ago, Dr. Garibaldi and I began a discussion that centered on developing a partnership that would promote the availability and affordability of a Catholic education for students from first grade through a bachelor’s degree,” explained Dr. Brian M. DoughertySuperintendent of the Archdiocese of Detroit schools.

“The Archdiocese and University of Detroit Mercy have been providing formation and educational opportunities for our students independently for many years. Today we join together to announce a partnership that will recognize and reward the commitment our parents have made in choosing Catholic elementary and secondary schools for their children. The University’s commitment of $20,000 for four years for any student completing an entire Catholic school education within the Archdiocese of Detroit increases the possibility that we will retain the brightest students in the region for the communities they may choose to live and work,” he added.

University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan’s largest, private Catholic University with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

More than 30,000 students attend 95 elementary and high schools in the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, which includes Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, St. Clair and Lapeer counties

Regarding the funeral service for April Millsap... »
Published Thursday, Jul. 31, 2014

A funeral service for April Millsap will be at 11 AM Friday, August 1, at St. Mary Mystial Rose Church, 24040 Armada Ridge Road in Armada.

In light of the solemnity and dignity of the funeral liturgy, the Archdiocesan Department of Communications relays a request from the  parish that no interviews be conducted and no recording devices -- video, audio, or still photography -- be allowed in the church or elsewhere on church property before, during or after the funeral service. Due to limited space, the church parking lot will not be opened to media vehicles.

We thank you in advance for your cooperation and respect of the family’s need for personal space at this sensitive time.

Archbishop renews call to pray for peace in Iraq »
Published Thursday, Jul. 24, 2014

As Christians in Iraq face new  and escalating violence and still more grave threats of violence, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron today issued anew his call for Catholics in metro Detroit to pray for peace. The archbishop made the following statement on June 12, 2014:

“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 was part of the Vatican’s Synod of Bishops for the Middle East, has forged close ties with the Chaldean community in the Archdiocese of Detroit. In the fall of 2013, the Archbishop hosted a prayer service at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit for the intention of Christians in the Middle East. This summer, he concelebrated the episcopal ordination of Bishop Francis Kalabat, the head of the Southfield-based Chaldean Eparchy of St. Thomas the Apostle.

Regarding Fr Joseph S Skelton Jr »
Published Friday, Jul. 11, 2014

The Communications Department has been asked to pass along the following information from Msgr. Timothy Hogan, Director of the Office for Clergy and Consecrated Life, and Msgr. G. Michael Bugarin, the Archbishop's Delegate for Clergy Discipline.

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."