Statement regarding the resignation of Sister Mary Finn HVM

Release Date: 1/18/19

The Department of Communications of the Archdiocese of Detroit shares the following message from Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, regarding the resignation of Sister Mary Finn, HVM, from the faculty of Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

"It is only in recent days that I have come to know new and additional details and context regarding Sr. Mary’s misconduct. Based on this information, the current rector, Msgr. Lajiness, accepted Sister Finn’s resignation. I endorse this action.”

Statement from Sr. Mary Finn, HVM

January 16, 2019 It is with resolve, sadness and great hope in Jesus that I am announcing my departure from Sacred Heart Major Seminary and resigning from my duties effective today.
More than fifty years ago, I misused my position of authority as a director of novices in the Home Visitors of Mary (HVM) Order, engaging in inappropriate conduct with two adult novices. I regret that behavior, have repented of my actions, and sincerely apologize for the harm I have caused.
I recently was asked about this situation and upon reflection and prayer, it became clear to me that in order to support the seminary's culture of transparency and trust, I wanted to be forthcoming about these past actions. Putting all of this in the hands of Jesus and trusting in Him, I willingly resign my position at Sacred Heart.
Please know of my great love for our Eucharistic Jesus, our Church, the Home Visitors and the Sacred Heart Major Seminary community. With love, sorrow and humility, Sr. Mary Finn, HVM