Sharing The Light Communications


Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Matthew 5:16

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

We are embarking together on a mission, guided by the Holy Spirit, to transform the Archdiocese of Detroit into a band of joyful missionary disciples. This mission requires a bold commitment to living our faith and sharing it with everyone we meet. Aided by your prayers and support, our parishes, schools and other ministries are aligning their structures and resources to this shared mission. Importantly, those of us working at the archdiocese’s Central Services, serving the wider community, know we must always take great care to be good stewards of your financial gifts and our collective resources.

This requires a commitment to transparency. In 2011, I wrote a series of updates called “Sharing the Light,” to address common questions and concerns from you, the faithful, and to update you on our activities. My intent was to provide you with the facts regarding the challenges and opportunities we face as brothers and sisters in Christ. As we work together to bring Christ to all those within our reach, I am restarting my “Sharing the Light” communications, adding new topics and updating those already published here. On behalf of my coworkers, I commit that we will annually review these categories each fall, updating the information and adding new topics, as needed.

As the people of God, we are all called to assist with our transformation into a missionary, outward focused, archdiocese. As I wrote in my pastoral letter: “The new ‘mission territory’ is our own neighborhoods, workplaces, schools and even our own homes.” Therefore, as you meet people and help them to encounter Christ, you may encounter questions about the Church or misunderstandings about the archdiocese and our initiatives. I pray that this depository of updates, with frequently asked questions and answers, will be helpful as you share our faith with others.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron

Archbishop of Detroit

  • Archdiocesan Finances »

  • Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan »

    After nearly two years of diligent and faithful effort, Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) has emerged from a newly-formed regional human services agency to one poised for growth in providing help and giving hope to God’s people in the Archdiocese of Detroit. Now our principal archdiocesan agency for works of mercy, CCSEM last year assisted more than 15,000 people by sharing Christ’s love through adoption and foster care services, individual and family counseling, services for seniors, refugee resettlement, Hispanic outreach, helping those in crisis circumstances, and numerous other services.

  • Catholic Foundation of Michigan »

  • Catholic Services Appeal »

    The mission of the Church is to proclaim and establish the Kingdom of God on earth. Advancing this mission requires our clergy, religious, and lay faithful to unite in our common goal of pursuing the pastoral priorities of the Church. For over 30 years, the Catholic Services Appeal (CSA) of the Archdiocese of Detroit has been a particularly successful way we have come together to advance our mission.

  • Changing Lives Together »

    A renewed sense of mission and stewardship was the cornerstone of the Changing Lives Together initiative. Each disciple utilized a unique combination of our Lord’s gifts of time, talent and treasure to help achieve parish and Archdiocesan goals detailed below. The faithful, pastors, parishes, Archdiocesan staff and consultants collaborated in this transforming initiative, and much more was accomplished than we could have imagined.

  • Clergy Sexual Abuse »

  • John Paul II Center »

  • Loan Deposit Program »

  • Parish Finances »

    October 2013 - Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron offers you the opportunity to better understand how your financial generosity is administered by your parish and your Archdiocese.

  • Parishioner Data Management and Privacy »

  • Priests' Pension Plan »

  • Protecting God's Children »

  • Sacred Heart Major Seminary »

    Archbishop Vigneron is continuing his Sharing the Light series with a look at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, one of the preeminent Catholic seminaries in the United States. To learn more, please see the bulletin. 

  • Stewards for Tomorrow / Archdiocese of Detroit Endowment Foundation »

  • St. John's, Plymouth »

  • Synod '16 »

    How can communities of faith – families, parishes, schools, Catholic apostolates, and Archdiocese of Detroit’s Central Services – unleash the Gospel in Detroit and southeast Michigan, proclaiming the good news of Jesus Christ?

    To discern the answer, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron convened a synod in fall 2016. Representatives from throughout the archdiocese met over three days to pray, discuss and discern what the Holy Spirit was saying. Synod members focused on themes and propositions relating to how to reorient the Archdiocese of Detroit from maintenance to mission. How can we become the band of joyful missionary disciples that God wants us to be?

    The work of Synod 16 was the work of the Holy Spirit. It is a movement. We are merely His instruments at work refashioning the Church to win back the world for Christ. Synod 16 was not an endpoint. Rather, it was a grace-filled moment in our Church and a milestone along the road toward becoming an evangelizing diocese filled with Catholics conformed to Christ.

  • Unleash the Gospel »

  • Español »

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