Previous Synods

Mass at Synod 1969
Msgr. Joseph Imesch and John Cardinal Dearden process into Mass
at Cobo Arena during Synod 1969.
March 29, 1969.
Photo courtesy of the AOD Archives

The Archdiocese of Detroit has had ten synods since it's establishment as a diocese in 1833.

Bishop LeFevre convened two synods (1859 and 1862), covering the following areas:

  • Regulations concerning the clergy, establishment of the Board of Consultors
  • Enforce the decrees of the third provincial council of Cincinnati

Bishop Borgess convened five synods (1873, 1878, 1881, 1885, and 1886), covering the following areas:

  • Obligation of parishes to establish schools and of parents to use and support them
  • Obligation to support certain diocesan charitable organizations
  • Expanded code of regulations (for clergy) and uniform liturgy
  • Supporting the construction of a new Cathedral
  • Creation of diocesan structures (e.g., Board of Consultors made permanent, division of diocese into deaneries)

Cardinal Mooney convened two synods (1944 and 1954), covering the following areas:

  • Regulations regarding the clergy, and the celebration of liturgy, directions to deans and pastors, assistants and chaplains
  • Teaching Office of the Church
  • Temporal Goods

Cardinal Dearden convened one synod (called in April 1966 and completed in May 1969), covering the following areas:

  • Creation of diocesan structures – Delegates (e.g., Clergy), Departments (e.g., Christian Worship), Offices (e.g., Administrative Services), Councils (e.g., Religious Priests )
  • Lay participation in parish, vicariate and diocesan councils, especially bolstered influence through the parish councils
  • Principles of Ecumenism in religious instruction, as well as understanding of non-Christian faiths.
  • Accountability at the parish through lay participation, parish councils, financial reporting to diocese and parish, parish budgets, financial planning, limits on transactions (spending and property sale up to $10,000 pastor can carry out; up to $50,000 Vicar needs to approve, after $100,000 Archbishop needs to approve)