Archbishop Vigneron to Ordain Three Bishops for Detroit

May 5 at Detroit Cathedral

May 3, 2011
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Joe Kohn, Director of Public Relations

On Thursday, May 5, three priests will be ordained bishops for the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. The ordination ceremony, led by Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron, will take place at 2 p.m. at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, 9844 Woodward Avenue in Detroit.

The men to be ordained bishops are Msgr. Donald Hanchon, the current pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in southwest Detroit; Fr. Michael Byrnes, the current vice-rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit; and Fr. José Arturo Cepeda, a priest of the Archdiocese of San Antonio who currently is rector of Assumption Seminary in San Antonio. The men will be "auxiliary bishops" in the Catholic Church, meaning they will assist Archbishop Vigneron in his shepherding of the six-county, 1.4 million member Archdiocese of Detroit.

The ordination ceremony will be included in a Catholic Mass, expected to last approximately three hours. The ceremony includes a reading of the letter from Pope Benedict XVI naming the three priests as bishops; an examination of the candidate; the laying on of hands; the imposition of the Book of Gospels; the prayer of consecration; the anointing of the bishop's head; the presentation of the Book of Gospels; and the investiture with ring, mitre and pastoral staff. The Cathedral is expected to be filled to capacity, with hundreds of bishops and priests in attendance. A reception will follow at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 2701 Chicago Boulevard (at Linwood), Detroit.

Information on the new bishops, including photos and remarks

  • Full details of the Episcopal Ordination of Bishops

A live video stream of the ordination will be available at The smartphone app USTREAM will also carry the ordination (search CTND).

News reporters: A press conference involving Archbishop Vigneron and the three men will precede the ordination ceremony, taking place at the Cathedral at 10:30 a.m. A mult-box for audio will be available at the press conference and at the ceremony.

Videographers and photographers: A pool audio/video feed will be available for broadcast crews, as will a live airing of the ceremony locally on the Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) and nationally on CatholicTV ( Satellite coordinates available per request. Still photographers are asked to refrain from using flash or sun-guns. Also note that there will be an official event photographer who will have priority positioning for photographs.

In all reporting at the Cathedral, please take care not to interrupt or impede any procession during the ceremony. We thank you in advance for respecting the solemnity of the occasion, and heeding directions from the Archdiocese of Detroit personnel, event organizers, and ushers.