Archbishop Vigneron to Ordain Two Bishops for Detroit on January 25 at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral


Jan 20, 2017
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On Wednesday, January 25, two priests will be ordained bishops for the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit. The ordination ceremony, led by Detroit Archbishop Allen H. 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 Reverend Gerard Battersby, who most recently served as Vice Rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary and continues to serve as pastor of St. Mary of Redford Parish in northwest Detroit, and Reverend Robert Fisher, who serves as pastor of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak. The men will be “auxiliary bishops” in the Catholic church, meaning they will assist Archbishop Vigneron in shepherding the six-county, 1.3-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 Francis naming the two 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 bishops’ heads; the presentation of the Book of Gospels; and the investiture with rings, mitres, and pastoral staffs. 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, biographies and remarks, is available on the Archdiocese of Detroit website at The ordination Mass will be streamed live on the Archdiocese of Detroit Facebook page and on
News reporters who wish to interview one or both of the new bishops should contact the Archdiocese of Detroit Public Relations Office at (313) 237-5943 or
Videographers and photographers are asked to refrain from using flash or sun-guns in the Cathedral and to 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.
Also note that there will be an official event photographer who will have priority positioning for photographs. ###