Our hope, then, is not mere human optimism but a deep and abiding assurance that Jesus Christ is our Lord, and the Lord of all of human history, and that he guides and protects us in the power of his Spirit. To make the point most directly: Jesus Christ is the Lord of Together in Faith, Phase Two and of the whole history of the Archdiocese of Detroit. We need only to remain faithful to His call—becoming holy ourselves through lives of fidelity and inviting others to join us in the life of holiness, in intimate friendship with God.
Only by... fidelity, and with the help that God gives us in (the) sacraments, will we be ready to fulfill the mission God has entrusted to us in this local Church of Detroit to proclaim the Gospel and to make Jesus known by our words and the example of our lives.
We need to see that our fidelity finds its most important expression in leading lives of penance, particularly in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and, above all, in the celebration of Holy Mass every Sunday and Holy Day of Obligation. Only by this fidelity, and with the help God gives us in these sacraments, will we be ready to fulfill the mission God has entrusted to us in this local Church of Detroit to proclaim the Gospel and to make Jesus known by our words and the example of our lives. This is what Jesus expects of us.
With gratitude to God for your faith and courage in taking up your part in our mission of evangelization, and entrusting you to the care of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, and to her mother, St. Anne, our Patron, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Archbishop of Detroit