"We awake today to the news that Proposal 3 has passed, altering our state constitution to allow for unregulated and unsafe abortion on-demand in Michigan. As people of faith who witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ and His teachings, we are deeply saddened by this grave assault on the dignity and sanctity of unborn, innocent human life. We grieve for the many women who will continue to be harmed by abortion in our state. And most importantly, we grieve for the lives who will be lost because of this unjust and perverse law."
— Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, November 9, 2022
In a new letter to the faithful of the Archdiocese published in the wake of the passage of Proposal 3, Archbishop Vigneron affirms our need to pray and beg God for forgiveness for allowing this evil to happen in our state.
He also calls on “all the faithful to join me in the first two weeks of Advent, from November 27 to December 9, in doing penance, giving alms, praying, and fasting” to “make reparations for the great sin of abortion in our midst.”
What Happens Next?
Our mandate now is to accelerate a mission of love and respect for all human life. As Archbishop Vigneron noted: "This work is more critical now, as the unborn have been stripped of their basic right to life and their mothers face the harmful lie that the death of their children is a solution to their struggles."
We reaffirm our commitment to walking with and supporting women and families in need—with open arms and no judgment. It is through such spiritual, emotional, and practical support that can create a work in which abortion is unthinkable and all women are empowered to choose life for their children.
In the Archdiocese of Detroit, we do this largely through the work of Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan, the charitable arm of the Church in southeast Michigan, and the Archdiocese's Department of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship. In particular, Walking with Moms in Need (WWMIN) is a ministry to help parishioners identify and create local resources that provide assistance to pregnant and parenting moms in need, and Project Rachel is an important ministry for individuals who have been harmed by abortion.
Parishes wishing to engage in Walking with Moms in Need ministry should contact Kathleen Wilson, AOD Pro-Life Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also view the Archdiocese's Walking with Moms in Need Orientation Course for Parish Leaders to learn more.
These and other resources are available at the following links: