Archdiocese of Detroit News and Events


News and events in and around the Archdiocese of Detroit

  Archdiocese of Detroit Crest



June 18, 2018

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In Unleash the Gospel, my pastoral letter on the New Evangelization, I wrote that “our communities are ready for renewal” and that there is “a readiness to move beyond the ways we have always done things and to think about new ways.” All of us in the Archdiocese – bishops, priests, and laity – are engaged in this renewal which, I pray, will transform our local Church into a band of joyful missionary disciples sharing the good news of Jesus Christ throughout southeast Michigan.
One of the obligations of a bishop is to provide spiritual guidance to the souls under his care. In that spirit, I will, over the coming months, share with you a series of pastoral notes which provide such guidance on issues of importance in our local Church and community, through the eyes of Unleash the Gospel. I hope that you find these notes to be of some assistance.
The first step in any renewal is repentance from sin, including the violent sin of racism. This week marks 75 years since growing racial tensions contributed to three days of civil unrest in Detroit that took the lives of 34 people and injured over 400. So today, I wish to share with you a pastoral note on Christ’s victory over the sin of racism in which I offer a few words about how we, a community of followers of Jesus Christ, can show love to everyone we meet, treat all people with dignity and respect, and work together to heal the wounds inflicted by sins of racism in our community.
Entrusting you and your families to the loving care of Mary, Mother of God and Mother of the Church, and to our Patron, St. Anne, I remain

Sincerely yours in Christ,
The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron 



Click Here to Read Archbishop Vigneron's Pastoral Note on Racism





Click here to read Unleash the Gospel  Archbishop Vigneron's Pastoral Letter June 2017





Sunday, July 22, 2018 - Monday, July 30, 2018
Location: Solanus Casey Center, 1780 Mount Elliott, Detroit, MI 48207

Father Solanus Casey (1870-1957), whom Pope Francis declared “blessed” last year, will be remembered on the first-ever celebration of his feast day on July 30, 2018. To mark the historic occasion, the Capuchin friars will hold a nine-day series of prayers (July 22-30), called a novena, and Masses at the Solanus Casey Center leading up to the Feast. Each day of the nine-day novena prayer focuses on a particular area of Blessed Solanus Casey’s life and ministry.

Throughout the nine-day novena leading up to the feast day, the Solanus Casey Center Gift Shop will offer a discount of 20 percent or more off all items. 

Confessions will be heard by Capuchin priests from Monday through Saturday during the novena week on the hour at 10am, 11am, noon, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. 

Parking: Limited, secured off-street parking is available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis in a gated lot off of Kercheval between Mt. Elliott St. and Meldrum St. Additional parking is available on the streets surrounding the center.

Download Novena Prayers (PDF)


Feast Day Novena Schedule

Sunday, July 22 – Music
9am, Mass with litany of all saints and prayer for the canonization of Blessed Solanus Casey
2pm, Blessing of the Sick
3-4pm, Musical celebration with a Violin Concerto

Monday, July 23 – The Poor
7:45am Mass
Noon Mass with litany and prayer for the poor
-Attendees invited to bring canned goods for the hungry
-Tours of Capuchin Soup Kitchen following prayer

Tuesday, July 24 – Neighbors 
7:45am Mass
Noon Mass with litany and prayer with and for the Capuchins’ Detroit neighbors

Wednesday, July 25 – The Sick
7:45am Mass
Noon Mass with litany and prayer and blessing of the sick
2pm, Blessing of the Sick

Thursday, July 26 – Religious and consecrated life
7:45am Mass
Noon Mass with litany and prayer for those in religious and consecrated life

Friday, July 27 – Families
7:45am Mass
Noon Mass with litany and prayer with and for families

Saturday, July 28 – The Young
5:00pm Mass with litany and prayer with and for young adults, with reception following

Sunday, July 29 – The Church
9:00am, Mass with litany and prayer, followed by reception
11:00am, Mass with litany and prayer, followed by reception
1:30pm, Mass celebrated by His Excellency Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, concelebrated by Br. Michael Sullivan, OFM Cap., provincial minister as well as other clergy in attendance. (This Mass will be livestreamed) 

Monday, July 30 – The Feast Day
7:45am Mass

Noon Mass with litany and prayer for the Feast of Blessed Solanus Casey by Br. Michael Sullivan, OFM Cap., provincial minister as well as other clergy in attendance. 


Priestly Vocations:

The Watchmen Regional Discernment Groups

Regional Discernment Groups are for men ages 16 - 55 who want to actively discern the call of the Lord in their lives. These groups will meet for times of prayer, presentations on discernment, food and fellowship with other like-minded men.

Upcoming event:

South Region:

July 26, 2018, Church of the Divine Child, Dearborn, 6PM

For more information, locations, and dates visit




Cardinal Dearden Memorial

A memorial prayer service for John Cardinal Dearden will take place on Wed., Aug. 1

from 7 to 9 pm at St. Therese of Lisieux Parish. Sponsored by the Cardinal Dearden

Legacy Project, it will commemorate the 30th anniversary of his death.

The cardinal served with distinction as Archbishop of Detroit from 1958 to 1980.

He attended all sessions of Vatican II and brought to us its teachings and collaborative style.

He was elected the first president of the national bishops’ conference

and hosted the first national justice conference in 1976.

He died on Aug. 1, 1988.

A reception with light refreshments will

follow the prayer service.

St. Therese of Lisieux is located at 48115 Schoenherr,

just north of 21 Mile in Shelby Twp.

For more information, call 586-264-9815





Vocation to be

a Franciscan Friar?


Catholic men, 18-35, interested in hearing about and/or exploring Franciscan Religious Life are invited to Church of the Transfiguration Friary, 25231 Code Road in Southfield on Sunday, September 30, 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. The evening will include prayer, dinner, and informal conversation.

No commitment is expected; it will just be an informal opportunity to meet some friars and hear about our life.

To let us know you are coming or for more information,

contact Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM,

at Church of the Transfiguration, or (248) 356-8787 x 3107.





Give the Gift of Reading!


Tutor at the Dominican Literacy Center for adult learners.

Tutor one student two hours a week in reading or math.

Call Tyra Thompson for more information. 313-267-1000.

Location: 5555 Conner Detroit, MI 48213.


Volunteer Tutors Needed

Interested in helping a child improve their academic and learning skills? Are you available twice a week between 3:00 and 5:00 pm? Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM) needs volunteers to work with children from Hispanic families in the first through fifth grades at schools in Pontiac. You don’t need a background in Spanish! The students speak English and need help with their homework and other academic activities. This is a good fit for high school and college students as well as retirees or others who have afternoons free. Volunteer  tutors team up with onsite CCSEM staff for support and coordination.  Learn more by calling Aidee Benavides at 248-338-4250 ext. 3719 or e-mail:







Archbishop urges prayers for peace in Iraq


In light of escalating violence and threats against Christians in Iraq, Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron is urging Catholics in metro Detroit to pray for peace. The Archbishop made the following statement:


“The Catholic community in the Archdiocese of Detroit offers its ardent prayers for all those suffering the effects of violence in Iraq, including those Christians being persecuted for their faith. With a unified voice we pray that the power of good may overcome the threat of evil. May Saint Mary, the Mother of God, intercede for our brothers and sisters in Iraq, and offer a model of peace for all people.”