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From Archbishop Vigneron

March 2018

My Dear Friends in Christ,

On December 14, 2017, we launched the Catholic Schools Strategic Planning Process. This initiative calls on each of our Archdiocesan schools to engage in a process that will set a clear vision for their school going forward, re-envisioning the way in which we currently operate our schools and to consider bold ideas to strengthen Catholic education in the Archdiocese overall.

This planning process first requires a deep reflection and discernment around Unleash the Gospel, and then sound evaluation and analysis of available data, around enrollment, demographics, census information, test scores, etc.

Additionally, each school has already conducted a survey of their constituent groups, comprised of faculty/staff, students, parents and community members. The data collected will provide important results which will ultimately be incorporated and become the foundation for their current strategic planning process.

As you may be aware, in my pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel, I emphasized the overall importance of Catholic schools in the Archdiocese, “I confirm, in light of what I heard the Holy Spirit say to our local Church through Synod 16, that Catholic schools are an apostolate that is the responsibility of all parishes and all Christ’s faithful.

This conviction needs to be a foundational principle for the renewal of this ministry.” It is with this in mind that we hope to hear from all of you, in order to gain valuable insights from the faithful who belong to parishes without schools. It is vitally important to be aware of how you, the faithful, regard our Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

An email link to the survey is being sent to all parish households that we have on record. Paper surveys will not be distributed. We will also be encouraging parishes without schools to post the link on their website to encourage the widest possible range of participation. The survey can be accessed from Monday, March 12, 2018, through Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Participation is entirely voluntary, and the information provided will be anonymous. In completing this survey, I hope you realize that your responses will contribute in helping our schools better understand the challenges and needs of our faithful regarding our Catholic schools.

Asking God’s blessings upon you, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron

Archbishop of Detroit


You may access the survey by clicking here



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






April 14, 2018



There are many questions and reactions when we hear the word “reparations.” To begin a dialogue, come join us on April 14, 2018 and examine your thoughts, views, vision, opinions, feelings and beliefs as the Beloved Community at Gesu presents a teach-in on reparations. There will be keynote speakers, a panel of experts, group discussions and an opportunity for questions to be addressed.


The Teach-in will include presentations on these four topics:

  • The history and politics of reparations

  • Legal issues

  • Economic issues

  • Preparing for advocacy


The reparations movement is gaining momentum. Retired Detroit Congressman John Conyers has been introducing HR40 into the House Judiciary Committee almost every year since 1989. This bill was last introduced on January 3rd, 2017. It would create a commission to study slavery reparations proposals and recommend appropriate actions. Currently the commission to Study Reparation Proposals for African Americans Act is pending before the House Judiciary Committee.


Join us as we seek to shed light on this difficult issue.  Registration is $12.00. Please make checks payable to Gesu Church at this address:


17204 Oak Drive

Detroit MI. 48221

Attn. Sr. Angela Hibbard








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:






JOIN WIDOWED FRIENDS - A peer support group - for Dancing Every Tuesday


At the Polish Century Club located at 33204 Maple Lane in Sterling Heights (14 Mile East of Van Dyke).  Doors open at 6:45pm.  Dancing is from 7:30 pm to 11:00 pm.  Cost is $7 per person with a cash bar.  A table can be reserved for Widowed Friends members.  Call 586.286.2991 for more information.











Cards/Games/Friendship – St. Isidore Church in Macomb

3rd Thursday of Every Month

Widowed of all ages are invited to join us  for cards / games / and friendship from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm at St. Isidore's Church, 18201 23 Mile Road in Macomb – at the corner of Romeo Plank and 23 Mile Road. Park and enter the church by the Blessed Mother statue. Bring a small snack to share and your own beverage. Next event is on and April 16th.   For more information call Donna at 810-434-2940 or Sandy at 586-781-7374.


Coed Breakfast in Royal Oak

(2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month)


All widowed men and women are welcome to come and enjoy good food, good conversation, and meet new friends at Avenue Family Restaurant, 31253 Woodward Avenue in Royal Oak at 9:30 am every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of each month.  RSVP to Marilyn at 248-543-1018 or Jan at 248-524-9168.  No walk-ins please.




(3rd Tuesday of every month)

All widowed men and women are welcome to come and enjoy a great breakfast and meet new friends at The Pancake Factory in the Deer Creek Shopping Plaza located at the Northeast corner of 23 Mile Road and Schoenherr Roads.  Order off the menu with separate checks.  For more information, please call Ellen at 586.781.5781.



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.”