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Archbishop Vigneron's response to statement from Archbishop ViganĂ²

The Communications Department of the Archdiocese of Detroit shares Archbishop Vigneron’s counsel "in the midst of this hour of difficulty” resulting from claims made by the former Vatican ambassador to the United States.  

“The statement of Archbishop Viganò, the former Vatican Ambassador to the United States, is another daunting challenge to our confidence in the reliability of the Church’s leadership, during a summer of devastating news regarding clergy sexual abuse and infidelity. In the midst of this hour of difficulty, I offer two words of counsel – one about truth, the other about hope. 

“About truth: The Lord assures us that 'the truth will set us free' (Jn 8:32). We have nothing to fear in facing squarely the allegations made by Archbishop Viganò. I join with the priests and people of the Archdiocese of Detroit in praying for the triumph of truth and transparency – and praying that it comes quickly. Whether the Archbishop’s claims are confirmed or proved to be unfounded, the truth which comes to light will show us the sure path to the purification and reform of the Church. 

“About hope: On ascending to the Father, Jesus pledged that he would be with us always, until the end of the age (cf. Mt 28:20). Christ has not abandoned us in this time of crisis. By his rising, he is Lord of all history. And in these trials, he seeks to restore the vitality of his Church. We must respond with abandonment to his designs, to identify the grace he offers us in this moment and to accept it willingly regardless of the cost. If we respond with hope, the Lord will take us to a new place from which we can go forth to unleash the Gospel with new power and new strength. 

“In the end, we are servants of Christ. We trust in him. He will strengthen us and transform our weakness into power to advance his Kingdom and the salvation of souls. Our Lady, Help of Christians, pray for us.” 

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Reverend Bradley Forintos

Reverend Bradley Forintos appointed Associate Pastor of Our Lady on the River Parish, Marine City, effective August 20, 2018.  Father Forintos is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Port Huron.

Archbishop Vigneron on Recent News Concerning Clergy Sexual Abuse

In response to a letter from Pope Francis concerning sexual abuse of children in the Church, Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron on Monday, August 20 issued a message to the faithful urging all to read and reflect on the Holy Father’s words.

  • Click here to read Archbishop’s message and the letter from Pope Francis

On August 13, Archbishop Vigneron released a letter to the faithful offering prayers for victims of clergy abuse and affirming the need for accountability among clergy. The letter was written in anticipation of the release of a grand jury report on clergy abuse in Pennsylvania and in light of revelations of misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

“My prayers today are with the victims of abuse at the hands of clergy worldwide, particularly those represented in the grand jury report in Pennsylvania. The allegations contained in that report, as well as recent allegations of sinful behavior involving former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick – regardless of when and where they happened – are daunting tests of faith for you in the Church, her leadership and our ongoing efforts towards abuse prevention and response.”

The Archdiocese of Detroit places no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and other personnel. Be it five, fifteen, or 50 years later, our diocese accepts and responds to all reports. To speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator, please call (866) 343-8055 or email

Reverend David Bechill

Reverend David Bechill appointed Associate Pastor of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Lincoln Park, effective August 20, 2018.  Father Bechill is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Our Lady on the River Parish, Marine City.

Reverend Darrell Roman

Reverend Darrell Roman granted a medical leave of absence effective July 10, 2018. Father Roman had been serving as Pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, St. Clair Shores.

Archdiocese newspaper 'The Michigan Catholic' to be replaced with digital news website and service

The Archdiocese of Detroit on Wednesday announced it is replacing The Michigan Catholic print newspaper with Detroit Catholic, a comprehensive digital news website and service. Starting this fall, Detroit Catholic will feature free, daily and engaging news coverage of missionary activities of the local church in southeast Michigan.

To facilitate this news transformation, The Michigan Catholic newspaper will cease print publication after the August 24 issue, with an anticipated digital launch of the Detroit Catholic website in November.

The new online news service will continue providing the award-winning coverage and feature stories Michigan Catholic readers expect. However, the transition to Detroit Catholic will allow the archdiocese to enhance that coverage and broaden its storytelling and reach.

Details of this transition are being shared this week with Michigan Catholic subscribers and advertisers, as well as archdiocesan parishes and schools.

  • Read letter to the faithful from Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron

Reverend Raymond Bucon

Reverend Raymond Bucon granted Senior Status effective July 1, 2018.  Father Bucon was previously on a Medical Leave of Absence.

Reverend Donald Sopiak

Reverend Donald Sopiak granted Senior Status effective July 1, 2018.  Father Sopiak was previously on a Medical Leave of Absence.

Reverend Timothy Babcock

Reverend Timothy Babcock granted Senior Status effective July 1, 2018.  Father was previously serving in the Office for Clergy and Consecrated Life.  Father Babcock will continue to act as part-time liaison for International priests, part-time Judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal, Chaplain for the Felician Sisters in Livonia and delegate for Catholic Cemeteries.

Reverend Gerard LeBoeuf

The status of Reverend Gerard LeBoeuf was discussed by Bishop Arturo Cepeda during weekend liturgies at Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson, June 23 – 24, 2018.  For a link to the letter shared with parishioners, click here.