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Reverend Walter Ptak

Reverend Walter Ptak appointed Administrator of St. Albert the Great Parish, Dearborn Heights, effective March 1, 2019, in addition to his responsibilities as Administrator of St. John the Baptist Parish, Dearborn Heights and Pastor of St. Sebastian Parish, Dearborn Heights.

Reverend James Bilot

Reverend James Bilot appointed Pastor of St. Paul on the Lake Parish, Grosse Pointe Farms, effective July 1, 2019. Father Bilot is currently serving as Pastor of Divine Child Parish, Dearborn. 

Reverend Marko Djonovic

Reverend Marko Djonovic appointed Administrator of St. Moses the Black Parish, Detroit, effective July 1, 2019.  Father Djonovic is currently serving as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of the Rosary Parish, Detroit.

Reverend Michael Suhy

Reverend Michael Suhy appointed Pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Plymouth, effective July 1, 2019.  Father Suhy is currently serving as Pastor of St. Louise de Marillac Parish, Warren.

Reverend Daniel Zaleski

Reverend Daniel Zaleski granted Senior Status, effective March 1, 2019.  Father Zaleski is currently serving as Pastor of St. Albert the Great Parish, Dearborn Heights. 

Regarding laicization of Theodore McCarrick

In response to the Holy See’s announcement that Theodore McCarrick, former Archbishop of Washington, has been dismissed from the clerical state, Archbishop Vigneron joined the USCCB in affirming that no one is exempt from being held accountable for their actions.

Archbishop Vigneron’s statement:
 

“The Holy See’s announcement regarding Theodore McCarrick reinforces the Church’s renewed commitment to protecting everyone – especially minors and vulnerable adults – from sexual abuse and ensuring those who would commit abuse have no place in ministry. There is no excuse – ever – for the crime of sexual abuse, especially by those in Church leadership. Pope Francis’ judgment in this high-profile case affirms that no one is exempt from being held accountable.
 
“In the Detroit archdiocese, I continue to keep our focus on the healing of victim-survivors – healing that is not possible without true transparency and a rebuilding of trust.”

 
To read statement from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), please click here.
 
To report sexual abuse by clergy or church representatives, contact local authorities or go to protect.aod.org.

Reverend Salvatore Palazzolo

Reverend Salvatore Palazzolo released from parochial ministry to study Canon Law at Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., effective July 1, 2019.  Father Palazzolo is currently serving as Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish, Port Huron.

Reverend Mario Amore

Reverend Mario Amore appointed Administrator of St. Aloysius Parish, Detroit, effective July 1, 2019. Father Amore is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. Hugo of the Hills Parish, Bloomfield Hills.  

Monsignor Patrick Halfpenny

Monsignor Patrick Halfpenny appointed Director for Priestly Mission in the Office for Clergy and Consecrated Life, effective July 1, 2019.  In this new position, Msgr. Halfpenny will assist priests to become better equipped for mission as they seek to implement the directives found in Archbishop Vigneron’s pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel. Monsignor Halfpenny is currently serving as Pastor of St. Paul on the Lake Parish, Grosse Pointe Farms.

Reverend Steven Mateja

Reverend Steven Mateja appointed Associate Pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Allen Park, effective January 13, 2019.  Father Mateja is returning from a leave of absence.