Monday, January 5, 2009

New Archbishop for Detroit

I don't typically put information on my blog about newly named bishops, but when the bishop named is your new boss, I can make an exception.

"Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Allen Henry Vigneron, 60, of the Diocese of Oakland, California, as the new Archbishop of Detroit. Installation of the new archbishop has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 28, at Detroit’s Blessed Sacrament Cathedral.

As required by Church law, Cardinal Maida submitted his resignation to the Holy Father when he turned 75, in March of 2005. Pope Benedict then invited Cardinal Maida to continue as Archbishop of Detroit. Cardinal Maida’s resignation has now been accepted; he will, however, serve as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese during this month’s transition.

Cardinal Adam Maida will introduce his successor, Archbishop-elect Allen Vigneron, at a news conference on Monday, January 5, at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Major Seminary, 2701 Chicago Boulevard at Linwood, Detroit.

Archbishop-elect Vigneron was born in Mt. Clemens and grew up in Immaculate Conception Parish, Anchorville. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School before going on to Detroit’s Sacred Heart Seminary High School and College. Later, he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.

Prior to being named Bishop of Oakland, California, in 2003, Archbishop-elect Vigneron was an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Detroit. His background includes assignments as rector/president of Sacred Heart Major Seminary, work in the Administrative Section of the Vatican Secretariat of State, and service as associate pastor at Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, Harper Woods.

In his remarks, Archbishop-elect Vigneron expressed his gratitude to Pope Benedict, acknowledged Cardinal Maida’s welcome home, and addressed southeast Michigan’s economic struggle. “I recognize that this challenge for our civic community is – as all societal problems are – a pastoral challenge as well. To that challenge,” he said, “I want to bring all the riches of grace which the Holy Spirit has bestowed on the Church.”

As Archbishop of Detroit, Archbishop-elect Vigneron will be the chief shepherd of 1.4 million Catholics who reside in Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Monroe, Lapeer, and St. Clair Counties. Assisting him in his duties will be Auxiliary Bishops Daniel Flores and Francis Reiss and retired Auxiliary Bishops Moses Anderson, SSE, and Thomas Gumbleton."
(From Press Release by Archdiocese of Detroit)


Esteban Vázquez said...

Well, congratulations on the this appointment of your new bishop (and boss)! :-)

Meanwhile, I don't know anything about the structure of the Roman Catholic church in Michigan--does Flint belong to the Archdiocese of Detroit, or to some other diocese?

Timothy said...



Flint is part of the Diocese of Saginaw, whose bishop is Robert Carlson.

Biblical Catholic said...

Robert Carlon? Good guy, he used to be my bishop, and so did Daniel Dinardo, now a cardinal

Esteban Vázquez said...

What?! Saginasty is a diocesan see, but Flint isn't?! I mean, that just screws up my whole idea of good and evil and God.

(Bonus points if you know what movie that line's from. ;-)

Timothy said...

Reality Bites?

Timothy said...


Also, I think Flint may belong to the Diocese of Lansing.