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Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron's statement on Pope Francis' Global Rules for Reporting Abuse

May 9, 2019

The Department of Communications of the Archdiocese of Detroit shares the following statement from Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, regarding the release Thursday of Pope Francis’ Motu Proprio – an edict or law issued by the Holy Father and applicable to the global Church. Called Vos estis lux mundi, (Latin for “You are the light of the world”), the law addresses the Church’s need for increased accountability among bishops and protection for those who report sexual crimes and misconduct.

I welcome our Holy Father’s Motu Proprio and its clear directives for universal accountability in response to the horrors of clergy sexual abuse. As the Metropolitan bishop and head of the Province – the seven Catholic dioceses in the State of Michigan – I stand ready and eager to implement the Holy Father’s directives and to continue advancing our local efforts to eradicate the crime and sins of sexual abuse from the Church. I also look forward to using the Holy Father’s directives as a framework for expanded action following the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) meeting this June. We will hold accountable for their actions all those who would cause harm – no matter their position in the Church.


I am deeply sorry to all those who have been injured and are enduring a lifetime of physical, emotional and spiritual suffering because of perverse actions by those in authority. No one is above civil law and importantly, no one is above God’s law. All the faithful deserve our best and swiftest actions, especially those who have been harmed. Even one incidence of abuse to a child of God is too many.


In the Archdiocese of Detroit, we believe that transparency and accountability are  essential for healing and rebuilding trust. We also know that we cannot – and should not – handle this alone, so we continue to report abuse to law enforcement. I am grateful for my clergy and lay collaborators who are working with me for justice and healing. Through prayer, action and the power of the Holy Spirit, we yearn and work toward a holier Church.

Archbishop Vigneron also shares his support and endorsement of the response from Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the USCCB.

Individuals with knowledge of sexual abuse by clergy or Church representatives are urged to contact local law enforcement and the Michigan Attorney General’s office. Individuals also may contact the Archdiocese of Detroit by visiting protect.aod.org.


Reverend Theodore D’Cunha

Reverend Theodore D’Cunha, S.A.C., with the concurrence of his Superior, Reverend Pedro Camilo Simoes, S.A.C., Provincial, appointed Pastor of St. Ignatius Parish, Grand Cayman, effective July 1, 2019.  Fr. D’Cunha is currently serving as Pastor of St. Priscilla Parish, Livonia.

Reverend Suresh Rajaian

Reverend Suresh Rajaian, S.A.C., with the concurrence of his Superior, Reverend Pedro Camilo Simoes, S.A.C., Provincial, appointed Pastor of St. Pius X Parish, Southgate, effective July 1, 2019.  Fr. Rajaian is currently serving as Pastor of St. Ignatius Parish, Grand Cayman. 

Archdiocese to hold Rosary service, Mass Wednesday in Detroit for victims of Easter violence in Sri Lanka

In sadness and solidarity with those killed and injured during the Sri Lanka terrorist attacks on Easter Sunday, the Archdiocese of Detroit will hold a Rosary service at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24 followed by Holy Mass at St. Aloysius Catholic Church, 1234 Washington Boulevard in Detroit. All are welcome to attend.

Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit Donald Hanchon will serve as main celebrant of the Mass, and will offer prayers for those killed and injured, their families, for all those affected, and for an end to such devastating violence in our world.

Ahead of the service, Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron prayed for religious tolerance worldwide and looked to the promise of Christ’s Resurrection for comfort.

“We continue to pray for the victims of the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka, for the repose of the souls lost, healing for the wounded and comfort for all those affected by this horrific violence,” he said. “I find myself too often responding to acts of hate with calls for unity, but today I once again pray that we may make the world a place of tolerance and acceptance of people of all religions.

“It is with sorrow and shared grief, but eyes fixed on Jesus and hearts full of hope in the power of the Resurrection, that we pray for healing and peace for the people of Sri Lanka.”

St. Aloysius is one block north of Michigan Avenue and the Westin Book Cadillac Hotel. News media are welcome to cover the Rosary service and Mass. For media inquiries and/or to make coverage arrangements, please call Holly Fournier at (313) 237-5802 or e-mail [email protected]

Reverend Mr. Derik Peterman

Reverend Mr. Derik Peterman to be appointed Associate Pastor of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Farmington, effective July 1, 2019.  Deacon Peterman will be ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 2019.

Reverend Pathrose Panuvel

Reverend Pathrose Panuvel, with the concurrence of Bishop Philipos Mar Stephanos Thottathil, appointed Associate Pastor of St. Michael Parish, Livonia, effective July 1, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities to the Malankara Catholic community.

Reverend Gregory Deters

Reverend Gregory Deters appointed Associate Pastor of St. Alphonsus – St. Clement Parish, Dearborn, effective August 1, 2019. Fr. Deters is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, South Lyon.

Reverend Gregory Deters

Reverend Gregory Deters appointed Temporary Associate Pastor of St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Lake Orion, effective June 1, 2019 through July 30, 2019. Fr. Deters is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, South Lyon.

Reverend Bryan Shackett

Reverend Bryan Shackett appointed Associate Pastor of St. Thecla Parish, Clinton Township, effective August 1, 2019.  Fr. Shackett is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Roseville.

Reverend Bryan Shackett

Reverend Bryan Shackett appointed Temporary Associate Pastor of St. Lawrence Parish, Utica, effective June 1, 2019 through July 30, 2019.  Fr. Shackett is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. Isaac Jogues Parish, Roseville.