All parishes of the Archdiocese of Detroit will join other parishes in new groupings called “families of parishes” — working together and sharing resources and talents to further advance our shared mission.

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November Pastoral Letter from Archbishop Vigneron

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Pentecost 2020 Letter from Archbishop Vigneron

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Family Moderators Announced:

After much discernment, the Assignment Board has made strategic and prayerful assignments for pastors and moderators of Wave 1 Families of Parishes.

What Collaboration with other Parishes is really like:

Wondering what interaction between parishes in a family will be like? Parishioners from other dioceses who use a Families of Parishes structure give us an inside look.

Family of Parishes Transition Testimony: Mary Jo McDonald


Family Gathering Dates:

Family Gathering #1, Encounter, will occur between the dates of March 15, 2021 – April 30, 2021.
Parishioners from all parishes in the Family. This is an opportunity to get to know one another and to encounter Jesus through new relationships as brothers and sisters.

Family Gathering #2, Grow, will occur between the dates of May 1, 2021 – June 15, 2021.
This second gathering is about beginning to grow together as disciples through the creation of relationships founded in faith.

Family Gathering #3 , Witness, will occur between the dates of June 15, 2021 – August 1, 2021.
This third gathering will encourage Family members to celebrate together as a Family, receiving the grace that comes with confidently witnessing to the Gospel.

We hope you encourage all of your parishioners in the family to attend some or all of these events.

These same Gatherings will be repeated for Wave 2 Families in early 2022.


Downriver Vicariate Family 2
Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Lincoln Park
Our Lady of the Scapular Parish, Wyandotte
St. Pius X Parish, Southgate
St. Vincent Pallotti Parish, Wyandotte



As you know, priests in the Archdiocese have been meeting every month to pray, learn, and discuss the transition to Families of Parishes. While our priests will be most impacted by this change, it will also have an impact on the lay faithful and deacons. Earlier this month, we were able to gather key leaders from the many groups which support and advise the Archbishop for a virtual meeting where they received an update on the progress of our efforts to move to Families. The response overall was quite positive, and they were asked to provide feedback and express any concerns they have.

The priests, vicars, and regional bishops are now finalizing the parishes within families, and the Governance Team is finalizing their recommendation to the Archbishop for the models of leadership that will be implemented in each family of parishes. I invite you to please pray for the all involved and for the Archbishop as they work to get this work across the finish line in the coming days. Prayers are needed as we are very close to finalizing some key decisions.

—Deacon Mike Houghton, Director, Department of Missionary Strategic Planning



To renew our parishes so they become places places where individuals and families encounter Jesus and grow as missionary disciples




To respond in faith to the challenges we face and to take the necessary steps to better equip our parish communities for mission.



To advance with unshakable conviction of the truth of the Gospel and a love that compels us to share the good news with those around us





Jesus Christ makes all things new! He himself is at work to renew his Church in the Archdiocese of Detroit. He is pouring out his Holy Spirit anew so that every member of the Church may be formed and sent forth as a joyful missionary disciple, so that the Gospel may be unleashed in southeast Michigan.

-Archbishop Vigneron