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Reverend Mr. Adam Nowak

Reverend Mr. Adam Nowak to be appointed Associate Pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish, Allen Park, effective July 1, 2019.  Deacon Nowak will be ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 2019.

Reverend Mr. John McKenzie

Reverend Mr. John McKenzie to be appointed Associate Pastor of National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica Parish, Royal Oak, effective July 1, 2019.  Deacon McKenzie will be ordained to the priesthood on June 8, 2019.

Reverend Louis LaPeyre

Reverend Louis LaPeyre appointed Associate Pastor of Our Lady on the River Parish, Marine City, effective July 1, 2019. Fr. LaPeyre is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. Mary Queen of Creation Parish, New Baltimore.

Reverend Kevin Roelant

Reverend Kevin Roelant appointed Associate Pastor of both St. John the Baptist Parish, Monroe and St. Mary Parish, Monroe, effective July 1, 2019.  Fr. Roelant is currently serving as Associate Pastor of National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica Parish, Royal Oak.

Reverend Paul Odilichukwu Onyebuchi

Reverend Paul Odilichukwu Onyebuchi, with the concurrence of his bishop, Most Reverend Paulinus C. Ezeokafor, Diocese of Awka, Nigeria, appointed Associate Pastor of SS. Andrew and Benedict Parish, Detroit and St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Melvindale, and Associate Pastor of St. André Bessette Parish, Ecorse, effective July 1, 2019, pending immigration clearance.  Fr. Onyebucki is currently serving as the Manager/Administrator of a Diocesan School in Nigeria.

Reverend Joseph Tuskiewicz

Reverend Joseph Tuskiewicz appointed Administrator of St. Priscilla Parish, Livonia, effective July 1, 2019.  Fr. Tuskiewicz is currently serving as Associate Pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish, Lapeer. 

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron’s statement regarding National Catholic Reporter interview with Bishop Emeritus Gumbleton

In response to recent interview comments from Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Thomas Gumbleton, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron offers the following statement to clarify the demands the Gospel makes about the path to salvation for people that experience same sex attraction.

Bishop Gumbleton has offered his private opinions on this topic, which are not a reliable guide to the authentic teaching of the Catholic Church. In her teaching, the Church presents the mind of Christ himself. It is this light that must guide how we live as God’s daughters and sons. The authentic doctrine about the topic of Bishop Gumbleton’s interview is found clearly expressed in the Catechism of the Catholic Church:

“Basing itself on Sacred Scripture, which presents homosexual acts as acts of grave depravity, tradition has always declared that ‘homosexual acts are intrinsically disordered.’ They are contrary to the natural law. They close the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approved” (n. 2357).

Importantly, men and women who have deep-seated homosexual tendencies “must be accepted with respect, compassion, and sensitivity. Every sign of unjust discrimination in their regard should be avoided” (2358).

When done culpably these disordered acts are sinful and rupture one’s relationship with God. Separation from God is the worst of all evils that can befall any man or woman. The Church and her pastors are committed to accompanying all those tempted with same sex attraction on their journey toward living chastely according to the challenge of faithful Christian discipleship.


Reverend Susaikannu Esack, SAC

Reverend Susaikannu Esack, SAC, with the concurrence of his superior, Fr. Pedro Camilo Simoes, SAC, appointed Associate Pastor of St. Patrick Parish, White Lake, effective July 1, 2019, pending immigration clearance. 

Reverend Cornelius Okeke

Reverend Cornelius Okeke, with the concurrence of his bishop, Most Reverend Paulinus C. Ezeokafor, Diocese of Awka, Nigeria, appointed Pastor of SS. Andrew and Benedict Parish, Detroit and St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Melvindale, effective July 1, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of St. André Bessette Parish, Ecorse.

Reverend Michael Nkachukwu

Reverend Michael Nkachukwu appointed Pastor of St. Jude Parish, Detroit, effective July 1, 2019, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of Our Lady Queen of Heaven – Good Shepherd Parish, Detroit and St. Raymond – Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish, Detroit.