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Reverend Donald Sopiak

Reverend Donald Sopiak granted Senior Status effective July 1, 2018.  Father Sopiak was previously on a Medical Leave of Absence.

Reverend Timothy Babcock

Reverend Timothy Babcock granted Senior Status effective July 1, 2018.  Father was previously serving in the Office for Clergy and Consecrated Life.  Father Babcock will continue to act as part-time liaison for International priests, part-time Judge of the Metropolitan Tribunal, Chaplain for the Felician Sisters in Livonia and delegate for Catholic Cemeteries.

Reverend Gerard LeBoeuf

The status of Reverend Gerard LeBoeuf was discussed by Bishop Arturo Cepeda during weekend liturgies at Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson, June 23 – 24, 2018.  For a link to the letter shared with parishioners, click here.

Reverend Anthony Richter

Reverend Anthony Richter appointed Temporary Administrator of Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson, effective July 14, 2018, in addition to his continuing responsibilities as Pastor of Christ the Good Shepherd Parish, Lincoln Park.

Monsignor Timothy Hogan

Monsignor Timothy Hogan relieved of his duties as Temporary Administrator of Guardian Angels Parish, Clawson, effective July 13, 2018.  Monsignor Hogan is the Pastor of St. Fabian Parish, Farmington Hills.

Regarding Msgr Arthur Michael Karey

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Monsignor Arthur Michael Karey (1918–1993). Ordained in 1943. More than two decades after his death, an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor was brought forward to the Archdiocesan Review Board, considered, and deemed to be credible.

Parish assignments included serving as associate pastor at St. Francis Xavier, Ecorse (1944); St. Lawrence, Detroit (1949); St. John the Evangelist, Detroit (1952); and, as pastor at St. Joseph, Lake Orion (1964); Christ the King, Detroit (1968); and St. Aloysius, Detroit (1980).

The Archdiocese of Detroit places no deadlines or time limits on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and other personnel and/or to speak to the Victim Assistance Coordinator c/o (866) 343-8055 or vac@aod.org.


Archbishop of Detroit condemns family separation at border

Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron on Wednesday released the following statement, condemning the separation of children from their parents at the U.S./Mexico border:

“We have a broken immigration system, one that separates children from their parents. This is wrong and cannot be tolerated, as it traumatizes and damages the youngest, most vulnerable among us.

“Failures in the system are not particular to the current administration; they go back many years. It is time our elected officials work together to accomplish two goods: ensuring the security of our borders and, at the same time, treating all people with the respect and dignity to which they are entitled as children of God.”

In addition, the archbishop appeared Tuesday on Michigan Radio’s Stateside program, addressing our “broken” immigration system.

This interview came on the heels of a statement released last week by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, rejecting the practice of family separation. This statement was covered widely by various media outlets.

Archbishop Vigneron has previously spoken publicly about the need for Christian, humane approaches to immigration. Last year, he spoke at a St. Patrick’s Day Mass about the importance of treating all newcomers with dignity. In 2016, he referred to family separation as a “fundamental wrong” that must be avoided. His statement that year coincided with the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and the Memorial of St. Juan Diego.

Archbishop of Detroit urges repentance from ‘the stain of many years of institutional racism’

New “pastoral note” on racism is first in series to be released in wake of year anniversary of landmark Unleash the Gospel

Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron is urging metro Detroit’s Catholic faithful to repent from “the stain of many years of institutional racism,” in a new pastoral note called "Agents for the New Creation," penned one year after he unveiled his vision for the Church in southeast Michigan.

The message is the first in a series of pastoral notes to be released by the archbishop in the coming months. In the new pastoral notes, Archbishop Vigneron will further guide the Church in metro Detroit toward becoming the “joyful band of missionary disciples” he envisioned in Unleash the Gospel, his pastoral letter released at Pentecost 2017. Each note will examine a topic relevant to modern culture and society through the eyes of the pastoral letter.

The first note released Monday comes at the 75th anniversary of the civil unrest of 1943 in Detroit, which lasted from June 20-22, took the lives of 34 people, and injured over 400. In the note, Archbishop Vigneron proclaims the first step in any walk toward sainthood: repentance from sin, including “the stain of many years of institutional racism” on the part of Catholics and others throughout the country.

“Sadly, we are living the wounds of those many years of injustice in our local communities,” the archbishop said in his note. “For the sins of these Catholics past and present, I as your Archbishop am truly sorry.”

In addition to the pastoral note, the archbishop has provided a collection of resources for pastors and educators wishing to engage their communities in conversation, including audio, video and text of a homily addressing racism given by the archbishop earlier this year at a local parish.

Note to Media: Interviews are available with clergy and faithful, reacting to the archbishop’s renewed call to repent from the sin of racism:

  • Leon Dixon, Coordinator of Black Catholic Ministry
  • Msgr. Daniel Trapp, spiritual director at Sacred Heart Major Seminary and pastor of St. Augustine and St. Monica Parish.

For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Holly Fournier, media relations manager, at (313) 237-5802 or fournier.holly @aod.org.

CYO’s Catholic Coaching IS Ministry Aligned With Vatican Pronouncement

(Detroit June 11, 2018)

Giving the best of yourself: a Document on the Christian perspective on sport and the human person, released by the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, is the Vatican’s first official document on sport and provides an expanded treatment of the Christian relationship to sport and the impact on participants, families and communities.  Pope Francis affirmed the importance of the document, saying "sports can be an instrument of encounter, formation, mission and sanctification.” 

CYO’s “Catholic Coaching IS Ministry” (CCIM) initiative was developed to align with the Catholic Church’s perspective on the significant value of athletics and to deal with some of the real challenges in the youth sport culture.  It was those challenges, outlined by the Archbishop during a change in leadership at CYO, which sparked the development of the initiative.  Catholic Coaching IS Ministry supports a “ministerial approach” to elevating the youth sport culture and refocusing toward fun, fairness, faithfulness, and development.

Sandy Werth, Athletic Director for CYO says, “CYO Athletics is entering into a new phase, a vision of transforming the league into one that encourages missionary discipleship through sports. With our Catholic Coaching IS Ministry initiative, we are challenging ourselves as well as our Athletic Directors & coaches to provide children and parents with the highest quality faith-based sports experience possible.”

Catholic Coaching IS Ministry works to educate coaches and parents against the dangers of highly competitive children's sports, pressures to win '"at all costs" and the unsportsmanlike or violent behavior of fans.  Chris Werner, Executive Director of CYO, sums it up this way, “With Catholic Coaching IS Ministry, we are changing the direction of CYO athletics to emphasize development of the whole athlete, physically, emotionally, their playing ability, and above all their spirituality.  The focus of CYO Athletics is not the sport, not the competition, and not the outcome.”  Catholic Coaching IS Ministry emphasizes how youth sports must always include fun. “Athletic competition is meant to engage and bring out the best in players,” Werner adds, “it is not meant to engage an enemy who must be vanquished – CYO does not stand for Crush Your Opponent.”

In addition to the role of coaches, the program also focuses attention on parent behavior.  The “Giving of Yourself” document says it plainly. "Parents have a responsibility of showing children that they are loved for who they are, not for their successes, appearance or physical abilities."  There is a large parental education element embedded within Catholic Coaching IS Ministry. 

The document also comments on the effect of sports on families.  “If sport runs the risk of being the occasion to divide a family and to diminish the sanctity of Sunday as a holy day to uphold, it also can help integrate a family with other families in the celebration of Sunday, not only in the liturgy but in the life of the community. This does not mean that sport matches should not take place on Sundays, but rather, such events must not excuse families from attending Mass and should also promote the life of the family within the community.” CYO has always put Mass above competition as CYO events on Sunday begin after 1pm and parish Mass schedules are always taken into consideration when building game schedules.  Presently, one-third of CYO parishes schedule family events around Sunday competitions including team masses, family BBQs, and parish wide celebrations.

The full text of the document is available here, along with a letter by Pope Francis that offers his support and comments on the document.

About Catholic Youth Organization

Since 1933 the Catholic Youth Organization has been enriching families and strengthening communities across Southeast Michigan with youth programs that embrace the love and example of Jesus Christ without regard to race, religion, or economic situation. 

CYO operates four main programs, athletics; youth leadership; spiritual scouting; and summer camps for boys and girls.  It is through these programs that the mission of CYO, “Mentoring today’s youth, empowering strong Christian leaders” will be accomplished.

For more information contact Chris Werner @ cwerner@cyodetroit.org  or 313-963-7172 ext.1


Reverend Wayne Epperley, CSSp

Reverend Wayne Epperley, CSSp appointed Temporary Administrator of Holy Family Parish, Detroit, effective May 21, 2018.  Father Epperley is currently serving as Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Greektown.