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Reverend James Lowe, C.C.,

Reverend James Lowe, C.C., with the concurrence of his Superior, Reverend Allan MacDonald, C.C., Provincial, appointed Pastor of St. Scholastica Parish, Detroit effective July 1, 2019. Fr. Lowe is currently serving in specialized ministry with the Companions of the Cross.

Reverend Alberto Bondy

Reverend Alberto Bondy appointed Temporary Administrator of St. Kieran Parish, Shelby Township, effective June 12, 2019.

Monsignor Thomas Johnson

Monsignor Thomas Johnson granted a leave of absence, effective June 1, 2019. Monsignor Johnson is Pastor of St. Kieran Parish, Shelby Township.

Reverend Radoslaw Zablocki

Reverend Radoslaw Zablocki appointed Associate Pastor of St. Mary Queen of Creation Parish, New Baltimore, effective July 1, 2019. Fr. Zablocki is currently serving as the Associate Pastor of St. James Parish, Novi. 

Regarding Reverends Patrick Casey, Lawrence Ventline and Neil Kalina, PIME

The Michigan Attorney General on Friday announced criminal charges against Rev. Patrick Casey and Rev. Neil Kalina, PIME, as well as licensing action against Rev. Lawrence Ventline, priests who served in the Archdiocese of Detroit and previously had been removed from ministry. The Archdiocese of Detroit appreciates this update and offers the following information:

  • The allegation against Rev. Patrick Casey (photo), a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, was brought to the Archdiocese in 2015. The complainant was an adult at the time of the alleged incident. We removed Casey from ministry at that time and entered into the canonical process appropriate for this allegation. That process remains ongoing and is pending in Rome. 

    While restricted from ministry, Casey is prohibited from representing himself as a priest, wearing clerical attire or exercising any form of church ministry. 

    The allegation was included in the material collected by the Attorney General’s Office in the fall of 2018.
     
  • The allegation against Rev. Lawrence Ventline (photo), a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, was brought to the Archdiocese in 2016. Per our agreement with the six-county prosecutors in the Archdiocese, we turned over the complaint to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office. We were authorized by Oakland County to move forward with our canonical review and Ventline was restricted from public ministry at that time. Prior to his restriction from ministry, Ventline had not been assigned to full-time parish ministry for nearly 20 years.

    Since 2016, the Archdiocese of Detroit has worked with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the local police department and the individual who reported abuse against Ventline. While restricted from ministry, Ventline is prohibited from representing himself as a priest, wearing clerical attire or exercising any form of church ministry. The Archdiocese had no authority to restrict his counseling license. 

    The allegation was included in the material collected by the Attorney General’s Office in the fall of 2018.
     
  • Rev. Neil Kalina, PIME was ordained in 1981 for the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), which is a religious order that operates separately from the Archdiocese of Detroit. He left active ministry in 1993. The allegation against him was brought to the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2017. Per our agreement with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, we turned over the complaint to the Shelby Township Police Department. In addition, we turned over the complaint to the PIME religious order.

    The allegation was included in the material collected by the Attorney General’s Office in the fall of 2018.
Questions about the allegations and investigation should be directed to the Attorney General’s Office.
 
The Archdiocese of Detroit deeply regrets the pain inflicted upon victim-survivors, and offers continued prayers for their peace, healing and pursuit of justice. We continue to cooperate fully with all civil authorities, in the hope that these partnerships may pave the way toward a future of greater trust and transparency. One sinful, criminal act, especially against God’s most vulnerable and trusting children, is unacceptable and one suffering soul too many. We remain committed to preventing sexual abuse against anyone – especially children and vulnerable adults.
 
Individuals with knowledge of sexual abuse by clergy or other Church representatives are urged to contact local law enforcement and/or the Michigan Attorney General’s Office at (844) 324-3374 or [email protected] Individuals also may contact the Archdiocese of Detroit by visiting protect.aod.org, calling the toll-free, 24/7 victim assistance line at (866) 343-8055 or by emailing [email protected]. There are no time limits or restrictions on individuals wishing to report abuse.
 
Editor’s Note: For additional information about how the Archdiocese of Detroit works to prevent and respond to sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults, please visit protect.aod.org.
 
Parish assignment histories

Father Patrick Casey
  • Ordained 1997
  • Chaplain, Cardinal Mooney High School in Marine City, 1997-2000
  • Parochial Vicar, St. Mary Queen of Creation Parish in New Baltimore, 1997-2000
  • Administrator, St. Dominic Parish in Detroit, 2000-2004
  • Administrator, St. Patrick Parish in Detroit, 2000-2004
  • Administrator, St. Thomas a’Becket Parish in Canton, 2004-2004
  • Pastor, St. Thomas a’Becket Parish in Canton, 2004-2012
  • Pastor, St. Theodore of Canterbury Parish in Westland, 2012-2015
  • Administrator, Divine Savior Parish in Westland, 2011-2015
  • Pastor, St. Damian Parish in Westland, 2012-2015
Father Lawrence Ventline
  • Ordained in 1976
  • Parochial Vicar, St. Raymond Parish in Detroit, 1976-1979
  • Parochial Vicar, St. Rene Goupil Parish in Sterling Heights, 1979-1981
  • Pastor, St. Christine Parish, 1981-1985
  • Parochial Vicar, Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish, 1985-1986
  • Chaplain, Madonna University, 1986-1987
  • Pastor, St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Lake Orion, 1987-1990
  • Parochial Vicar, St. Anne Parish in Warren, 1992-1994
  • Pastor, Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Detroit, 1994-1995
  • Administrator, St. Mark Parish in Harsens Island, 1996-1997
Father Neil Kalina, PIME
  • Ordained in 1981
  • Granted faculties 1984
  • Resident at St. Kieran Parish in Utica, 1984-1986
  • Weekend assistant at St. Ephrem Parish in Sterling Heights, 1984-1986

Regarding Fr. Jan (John) Tyminski

FatherJanTyminskiFr. Jan (John) Tyminski (1906-1984). Ordained in 1935. More than three decades after his death*, an allegation of the sexual abuse of minor was brought forward to the Archdiocesan Review Board, considered and deemed to be credible.

Five years after his ordination in Poland, Fr. Tyminski was incarcerated in German concentration camps. He arrived in the U.S. in 1950 and spent a year at SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake. From 1951 until his retirement in 1976, he served in five archdiocesan parishes.

Individuals with knowledge of sexual abuse by clergy or church representatives are urged to contact local law enforcement and/or the Michigan Attorney General’s Office. Individuals also may contact the Archdiocese of Detroit by visiting protect.aod.org or via the 24x7 toll-free victim assistance line (866.343.8055). There are no time limits or restrictions on making a complaint. 

Biographical Information:

1935: Ordained in Lomża, Poland

1951: Began ministering in Archdiocese of Detroit

1973: Incardinated into Archdiocese of Detroit

1976: Retired

1984: Deceased

Assignments:

1935-40         Three parishes in Poland

1951               St. Andrew, Detroit

1954               Resurrection, Detroit

1963               SS. Peter & Paul (Westside), Detroit

1966               St. Cunegunda, Detroit

1969               Immaculate Conception, Detroit

*Prior to 2014, credible posthumous complaints were acknowledged by the Detroit archdiocese, but the priest was not included in the online listing of Clergy Credibly Accused of Abuse.

Archdiocese of Detroit to ‘reclaim’ holy day with shift away from youth sports on Sundays, seeking renewed focus on rest and family worship

In his latest pastoral note to the faithful, Archbishop of Detroit Allen H. Vigneron unveils new policy to cease youth sporting activities on Sundays 


The Archdiocese of Detroit on Wednesday announced a new policy to cease youth sporting activities on Sundays, in a renewed effort to “reclaim Sunday” as one for worship, rest and family time.


In a new pastoral note titled “The Day of the Lord,” Archbishop Vigneron introduces the policy alongside a discussion of the scriptural and traditional foundation for Catholics honoring Sunday as a holy day. Dating to the early years of the Church, he said, Catholics set aside Sunday for rest and worship in recognition of Jesus Christ’s Resurrection, the pouring out of the Holy Spirit on the first Pentecost Sunday, and the first “rest” of God after the work of creation.

“In our time, Sunday has slowly lost its pride of place,” Vigneron said in the pastoral note. “In the Archdiocese of Detroit, we are committed to setting aside this day as much as possible for God-centered pursuits” such as Mass, personal prayer and Bible studies as well as dedicated family time and activities centered on sharing faith with others.

Youth involved in sports through the Catholic High School League (CHSL) and Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) will see the policy implemented this fall in their practice and game schedules. Officials with CHSL and CYO will ensure teams enjoy a full line-up of practices, scrimmages and games, taking advantage of a Monday through Saturday schedule.

“This policy will help reduce the distractions for families in their pursuit of reclaiming Sunday as the Lord’s Day,” said Vic Michaels, Director of CHSL and of the Archdiocese’s Department of Health, Athletics, Physical Education and Safety. “In shifting our sports to Monday through Saturday, we aim to help our dedicated student athletes continue following their passions without sacrificing Sunday worship, rest and family time.” 

This re-commitment to honoring Sunday is rooted in Synod 16, an archdiocesan-wide gathering of clergy and lay faithful in 2016 to discern how to transform the local Church into a band of joyful missionary disciples. One of the first fruits of the Synod, Vigneron’s Pentecost 2017 pastoral letter called Unleash the Gospel, has sparked a missionary movement by the same name and has been built upon in recent years by accompanying pastoral notes by the Archbishop.

“The decision from Archbishop Vigneron, following an unprecedented level of consultation, marks a major shift for our Archdiocese. It is a time for us to see everything we do through the lens of forming a band of missionary disciples,” said Father Stephen Pullis, Director of the Archdiocese’s Department of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Schools. “It also is a strong commitment to support our families as they seek to raise their children in the Catholic faith and work to align their homes and communities with our shared mission to Unleash the Gospel.”

One of the “clearest calls” from the Synod was the faithful’s desire to rededicate Sunday to worship, rest and family time, Vigneron said.

“In shifting away from the hustle of required sporting activities on Sunday, we will reclaim this holy day and create more time for families to choose activities that prioritize time spent with each other and our Lord,” Vigneron said in the pastoral note. “As the Catholic Church, our primary role is to form disciples. Informed by Synod 16 and inspired by the Holy Spirit, we look forward to abundant blessings as we seek to abide by our God’s teaching to keep holy the Lord’s Day.”

Note to Media: Interviews are available with clergy and faithful involved with the new policy regarding youth sports on Sunday:

  • Father Stephen Pullis, Director of the Archdiocese’s Department of Evangelization, Catechesis, and Schools
  • Vic Michaels, Director of CHSL and of the Archdiocese’s Department of Health, Athletics, Physical Education and Safety
For more information or to arrange interviews, please contact Holly Fournier, media and public relations manager, at (313) 237-5802 or [email protected]; or Michelle St. Pierre, business development manager, at (313) 805-1408 [email protected]

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.