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Seminarians chat as they walk along the promenade in front of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit. Starting in the fall semester of 2024, first-year seminarians at Sacred Heart and seminaries across the country will undertake a "propaedeutic" year focused on personal, spiritual, and relationship growth, limiting the use of technology while spending more time in prayer and communion with others.

First-year seminarians will unplug from technology starting in fall at Detroit seminary

Apr 14, 2024

By Daniel Meloy

Starting in the fall, seminarians at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit are going to have more prayer time and... Read more

Former Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton (right) meets with legislators in the Netherlands in 1983.

Thomas Gumbleton, former Detroit auxiliary bishop known for political activism, dies at 94

Apr 5, 2024

By Daniel Payne

In announcing his death this week, Archbishop Allen Vigneron described Gumbleton as “a faithful son of the Archdiocese of Detroit.”  Read more

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron imposes ashes during Ash Wednesday Mass on Feb. 14, 2024, at St. Aloysius Parish in downtown Detroit. Archbishop Vigneron encouraged Catholics to think of this Lenten season as a military campaign proclaiming the kingdom of Christ.

Archbishop Vigneron rallies Catholics to engage in a spiritual ‘campaign’ this Lent

Feb 19, 2024

By Daniel Meloy

The chief shepherd of the Archdiocese of Detroit kicked off a season of penitence and fasting during Ash Wednesday Mass... Read more

Father J.J. Mech, rector of the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit, stands next to the life-sized statues of the apostles that have now been installed in the cathedral's worship space, along with first-class relics of each apostle. The "Journey with the Saints" pilgrimage, which will be dedicated Feb. 8, 2024, in a special ceremony with Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, is part of the cathedral's ongoing transformation into an "apostolic center for the arts and culture."

Detroit cathedral to unveil long-awaited relics, life-sized statues of 12 apostles

The “Journey with the Saints” pilgrimage marks the latest step in making Detroit’s cathedral an “apostolic center” of arts and... Read more

Bishop Jeffrey Monforton of Steubenville, Ohio gives the homily during Mass with members of the USCCB Region VI at the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Dec. 10, 2019, during their ad Limina Apostolorum visit.

Pope Francis names Steubenville bishop as auxiliary bishop of Detroit

Sep 28, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Bishop Jeffrey Monforton, 60, is originally from Detroit and will assist 74-year-old Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron in the administration of... Read more

Father Joe Barron is among the first two Americans to join Pro Ecclesia Sancta, a religious institute founded in Lima, Peru. He was invited by Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron to found another home for the community in the Archdiocese of Detroit.

Religious community from Peru arrives in Detroit with mission to encourage vocations

Pro Ecclesia Sancta — “For the Holy Church” in Latin — will be based out of St. Isaac Jogues Parish... Read more

Mary Martin and Deacon Mike Houghton are founders of UTG at Work, a program that will include free articles, videos, podcasts, and newsletters aimed at helping working professionals be authentically Catholic in the workplace.

New ministry, UTG at Work, will help professionals share their faith at work

“We’re all about helping people understand that you can live your faith at work,” said Deacon Mike Houghton of UTG... Read more

Massgoers fill St. Albertus Church in Detroit, Michigan, for Mass Mob V Aug. 10, 2014. The movement, which started in Buffalo in 2013 and quickly spread to other cities, found a lasting home in Detroit, which celebrated 51 events at historic city churches from 2014-19.

Detroit Mass Mobs to return June 25 after three-year pandemic hiatus

Jun 25, 2023

By Kelly Luttinen

The idea behind Mass Mobs is to invite people to attend Mass at historic churches, once-vital parishes whose attendance had... Read more


Michigan priest sentenced to prison for sexual abuse of second-grader

Mar 2, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit has been sentenced for the rape of an elementary student at the Catholic... Read more

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit. CNA file photo.

Detroit bishop calls for penitential Advent after passage of abortion initiative

Nov 26, 2022

By CNA Staff

“Abortion is now legal in Michigan at an unprecedented level, and millions of lives are at stake. We must pray... Read more

Longtime Channel 4 (WDIV-TV in Detroit) personality Chuck Gaidica speaks Oct. 27, 2022, at St. Stephen Church, part of Holy Trinity Parish in Port Huron, Michigan, about his recent reconversion to the Catholic faith of his youth. Gaidica, who spent many years as a nondenominational pastor in Detroit after his news days, said he was urged to return to the Church eight years ago by a woman at St. Stephen.

Detroit TV personality Chuck Gaidica’s ‘breaking news’: he’s returned to the Church

Nov 17, 2022

By Daniel Meloy

Chuck Gaidica has been in the TV business for more than 40 years, telling the stories of Detroiters as a... Read more

A woman carries a sign warning of the dangers of Proposal 3, the so-called "Reproductive Freedom for All" constitutional amendment, during an Oct. 15 rally at the state capitol building in Lansing. If the controversial proposal passes, it would mean the end of all abortion-related regulation in Michigan, including for children and minors.

In rare letter to all Detroit parishioners, archbishop warns of ‘extreme’ abortion initiative

Proposal 3 would have “vast and extreme” consequences for Michigan if it passes, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said. Read more

Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell.

Detroit auxiliary bishop denies allegation of sexually abusing minor

Aug 2, 2022

By Carl Bunderson, Shannon Mullen

The sexual assaults are alleged to have taken place from 1989 to 1990 while Paul Russell was a priest in... Read more

Pro-abortion activists shown disrupting a Mass at St. Veronica Parish in Eastpointe, Michigan. A video said the incident happened on June 12, 2022.

Nearly naked activist shouting pro-abortion chants disrupts Mass in Michigan

Jun 13, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

“Overturn Roe? Hell, no!” the woman shouted. In turn, a man in the church chanted, “Abortion kills babies!" Read more

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron carries the Blessed Sacrament in procession during the feast of Corpus Christi in June 2016. This year, the Archdiocese of Detroit is inviting the faithful to take part in a two-mile Eucharistic procession June 19 from the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament to Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit as part of the launch of a three-year National Eucharistic Revival.

Two-mile procession June 19 to launch Eucharistic revival in Detroit archdiocese

A Corpus Christi procession from the Detroit cathedral to Sacred Heart Major Seminary will be the beginning of a three-year... Read more

Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell.

Detroit’s new auxiliary is an archbishop and veteran Vatican diplomat

May 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell was the nuncio to Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Azerbaijan. Read more

Two members of the Wilson family, mom Carolyn and son Owen, will make their sacraments this year at St. Isaac Jogues Parish in St. Clair Shores. The family enrolled Owen at St. Isaac Jogues School because of the pandemic and fell in love with the faith community there. When Owen began asking questions about the faith, the Wilsons decided to investigate becoming Catholic together. Also pictured are dad Kevin, who is already Catholic, and daughter Christina, a kindergartener at St. Isaac Jogues.

They enrolled in Catholic school because of the pandemic; now, they're becoming Catholic

Mar 19, 2022

By Daniel Meloy

St. Isaac Jogues School in the Archdiocese of Detroit credits strong culture of faith as a dozen families — many... Read more


Former priest withdraws pleas over child sex abuse after judge's rejection of sentencing agreement

Jan 12, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Gary Berthiaume, a former priest, withdrew his guilty pleas after being sentenced to spend up to 15 years in prison... Read more

Stuffed bears sit at a makeshift memorial outside of Oxford High School on December 01, 2021 in Oxford, Michigan. Yesterday, four students were killed and seven injured when a gunman opened fire on students at the school. A 15-year-old sophomore, believed to be the only gunman, is in custody,

Detroit archbishop 'heartbroken' over Michigan school shooting

Dec 1, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit said he was “heartbroken” on Tuesday after hearing of the “horrific tragedy” of school shooting... Read more

Blessed Solanus Casey. Photo courtesy of the Capuchin Franciscan Order of St. Joseph in Detroit.

Thank God ahead of time: What Blessed Solanus Casey teaches about a spirituality of gratitude

Jul 30, 2021

By Gretchen Siegel

Blessed Solanus Casey's childhood was not easy. He contracted diphtheria that permanently damaged his voice. Casey’s family also struggled economically... Read more