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placeholder January 19, 2009   •   VOL. 47, NO. 2   •   Oakland, CA
Detroit welcomes a native son as new archbishop

DETROIT (CNS) — Applause and even some cheers filled the room as Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron was escorted in front of priests, church employees, media and Catholic school students at Sacred Heart Major Seminary to be introduced as the next shepherd of the Detroit Archdiocese.

Archbishop-designate Allen Vigneron is greeted with applause during his arrival at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit Jan. 5.

“On this first day of my appointment as archbishop, my thoughts and prayers are particularly focused on the priests, the deacons and seminarians, the religious and the lay faithful I will serve here,” said a visibly emotional Archbishop Vigneron during his introduction, Jan. 5.

“Because I am a son of this archdiocese, they have long been dear to me. Now that I have become the spiritual father of this local church, I want them to know they are even dearer still.”

Archbishop Vigneron, 60, will become the first head of the Detroit Archdiocese to have been ordained as a priest for the archdiocese. At his introduction Jan. 5, he stood with Cardinal Adam Maida, whom he will succeed upon his installation Jan. 28.

Cardinal Maida, who ordained Archbishop Vigneron as a bishop in 1996, said, “Both the Holy Spirit and the Holy Father know of Archbishop Vigneron’s gifts and talents as well as the many needs that we have here in Detroit. Over the years, I have valued his friendship and come to appreciate his wisdom, pastoral sensitivity and loving care for all those in need. It is a great blessing to have him return back to us.”

Because he had spent most of his life and ministry in the Archdiocese of Detroit, many in the church of Detroit are familiar with the new archbishop, especially through Sacred Heart Major Seminary.

“He’s a very intelligent man and a good teacher, but also with a pastoral heart,” said Msgr. Charles Kosanke, current rector of SS. Cyril & Methodius Seminary in Orchard Lake. Msgr. Kosanke served with Archbishop Vigneron at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. “Because of his good mind and his good heart, he is going to make a very effective chief shepherd for Detroit,” he said.

He added that Archbishop Vigneron is a good listener who can hear different perspectives and, ultimately, make decisions in the interest of the faithful.
Another contingent excited about the new archbishop is his own family. Archbishop Vigneron’s parents and four of his five siblings still live in the archdiocese. “We feel blessed, first of all, to have him back home,” said Gary Vigneron, the new archbishop’s brother. “We missed him while he was in California. We’re a very close family.”

He said his parents, now both in their 80s, were excited to hear the news about their son’s appointment.

“He goes where the Spirit leads him, he always says. It’s a really joyful day for all of us,” said Gary Vigneron.

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