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Archbishop Vigneron co-authors U.S. bishops’ statement affirming Church teaching on marriage

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron addresses those gathered April 18 at the Amazing Parish Conference at the Detroit Renaissance Center. (Dan Meloy | The Michigan Catholic)

WASHINGTON — A joint statement co-authored by the chairmen of two committees of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s teaching on marriage Sept. 14, rejecting calls to “redefine” the institution in secular society. Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, as chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Doctrine, co-authored the statement, “God’s…

Never, ever forgotten

Kate Marien, Patricia Kondratenko and Eric Kondratenko of Romeo hold a photo of their sister and daughter, Suzanne Kondratenko, next to her name on the Sept. 11 memorial in New York City on Sept. 11, 2016, the 15th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks that claimed her life and the lives of 2,976 others.

Fifteen years later, family, school recall Sept. 11 victim as someone who ‘always looked to help’ BLOOMFIELD HILLS — On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, the world changed for Americans. The unimaginable devastation and loss of innocent life as a result of the worst terrorist attack on U.S. soil has left a deep, permanent impression, but…

Plan calls for transfer of historic Hamtramck church to neighboring parish

St. Ladislaus Church is seen on Caniff Avenue in Hamtramck.

HAMTRAMCK — A plan to transfer a historic Hamtramck church from one parish to another will have the effect of strengthening both parishes and ensuring the local Catholic community continues to be well-served, according to a letter from Auxiliary Bishop Donald F. Hanchon. Under the plan, St. Ladislaus Church, which currently operates as a worship…

Convocation previews Synod 16, urges ministers to heed Spirit’s call

Parish ministers from across the Archdiocese of Detroit sing during the opening Mass of the Convocation of Lay Ecclesial Ministers on Aug. 31 at Sacred Heart Major Seminary. The convocation served as a preview to the themes of Synod 16, which will take place Nov. 18-20.

Fall gathering will focus on renewal of individuals, families, parishes and archdiocese DETROIT — With Synod 16 right around the corner, lay ecclesial ministers know they’ll be on the “front lines” of the Archdiocese of Detroit’s initiative to evangelize the culture of southeast Michigan. So when ministers from across the Archdiocese of Detroit gathered at…

For local Albanians, St. Teresa’s merciful nature was personal in both words and deeds

Fr. Frederik Kalaj, pastor of St. Paul Albanian Parish in Rochester Hills, leads a procession to a statue of St. Teresa of Calcutta on the parish’s grounds Sept. 4.

ROCHESTER HILLS — From now to eternity, she’ll be known as St. Teresa of Calcutta, but for those who share her ethnic heritage, Mother Teresa will always be Albania’s special saint. For members of Metro Detroit’s two ethnic Albanian parishes, the canonization of Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, as she was born in 1910, as St. Teresa…