Local News

What’s happening in and around the Archdiocese of Detroit

Bishops-designate Fisher and Battersby ‘shocked,’ humbled by appointments

Bishops-designate Robert J. Fisher, left, and Gerard W. Battersby speak during a news conference the morning of Nov. 23 inside the Archdiocese of Detroit's Chancery building in downtown Detroit introducing them as the 29th and 30th auxiliary bishops for the archdiocese. Earlier in the day, the Vatican made the announcement of the appointments, just days after the conclusion of the archdiocese's historic Synod 16. (Photos by Jonathan Francis, Archdiocese of Detroit)

Archbishop Vigneron says he’s ‘always been impressed’ by Detroit’s new auxiliary bishops DETROIT — On the day before Thanksgiving, Pope Francis has given the Archdiocese of Detroit two very good reasons to be thankful. Less than a month after the archdiocese found out it would be losing one of its auxiliary bishops, the Vatican announced…

BREAKING: Pope Francis names Fr. Battersby, Fr. Fisher as Detroit’s new auxiliary bishops

On Nov. 23, Pope Francis announced two new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Detroit: Bishops-designate Gerard W. Battersby, left, and Robert J. Fisher. Bishop-designate Battersby currently serves as vice rector and director of graduate seminarians at Detroit's Sacred Heart Major Seminary, as well as pastor of St. Mary of Redford Parish in Detroit, while Bishop-designate Fisher has served since 2014 as pastor and rector of the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak.

Archbishop Vigneron praises choice of ‘two well-loved and respected priests’ to serve as bishops DETROIT — Less than a month after the Archdiocese of Detroit found out it would be losing one of its auxiliary bishops, the Vatican announced it would be gaining two more as Pope Francis appointed Detroit priests Fr. Gerard W. Battersby…

Synod members see their role as ‘paving the way’ for others

synod-8a

Participants reflect on graces, experiences of historic synod on evangelization DETROIT — If past truly is prologue, then Synod 16 was history in the making. And while the synod’s members, facilitators, expert-advisers and staff were working on coming up with a new spiritual direction for the Archdiocese of Detroit, the moment’s historical impact was not lost…

When do people return to the Church? At Shrine, it’s on Wednesdays

Lynn Silver talks with Randy Husaynu, who offered his testimony at a recent Wednesday evening prayer gathering at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak. The gatherings have been instrumental in helping fallen-away and non-Catholics to reconnect with the Church, organizers say.
(Karla Dorweiler | Special to The Michigan Catholic)

Weekly prayer gatherings have drawn back non-practicing Catholics, enticed others to join RCIA ROYAL OAK — On any given Wednesday evening at the National Shrine of the Little Flower Basilica in Royal Oak, a team of smiling volunteers prepares for their guests. They fill tables with neatly arranged food and refreshments and say hello to people…