Synod 16

Archdiocese’s new coat of arms a visual reminder of Church’s mission

Redesigned crest to replace historic 1937 archdiocesan seal DETROIT — It’s undeniably part of the history of the Archdiocese of Detroit, but it’s hard to tell a story with a pair of antlers and three mythological birds. With the archdiocese’s new coat of arms, unveiled Saturday night during the Vigil Mass of Pentecost at the…

Archbishop Vigneron releases post-synod pastoral letter, ‘Unleash the Gospel’

Evangelizing focus represents ‘tectonic shift’ for local Church, archbishop says in interview DETROIT — In a landmark letter released on the Vigil of Pentecost, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron challenges each person, parish and institution in the Archdiocese of Detroit to undergo a “missionary conversion” geared toward “making one’s relationship with Jesus and alignment with his…

Pastoral letter’s action steps challenge Church to step out in faith

‘Unleash the Gospel’ offers specific charges for individuals, clergy, parishes and Central Services DETROIT — Of the many topics and propositions that were discussed at the archdiocesan Synod 16, one could pull on any number of threads related to the overall life of the Church. Read the letter The full text of Archbishop Allen H.…

Archdiocese to unveil redesign of historic seal at Pentecost

New coat of arms to accompany new direction as archbishop prepares to release post-synod plans DETROIT — As the culture, mission and identity of the Archdiocese of Detroit continues to undergo a major transformation following Synod 16, the longstanding look of the archdiocesan seal is also expected to be refreshed. Coinciding with the expected release…

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

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…