Dear Brothers and Sisters,
We are in the midst of an historic time in the Archdiocese of Detroit, one filled with grace, hope and expectations. As we celebrate Synod ’16 from November 18-20 in downtown Detroit — in which hundreds of laypeople, priests, vowed religious and lay ministers will gather in prayer and discernment — we are immersed in the presence of the Holy Spirit who has brought us to this occasion. We come with confidence before the Lord, our hearts open to His will, trusting He will use us to Unleash the Gospel more fervently so that it might resonate powerfully through-out all of southeast Michigan. This is the focus of our important work in the Synod.
I extend my heartfelt gratitude to so many of you who have been engaged in preparing for this moment — thousands upon thousands who prayed for the success of the Synod during the Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost and beyond; who have worshiped in Come, Encounter Christ evenings; who participated in Parish Dialogue Gatherings; who have visited the Holy Door at the Cathedral during the Jubilee Year of Mercy; and who have been engaged in so many other ways through their parishes and in their personal prayer. I am grateful to God, as He has made it clear through all these actions that something important and life-giving is happening here in our archdiocese, and it clearly is of the Holy Spirit.
Today, I ask you once more for your prayer. Leading up to the Synod, I ask you to pray a Novena to the Holy Spirit, pray using the Synod prayer card at your parish, contribute any of your prayers or works of charity to a Spiritual Bouquet for the Synod, or even attend the Synod’s opening Mass at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 18, at St. Aloysius Church in Detroit. I and other leaders of the Synod will lead a Novena on social media beginning Nov. 10. Visit www.aod.org to join me, to find the Novena to the Holy Spirit, and to learn more about how you can continue to support the Synod with your prayer.
With hope in the Lord, and humbled to be your shepherd during this time of Spirit-filled transformation under the intercession of our patroness, St. Anne, I remain,
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Archbishop Allen Vigneron