DETROIT — In 2014, the Archdiocese of Detroit began a year of intense prayer for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the Church in southeast Michigan.
At the prompting of that same Spirit, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron opened a historic synod in the archdiocese two years later, a three-day period in which clergy, religious and lay leaders came together to discern how God was calling the local Church to embrace a new missionary identity.
As a response to the graces of that synod, Archbishop Vigneron released a landmark pastoral letter in 2017 that charted a new course for the archdiocese, challenging clergy and lay faithful alike to “change the DNA” of the local Church from “an inward, or maintenance-focused church, to an outward, or mission-focused church.”
In 2019, it’s time to put that challenge into action.
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