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Reverend Gregory Piatt appointed Administrator of St. John XXIII Parish, Redford, effective December 2, 2018. Father Piatt is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. John XXIII Parish, Redford.

Reverend Gregory Piatt appointed Administrator of St. John XXIII Parish, Redford, effective December 2, 2018.  Father Piatt is currently serving as Associate Pastor of St. John XXIII Parish, Redford.

Regarding Monsignor Thadddeus Ozog

Msgr Thaddeus Ozog

Monsignor Thaddeus Ozog (1930-1994). Ordained in 1956. An allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor was brought forward to the Archdiocesan Review Board, considered, and has been deemed credible.

The Detroit Archdiocese – as is its practice – shared the complaint against him with civil authorities.The Review Board also commissioned an independent investigation of the allegation. When presented to the Review Board, the findings from that investigation were found to be credible, that is, having a “semblance of truth.”

The Archdiocese encourages anyone who has been abused to contact civil authorities. Individuals may also call the victim assistance coordinator at (866) 343-8055 or visit protect.aod.org. This website also contains information on removed clergy, reporting protocols, and Archdiocesan policies and practices. There are no deadlines on reporting the sexual abuse of minors by priests, deacons, and other church representatives.

Biographical Information:

Education: Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit; SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary, Orchard Lake; University of Detroit, Detroit.

1956: Ordained

1994: Deceased

Assignments:

1956 – 1958: Associate Pastor, Our Lady Help of Christians, Detroit

1958: Associate Pastor, St. Columban, Birmingham

1958: Associate Pastor, Our Lady of the Lakes, Waterford

1959 – 1975: Instructor (1959); Registrar (1962); Dean (1968); Rector (1970), Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit

1975: Associate Pastor, St. Hillary, Detroit

1975: Associate Pastor, St. Mary, Wayne

1976 – 1978: Pastor, St. Roch, Flat Rock

1978 – 1994: Pastor, St. Florian, Hamtramck

Archbishop Allen Vigneron on preparations for USCCB Fall General Assembly

The Department of Communications shares the following message from Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron as he enters a seven-day period of prayer and reparation leading up to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 2018 Fall General Assembly, which takes place November 12-14 in Baltimore, Maryland.
 

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The U.S. bishops are joining together in a commitment of prayer and reparation leading up to the bishops’ general assembly, where we will be making critical decisions in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. With my brother bishops across the nation, I will be dedicating myself to seven days of intensified prayer and fasting, from Monday, November 5, through Sunday, November 11. The intentions for this period of prayer and sacrifice are three-fold:

·        For the healing and support of all victims of clergy sexual abuse.

·        For the conversion and just punishment of perpetrators and concealers of sexual abuse.

·        For the strength of the bishops to be holy shepherds in protecting and leading our sheep from all harm.

If you feel called to do so, you are welcome to join me in praying for these intentions. 

I would also be grateful for any prayers for me and my brother bishops during our general assembly, that we may follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit in responding to the tragedy of clergy sexual abuse in the Church.

In sending you this letter, these words of St. Paul come to mind: “Bear one another’s burdens, and so you will fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal 6:20). It is my solemn duty as Archbishop to assume in prayer the burdens of our wounded Church. Thank you for your willingness to consider praying with me and for me as I join my brother bishops in this nationwide effort of prayer and reparation. Please be assured of my prayers for you, as well.


Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron

Archbishop of Detroit

Archbishop Allen Vigneron statement on the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue

The Department of Communications shares the following statement from Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron, in response to the October 27 shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

I am deeply saddened to hear of the terrible tragedy which occurred Saturday morning at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. As Catholic Christians, we stand with faith communities around the country – and the world – in condemning the actions of anyone who commits a crime of hatred and bigotry. In particular, it is especially heinous when that crime targets people in their place of worship. I extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to my Jewish brothers and sisters in Pittsburgh, as well as here in Metro Detroit. My prayers are with the victims and their families during this time of senseless tragedy.

Regarding Archbishop John Nienstedt

In response to media inquiries concerning Archbishop John Nienstedt, the Archdiocese of Detroit released the following statement:

This summer, Archbishop Nienstedt announced his intention to move back to southeast Michigan to live in a house he owns. At that time, Archbishop Vigneron asked Archbishop Nienstedt – and he agreed – to abstain from public ministry in the Archdiocese of Detroit. That agreement remains in effect.


Regarding the Death of Saginaw Bishop Joseph Cistone

The Communications Department of the Archdiocese of Detroit shares Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron’s response to the death of Saginaw Bishop Joseph R. Cistone:
 

Since his first days in Saginaw, Bishop Cistone was committed to being a loving and zealous pastor for his priests and his people. I offer them, and the bishop’s family, my heartfelt condolences. For myself, I’ve lost a friend and a brother. In a year of many challenges, and particularly in these last months of his struggle with cancer, I was edified by the confident hope with which he faced his illness. May the Lord welcome him home this day.

Catholic Television Network of Detroit to Air Canonizations

The Catholic Television Network of Detroit (CTND) on Sunday, October 14, will air coverage from the Vatican of the Canonizations – declarations of sainthood – of Blessed Pope Paul VI, Blessed Archbishop Óscar Romero, and four others. Live coverage will begin at 4 a.m., with rebroadcasts at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
 
CTND is available to Comcast (Channel 398), Bright House (Channel 16) and Wyandotte Cable (Channel 73) customers in southeast Michigan. It is an affiliate of the Boston-based CatholicTV network. For more information, including a full programming guide, visit www.aod.org/ctnd.


Regarding Rev Robert Witkowski

RevRobertWitkowski1977RevRobertWitkowski2015Effective October 9, 2018, Fr. Robert Witkowski, 83, a senior (retired) priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit, has been restricted from any public ministry due to credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors. In addition, his name has been added to the Archdiocese’s list of clergy credibly accused of abuse.

The Archdiocesan Review Board has deemed credible allegations involving Fr. Witkowski, dating back to the early years of his ministry. The Detroit archdiocese shared the allegations with civil authorities. A further determination on the matter now involves a review process required under church (canon) law.

The Archdiocese encourages anyone who has been abused to contact civil authorities. Individuals may also call the Archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Line at (866) 343-8055 or visit protect.aod.org. This website also contains information on removed clergy, reporting protocols, archdiocesan policies and practices.

In addition to service as a hospital chaplain, Fr. Witkowski served in parishes as an associate pastor, a pastor, and an administrator from 1961 to 2013.

Biographical Information:

1961: Ordained                                         

2013: Senior Priest Status (Retired)         

2018: Restricted from Public Ministry       

Assignments:

1991 - 2013: St. Edmund, Warren (later merged with St. Sylvester Parish to form St. Faustina Parish)     

1985 - 1991: St. Raymond, Detroit                                                             

1981 - 1985: St. Lawrence, Utica                                                                

1980 - 1981: Our Lady Star of the Sea, Grosse Pointe Woods                     

1976 - 1980: St. Mary Magdalen, Melvindale                                                       

1969 - 1975: Herman Kiefer/Detroit Osteopathic Hospitals, Detroit         

1966 - 1969: Our Lady Queen of Heaven, Detroit                                               

1961 - 1966: St. Matthew, Detroit

Archdiocese of Detroit Offers Update on Michigan Attorney General Investigation

The Archdiocese of Detroit cooperated fully with law enforcement officials executing a search warrant for clergy files today, as part of the Attorney General investigation into the handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations in Michigan’s seven Catholic dioceses. Such search warrants are an expected part of this process. Officials arrived at the Chancery at around 9 a.m. and left shortly thereafter. We also granted access to files regarding clergy misconduct located in the Archdiocese’s Cardinal Mooney Building, on the seminary campus in Detroit, as well as the St. Joan of Arc Parish office of Monsignor Michael Bugarin, the Archbishop’s Delegate for Clergy Misconduct.
 
As stated earlier, the Archdiocese of Detroit welcomes the Attorney General investigation as part of its continuing commitment to transparency and healing. We have worked closely with authorities from all six counties within our archdiocese since 2002, when we shared past case files involving clergy misconduct and committed to turning over all new allegations regardless of when the alleged abuse occurred. We remain committed to protecting everyone – especially children and vulnerable adults – and therefore look forward to working closely with officials to determine if there is more we can do to accomplish this goal.
 
We encourage anyone who has been abused to contact civil authorities. Individuals may also call the Archdiocese’s Victim Assistance Line at (866) 343-8055 or visit protect.aod.org.

Archdiocese welcomes Attorney General investigation into 7 Michigan Catholic dioceses

The Archdiocese of Detroit welcomes the Attorney General's investigation and is prepared to fully cooperate. We have worked closely with authorities from all six counties within our archdiocese since 2002, when we shared past case files involving clergy misconduct and committed to turning over all new allegations regardless of when the alleged abuse occurred. The Attorney General investigation is the next phase of our commitment to transparency and healing.

We have full confidence in our safe environment policies put in place and carefully followed for more than 15 years. We remain committed to protecting everyone – especially children and vulnerable adults – and therefore look forward to working closely with officials to determine if there is more we can do to accomplish this goal.