Over the next two years, the Archdiocese of Detroit will transition to a new pastoral and governance model for its 218 parishes called “families of parishes,” Archbishop Allen Vigneron announced on the feast of Pentecost.

Calling it a “very important step in the life and mission of our local church,” he said the move will allow parishes to serve their mission more robustly while responding to historic challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Even before the pandemic, we knew God wanted to renew our parishes. The structures we inherited served our mission well in the past, but they need to be renewed and aligned for mission,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “And so, in prayer and in consultation with others, I’ve discerned that this is the time to respond in faith to our new reality and to better equip our parish communities for mission.”

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