2 Auxiliary Bishops Named for Detroit

Archbishop Notes «New Capacity» for Sharing Christ

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DETROIT, Michigan, MARCH 22, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI named Monsignor Donald Hanchon and Father Michael Byrnes as auxiliary bishops of the Detroit Archdiocese.

Both clergy have been serving in that archdiocese under Archbishop Allen Vigneron, and will receive their episcopal ordination on May 5.

Bishop-designate Hanchon, 63, has most recently been serving as episcopal vicar for the archdiocese’s Central Region, and pastor of Holy Redeemer parish.

Ordained a priest in 1974, he has also been the archdiocesan coordinator for Hispanic ministries.

Upon hearing of his appointment, Bishop-elect Hanchon stated, «I renew my confidence in God’s grace, and humbly accede to the Holy Father’s wish to appoint me as a bishop to work under Archbishop Vigneron.»

He added, «I promise obedience because I believe that the God who began this good work in me all those years ago will indeed bring it to fulfillment.»

Bishop-designate Byrnes, 52, has been serving as vice rector of Sacred Heart Major Seminary and pastor of Presentation/Our Lady of Victory Parish. He was ordained in 1996.

The bishop-elect stated: «I am honored that the Holy Father and Archbishop Vigneron have such confidence in me to make this appointment. I will do my best not to let them down.»

He continued, «I love being a priest of Jesus Christ, and I have loved my work helping young men discern and prepare for the priesthood, and as the pastor of Presentation/Our Lady of Victory Parish to enable the ministry of administrator Deacon Hubert Sanders.»

«Archbishop Vigneron mentioned to me that my assignment as auxiliary bishop will entail ‘helping parishes and helping priests,'» Bishop-designate Byrnes said. «I place my trust in God’s providence that these experiences, along with the guidance of the Holy Spirit, will help me to do that.»

Archbishop Vigneron affirmed, «It’s a great blessing for the archdiocese to have auxiliary bishops to lead two of the pastoral regions, as well as to perform other pastoral duties inherent in a bishop’s role.»

He added, «More than an honor, it’s about new capacity for sharing Christ with others.»

The Detroit Archdiocese has 1.5 million Catholics, with 641 priests, 191 permanent deacons, and 1,552 religious.

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