Archbishop appoints Fr. Mario Amore to lead archdiocese's evangelization efforts

Fr. Mario Amore, who was ordained in 2015, will become the new director of the Archdiocese of Detroit's Department of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship on July 1. Fr. Amore currently serves as moderator of the Resurget Cineribus Family of Parishes, with primary responsibility for St. Aloysius Parish in downtown Detroit. (Valaurian Waller | Detroit Catholic)

Fr. Amore will continue serving St. Aloysius Parish as he assumes new role as director of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship

DETROIT — Fr. Mario Amore of St. Aloysius Parish in downtown Detroit has been appointed director of the Archdiocese of Detroit's Department of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship, effective July 1.

The department oversees the archdiocese’s outward evangelization efforts, including the curial offices of Cultural Ministries, Discipleship Formation, Engagement, Evangelical Charity, Family Ministry, and Sacred Worship.

“It is with great joy that I welcome Fr. Amore to his new role in the Curia, and I wish to express my heartfelt gratitude for his willingness to serve our local Church in this matter,” Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said. “I look forward to working with him to further our efforts to transform southeast Michigan into a ‘community of joyful missionary disciples and of saints united in Jesus.'”

Fr. Amore will continue to serve as a member of the In Solidum team of priests of the Resurget Cineribus Family of Parishes, which includes the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, St. Aloysius and Old St. Mary’s Parish in Greektown, and will retain the primary care for St. Aloysius.

Fr. J.J. Mech, rector of the cathedral, will be appointed moderator of the Family of Parishes, effective July 1.

“I am deeply grateful to Archbishop Vigneron for entrusting me with the care of the Department of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship,” Fr. Amore said. “I look forward to working closely with him and those in the Curia as we boldly proclaim the Good News of Jesus, risen from the dead, in the Archdiocese of Detroit and beyond. I am especially excited to work with our priests and lay ministers in our mission to unleash the Gospel. I humbly ask for your prayers for me and my coworkers as we form joyful missionary disciples throughout southeast Michigan.”

Fr. Matthew Hood, chaplain and leader of Detroit Catholic Campus Ministry, will continue to serve as interim director of the Department of Evangelization and Missionary Discipleship through June 30. Fr. Hood succeeded Marlon De La Torre, Ph.D., who served in the role from 2021 until March of this year.

“I want to thank Fr. Hood for his service these past few months,” Archbishop Vigneron said. “His presence and leadership in the Chancery have been a blessing to us all.”

Fr. Amore was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit by Archbishop Vigneron on May 23, 2015, and served assignments at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Farmington, St. Hugo of the Hills Parish in Bloomfield Hills and St. Aloysius.

Fr. Amore earned a Bachelor of Philosophy and Master of Divinity from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome, and a Master of Science in Ecclesial Administration from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.



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