On his 75th birthday, Archbishop Vigneron thanks God for a lifetime of blessings (VIDEO)

DETROIT — As he turns 75 years old, Detroit’s chief shepherd sat down to reflect upon the joys, blessings and challenges of his priestly and episcopal ministry.

From his surprise at being called home from Oakland, Calif., in 2009 to calling for a historic synod of the Archdiocese of Detroit, Archbishop Vigneron said he’s grateful for God’s surprises along the way.

As required by canon law of all bishops who reach age 75, Archbishop Vigneron submitted his resignation to the Holy Father on Oct. 21. He will continue to serve as Detroit’s archbishop until Pope Francis accepts his retirement and appoints a new archbishop for Detroit, a process with no determined timeline.

Friends and coworkers reflected on the archbishop's ministry, saying the Archdiocese of Detroit has been immeasurably blessed by his humility, prayerfulness and leadership.


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