DETROIT (WXYZ) — The Archdiocese of Detroit announced Tuesday it is reorganizing 216 parishes into a different groupings of families.
According to the Archdiocese, the work to reorganize has taken six months, and the plan is build on similar structures in other dioceses in the U.S.
“There have been many moments for putting into action the work of the Synod, and now we reach an especially critical time for the implementation of the Synod’s work,” Archbishop of Detroit Allen Vigneron said. “Our focus is on the renewal of our parishes and schools to align all resources to our mission of sharing Christ in southeast Michigan.”
According to the Archdiocese, the 216 parishes will be organized into 51 families of parishes, which will be listed below. Each family will have three to eight parishes with multiple priests working together.
Most of the parishes are geographically contiguous, the Archdiocese said.
Parishes will begin operating as families in two waves. The first will begin preps in January with launch in July 2021, followed by the second wave preps in January 2022 before launching in July 2022.
“Our mission hasn’t changed, but how we approach that mission must shift in response to our circumstances. We must move forward with greater collaboration and better stewardship of our resources,” said Deacon Michael Houghton, missionary strategic planning director and Families of Parishes project manager. “With this new model, our priests, deacons, religious and lay staff will be empowered to share their gifts and talents with the whole Family of Parishes, to the benefit of the entire community.”
You can view the families below.