Detroit receives two new auxiliary bishops!

Happy news for the Motor City today:

Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Donald F. Hanchon, 63, pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish in Detroit and episcopal vicar for the central region of the Archdiocese of Detroit, and Father Michael Byrnes, 52, pastor of Presentation/Our Lady of Victory Parish and vice-rector of Sacred Heart Seminary, as auxiliary bishops for the Detroit Archdiocese.

I’d like to especially congratulate the Sacred Heart Major Seminary community for Bishop-elect Michael Byrnes.

Once upon a time, Fr. Byrnes took time out of his very busy schedule to mentor me and a seminarian friend of mine through two semesters of biblical Hebrew.

I’m so pleased that the Church in Detroit will be able to benefit from his wisdom and generosity, now as a bishop!



  • Tom McQ

    The Diocese of Pittsburgh (PA) will also be getting a new auxiliary bishop. Father William J. Waltersheid of the Diocese of Harrisburg (PA) will be consecrated on Easter Monday, April 25, 2011 in Saint Paul’s Cathedral.



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