Detroit synod in fall 2016 will help Catholics ‘encounter Christ anew’

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June 4, 2015

Members of the Hispanic and charismatic communities lift their hands in prayer during a Pentecost vigil Mass on May 23 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. Earlier in the day, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron announced plans for a 2016 synod on evangelization in the Archdiocese of Detroit. (CNS photo/Mike Stechschulte, The Michigan Catholic) See DETROIT-SYNOD June 4, 2015.

Members of the Hispanic and charismatic communities lift their hands in prayer during a Pentecost vigil Mass on May 23 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit. Earlier in the day, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron announced plans for a 2016 synod on evangelization in the Archdiocese of Detroit. (CNS photo/Mike Stechschulte, The Michigan Catholic)

DETROIT (CNS) — Saying it’s time for the Catholic Church “to be young again,” Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said he will convoke an archdiocese-wide synod in the fall of 2016 to refocus on the critical mission of evangelization and “to encounter Christ anew” as a missionary church.

The archbishop made the announcement May 23 during his homily at the ordination Mass of five new priests for the Archdiocese of Detroit at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Archbishop Vigneron also brought to a close a Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost, during which he said “we have prayed that our whole culture as an archdiocese can be changed.”

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