Pentecost 2018 begins the second year of Unleash the Gospel, the name given by Archbishop Vigneron to the New Evangelization in the Archdiocese of Detroit.
The New Evangelization has roots in a Year of Prayer for a New Pentecost begun in 2014-2015, during which the faithful of southeast Michigan prayed for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and for the renewal of the Church.
This culminated in an archdiocesan synod held at the Westin Book Cadillac from November 18-20, 2016, with members representing a wide cross-section of the Church in southeast Michigan. The propositions and themes from Synod 16 were distilled into Unleash the Gospel, a 42-page pastoral letter written by Archbishop Vigneron and released June 3, 2017 at the Feast of Pentecost. The letter contains Archbishop Vigneron’s affirmations of the synod propositions as well as charges for parishes, families and archdiocesan Central Services to turn the Church from maintenance-focused toward mission-oriented. The goal is to transform the culture of the Church into one of a band of joyful missionary disciples united in Christ.
Along with the release of the pastoral letter, the Archbishop unveiled a new coat of arms for the Archdiocese of Detroit. The new coat of arms incorporates references to Saint Anne, named the Patroness of the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2011, as well as Blessed Solanus Casey OFM Cap., the humble Capuchin friar who served the poor and interceded for the sick from his home at St. Bonaventure Monastery on Detroit’s east side.