Normally, the month of June is a celebration for priests celebrating milestone jubilees of their ordination in the Archdiocese of Detroit. 

This year was no different. 

What is different is that this year’s 48 jubilarians weren’t able to gather for a traditional Mass and in-person celebration — at least not yet — because of the ongoing pandemic.

In a letter written to this year’s jubilarians, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said these priests “have used the gifts with which the Lord Jesus endowed them for decades, and I am confident that God will reward them for their service.”

The archbishop said the annual celebratory Mass “is one of the more important times we gather as a presbyterate,” and said he looks forward to gathering “sometime in the future, when this disturbing time is behind us.”

“Our brothers are making a great sacrifice, since they cannot celebrate with a parish community and with their family and friends,” the archbishop said. 

For their many decades of selfless sacrifice and counsel, for their celebration of countess sacraments on behalf of the faithful, and for their friendship to the people of God in the Archdiocese of Detroit, Detroit Catholic honors this year’s priest jubilarians and thanks them for answering God’s call.

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