The Catholic University of America

Jan. 5, 2009

Catholic University President Congratulates New Archbishop of Detroit
Archbishop-Elect Is CUA Alumnus and Trustee

Bishop Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop-elect of Detroit.
Very Rev. David M. O'Connell, C.M., university president, released a statement on the appointment of Bishop Allen H. Vigneron, Catholic University alumnus and a member of CUA's Board of Trustees, as the new Archbishop of Detroit.

"Archbishop Vigneron has been and continues to be a very active and committed member of the university's Board of Trustees," said Father O'Connell.

"Himself an alumnus, Detroit's new archbishop has demonstrated a deep appreciation for Catholic higher education and its importance for and within contemporary culture. His insights at board meetings are clear and instructive and he has contributed greatly to the implementation of the university's strategic plan. The university joins me in congratulating him on his appointment as Archbishop of Detroit and expresses special joy that this 'native son' is returning home."

Pope Benedict XVI named Archbishop-elect Vigneron, who currently serves as Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif., to succeed Cardinal Adam Maida as the spiritual leader of an estimated 1.4 million Catholics who live in the Detroit metropolitan area.

Archbishop-elect Vigneron was born in Mt. Clemens, Mich., and grew up in Immaculate Conception Parish, Anchorville. He attended Immaculate Conception Grade School before going on to Detroit's Sacred Heart Seminary High School and College. Later, he studied at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he earned a master's degree in philosophy in 1983 and a doctorate in philosophy in 1987.