Introducing Our Family of Parishes
You may have been hearing about the new Families of Parishes restructuring for the Archdiocese of Detroit. Families of parishes are groups of parishes, generally three to six, sharing resources to advance the mission, including having multiple priests and deacons serving the family of parishes.
Let’s begin with a proper introduction to our new family. We are excited to share that beginning on July 1, 2022, St. Alphonsus-St. Clement, St. Barbara, St. Kateri Tekakwitha, & St. Maria Goretti will become a “Family of Parishes”, — working together and sharing resources and talents to further advance our shared mission.
How can the lay faithful support clergy during this transition that will take place over the coming years? Through Prayer, Encouragement, being engaged in your Parish- ask “How can I help?”, & ask God to open your heart to missionary conversion.
In the upcoming months, we will continue to publish bulletin articles, introducing everyone to what this new family structure means (One topic at a time), sharing the progress, and other details as we move forward together.
Family of Parishes – Our Team of Priests – In Solidum
So, what does “In Solidum” mean?
In the In Solidum model, a group of priests share responsibility for a Family of Parishes, with help from deacons. One priest among the group will serve as a “moderator” for the family. Although priests may primarily minister at one or two parishes, they will share responsibility for every parish in the family. The moderator acts as a sort of “first among equals” who is tasked with coordinating collaboration, resolving differences, and speaking on behalf of the family.
So, let’s give a brief introduction to our team of Priests.
Fr. Gregory Deters – Currently serves at St. Alphonsus-St. Clement as Associate Pastor.
Fr. Zbigniew Grankowski – Currently serves as Pastor at St. Barbara
Fr. Terrence Kerner – Currently serves as Pastor at St. Kateri Tekakwitha & Temporary Administrator at St. Alphonsus-St. Clement. Fr. Kerner has also accepted the role of Moderator of the family.
Fr. David Lesniak – Currently serves as Pastor at St. Maria Goretti.
We encourage you to visit www.familiesofparishes.org for a list of Frequently Asked Questions.