Two pastors named auxiliary bishops for Detroit archdiocese

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Benedict XVI has named Msgr. Donald F. Hanchon and Father Michael J. Byrnes, who are both pastors in Detroit and also have other duties in the Detroit Archdiocese, to be auxiliary bishops for the archdiocese.

Bishop-designate Hanchon, 63, is pastor of Holy Redeemer Parish and episcopal vicar for the central region of the archdiocese. Bishop-designate Byrnes, 52, is pastor of Presentation/Our Lady of Victory Parish and vice rector of Sacred Heart Seminary.

The appointments were announced March 22 in Washington by Archbishop Pietro Sambi, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Bishop-designate Hanchon was ordained a priest for the Detroit archdiocese in 1974 and named a monsignor in 2005. Bishop-designate Byrnes was ordained for the archdiocese in 1996. The two will be ordained as bishops May 5 at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.

Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit called the appointments “a great blessing for the archdiocese,” as well as an honor for the two priests. He said the two men, coming from different paths and different generations, each bring unique gifts to the local church.

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