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Our Newest Monsignors

Two resident priests at Sacred Heart were conferred with the titles “Monsignor” and “Chaplain to His Holiness” by Pope Benedict XVI. Msgr. John F. Hall, 84, right, and Msgr. Daniel J. Trapp, 54, along with six other new Detroit monsignors, were honored at a prayer service and reception at the seminary on January 23. Archbishop Allen Vigneron announced the appointments on December 27.


Monsignor is an honorary title of respect, recognizing a priest’s exemplary service to the Church. Chaplain to His Holiness is the first of three ranks of monsignor and indicates the priest is a symbolic member of the papal household.


“We are certainly blessed with the presence of Monsignors Hall and Trapp here at the seminary,” said Msgr. Todd Lajiness, Sacred Heart’s rector. “Their many years of faithful service demonstrate their modeling of holiness for us all.” Archbishop Vigneron expressed that all eight men “represent and honor the whole Detroit presbyterate.”


Monsignor Trapp is spiritual director of graduate seminarians and associate professor of systematic theology, liturgy and sacraments. He is also pastor of SS. Augustine and Monica Parish in Detroit. Monsignor holds an STL and STD in sacramental theology. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1984 and has taught at Sacred Heart since 1989.


Monsignor Hall achieved senior priest status 1998. He has served as a spiritual director for seminarians since 2010. Monsignor served at ten parishes and as a hospital chaplain during his active priestly ministry, and administered a number of parishes after becoming a senior priest. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Detroit in 1955.