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Invitation to submit comments regarding SHMS in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agencies.

Sacred Heart Major Seminary is seeking comments from the public about the Seminary in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agencies. The Seminary will host a visit March 10-12, 2014, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) of the North Central Association.

New Evangelization STL to Be Offered Online

In August, Sacred Heart Major Seminary received permission from the Vatican Congregation for Catholic Education to offer its Licentiate in Sacred Theology (STL) through an online format with limited on-campus instruction. This new program is open only to Catholic priests. Now, priests from around the world can earn their STL without leaving home, except for five weeks each summer during the four-year program.

Established in 2004 with the approval of the Congregation for Catholic Education and through aggregation with the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (the Angelicum), the Licentiate in Sacred Theology is the first program of its kind with a concentration in the New Evangelization. And now, it is the only program of its kind that is offered online.

Archbishop’s Gala Breaks Attendance Record

Was it the great new venue? The fantastic raffle prizes? Or was it simply the loyalty and love that our benefactors feel for Sacred Heart and its mission.


All of these reasons, and especially the graciousness of God, no doubt contributed to a record-breaking attendance at Archbishop’s Gala 2013, held Thursday, June 6. To the 785 guests who attended the annual fundraiser at the Riverview Ballroom at Cobo Center in downtown Detroit, Archbishop Allen Vigneron and Sacred Heart rector Msgr. Todd Lajiness say, “Thank you for your support!”


Including all revenue sources, Archbishop’s Gala 2013

Our Newest Graduates. Your Newest Priests.

Ten graduates of Sacred Heart have been, or soon will be, ordained to the priesthood during the spring and summer months. These men, representing six dioceses, are the fruit of your generous and continued support of the seminary.


Archbishop Allen Vigneron ordained three of these men for the Archdiocese of Detroit on May 18. At an ordination ceremony at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Fr. Marko Djonovic, Fr. Patrick Gonyeau and Fr. James Grau received the Sacrament of Holy Orders before a crowd of over one thousand well-wishers.

Seven Seminarians Ordained to Diaconate

Seven seminarians studying for the Archdiocese of Detroit were ordained as deacons on April 13, 2013. All of the men are entering their fourth year of graduate theology in September. After a final year of study, formation and discernment, and with God’s graciousness, they will be ordained to the presbyterate next year, on June 7, 2014.


At the ceremony held in Sacred Heart’s main chapel, Bishop Michael Byrnes, auxiliary bishop of Detroit and former seminary vice rector, laid hands on these men, ordaining them as “transitional” deacons.

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.