What services are provided to parishes by the Archdiocese of Detroit’s Archdiocesan Operations?

Beyond pastoral leadership, Archdiocesan Operations offers direct support to parishes for ministries and programs that would be beyond the resources of any one parish to establish and sustain. Archdiocesan Operations support to parishes includes, but is not limited to, the following:

  • Financial services such as administering the archdiocesan Loan Deposit Program, the archdiocesan Endowment Foundation, the archdiocesan Priests’ Pension Plan; reviewing and tracking the financial health of each parish, and conducting parish audits
  • Facilities support such as building, property, and physical plant condition analyses; coordinating property sales and leases; and consulting on church building and renovation projects
  • Finance and administration works with the Michigan Catholic Conference on behalf of parishes to structure employee benefit programs, workers’ compensation coverage, as well as property and liability insurance, and liability claims coverage
  • Evangelizationcatechesis, and religious education ministries support, including Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) programs
  • Helping men discern the priesthood and permanent diaconate in southeast Michigan
  • Marriage and family life resources, including marriage preparation ministries
  • Educating on the Nature and Dignity of Women (Endow) study groups and other women’s ministries
  • Music ministry support and resources; formation for choirs, cantors, and choir directors
  • Helping men and women in broken marriages come into full communion with the Church through decrees of nullity (annulment) consideration for divorced Catholics through the Metropolitan Tribunal, Canon (Church) law consultations and opinions
  • Fundraising and stewardship consulting
  • Ministerial training and certification, as well as programmatic consultation for lay leaders in virtually every parish ministry, including youth and young adult ministries
  • Parish nursing support
  • Parish Empowerment, School Outreach, and Urban Capital Fund grants administration