January 11, 2012

Campaign surging with $30 million in pledges, rising parishioner involvement, spiritual engagement

Changing Lives TogetherMore than 20,000 Catholic households in southeast Michigan have committed over $30 million in pledges to the Changing Lives Together capital stewardship initiative. Commitments have been received from parishioners at more than 60 parishes. The $135 million campaign is being conducted in waves, or groups of parishes, with timing determined by pastors and their lay leadership teams. Parish campaigns began in 2010 and will continue into 2013.

“We’re making terrific progress,” said Michael Vlasic, chairman of the Changing Lives Together Steering Committee. “The 18 parishes in our pilot wave got us off to a great start and have now reached 92 percent of their pledge goal,” he explained. “The 42 parishes in our second wave have already exceeded 70 percent of their target pledges which will continue to come in over the next couple of months,” Vlasic continued. “Despite a tough economy and many other challenges, the depth of involvement and generosity we are experiencing throughout the Archdiocese is inspiring.”

Seven parishes in the second wave of Changing Lives Together have exceeded their pledge targets including Our Lady of Refuge in Orchard Lake, Our Lady on the River based in Marine City, St. Frances Cabrini of Allen Park, Our Lady of Albanians in Southfield, Most Holy Trinity in Detroit, and SS. John and Paul in Washington Township.

“I am profoundly grateful for the response among the faithful to our call to strengthen parishes and uplift the entire Archdiocese,” said Archbishop Vigneron. “Beyond raising the financial resources needed to fulfill parish-determined priorities, I am especially encouraged by the spiritual and evangelistic success of Changing Lives Together,” he added. “From prayer groups and children’s activities to parishioners making phone calls to reconnect with everyone in their parish family, to more people coming to Mass, our worship communities are coming together to support all the pastoral priorities of this initiative.”

More than 40 parishes in the third wave of Changing Lives Together are now organizing their campaigns by building their cases for support, enlisting and training volunteers, and preparing informational materials. To learn more about campaign progress at parishes in first two waves, click here.

Updated: January 2012


Changing Lives Together is a series of parish campaigns to generate resources to fulfill parish-developed plans and priorities. Learn more about the initiative in your parish.