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Detroit archbishop pays pastoral visit to the Cayman Islands


Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron visited the Archdiocese of Detroit’s southernmost outpost in the Cayman Islands last month, The Michigan Catholic has reported.
 Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron visited Catholics
 in the Cayman Islands last month on his first
 anniversary as archbishop. The Detroit Archdiocese
 has administered to the Churches in the Cayman
 Islands since 2000.

Vigneron payed his first pastoral visit to Catholic communities in the Cayman Islands, which have been administered by the Detroit Archdiocese since 2000. The late-Pope John Paul II requested that the Detroit Archdiocese take pastoral oversight of the islands, an overseas territory of the United Kingdom.

The trip came on Vigneron’s first anniversary as archbishop.

There are more than 5,000 Catholics on the three-island group in the Caribbean Sea—Grand Cayman, Cayman Brac and Little Cayman—according to 2009 information in the CIA World Factbook.

During his visit, the archbishop confirmed 15 young people at St. Ignatius Parish in George Town, Grand Cayman, which has 5,700 parishioners, the Catholic newspaper said.

Vigneron celebrated several Masses at St. Ignatius Church, including weekday Masses for the students. He also celebrated Mass at Christ the Redeemer Church in West Bay, Grand Cayman, which is also part of St. Ignatius Parish.

The archbishop then flew to Cayman Brac and celebrated Mass for the Catholic community at St. Mary Chapel. He also viewed the Cayman Brac site where Stella Maris Church will be built.

While on Grand Cayman, Vigneron met with the governor of the Cayman Islands, Duncan Taylor.

“Archbishop Vigneron was quite busy on the islands, and for the people, they were honored that he came to see them, the Rev. Paul Ballien, pastor of the St. Ignatius Parish,” told The Michigan Catholic.


  • Kevin Cesarz 5 years ago

    There is a Georgetown on every island in the Caribbean. Nice gig for Archbishop Vigneron.

  • Nick Gulda 5 years ago

    Nice gig indeed! I wonder why Detroit was picked to oversee the Cayman Islands because of the obvious geographical distance. Any one know?

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