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The Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron was named archbishop of the Detroit Archdiocese on January 5, 2009, succeeding Cardinal Adam Maida. In January of 2003, Archbishop Vigneron was named Coadjutor Bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, California. He served in that capacity for nine months before becoming the local ordinary (resident bishop). While in California, he oversaw the design and construction of a new cathedral, chancery, conference center and healing garden dedicated to those abused by clergy.
In Detroit, he was named an auxiliary bishop under Cardinal Maida in 1996. He served as rector-president of Sacred Heart Major Seminary from 1994 to 2003. He had studied for the priesthood there, returned in later years to teach philosophy and returned yet again as a dean. A native of Mt. Clemens, the archbishop was ordained as a priest of the Detroit Archdiocese in 1975. He was ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Detroit in 1996, installed as Coadjutor Bishop of Oakland in 2003, and installed as Archbishop of Detroit in 2009.