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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.
Beth Beadle is the Director of Human Resources for the Cranbrook Educational Community, where she has been employed since 1996. She grew up in Birmingham, Michigan, where she attended Our Lady Queen of Martyrs and graduated from Marian High School. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration/Personnel Management from Michigan State University. Her professional affiliations include the Society for Human Resources Management, College and University Professional Association for Human Resources, and TIAA Independent Institutions Advisory Council.
Beth volunteered on the combined Parish Pastoral Council during the merger of St. Columbans (Birmingham) and St. Alan’s (Troy) parishes, and is a parish member of the merged Christ, Our Light Parish in Troy. She has been married for 33 years to her college sweetheart, Hank. They reside in Troy, Michigan and spend a great deal of time at their cottage on the shores of Lake Huron in Oscoda, Michigan. They have three adult children, Sam, Dan and Emily.
A lifelong Catholic, Chris Liparoto was born and raised in Monroe, where he and his family were active members of St. John the Baptist Church. He earned bachelor’s degrees in Economics and Sociology from Michigan State University and has been with Merrill Lynch for 20 years. Currently, he is senior vice president of Wealth Management and manages the Auburn Hills office as its resident director. An active community volunteer, Liparoto is vice chair of the board of Lighthouse Emergency Services, secretary on the Development Council for Holy Family Regional School in Rochester and a fourth degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He and his wife and four sons are members of St. Andrew Parish in Rochester.
A member of St. John the Baptist Parish in Monroe, Crysti Esper is a communications professional at the Monroe County Intermediate School District and serves on its board for continuous improvement. Specializing in visual communications, web development, and marketing, Crysti and her husband, Deacon Tracy Esper, own a home-based business, Creative Edge. She is a council member for the Child Advocacy Network of Monroe County, a chartered local coalition of the Michigan Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse, and is an advocate for the prevention of animal cruelty and neglect. She has served on the Monroe Vicariate Pastoral Council as the vicariate communications coordinator and newsletter more than 10 years. Crysti is Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) coordinator at St. John the Baptist Parish and is currently pursuing a certification in Catholic Theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary and a Lay Ecclesial Ministry certificate as an RCIA Coordinator from the Archdiocese of Detroit. Crysti has earned an Associates Degree in Chemistry from Monroe County Community College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, with a concentration in Marketing Communication, majoring in English and minoring in French.
Born at the former Holy Cross Hospital in Detroit and growing up in Warren, David Nowaczewski attended the former St. Clement Parish school in Center Line for 12 years. He then attended Michigan State University, transferred to St. Mary’s (Orchard Lake), and then transferred to Franciscan University of Steubenville where he earned a B.A. in Philosophy. After graduation from college, David moved back to the Detroit area and worked for a time at a building supply house while discerning a vocation to the priesthood and religious life. Davis and his wife Shannon were married at Assumption Grotto Parish in Detroit. David attended The University of Chicago Law school from 2002 until 2005, clerking at Bodman PLC and eventually joining at Bodman full time in September 2005, working until March 2016. David and Shannon have four children and live in St. Clair Shores where they belong to St. Joan of Arc Parish and where their children attend school. David serves on the athletic board at St. Joan of Arc. David is now practicing law at Viviano, Pagano & Howlett, PLLC in Mt. Clemens, specializing in corporate law with a focus on representing financial institutions in connection with loan origination and workout matters.
Dr. Duane J. DiFranco, MD, was born and raised in Dearborn, Michigan. He received his elementary education in his family’s home parish school, Sacred Heart in Dearborn, and is a graduate of Dearborn Divine Child High School. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and premedical science from the University of Notre Dame in 1989 and his Medical degree from the University of Michigan, where he also went on to complete residency training in General Adult Psychiatry. Dr. DiFranco maintains active board certification in his field.
Currently, Dr. DiFranco is Senior Medical Director at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. His primary responsibilities include oversight of utilization management functions for the Michigan Blues’ enterprise, and he co-chairs Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Opioid Abuse Task Force. Dr. DiFranco has been active within managed care for the past 21 years, having joined the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan Heath System early in his career. There, he led the University’s Managed Behavioral Health Care Division at M-CARE while also teaching psychiatry residents and providing clinical care to patients. He left the University in 2007 to join Blue Care Network as Medical Director for Behavioral Health. Dr. DiFranco’s professional accomplishments include the design and implementation of a web-based patient portal—the M-STRIDES system—at the University of Michigan Depression Center and the implementation of a smoking cessation campaign at Blue Care Network that resulted in the largest decrease in tobacco use among Michigan health plans in 2016.
Dr. DiFranco, his wife, and their five children are parishioners at Our Lady of Good Counsel parish in Plymouth, Michigan. Their children attend or have attended Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Spiritus Sanctus Academy (Plymouth), Detroit Catholic Central (Novi), Father Gabriel Richard High School (Ann Arbor), the University of Notre Dame and Lawrence Technological University. Dr. DiFranco’s previous affiliations with Christian charities include 18 years as a board member, including 3 years as Board President, with the Lennon Pregnancy Center in Dearborn. He currently serves as the chair of Catholic Charities’ Programs Committee.
Dr. Miguel Lis-Planells is a recognized leader-expert in neurological surgery and a pioneer in the area of minimally invasive spine surgery.
He currently lives in Florida, is affiliated with several hospitals, and practices at the Bonati Spine Institute. Prior to relocating from Michigan, he served as a partner in the Michigan Head and Spine Institute, and was vice chair of the Department of Neurosurgery at Sinai-Grace Hospital in Detroit.
Dr. Miguel’s commitment to the Church is reflected in his work and affiliation with several Catholic organizations, including as a Knight of the Order of Malta and Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre. He has served and serves on several boards, including the President’s Council at Ave Maria University, board of directors of The Men of the Sacred Hearts, and on the board of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. He is also a member of Legatus.
Dr. Lis-Planells was a member of the Catholic Social Services of Oakland County board at the time of the merger with Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan (CCSEM). He later worked in the Oakland County advisory board to CCSEM to facilitate a smooth transition during the merger.
John Tersigni is the Director of Mission Integration for Ascension Care Management (ACM). ACM is a subsidiary of Ascension, the largest non-profit health system in the United States and the world’s largest Catholic health system. As Director of Mission Integration for ACM, John’s primary role is to serve every ACM associate so they may better understand what it means to be a part of a Catholic healthcare ministry and the importance of Ascension’s mission, vision and values. John’s role is integral to helping the associates better understand what they are being called to do as part of Ascension and how to make the mission, vision and values of Ascension their own. As part of the Mission Integration ministry-wide function, John has the opportunity to collaborate and “thought-partner” with other mission leads throughout Ascension. As a member of the Mission Integration Leadership Community, he works with other mission executives to provide the roadmap and groundwork for the future of the ministry-wide function. John earned a Master of Arts in Roman Catholic Theology, with a concentration in Exegesis (Biblical Studies), from Aquinas Institute in Saint Louis, Missouri, and a Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. John is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. He and his family are parishioners at St. Cornelius Church in Dryden.
Lory is the Director of Parish Life and Services for the Archdiocese of Detroit, a position she has held since 2009. Her Bachelor’s degree is in Communications and her Masters is in Resource Development and Urban Studies from Michigan State University. She is a convert to Catholicism having joined the Catholic Church in 1995. She lives in Grosse Point Farms with her husband of 20 years, Mike and 10 year old twins, Michael and Patrick. She is a member of St. Paul on the Lake Parish.
The newest member of the CCSEM Board of Directors is Mable Veneida Jones. She has a Ph.D. in Business Administration from LaSalle University, and focused on education during her graduate studies at Iowa State and Wayne State universities. Recently retired from AAA of Michigan, she held various positions there, most recently as Director of Public Affairs and Corporate Contributions. Earlier in her career, she worked for Ford Motor Corporation in Industrial Relations and for Wayne State University in training and recruitment. Mable was a member of the parish council for the former Church of the Madonna in Detroit, and serves, or has served, on the boards and committees of several organizations including the United Negro College Fund, St. Vincent de Paul, the Children’s Hospital Foundation, Crime Stoppers, Spaulding for Children, Starr Midtown Academy, Traveler’s Aide, and others. Mable is a recognized community leader, with many awards to her name. She was a 2010 Woman of Excellence and the first recipient of the Marian McCleod Bethune Humanitarian Award for Distinguished Leadership and AAA Outstanding Volunteer of the Year. She is also an active lifetime member of the NAACP and a volunteer for Focus Hope.
A longtime member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Farmington, Michigan, Michael is Vice President of Tax and Treasurer for Kelly Services. He’s a proud Spartan, having earned a Bachelors degree from Michigan State University. He also earned a Masters in Business Administration from Wayne State University. He has been active in many parish, community and professional activities over the years, and is currently a member of the Knights of Columbus, Tax Executives Institute, and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce’s Tax Committee. Michael and his wife of 30 years, Susan, live in Farmington Hills, and have three sons who attended Our Lady of Sorrows Elementary School (Farmington) and Brother Rice High School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan.
Hailing from Port Huron, Michigan from birth, Patrick was educated at St. Joseph Elementary School and Port Huron Catholic High School. Upon graduation he joined the U.S. Navy and in 1971 earned an officer’s commission from the U.S. Naval Academy. His ship assignments were on the West Coast and several of his shore duty assignments were in Europe. After resigning his commission in 1993, Patrick and his family moved back to Port Huron where he pursued a career in manufacturing, concentrating on plastics and injection molding. In 2011 Patrick was appointed to the governing board of Catholic Charities of St. Clair County, where he was an active participant in the 2012-13 formation of and transition to Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan. Patrick is a member of St. Mary Parish in Port Huron where he is active with the Knights of Columbus council, while also serving as a lector and Eucharistic minister.
Born in Dearborn on October 21, 1972 and the oldest of three children, Rev. Jeffrey Day was baptized at St. Sebastian Parish in Dearborn Heights, where he later served as pastor. Father Day grew up in Canton, where he attended public schools. He graduated from Plymouth-Salem High School in 1990, whereupon he entered the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. In 1994, he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Economics. He then entered Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit where he earned his Master of Divinity graduate degree in theology. Father Day was ordained a priest by Adam Cardinal Maida in 1999. His assignments as an associate pastor included service at Divine Child Parish in Dearborn and at St. Isidore Parish in Macomb Township.
Father Day served fourteen years as a pastor, all of them at parishes with Catholic schools. In 2003, Father Day was appointed pastor of St. Sebastian Parish in Dearborn Heights, where he served for eight years. During his tenure at St. Sebastian he retired a parish debt exceeding $1 million, established the required consultative bodies of the parish and school to involve lay leadership and helped lead the parish toward healing after the former pastor was removed under the prescripts of the Dallas Charter.
Starting in 2011, he began serving as the pastor of St. Fabian Parish in Farmington Hills, where he oversaw the closing of St. Colman Parish and its eventual merger with St. Fabian in 2013, as well as a multimillion-dollar building project. During his tenure, St. Fabian Parish embraced the Amazing Parish model, becoming energized in the ways of discipleship. In his spare time Father Day enjoys gardening and recently took classes with his parents to become a certified Master Gardner. He is very proud that St. Fabian Parish was recognized with a beautification award for three consecutive years by the City of Farmington Hills.
His other duties within the Archdiocese of Detroit have included service on the Presbyteral Council and the Priest Assignment Board. He has also served several years as Chaplain for the archdiocesan Natural Family Planning advisory board. Father Day is a Fourth Degree Knight of Columbus, with service as a Chaplain and a Faithful Friar. From 2010-17, Father Day represented Archbishop Allen Vigneron as the Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer of the Archdiocese of Detroit. In this role, Father Day acted as an “ambassador” of Archbishop Vigneron for the Roman Catholic faith, promoting cordial relations with persons of all faiths. Father Day was a member of the 2016 Archdiocesan Synod. He also serves as chair of the Catholic Services Appeal steering committee.
Currently, Father Day is Deputy Moderator of the Curia, a position which is preparing him to eventually take on the roles of Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General. In his present capacity, Father Day assists Archbishop Vigneron in the day to day administration of the Central Services of the Archdiocese of Detroit. He will help coordinate how the Archbishop’s pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel, is implemented internally at the chancery for the nearly 200 employees and their ministries which Father Day will soon oversee. To help prepare for all these duties, Father Day is enrolled in a degree program at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., where he will eventually earn a master’s degree in ecclesial administration and management.
The son of Charles and Catherine Kosanke and the oldest of 6 boys, Rev. Msgr. Dr. Charles Kosanke was born in northeast Detroit. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary in 1981, as well as a Masters in Divinity and a Masters in Theological Studies from St. John Provincial Seminary in 1985. Upon completion of seminary studies Msgr. Kosanke was ordained a deacon on June 7, 1985. He served his internship at St. Robert Bellarmine Parish in Redford (1985-86). He was ordained a priest by Archbishop Edmund Szoka on December 14, 1985. His first assignment was at Shrine of the Little Flower Parish 1986-1988. Cardinal Szoka assigned Msgr. Kosanke to Rome from 1988-1992, where he earned a doctorate in Biblical Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Msgr. Kosanke published his dissertation on the subject of The Encounters of the Risen Jesus in Luke-Acts. He has also published articles in the New Catholic Encyclopedia (2nd ed.) and other journals. He has published a Bible study volume on the Book of Isaiah for the Come and See series.
Msgr. Kosanke served for ten years (1992-2002) on the faculty and administration of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in the following capacities: Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture, Director of Undergraduate Seminarians, Moderator of the Latin American Program, and Dean of Administration and Advancement. During that time he served as pastor of St. Benedict Parish in Highland Park and as temporary administrator of Church of Madonna and St. Cecilia Parishes in Detroit. He has served on the Archdiocesan Assignment Board, as the Vicar of North Central Vicariate, and two terms as a member of the Presbyteral Council. Msgr. Kosanke served as pastor of Guardian Angels Parish in Clawson and President of Bishop Foley Catholic High School in Madison Heights from 2002-2005. Pope Benedict XVI named Father Kosanke as a Monsignor in May 2005. In August 2005 Cardinal Adam Maida appointed Msgr. Kosanke as Rector of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary (the national Polish seminary) in Orchard Lake where he served for six years (2005-2011). During this period he led the process to have the seminary reaccredited for ten years with the Association of Theological Schools. He also served Orchard Lake Catholic Schools as treasurer.
Msgr. Kosanke was appointed Pastor of St. Regis Parish in Bloomfield Hills and as Chairman of Catholic Charities of Southeastern Michigan (Archdiocese of Detroit) by Archbishop Allen Vigneron in 2011. He was then assigned in 2016 by Archbishop Vigneron as pastor of Ste. Anne de Detroit and Most Holy Trinity parishes in Detroit. Msgr. Kosanke has served on several archdiocesan committees and community boards for many years. His current involvement includes serving as the archdiocesan spiritual advisor to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, board member of the Foundation for St. Vincent de Paul Society, and board member of the Association of Theological Schools, which accredits Catholic and Protestant seminaries in North America. He is also president of the American Friends of the Vatican Library, chaplain to the Detroit Legatus Chapter, a member of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, where he serves on the Finance Committee and was a member of the Clergy Formation Committee for the 2016 archdiocesan Synod on the New Evangelization. He is a Knight Commander of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher and a Fourth-Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He has also served in local, regional, national, and international leadership roles for Worldwide Marriage Encounter and continues to present the program locally. He has traveled to more than 40 countries, most frequently to Italy and Israel, and all seven continents. Msgr. Kosanke’s life is immersed in the life of the Church, where he finds joy and fulfillment.
President of the 534-bed St. John Macomb-Oakland Hospital with locations in Madison Heights and Warren, Terry Hamilton previously served for four years as Senior Vice President of Operations for the St. John Providence Health System in Warren. He joined St. John Providence from Ascension Health’s Indianapolis ministry, where he led financial operations for St. Vincent Indianapolis Hospital, Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at St. Vincent, St. Vincent Women’s Hospital, and the St. Vincent Stress Center. Terry is no stranger to Detroit, having spent fourteen years with the health care consulting practice at Deloitte, and earning his MBA from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Terry earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. Active in the community, Terry has participating in various governance roles with the Macomb County Chamber of Commerce, Advancing Macomb, World Medical Relief, and the Madison Heights / Hazel Park Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan finance committee, and on the Archdiocese of Detroit’s finance council. He is married to Debbie, and has two children, Emily (18) and Will (14). The Hamilton’s reside in Troy and are parishioners at St. Thomas More Parish.