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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 35 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.
Dan served as a Director for Catholic Charities of Southeastern Michigan from its inception in 2011-2016. Dan rejoined the Board of Trustees in June 2019. He also currently serves as a member of the CCSEM Board Finance Committee. Prior to his joining the CCSEM Board, Dan served Catholic Services of Macomb as a Director for 14 years leading up to its merger with CCSEM, including 5 years as its Chairman. Dan retired from Deloitte Tax, LLP in 2016 after 40 years of service. Dan has been married to Marilyn for 34 years, and they have two children, Michael and Melissa. Both of their children were adopted through Catholic Services of Macomb. Dan attended St. Agatha and St. Eugene’s grade schools, and Catholic Central High School, all in Detroit. He then received his BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a member in good standing of the AICPA and the MACPA. He has previously served as a member of the United Way Allocation Committee from 1989 – 1991.
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.
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, Loyola 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.
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.
Marlon De La Torre, Ph.D., the Archdiocese of Detroit’s new director of evangelization and missionary discipleship, who most recently lived in Fort Worth, Texas, with his wife, Amy, and has four children: Miguel, 22, Gabriella, 19, Maria, 16, and Gianna, 7.
Dr. De La Torre succeeds our outgoing board member, Fr. Stephen Pullis, who was assigned to serve on the faculty at Sacred Heart Major Seminary effective July 1, 2021.
Earlier in his career, De La Torre was an adjunct professor of catechetics for the online Catholic Distance University and Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving, Texas. He also served as superintendent of schools for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph and as principal of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic High School in Memphis, Tenn.
He holds a doctorate degree in Catechetics, Catholic Education and Catholic Doctrine from the University of Notre Dame-Australia, a master’s in Educational Administration and Curriculum from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, master’s and bachelor’s degrees in theology from Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, and a bachelor’s degree in Mental Health and Health Services, also from Franciscan University.
A Detroit Catholic article published in September of 2021 provides some impressive information about our newest board member!
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.
Rev. Monsignor Dr. Charles Kosanke was born and raised in northeast Detroit, the son of Charles and Catherine Kosanke. He is the oldest of six boys. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Sacred Heart Seminary in 1981. He earned a Master of Divinity and a Master in Theological Studies from St. John Provincial Seminary in 1985. He earned a license (1990) and doctorate (1992) in Biblical Studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.
Msgr. Chuck 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. He also served as Rector of SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary (The National Polish Seminary) in Orchard Lake, MI, for six years (2005-2011).
During his time at the Orchard Lake Schools, Msgr Chuck led the reaccreditation process for SS. Cyril and Methodius Seminary. He also assisted with restructuring the campus finances. He served two terms on the Board of Directors for the Association of Theological Schools, which accredits seminaries in North America for 8 years. He has chaired accreditation visits to almost 12 Catholic seminaries in the USA.
Msgr. Chuck’s parish assignments have included: Shrine of the Little Flower, St. Benedict, Church of Madonna, St. Cecilia, Guardian Angels, and St. Regis. He is currently the pastor of Most Holy Trinity, Corktown, and rector of the Basilica of Ste. Anne de Detroit.
Msgr Chuck was appointed by Archbishop Vigneron as the Moderator (Chief Pastor) of Southwest Detroit and Vicar, leading a team of priests overseeing 7 parishes and nine campuses. He was recently elected the Chairman of the Priests Council for the Archdiocese of Detroit.
Msgr. Chuck was named a Monsignor by Pope Benedict XVI in the spring of 2005. He has served on many non-profit boards and community organizations for over 30 years.
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 Gardener. 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 serves as Vicar General and Moderator of the Curia. In this capacity, Father Day assists Archbishop Vigneron in the day-to-day administration of the Central Services of the Archdiocese of Detroit and coordinates how the Archbishop’s pastoral letter, Unleash the Gospel, is implemented at the Chancery for nearly 200 employees and their ministries. In 2018, Father Day completed a Master of Science in Ecclesial Administration and Management.