Through the formation of Confraternity chapters in Families of Parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Detroit, I hope that the Church of Detroit will develop an active community of intercessors praying regularly for the souls in purgatory.
— The Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron
Every soul should have the opportunity to enter heaven. This is the basic message of the Gospel (Mt 28:17-20; Col 3:1-3). The mission is to pray for the souls in purgatory as a vocation and mission of mercy to relieve and gain release for the suffering souls in Purgatory who can no longer help themselves.
In A Call to Prayer: A Pastoral Note on Praying for the Souls in Purgatory, Archbishop Vigneron calls for the entire Archdiocese to pray for the souls in purgatory by forming chapters of a Confraternity for Holy Souls in each Family of Parishes. It is through the work and ministry of these chapters that we hope that our local Church in southeast Michigan will grow into an active community of intercessors praying regularly for the souls in purgatory.
The intention of the Confraternity for Holy Souls is to establish monthly Holy Hours for the Holy Souls and to offer guidance in this kind of prayer, also helping the faithful understand:
- The Church’s teaching on indulgences and their exercise
- The Four Last Things (Death, Judgment, Heaven, and Hell)
- The doctrine of suffering associated with the souls in purgatory
More information and resources found at this website.
Please prayerfully consider joining the Resurget Cineribus chapter of the Confraternity for Holy Souls!
Those with questions can email Max Cormier.