Archbishop Allen Vigneron came to Matchan on February 24, 2014, the first Tuesday in Lent, to talk and serve the needy in the Pontiac. This was his second appearance at Matchan encouraging all to do good deeds during the Lenten season. Matchan was honored this year to have the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit begin his Lenten observance by serving lunch at Matchan on Shrove Tuesday – sometimes called Fat Tuesday.
“It was a great blessing for me to share in the service the St. Vincent de Paul volunteers offer at the Matchan Nutrition Center”, said Archbishop Allen Vigneron. “It is a blessing to serve Christ in the poor just as Christ has so generously served me, unworthy though I am.”
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The people who came to Matchan were surprised that the leader of all the Catholic Churches in the metro area would come to serve them. Questions like, “How many churches do you watch over?”, were asked as they came through the line. He arrived about 11:45 and talked to many people, including volunteers, clients and the media until noon when he got on the serving line and enjoyed it so much that he remained in the serving line for the duration of his stay. He seemed to enjoy talking to and serving the people as they selected their food.
The volunteers don’t look for praises or any acknowledgement of their efforts, but when someone like the Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit comes to Matchan, they feel good about recognition given to the work that they do.