January 11, 2016

University of Detroit Mercy lost an exceptional leader and a wonderful friend on January 12, 2016, Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.J., Ph.D. Fr. Stockhausen entered eternal life around midnight central time.  His body was cremated and a funeral Mass was held at Marquette University’s Gesu Church on Saturday, Jan. 16. A special memorial Mass was offered by the Jesuit community on Wednesday, Jan. 20. at Gesu Church, north of UDM's McNichols Campus. Fr. John Staudenmaier, S.J., a long-time colleague and friend of Fr. Stockhausen, celebrated the liturgy and gave the homily.

See the Jesuits obituary, The Michigan Catholic, Omaha Metro and Detroit Free Press release on Fr. Stockhausen's passing. See Fr. Stockhausen's memorial page to share a story, post a photo or light a memorial candle.

Gerard L. Stockhausen, S.JSince 2010, Fr. Stockhausen served as the Socius and Executive Secretary to the President and Director of Planning for the U.S. Jesuit Conference. He served UDM for 10 years, six years as president (2004-2010) and four years as provost and vice president for academic affairs (2000-2004).

We are extremely thankful for his leadership and commitment to University of Detroit Mercy’s mission of academic excellence and service and the traditions of its founding sponsors, the Jesuits and Sisters of Mercy.

May he rest in peace.

Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.