Tim Hipskind, S.J.
UDM's Director of Service Learning Tim Hipskind entered his professional career with a master's degree in Mechanical Engineering and worked as a consulting engineer for three years until his interests began to shift a bit. This shift eventually led him to enter the Jesuit Novitiate in Berkley, Mich. in 1988. During his two-year Novitiate he took two classes at UDM and worked at Core City Neighborhoods on the near-west side in Detroit.
In his early years in the Jesuits he got involved a lot with small Christian communities, especially Christian Life Communities (CLC), and he began his special training in the spirituality of St. Ignatius. This brought him back to Detroit and UDM in 1994 where for two years he was the Chaplain on the Peace and Social Justice Floor. During those two years helped to reorganize and revitalize that program in addition to CLC work in the Detroit area.
After four years of theology studies, Tim was ordained a priest in 2000. From 2000 until 2009 worked as a member of the Claver Jesuit Ministry Project in Cincinnati, Ohio. For the first four years in Cincinnati, he worked in a community organization; he was organizing around health issues in a low-income housing project. During his summers between 2002 and 2006 he completed a master's degree in Black Catholic Studies from Xavier University in New Orleans. In the later years in Cincinnati he helped two neighborhood groups with programs they had wanted to start including a computer center, a workforce development program and project to bring the youth and elders in the community together.
Following up on his training in Ignatian spirituality, Tim has given many retreats and workshop on spiritual decision making in the style of St. Ignatius. This led to a book published by Loyola Press, What's Your Decision?
Tim is excited about coming back to work at UDM especially because of the palpable sense of mission he has found here at UDM and the commitment he has found among Detroiters to this city.