The Jesuit Presence and History at UDM
The Jesuit community established the University of Detroit and has been responsible for its Catholic heritage since 1877. In recent decades it has shared this responsibility with the University’s Board of Trustees, and since 1990 with the Sisters of Mercy.
At this time, there are 16 Jesuits in the University community. Even with younger Jesuits coming, however, the community is not likely to exceed 20 members in the future, which means it cannot accomplish by itself all that larger communities of the past were able to do.Therefore, the community asks for more lay involvement in sustaining the Jesuits’ mission at the University. At the Jesuits’ recent 34th General Congregation such closer lay-Jesuit collaboration was strongly endorsed as greatly enriching Jesuit apostolic effectiveness.