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University Ministers

The University Ministry offices are located on the first floor of the Student Center across from the Bookstore. Come stop by and visit our University Ministers today! 

Anita Klueg

Anita Klueg

Director of University Ministry

Office: UC 106, McNichols Campus

313-993-1560

kluegag@udmercy.edu

Anita grew up in Missouri and Texas with a Filipina mom, a Hoosier (Indiana) father and two younger brothers.  Anita lived in Mombasa, Kenya for seven years with her family (two daughters and a husband) as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner and one year in Montero, Bolivia as a Salesian Lay Missioner.  She speaks Swahili and Spanish.  She graduated with a BS degree in Biology from Marian University in Indianapolis, Indiana and Masters of Theological Studies degree from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

Anita has a love for cooking/baking, travelling, reading, guitar, and singing.  She enjoys involvement in Gesu Catholic church and the local community in areas of faith, justice, the environment and peacemaking. Favorite scripture verse: “Act justly, love tenderly, and walk humble with your God.” (Micah 6)

Paul Riffon

Paul Riffon

University Minister of Spirituality and Faith Formation

Office: UC 106, McNichols Campus

313-993-1560

riffonpt@udmercy.edu

Paul is a proud West Virginian who grew up Appalachia with his mom and dad, brother, and two sisters (who he is convinced are saints after putting up with his over-the-top antics). After graduating from Wheeling Jesuit University, he embarked on a life-changing adventure to the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota as a Jesuit Volunteer. Paul studied theology at the University of Dayton and served as a campus minister in Athens, Ohio where he met his beautiful bride, Molly. When not listening to local music, Paul can be found riding his bike, woodworking, and talking social justice over a good cup of coffee.

Julia Erdlen

Julia Erdlen

University Minister – Jesuit Volunteer

Office: UC 106, McNichols Campus

313-993-1560

erdlenjk@udmercy.edu

Julia comes from Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, a very suburban suburb of Philadelphia. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame this past year with a degree in English, as well as minors in Computer Science and Scientific Ethics.

While at Notre Dame, Julia was a ringer in the Handbell Choir, where she traveled to places as far as Beijing, China, and as local as Indianapolis to ring for masses. She also worked in Campus Ministry as the Liturgy Intern, where she planned music and general programming for services across campus. Julia is also proud that despite a lack of general athleticism, she can call herself a college (intramural) sports champion thanks to three victories in an annual bowling tournament.

Daniel Greig

Daniel Greig

Music Minister – Part-Time University Minister

Office: UC 106, McNichols Campus

313-993-1560

greigda@udmercy.edu

Dan has been with University Ministry for over 18 years and helps with retreats and other ministry activities.  He coordinates and directs the music for Sunday night 9 p.m. Masses and special university events.  He encourages students to find their voice and use their talents for the good of the Kingdom. Dan directs the University Chorus and writes music for choirs, piano, and orchestra.  Ask him about songs he's written that are published.  Dan enjoys gardening, socializing over a good cappuccino, and teaching.

He serves as Director of Music at St. Mary of the Hills in Rochester Hills and enjoys directing musicals. He earned a Bachelor of Music in Education and a Master of Music in Conducting from Wayne State, and took courses on Theology and Sacred Scripture from Sacred Heart Seminary.  He has always had a heart for serving people, and has a special interest in helping students grow in their faith.

Erin McDonald

Erin McDonald

University Minister for Service and Justice

Office: UC 106, McNichols Campus

313-993-1560

Erin is a Sister of St Joseph and a social worker. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Wheeling Jesuit University, a master’s degree in social work from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University New Orleans. Erin was born and raised on Cape Cod, Mass., but I moved to West Virginia for  undergraduate studies and lived there for 11 years. For several years, Erin worked as the Director of the Service for Social Action Center at Wheeling Jesuit University, where she coordinated student volunteers, service immersion trips, campus advocacy campaigns, the Mother Jones House residential service program and lived on campus as a residential chaplain. She left Wheeling Jesuit University to work with the Jesuit Refugee Service in Rwanda as a humanitarian aid worker.

After returning from Rwanda, Erin entered the Sisters of St Joseph and moved to urban Detroit to work at Freedom House after taking first vows. At Freedom House, a shelter for survivors of torture and persecution who are seeking asylum in the US, Erin was the social worker who managed the medical, mental health and educational services for the residents.

Interested in Confession or Spiritual Direction?

Confessions:
Jerry Cavanaugh, S.J. – cavanagf@udmercy.edu
Si Hendry, S.J. – hendrysi@udmercy.edu
Tim Hipskind, S.J. – hipskijt@udmercy.edu
Joel Medina, S.J. – 617-642-0484
Raph Shen, S.J. – shenrs@udmercy.edu
Spiritual Directors
Gerry Albright, S.J. – albrigrg@udmercy.edu
Sister Mary Kay Dobrovolny, RSMmkdobrovolny@mercywmw.org
Tom Florek, S.J. – tfloreksj@gmail.com
Si Hendry, S.J. – hendrysi@udmercy.edu

Mission Statement

Inspired by God's unconditional love, University Ministry accompanies the Detroit Mercy community as we learn to know, love, and serve God, and one another. 

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