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Pope Francis visits the U.S., Sept. 21-25

For the first time, Pope Francis visited the United States, Sept. 21-25, 2015. UDM President Antoine M. Garibaldi shared his reflection on the papal visit online. As one of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in America, Detroit Mercy was proud to welcome the first ever #JesuitEducated Pope to the U.S. Faculty, staff and students watched the Pope's address at the Papal Visit Watch party on Sept. 24 in front of the Student Center's University Ministry Office. Follow the story of Pope Francis' visit on Twitter using the hashtags #PopeInUS and #PapaEnUSA. See media coverage and interactive map for a list of places the Pope visited while touring the U.S.

UDM community reflects on first anniversary of Pope Francis

Reported by Roger Weber, WDIV-TV (NBC Channel 4) — Aired: March 13, 2014

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Pope Francis named Person of the Year

On Dec. 11, the editors of Time Magazine named Pope Francis as their Person of the Year. As he is the first Jesuit Pope, other Jesuits and administrators at Jesuit institutions around the country have been featured in the media commenting on the news.

UDM's John Staudenmaier, S.J., assistant to the president for Mission and Identity, was interviewed on WDET-FM on Dec. 16. Listen to an excerpt of the WDET interview. For a collection of links to more statements and media clips, see the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities website.

America's interview with Pope Francis

America, the National Catholic Review published an extensive interview with Pope Francis in its Sept. 30, 2013 issue.  Among the topics in this wide-ranging interview, the Pope discusses the Society of Jesus, why he became a Jesuit and what it means for a Jesuit priest to become pope.  Read the interview on AmericaMagazine.org.

Pope Francis calls for a day of fasting and prayer for peace

On Sept. 1, 2013, Pope Francis called for a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria and throughout the world, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 7. The Pope made the announcement during the course of remarks ahead of the traditional Angelus prayer.  An excerpt from his remarks:

"I have decided to proclaim for the whole Church on 7 September next, the vigil of the birth of Mary, Queen of Peace, a day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and throughout the world, and I also invite each person, including our fellow Christians, followers of other religions and all men of good will, to participate, in whatever way they can, in this initiative... [W]e will gather in prayer and in a spirit of penance, invoking God's great gift of peace upon the beloved nation of Syria and upon each situation of conflict and violence around the world. Humanity needs to see these gestures of peace and to hear words of hope and peace!"

See the full text of the Holy Father's Angelus appeal.

Excerpts from the Address of Pope Francis to the Bishops of Brazil, July 2013

“Dear brothers, the results of our pastoral work do not depend on a wealth of resources, but on the creativity of love. To be sure, perseverance, effort, hard work, planning and organization all have their place, but first and foremost we need to realize that the Church’s power does not reside in herself; it is hidden in the deep waters of God, into which she is called to cast her nets.
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UDM celebrates the election of Jesuit Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope Francis

Message from the President:
On behalf of the University of Detroit Mercy community, I want to express our prayerful wishes and appreciation for Pope Francis as he begins his solemn ministry as Bishop of Rome, Successor of Peter and Vicar of Christ for the Universal Church.

We are especially pleased that Pope Francis is a member of the Society of Jesus (The Jesuits). He is well known for his commitment to social justice and his compassion for the poor.

Throughout the University community, we will be praying for him and for the Catholic Church as he guides the Church and its people in the coming years.

As we rejoice in the election of the Catholic Church's new Pope, let us express our confidence and trust in Jesus Christ, who has guided the Cardinals in this important selection.

Antoine M. Garibaldi, Ph.D.
President, University of Detroit Mercy

Blessings from UDM's Religious Sponsors for Pope Francis

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In the name of the Society of Jesus, I give thanks to God for the election of our new Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., which opens for the Church a path full of hope. Read More >> Thoughts from the Sisters of Mercy in Argentina on the new Pope, Francis I: “Francis I was the Jesuit Provincial during the military rule... Read More >> It has been a truly historic day for the Society of Jesus as we learned that our brother, Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, was selected to lead the Catholic Church as Pope Francis I. Read More >>


Ss. Peter and Paul Jesuit Church in Detroit March 18, 2013
Pope Francis' Jesuit order has historical, educational links to Michigan
Patricia Montemurri / Detroit Free Press

... "Jesuits take a vow of mobility or, as our founder St. Ignatius Loyola said, 'to go anywhere in the world for the good of souls,' " said the Rev. John Staudenmeier, who is University of Detroit Mercy's assistant to the president for mission and identity. Read More >>

March 15, 2013
President Garibaldi joined Archbishop Allen Vigneron and Metro Detroit business and government leaders for the 2013 Paul W. Smith St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Detroit Athletic Club. While there, WJR's morning show host interviewed Dr. Garibaldi about the new Jesuit pope and UDM's future plans.

YouTube: Three Jesuit priests at UDM, including Fr. John Staudenmaier, S.J., UDM's assistant to the president for Mission and Identity, are featured in this March 13, 2013 report on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7 Detroit) about the election of the first Jesuit pope, Francis.


In the name of the Society of Jesus, I give thanks to God for the election of our new Pope, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., which opens for the Church a path full of hope.

All of us Jesuits accompany with our prayers our brother and we thank him for his generosity in accepting the responsibility of guiding the Church at this crucial time. The name of "Francis" by which we shall now know him evokes for us the Holy Father's evangelical spirit of closeness to the poor,his identification with simple people, and his commitment to the renewal of the Church. From the very first moment in which he appeared before the people of God, he gave visible witness to his simplicity, his humility, his pastoral experience and his spiritual depth.

"The distinguishing mark of our Society is that it is . . . a companionship. . . bound to the Roman Pontiff by a special bond of love and service."(Complementary Norms, No. 2, § 2) Thus, we share the joy of the whole Church, and at the same time, wish to express our renewed availability to be sent into the vineyard of the Lord, according to the spirit of our special vow of obedience, that so distinctively unites us with the Holy Father(General Congregation 35, Decree 1, No. 17).

P. Adolfo Nicolás S.J.
Superior General
Rome, 14 March 2013

With great joy and gratitude to God, the New England Province of the Society of Jesus welcomes our new Holy Father, Francis.

Pope FrancisDear Friends,
It is an extraordinary moment in the life of the Church. Although we are, of course, excited about the Holy Father’s Jesuit roots, we are more excited about his ministry to the Universal Church and pray for courage and wisdom for him as he begins this journey of faith.

In a special way, the Holy Father, who has, as a Jesuit, prayed the prayer known as the Suscipe,has now entered in a even more radical way into the meaning of this prayer of St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits:

Take Lord, receive all my liberty. Take my memory, my understanding, and my entire will. Whatsoever I have or hold, You have given me; I give it all back to You and surrender it wholly to be governed by your will. Give me only your love and your grace, and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.

Join me in praying for our new Holy Father. Please also enjoy reading the media coverage of commentary and reflections by Jesuits which we've gathered on the province website.

Sincerely in the Lord,

Pope Francis

Fr. Myles Sheehan,
SJ Provincial

Pope FrancisStatement on Pope Francis from the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

We join with people throughout the world in hope and prayer for our new pope.  May the blessing of the people that Pope Francis invited enrich our common journey of faith.

Thoughts from the Sisters of Mercy in Argentina on the new Pope, Francis I:

“Francis I was the Jesuit Provincial during the military rule (where too much sorrow was felt). Then he became Bishop of Buenos Aires, then Archbishop and, for the past ten years, he has been the Cardinal Primate of Argentina. He is a man of conservative profile, very simple, one who lives an austere life. He has been present in a very pastoral manner to those who live in the slums surrounding Buenos Aires. Also, in speaking to the priests of the archdiocese, he has denounced injustice and governmental corruption. He is against abortion and all the unresolved issues that today we need to look at. He can be described as a moderate personality—one who would be unlikely to conduct an investigation of Religious and one who might feel like cleaning up some of the corruption in the Vatican.”

AJCU President's Statement on Election of First Jesuit Pope

"It has been a truly historic day for the Society of Jesus as we learned that our brother, Cardinal Jorge Maria Bergoglio, was selected to lead the Catholic Church as Pope Francis I. As Jesuits, we emphasize social justice in our ministry, and we are gratified to have a leader who will continue to live out this mission on a global stage. We pray that the Pope's grounding in Ignatian spirituality will guide him as he carries out this extraordinary calling to lead the Church of the 21st century."

Rev. Gregory F. Lucey,
SJ President, AJCU