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Jesuits connected to the Vatican Obersvatory featured on NPR
Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, and Father George Coyne, former director, spoke on NPR in honor of Pope Francis' visit to the U.S., sharing Jesuit views about science, the universe and the love of God.

Jesuit schools thrive in USA ahead of Pope Francis' trip
Article published in USA Today on upcoming Papal visit, Sept. 16.

Manresa Jesuit Retreat House Concert Series
The Manresa Jesuit Retreat House invites you to the first of four concerts in its 2015-16 series, "Go for Baroque," featuring the University of Michigan Baroque Chamber Orchestra. The event begins at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 4, followed by afterglow. Tickets $18 in advance and $20 at the door. For info or tickets, visit the Manresa Jesuit Retreat House website or call 248-644-4933 (ext. 10).

Spirit of Manresa Gala
The Manresa Jesuit Retreat House invites you to its annual Spirit of Manresa Gala on Saturday, Sept. 26 at the St. Nicholas Event Center, 760 West Wattles in Troy. The evening begins with Mass at 5 p.n. and continues with hors d'oeuvres and a silent auction followed by dinner, games and dancing. Tickets are $100 as a supporter and $250 as a patron. For tickets or sponsorship information, email gala@manresa-sj.org or call 248-644-4933 (ext. *834). Manresa is entering its 90th year of helping men and women grow spiritually through retreats and other offerings.

What does it mean to be Jesuit and Mercy educated?
With more than 80,000 alumni around the globe, the impact of a University of Detroit Mercy education can truly be felt worldwide. Our graduates are out there, making a difference in their communities, showing how education has the power to change the world. To us, that's at the heart of a Jesuit/Mercy education, but we want to hear from you: What does it mean, to you, to be Jesuit and Mercy educated? In the weeks leading up to Pope Francis' visit to the United States, the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities is asking students, alumni and faculty from Jesuit schools to share what a Jesuit education means to them by using the hashtag #JesuitEducated. But at UDM, that would only tell half our story. We're also using #MercyEducated, in honor of our Mercy heritage. Your stories will be used to promote not only the Pope's U.S. visit, but also Mercy Day on Thursday, Sept. 24. So take a moment to drop us a line, send us a photo or even shoot a short video, then share it with UDMercy on Facebook or @UDMDetroit on Twitter or Instagram. And don't forget your hashtag!

CMHE Mercy Higher Education Annotated Bibliography
The Conference for Mercy Higher Education is pleased to announce the Mercy Higher Education Annotated Bibliography. This effort to capture years of scholarship centered on Mercy higher education may be found on the CMHE web page. This Mercy Higher Education Annotated Bibliography is both a first and a beginning attempt to identify and describe articles and books focused on higher education as practiced or inspired by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Undertaken in the 2014-2015 academic year, the Mercy Higher Education Annotated Bibliography was a project of Sister Joy Clough, RSM in fulfillment of her responsibility, as the inaugural Mercy Fellow at Saint Xavier University, to produce a tangible work that contributes to and enriches the Mercy intellectual tradition.

John Staudenmaier spoke on Pope Francis' letter about the environment
John Staudenmaier, S.J., discussed Pope Francis' letter about the environment with WDET host and Detroit Free Press editor Stephen Henderson in the interview, "Americans and the Green Pope," June 24.

Manresa Jesuit Retreat House: Save the Date!
Manresa Jesuit Retreat House, 1390 Quarton Road, Bloomfield Hills, invites you to its annual Spirit of Manresa Gala on Saturday, September 26 at the St. Nicholas Event Center, 760 West Wattles, Troy. The evening begins with 5 p.m. Mass celebrated by Msgr. John Zenz of Holy Name parish, Birmingham, with a surprise Manresa vocalist as cantor. Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and dinner served by Opus One Catering, a silent auction, games and dancing. Marie Osborne of WJR will serve as Mistress of Ceremony. Come for the fun and fellowship, to meet local Jesuits and to help support Manresa. Tickets are $100 supporter, $250 patron. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For tickets or further information, email gala@manresa-sj.org or call 248-644-4933 (ext. *834).

Archbishop Oscar Romero Beatification
Archbishop Oscar Romero, who was brutally murdered in El Salvador while saying celebration Mass on March 24, 1980, was beatified by the Catholic Church, May 23. This is the last step before what many hope and expect will be sainthood. Romero was archbishop of San Salvador in the tension-filled time leading up to the country’s bloody civil war lasting from 1980-1992 and was an outspoken advocate for the poor and the marginalized in El Salvador. To read the Huffington Post blog on the beatification by Representative Jim McGovern, who has had a lasting commitment to Romero and the Salvadoran martyrs over the years, click here. To read a blog by Natalie Terry, JCU graduate from the class of 2010, sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, click here.

Baccalaureate Mass Homily online
A truly moving and heartfelt proclamation, this year’s Baccalaureate Mass Homily, delivered by Associate Professor of Architecture Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., is now available on the Commencement web page.

JAFD Spring Luncheon, May 6
The Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit (JAFD) hosted their 2015 Spring Luncheon on Wednesday, May 6 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Atheneum Suite Hotel in Detroit. This year’s luncheon featured Joseph P. Daoust, S.J., who served as general counselor at the headquarters of the Society of Jesus in Rome from 2008-2014. Fr. Daoust will speak on the topic, “Pope Francis and the Jesuits: The View from Rome,” explaining how Pope Francis has touched the world with his humility, simplicity and focus on the poor. Approximately 250 people attended the event. Reflecting on Pope Francis Fr. Daoust said, “John Paul 23rd wanted to open the windows to the Church, Francis wants us to open the doors and go out.”

Presentation: Mary Sullivan, RSM, April 25
Mary Sullivan, RSM, spoke about Catherine McAuley on Saturday, April 25 at Mercy Center in Farmington Hills. Sr. Mary, a known scholar on the life of Catherine McAuley and author of The Path of Mercy: The Life of Catherine McAuley, discussed Catherine's Gospel Virtues, her human characteristics, what “mercifulness” means today and Catherine's hopes for those in the Mercy family today. This event was open to the public and sponsored by the Companions in Mercy.

Sisters of Mercy podcast, April 22
A Nun’s Life Ministry visited the Sisters of Mercy Institute office in Silver Spring, Md., for a live podcast on Wednesday, April 22. Cynthia Serjak, RSM, and Amanda Carrier, RSM, joined Sisters Julie Vieira and Maxine Kollasch, members of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM) to talk about discernment, prayer, spirituality and more. People across the globe joined the live chat room featuring Sue Weetenkamp, RSM, and Sister of Mercy candidate Kelly Williams. This podcast production, a part of Motherhouse Road Trip, was also livestreamed (audio and video) online. Watch online here.

Video: Catherine McAuley presentation
College of Business Administration Dean Joseph Eisenhauer examined Catherine McAuley’s social entrepreneurship and its legacy in the UDM Second Wednesday Series presentation, “Catherine McAuley, Social Entrepreneurship and Education for the Mercy Mission,” April 8. Watch the presentation online.

Sisters of Mercy open house
The Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Region will held an open house on Sunday, Feb. 8 at the Mercy Center at 28650 W. Eleven Mile Road in Farmington Hills, Mich. (“D” Wing). Celebrating World Day of Consecrated Life, there were tours and open visiting, followed  by Vespers in Mercy Chapel. 

Jesuit Alumni and Friends luncheon
The Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit hosted its Winter 2015 luncheon on Tuesday, Feb. 3, at the Atheneum Suite Hotel in Detroit. Professor of Architecture and Executive Director of the Detroit Collaborative Design Center Dan Pitera gave the presentation, “Rebirthing Detroit,” highlighting city regeneration through residential and local organization involvement. 

Law partnership with Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
UDM Law has partnered with the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA to address the issues surrounding child migrants and their families into the U.S. Clinical Associate Professor of Law David Koelsch serves as the UDM leader in this partnership, meeting with School of Law Dean Phyllis Crocker as well as other Jesuit law school deans and Immigration Clinic professors at the American Association of Law Schools annual meeting in January. See press release for more information on the partnership.


UCA Martyrs of El Salvador 25th Anniversary
University of Detroit Mercy recognized the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuits and two women at the University of Central America (UCA) on Nov. 16, 1989.

Jesuit Alumni & Friends event hosts U.S. House of Representatives chaplain
The Jesuit Alumni & Friends of Detroit group hosted its first evening event on Thursday, Oct. 16, in the Atheneum Suite Hotel in Greektown. The guest speaker was Pat Conroy, S.J., a Jesuit of the Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus. Fr. Conroy is the 60th chaplain to the United States House of Representatives. 

Mercy Day tea party
Students enjoy tea in honor of Mercy Day.On Sept. 24, students celebrated Sisters of Mercy foundress Catherine McAuley with a Mercy Day tea party in the McNichols Campus Library.

Mercy Day activities
Wednesday, Sept. 24, was Mercy Day, and UDM recognized what “mercy” means to its students, faculty and alumni. The McNichols Campus Library displayed comments throughout this week, among other activities.

Jesuit priest discusses El Salvador martyrs
Author Joe Mulligan, S.J., spoke on the eight martyrs who were killed at the University of Central America in 1989 and their historic significance during a Sept. 22 lecture.

2014 Jubilarians
Sept. 11, 2014
The University celebrated with several religious members of the UDM community on the occasion of their Jubilee years in their orders!

Fr. Greg Boyle to speak at First Year Convocation
On Friday, Aug. 22, UDM welcomed Gregory Boyle, S.J., Jesuit priest, author and founder of Homeboy Industries, as the keynote speaker of  First Year Convocation. Learn more about Fr. Greg on the Homeboy Industries site.

Society of Jesus celebrates 200th anniversary of restoration
Aug. 7, 2014
The Society of Jesus celebrated the 200th anniversary of the order’s restoration. To learn more about this chapter in the order's history, visit the Jesuit Restoration 1814 site or read the America Magazine article, "Order restored."

St. Ignatius Loyola feast day celebration
Thursday, July 31, was the feast day of St. Ignatius Loyola. To celebrate the occasion, Loyola Press initiated the campaign, Find Your Inner Iggy! This series followed “Iggy” through key moments from his life and invited us to share our own spirituality some 500 years later. 

Jesuit school alumni seek immigration reform
More than 1,200 alumni of Catholic Jesuit universities have collectively sent a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives calling on them to “seek comprehensive immigration reform without delay,” July 17. University of Detroit Mercy alumni Vern Buchanan ’86 and Gary Peters ’84, representing the Republican house of Florida and the Democratic house of Michigan respectively, are among the current members receiving this call for change.

New book explores Jesuit faith for young adults
A new book collecting essays on faith, culture and religious practice by young Jesuit seminarians and recently ordained priests is now available, with a 40 percent discount for bulk orders. The Jesuit Post is aimed at young adult seekers both within and outside mainstream Christian churches and traditional religious practice. For more, see the publisher's site.

New Board of Directors Announced for the Conference for Mercy Higher Education
June 3, 2014
The Institute Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas has approved the appointment of a new Board of Directors of the Conference for Mercy Higher Education (CMHE), effective June 2014. 

nursing students group photo in IrelandNursing students experience Mercy in Ireland
In early May, students from UDM's McAuley School of Nursing traveled to Dublin and Cork, Ireland for the International Nursing Experience (part of the NUR 2040 course, "Self-Awareness For Nurses Practicing in Interdisciplinary Environment"). The experience was designed to help students better understand the work of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy, and to compare the cultural beliefs, values and health care practices in Ireland with those found in the United States.

Pope Francis reeling men into the Jesuit order
April 20, 2014 6 a.m.
CBS News
One year after Argentine Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's election as Pope Francis, his membership in the Society of Jesus, also known as the Jesuits, has begun to attract many potential candidates to enter the priesthood as a Jesuit like never before. Matthew Vann explains why many men are just beginning to answer their call to join the order.

10 Signs You've Been Educated By The Jesuits
April 18, 2014
Thought Catalog

Holy Thursday Mass

Holy Thursday Mass
April 17, 2014
Sisters of Mercy attended Holy Thursday Mass, April 17, with students, faculty and staff at University of Detroit Mercy. Monsignor John Zenz (left) officiated.


Jesuit Father Peter Faber canonized by Pope Francis
December 17, 2013
On Dec. 17, Pope Francis canonized Jesuit Father Peter Faber as a saint. Pope Francis has long admired Faber, one of the first Jesuits and a close companion of St. Ignatius Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Faber lived from 1506 to 1547 and has been called by many the "Second Jesuit." Read more on Jesuit.org.

John Staudenmaier, S.J., featured in WDET interview on Pope Francis as Time's "Person of the Year"
December 16, 2013
He tells WDET’s Pat Batcheller that it’s too early to know if Francis is drawing new people to the Church, or bringing back those who left. Click on the audio link above to hear the conversation.

Father Gilbert Sunghera, S.J.

Father Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., featured in national Jesuit news
December 2, 2013
Father Gilbert Sunghera, S.J., assistant professor of Architecture at UDM, was recently featured in an article entitled "Answering God's Call: Vocations Month in the Society of Jesus" at http://jesuits.org/.

"During November's Jesuit Vocations Month, Jesuits.org profiled a different U.S. Jesuit with a new feature story each week. These men have heard and answered the call to serve God -- whether as a physician, educator, architect or expert on ancient religions. Jesuit Father Gilbert Sunghera, in the photo above, pursues his passions for both architecture and social justice in his vocation. Fr. Sunghera says that what keeps him in the Jesuits is "the ability to be flexible and not be afraid about how God works with people." He adds, "Whatever way you define yourself, you are always a work in progress with God." Read More >>

Sr. Brigit Johnson

Sr. Brigid Johnson, RSM, retires after 36 years
November 27, 2013
After 36 years with the University, Sr. Mary Brigid Johnson, RSM ’56, ’66, part-time staff member in University Academic Services and adjunct in the Department of Mathematics, has retired. Sr. Brigid joined the staff of Mercy College of Detroit in 1977 as a Campus Minister.At the same time, she taught as an adjunct in Religious Studies and Math. Read More >>

Fernando Cardenal, S.J., Nicaraguan Jesuit and Activist Visits UDM
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Fernando Cardenal, S.J., Nicaraguan Jesuit and activist visits UDM
October 30 & 31, 2013
The Jesuit Community at UDM hosted a presentation by Fernando Cardenal, S.J., on Oct. 30. Fr. Cardenal, who was instrumental in increasing the literacy rate in Nicaragua, spoke about his current education project, Fe y Alegria, the system of Jesuit schools across Central and Latin America. Pictured at the event are (left to right) Fernando Cardenal, S.J. and guest Sergio E. Pages, vice president/CIO of Structure Tec. Corporation in Farmington Hills. Fr. Cardinal also gave a second talk to students and others on Thursday, Oct. 31 at 5 p.m. in Briggs 317.

Society of JesusHistoric Visit with Jesuit Superior General Invigorates US Jesuit Presidents and Board Chairs
October 11, 2013
On Friday, October 11th, Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, met for the first time with all presidents and board of trustee chairs of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Read More >>

Sculpture blessing highlights Mercy Day 2013Sculpture blessing highlights Mercy Day 2013
September 24, 2013
In celebration of Mercy Day, Sept. 24, which is the anniversary of Catherine McAuley's opening of the first House of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland in 1827, the College of Health Professions hosted the blessing of the sculpture, "Spirit of Mercy," created by Sr. Marie Henderson, RSM '71, an adjunct faculty member in the School of Architecture. Read More >>

Sr. Renee

Sister Renée Kettering Professes First Vows
August 4, 2013
On Sunday, August 4, 2013, Sister Renée Kettering formally professed religious vows of poverty, chastity and obedience and to serve those in need as a vowed member of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Sister Renée currently works for the University of Detroit Mercy in the IT department. Please read the entire story on the Sisters of Mercy website.

Sisters of Mercy

New Leadership Team for Sisters of Mercy–West Midwest Region
July 30, 2013
Six newly elected members of the West Midwest Community Leadership Team of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas began their term on July 1, 2013.

The Leadership Team members are: Sister Laura Reicks, RSM, Dubuque, Iowa, president; Sister Judith Frikker, RSM, Omaha, Neb.; Sister Margaret Mary Hinz, RSM, Tinley Park, Ill.; Sister Maria Klosowski, RSM, Farmington Hills, Mich.; Sister Anne Marie Miller, RSM, Sacramento, Calif.; and Sister Susan Sanders, RSM, Darien, Ill., who also serves on the Board of Trustees at University of Detroit Mercy. Read More >>

Society of Jesus Names New President of Jesuit ConferenceSociety of Jesus Names New President of Jesuit Conference
May 10, 2013
The Society of Jesus in the United States announces that Father Timothy P. Kesicki, S.J., has been named the next president of the Jesuit Conference. Fr. Kesicki, who was appointed by Fr. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus, will assume his new position August 1, 2014. Read More (.pdf) >>

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