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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!

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."

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. 

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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