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UDM celebrates the election of Jesuit Argentine Cardinal Bergoglio as Pope Francis

UDM community reflects on first anniversary of Pope Francis

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

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 >>


March 13, 2014
UDM community reflects on first anniversary of Pope Francis, reported by Roger Weber of WDIV-TV (Channel 4 NBC).

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.

Release date: April 18, 2013

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The University of Detroit Mercy is Michigan's largest private Catholic University, with more than 100 academic majors and programs. Sponsored by the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) and the Sisters of Mercy, the University has campuses located in downtown and northwest Detroit.

UDM is one of 28 Jesuit colleges and universities and the largest of 17 Mercy institutions of higher education in the United States. For the 15th consecutive year, University of Detroit Mercy is listed in the top tier of Midwest regional universities in the 2016 edition of the U.S. News & World Report's "Best Colleges."