New leadership in University Ministry and Leadership & Service
David Nantais is UDM's new director of University Ministry
David Nantais ’92, former director of UDM’s Institute for Leadership & Service, was recently named UDM’s director of University Ministry.
Nantais was the university minister for the UDM College of Engineering & Science from 2000-2003. He has since held a variety of positions including program director for the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, campus minister at St. Mary’s Student Parish in Ann Arbor, and adjunct instructor of Philosophy and Religious Studies at UDM. Nantais is a regular contributor to America Magazine and is a reviewer for Publishers Weekly.
J. Timothy Hipskind, S.J., joins UDM as director of Service Learning
J. Timothy Hipskind, S.J., joined UDM in August as director of Service Learning in the Institute of Leadership and Service (ILS). In 1988, he entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Berkley, Mich. During his two-year Novitiate, he took two classes at UDM and worked at Core City Neighborhoods on the near west side in Detroit.
In his early years in the Jesuits, he became involved with small Christian communities, especially Christian Life Communities (CLC). This brought him back to Detroit in 1994, and from 1994 until 1996, Fr. Hipskind lived on UDM’s Peace and Social Justice Floor and helped to reorganize and revitalize that program in addition to his CLC work. After four years of theology studies, Fr. Hipskind was ordained a priest in 2000. From 2000 until 2009, he worked as a member of the Claver Jesuit Ministry Project in Cincinnati, Ohio. For the first four years in Cincinnati, he worked in a community organization, where he addressed health issues in a low-income housing project. During his summers between 2002 and 2006, he completed a Master’s in Black Catholic Studies from Xavier University in New Orleans. Fr. Hipskind also recently co-authored the book, What’s Your Decision?, which focuses on Ignatian discernment and was published in March by Loyola Press.