Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit
Group established to gather Detroit area alumni of Jesuit institutions
The Jesuit Alumni and Friends of Detroit (JAFDetroit) held its inaugural event—a lunch featuring keynote speaker Mark Luedtke, S.J., president of Loyola High School in Detroit—on Feb. 11, 2014 at the Detroit Athletic Club. Fr. Luedtke addressed the exciting potential for Jesuit-lay partnerships, as exemplified in the dynamic and very successful Cristo Rey model of secondary education that Jesuits and their partners are establishing in cities across the country, and that Detroit’s Loyola High School has adapted to serve students there.
JAFDetroit was created as an informal network of Jesuit alumni and friends living in the Detroit metropolitan area who attended any of the 28 Jesuit Universities or 60 Jesuit High schools in the United States, or who are engaged with Jesuits or Jesuit ministries. It is based on the model of the Cleveland Loyola Club—and similar groups in Chicago and Washington, D.C.—which, over the past four years, has drawn capacity crowds to Jesuit-themed speakers, and provided great networking opportunities for participants.
JAFDetroit’s second event on May 13 at the Detroit Athletic Club will feature guest speaker Stephen Henderson, U of D High School alumnus and Detroit Free Press Editorial editor.
To learn more about JAF Detroit, visit their Facebook page. If you would like to be invited to upcoming events, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the mailing list.