Founders Week

Sept. 23- Oct. 1

Founders Week. Sponsored by University Ministry, Office of Mission Integration We are Mercy. We are Jesuit. Sisters of Mercy. Society of Jesus.

Founders week celebrates the opening of the first House of Mercy on Baggot St in Dublin, Ireland by Catherine McAuley and her companions who formed the order of the Sisters of Mercy.   Founders week also celebrates the approval from Rome of the organization of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) founded by Ignatius of Loyola on Sept. 27, 1540.  Click here to download the 2022 flyer.


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    Friday, Sept. 23 Detroit Community Book Read

    Book: The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice by Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J.  Join the University Community in reading and discussing this critically acclaimed and important book.

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    The entire Detroit Mercy community is invited to experience the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius through the lens of personal and systemic racism, using Patrick Saint-Jean, S.J.’s book The Spiritual Work of Racial Justice as a guide.]

    OCT. 5 & 19
    | NOV. 2 & 16 4-5:15 P.M.

    OCT. 6 & 20
    | NOV. 3 & 17 8-9:15 P.M.

    Sponsored by University Ministry, the Office of Mission Integration, the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Gesu Catholic Church

    Click here to register


    Saturday, Sept. 24 Walk the Avenue of Fashion

    Fashion walk flyer Walk the Avenue of Fashion Sept 24th 10-1 P.M.  Includes lunch and pottery painting. Scan QR code to register, or click here

    Sunday, Sept. 25 9 P.M. Student Mass

    9PM Sunday Student Mass – Mercy Reflection and Hospitality (Guest speaker: Mary Kate Becker, Mercy High Campus Minister)

    Monday, Sept. 26 Ignatian Examen

    10 A.M. Ignatian Examen offered in Holy Spirit Chapel (Student Union)

    Tuesday, Sept. 27 Mass and Pizza

    Fr. Gilbert will preside at this Mass sponsored by the Office of Mission Integration at 12:45 P.M. Pizza follows the Mass in C and F 233.

    Wednesday, Sept. 28 "Care of Creation in a Throw-Away Culture"

    Join guest speaker Marianne Comfort from noon - 1 P.M. in LS 113 for a special talk.

    Thursday, Sept. 29 What's the Tea? with Ministry

    Guest Marianne Comfort will break open the topic: Living Simply & Compassionate Hospitality. 

    Thursday, Sept 29 Take Back the Night

    5:30 P.M. Take Back the Night: Join a march across campus to support safe communities, oppose gender-based violence, and stand in solidarity with women and others affected by sexual violence and other forms of discrimination.  All are welcome! Meet at 5:30 P.M. in the Student Union Pavilion.take back the night


    Friday, Sept. 30 Service Day

    Come and serve at the Pope Francis Center in downtown Detroit with other students, faculty and staff. Registration is required and space is limited. 

    Friday, Sept. 30 at the Pope Francis Center
    This opportunity is open to faculty, staff and students who want to participate. 
    Must arrive at the Pope Francis Center no later 6:45 A.M. Carpool options are available, if needed.

    Saturday, Oct. 1. Tea and Tapas

    Homecoming event “Tea & Tapas: Living the Mercy values – past, present, future” (panel & food). Where: Student Union Ballroom – 2nd floor. Panel includes Sandra Mals (Mercy Associate, Mercy High School Chair of Religion Studies & UDM alum); Alan Haras (Manresa/UDM alum), Mark Mals (Mercy Education Project rep), Greg Harris (Pope Francis Center), Mary Gressens (Jesuit alumni association/UDM alum) 


    Saturday, October 1 4 P.M. Mass

    Join the University community during Homecoming weekend to celebrate mass at 4 P.M. in the St. Ignatius Chapel. Please note: There will not be a student mass on Sunday, Oct. 1 at 9 P.M.