The Jesuit Community at Detroit Mercy

The Jesuit Community at Detroit Mercy

A Community Always Seeking God's Will

The Jesuit Community at Detroit Mercy is where Jesuits live as friends in the Lord at the service of mission. Because our fraternal bonds proclaim the Gospel, our community itself is a mission. Here at Detroit Mercy, Jesuits live out their vocation, in part, at Lansing-Reilly Hall on the McNichols Campus. Currently, the Jesuit Community consists of 22 Jesuit priests, two Jesuit brothers, one Jesuit regent and one Jesuit novice, though not all live inside Lansing-Reilly Hall. A good number of Jesuits work at the University in multiple capacities while others serve as parish priests, addiction counselors, retreat directors, development officers, spiritual directors, seminary professors, social workers, visual and performing artists, homeless relief providers and immigrant/migrant advocates. 

Our collaboration with the laity at Detroit Mercy and in Detroit, flows from our personal relationships with Christ. We see ourselves as companions of Jesus, and we invite others to join us as friends in the Lord. Together, we build up the body of Christ. With our friends and partners, we also reach out to a broadly diverse world because that is where we find God. From experience and reflection, we know meaning, value, and divine purpose can be discovered "in all things." 


"The real measure of our Jesuit universities,

lies in who our students become."

Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. former superior general of the Society of Jesus

    The Jesuit Community

    Rev. Gerry Albright, S.J. retired professor of Biology
    Rev. Jerry Cavanagh, S.J.professor of Management; Charles T. Fisher III Chair of Business Ethics
    Rev. Phil Cooke, S.J. associate pastor, Gesu Parish
    Rev. Peter Etzel, S.J. pastor, Gesu Parish
    Rev. Tom Florek, S.J. consultant, USCCB Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network
    Rev. Mark George, S.J. associate pastor, St. Isidore Parish
    Rev. Si Hendry, S.J. director, Catholic Studies Program
    Rev. Tim Hipskind, S.J. co-director, Institute for Leadership and Service; director, Service Learning
    Br. Dick Hittle, S.J. certified addictions counselor; writer for "Human Development" a publication of Guest House
    Rev. Steven Hurd, S.J. retreat/spiritual director & director of Internship in Ignatian Spirituality, Manresa Jesuit Retreat House
    Rev. Justin Kelly, S.J. associate professor of Religious Studies
    Rev. Tim McCabe, S.J. director, Pope Francis Center
    Rev. Raph Shen, S.J. professor of Economics
    Rev. John Staudenmaier, S.J. assistant to the president for Mission and Identity
    Mr. Conor Sullivan, n.S.J. 2nd year Jesuit novice; University Ministry and Department of Performing Arts
    Rev. Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. superior of Jesuit community; associate professor of Architecture
    Mr. Damian Torres-Botello, S.J. 2nd year Jesuit regent; outreach and audience development, Detroit Mercy Theatre Company
    Rev. Don Vettese, S.J. pastoral and spiritual ministries; consultant, Not-for-Profit Advancement
    Br. Denis Weber, S.J. minister of Jesuit community; social worker, Pope Francis Center
    Rev. Gary Wright, S.J. pastor, Saints Peter and Paul Jesuit Church
    Rev. Bob Ytsen, S.J. retreat and spiritual director, Manresa Jesuit Retreat House; chaplain, Guest House

    Members of this Community Residing Elsewhere

    Rev. James Hug, S.J. chaplain, Adrian Dominican Sisters
    Rev. Mike McDermott, S.J. professor of theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
    Rev. Joel Medina, S.J.tertianship in Portland, OR
    Rev. Peter Ryan, S.J. professor of moral theology, Sacred Heart Major Seminary
    Rev. Cy Whitaker, S.J. director of college seminarians and spiritual director, Sacred Heart Major Seminary

    Additional Staff

    Mrs. Ruth Fichter bookkeeper and guestmaster
    Mrs. Pam Pipas, R.N. health care coordinator


    Jesuit Residence Location

    Home of the Jesuit Community

    University of Detroit Mercy
    Lansing-Reilly Hall
    4001 W. McNichols Road
    Detroit, MI 48221-3038

    The physical building of Lansing-Reilly Hall


    Links to Jesuit Works in Detroit

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The Society of Jesus is the largest order of priests and brothers in the Catholic Church. Founded almost half a millennium ago by the soldier-turned-mystic, St. Ignatius of Loyola, along with the First Companions, Jesuits seek to "find God in all things." Jesuit priests and brothers are involved in educational, pastoral and spiritual ministries around the world, practicing a faith that promotes justice.

As Jesuits, we observe and engage the sensitive movements of God within us and we learn to make decisions that reflect God's will. For over 450 years, the Jesuits have served at the world's frontiers, always working for the greater glory of God.

The Jesuit Community. Pictured at top from left to right. Front Row: James Hug, Jerry Cavanaugh, Tim Hipskind, Phil Cooke, Joel Medina, Don Vettese, Steven Hurd; Second Row: Peter Etzel, Mark George, Bob Ytsen, Raph Shen, Denis Weber; Third Row: Gilbert Sunghera, Si Hendry, Justin Kelly, Damian Torres-Botello, Gary Wright, Cy Whitaker; Back Row: John Staudenmaier, Tom Florek, Gerry Albright; Not Pictured: Dick Hittle, Tim McCabe, Mike McDermott and Peter Ryan.