Detroit university sees hope in city despite bankruptcy, offers resources and commitment to community

In a recent interview with Catholic News Service, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said the bankruptcy of Detroit does not mean the city is dead.

“I would say people are responding with a lot of grit,” he said. Residents and political leaders certainly are challenged and remain uncertain, he pointed out, but added: “Stories about the city being on its death bed are wrong.”

In a recent post on the website of the University of Detroit Mercy, Antoine M. Garibaldi, the school’s president, makes similar points, and also noted the current difficulties facing the city have no direct financial impact on the university.

(CNS photo/Reuters)

(CNS photo/Reuters)

“However, because of the university’s 136-year mission of providing education in an urban context and serving the Detroit community, we will continue to play a vital role in the city as it navigates through this challenging period,” Garibaldi said. “As a Catholic, Jesuit and Mercy university with three campuses in Detroit, this is another ideal time in our history to show and share UDM’s commitment and economic impact on an iconic American city.”

The university website has links to its various outreach initiatives and links to community initiatives. Garibalidi said: “Many exciting initiatives are underway in the surrounding neighborhoods of University of Detroit Mercy, and the city of Detroit has also had numerous successes in recent months.”

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