Celebration of Fr. Jerry Cavanagh, S.J., on Saturday, June 3, 2023

April 26, 2023
several images of fr cavanagh including old yearbook, teaching and immersion trip

Celebration of Fr. Jerry Cavanagh, S.J.
Saturday, June 3, 2023

fr cavanagh headshotOn Saturday, June 3, 2023, the University of Detroit Mercy will celebrate the unparalleled career of Fr. Jerry Cavanagh, S.J., world-renowned as a founder of the field of Business Ethics. 

The evening begins with Mass at 5 p.m. in the St. Ignatius Chapel, followed by cocktails and dinner at 6 p.m. in the Fitness Center on the McNichols Campus.

The evening will feature commemorative gifts, a silent auction (see auction items below), photos and videos of Fr. Cavanagh, and some very special announcements.  Items to be auctioned include books by Fr. Cavanagh, original artwork by a world-famous artist, wine, theatre tickets, sports packages, golf outings, and more.  All ticket holders will be invited to share stories, memories, and photos of Fr. Cavanagh with each other in a special tribute book, and all net proceeds will support our new Cavanagh Fund for Ethical Solutions to Social Problems—a project that Fr. Cavanagh himself proposed. Read more about Fr. Cavanagh's life.

We look forward to remembering and celebrating this remarkable priest, professor, scholar, colleague, and friend with you!

Collected Works

Copies of a new book, Business Ethics and Social Responsibility: Essential Works of Fr. Gerald F. Cavanagh, S.J. are available from the publisher, Ethics International Press.

Additional donations can be made from the College of Business Administration's Donation Form. Be sure to select "Fr. Cavanagh--Ethical Solutions to Social Problems" from the Designation menu.

Thank you Sponsors!

Gold Sponsor

Eric Hespenheide


Silver Sponsors

Mark Bealin
Gary and Debby Priestap
Brad Simmons
College of Business Administration Board of Advisors

Bronze Sponsors

Joseph Berkowski and Ina Fernandez
Relatives of Fr. Jerry Cavanagh
Norm and Cathy Schmitt
Dave Stangis
The Thiele and Soave Family


Organizational & Silent Auction Donors

Absopure Water
Alliance Catholic Credit Union
Detroit Mercy Theatre Company 
Detroit Red Wings
The Jesuit Community at Detroit Mercy
Mike Arkison


Heritage Optical
Johnson Recreation Center, University of Detroit Jesuit High School
Manresa Jesuit Retreat House
Sisters of Mercy
Titan Athletics

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    Auction Items

    Absopure Water—Home Delivery

    Alliance Catholic Credit Union—Gift Basket (Value $275)
    auction basket


    Detroit Mercy Theatre Company—4 season passes for opening night performances of the 53rd season (Value $320)

    Detroit Red Wings—Hockey Tickets in luxury suites: 2 tickets in Legends Club (Value $800)
     4 tickets in Rehmann Club for any regular season home game (Value $1,600)

    Mike Arkison—Wine Basket (Value 654)
    2018 Darioush Napa Valley Chardonnay 750 ml
    2021 Far Niente Napa Valley Chardonnay 750 ml
    2020 Cayous Vineyards Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml
     2018 Domaine Serene Evenstad Reserve, Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 750 ml
    Veuve Clicquot Champagne 750 ml
    2017 Vineyard 29 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 750 ml
    Mike Arkison Wine Basket
    Mike Arkison—Wine Basket (Value 654)

    Heritage Optical-- gift certificate (Value $400)

    Johnson Recreation Center, University of Detroit Jesuit High School—
    Yoga classes, exercise classes, and ballroom dancing lessons
    yoga voucher
    exercise class voucher
    ballroom dance voucher

    Manresa Jesuit Retreat House—Retreat Package (value $325) 
    auction certificate for bearer to attend a retreat 
    Sisters of Mercy—original artwork by Sr. Marie Henderson, RSM (value $275)
    portrait of a girl art

     Titan Athletics—Men's Basketball Tickets: Seaon opener or Oakland rivalry game (Value $300)

    Collection of books by Gerald F. Cavanagh: Ethics of Free Enterprise: Values in Jesuit Education, American Business Values, Ethical Dilemma in the Modern Corporation, The Businessperson n Search of Value, Blacks in the Industrial World.

    Copy of American Business Values in Transition by Gerald F. Cavanagh.

    Special Gift Commemorative Medallions
    Commemorative Medallions