(Washington, D.C.) September 3, 2014 — Former Jesuit Refugee Service/USA National Director Fr Michael Evans S.J. passed away Monday. Fr. Evans was regional director of Jesuit Refugee Service Eastern Africa in Nairobi from 1991 to 1996, and was the national director of JRS/USA from 2010 to 2012.
Let us pray in thanksgiving for the life of our brother, Fr. Michael A. Evans, S.J. (CDT), who died on Monday, September 1, 2014, at Providence Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, after a health procedure. He was 60 years old. May he rest in peace.
Mike was born on August 20, 1954, in Detroit, Michigan. He entered the Society of Jesus on September 6, 1975, at Loyola House in Berkley, Michigan. He was ordained June 18, 1983. He took final vows on May 24, 1993, at the University of Detroit Mercy Chapel in Detroit, Michigan. Before entering the Society, Mike earned Bachelor of Arts Degrees in English and History from the University of Detroit Mercy. After novitiate, Mike earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy from the University of Detroit Mercy (1977-1978). He studied Theology in Innsbruck for a year (1980-1981) before earning a Master's of Divinity (1981-1983), a Master's of Theological Studies (1983-1984), and a S.T.L (1991-1993) from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. He earned a Master's of Arts in International Relations and Development from Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland (1984-1986) and a Ph.D. in Economic Development and Social Ethics (1986-1991) from Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California (1991).
During regency Mike taught History and English at Walsh Jesuit High School in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. After studies, Mike was the regional director of Eastern Africa Jesuit Refugee Service in Nairobi (1991-1996). He spent four years in the Detroit Province as president of Loyola High School in Detroit, Michigan (1996-2000). Mike returned to the the Eastern Africa Province where he was the province's treasurer and development director (2000-2010). He was also the treasurer of JESAM, the African Assistancy (2004-2010). Mike returned to the United States in October 2010 and was the national director of the USA Jesuit Refugee Service (2010-2012). In 2012, Mike moved to Colombiere Center in Clarkston, Michigan, to deal with health issues.
Suffrages: As we remember with gratitude all that God has done through his life of service to God and God's people, we are reminded of our privilege and obligation to offer Masses and prayers for his eternal repose. All members of the Chicago-Detroit Province and those applied to it are to offer one Mass intention for Mike. Members of the University of Detroit Mercy Jesuit Community will offer one additional Mass intention. All will wish to remember Mike in their prayers and Masses.
Mike's desire was to have his body cremated.
Wake:Friday, September 5, 2014
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Prayer Service at 3:00 p.m.
6:30 - 9:00 p.m.
Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
17180 Oak Drive
Detroit, MI 48221
Funeral Mass: Saturday, September 6, 2014
17180 Oak Drive
Detroit, MI 48221
Burial: Saturday, September 6, 2014
9075 Big Lake Road
Clarkston, MI 48346
Fr. Evans is survived by four sisters, Mary Jo Evans, Patricia Evans, Susan Amman and Deanna Grimes.
Midwest Jesuits of the Chicago—Detroit Province