Promoting Catholic Education for the Children of the City of Detroit
By Tom O'Keefe '64, Director of Planned Giving
In the spring of 2013, the school was notified that we would be the beneficiary of a trust established by Fr. Robert Morand, an Archdiocesan Priest who died in March 2013. Fr. Morand never had a formal connection with U of D Jesuit and I was curious as to why we were included in his estate plan.
His niece Rosemary Morand, childhood neighbor Terry Keating '56, and St. Brigid parishioner Pat Howe '71 were able to provide me with some insights regarding Fr. Morand and what motivated him. He grew up in Gesu parish and graduated from Sacred Heart Seminary. He served at several Detroit parishes including St. Brigid, St. Theresa and Our Lady of the Rosary. He was a lifelong golfer who also played softball and hockey in his youth.
Fr. Morand believed that a strong faith-based education was the best way for youths to achieve their dreams. "He was a strong proponent of quality education in Detroit," says Rosemary. "He was a very positive person who helped kids find their best selves." Fr. Morand was a board member of Camp Sancta Maria and helped to found St. Martin DePorres High School, where he served as a counselor and taught religion.
The goal of the Fr. Robert Morand Scholarship Program is to promote Catholic education for the children of the city of Detroit. We are committed to ensuring that his legacy lives on and are very grateful for this gift. I only wish that we could have thanked Fr. Morand personally!