Empower Loyola


In 1993, Loyola High School was founded on a simple, yet bold, idea: to provide young men from Detroit’s underserved neighborhoods access to a high-quality, Catholic, Jesuit education. Since then, the size and scope of Loyola’s impact has exceeded our founders’ ambitious goals. Today, Loyola isn’t merely a high school – rather, it’s a community of unbridled joy, providing our exceptional young men the tools and resources they need to become the leaders of tomorrow. In fact, the growth of our mission has been so dramatic we now find ourselves at a transformational moment in our school’s history. As a result, we have launched an ambitious and comprehensive capital campaign named: Empower Loyola: A Campaign for Exceptional Sons. This exciting venture was catalyzed by a multitude of planning initiatives led by our incredible Board of Directors. What started as an idea to address the financial needs of our school’s master plan has since grown into a comprehensive campaign of change that, when complete, will transform the lives of the young men and the communities we serve. We look forward to having you join us on this journey as we answer St. Ignatius’ call to “go forth, and set the world on fire.”



A Campaign for Exceptional Sons

Loyola High School develops young men to be leaders who will “set the world on fire” with God’s love. We are an engine for empowerment and transformative change in our students’ lives and our community’s ascendence.

Our vision can be summarized by three overarching pillars: develop Exceptional Sons, cultivate a Joyful Brotherhood and secure A Powerful Legacy. To achieve this aspirational vision, Loyola High School has launched an ambitious capital project named Empower Loyola – a bold endeavor led by remarkable individuals dedicated to supporting a brotherhood of Exceptional Sons.



The Empower Loyola campaign seeks to raise $9,000,000 to support the following funding priorities:

$6,500,000 Campus Master Plan Phase I

To expand the campus footprint by constructing a new chapel and gathering space, a community-facing welcome center, and an inner courtyard designed to connect the young men of Loyola to their spirituality, to their community, and to each other.

$1,500,000 Student Tuition Assistance Fund

To ensure that any deserving young man who chooses a Loyola High School education will not be denied this opportunity because of economic circumstances.

$1,000,000 Faculty Development Fund

To develop and to retain highly competent, mission-driven faculty by providing fair and competitive salaries and benefits.



There are numerous ways to contribute to, and support, Empower Loyola: A Campaign for Exceptional Sons.

You can make a general donation to the campaign today simply by clicking the button below:

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Empower Loyola Courtyard Paver Program

Leaving a legacy…brick by brick.

The Empower Loyola Courtyard Paver Program allows graduates, supporters, and friends of Loyola High School the opportunity to etch a meaningful inscription on a paver that will be placed in the beautiful grounds of our new Courtyard. These pavers serve as a permanent, elegant, and recognizable remembrance to all who will stroll the grounds or stop to reflect in the quiet atmosphere of this contemplative space.

To purchase a paver click here.

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Other Ways to Give, and Even Personalize Your Donation, Include:

Naming Opportunities for the Campus Master Plan

The Welcome Center, Courtyard, and the New Chapel all provide spaces and areas for you to designate with your name or the name of someone you love.


The Loyola-Earley Clean Water Challenge

Our new Chapel design requires a stormwater retention system. This system will protect our campus and the surrounding northwest Detroit community by collecting urban stormwater runoff before it contributes to harmful groundwater pollution or flooding. This design fulfills an important part of our green commitment to our neighborhood and is in keeping with the Jesuit Apostolic Preference to “Collaborate in the Care of Our Common Home.” The estimated cost to design and construct the system is $300,000. Loyola supporters Sarah and Tony Earley have been passionate advocates of environmental causes for years. Their kindness and commitment has led them to make a personal pledge to match the first $150,000 raised for the Loyola-Earley Clean Water Challenge.


Support the Purchase of Sacramental Items for the New Chapel Interior

Items for the altar, sacristy, vestry, religious art, and more are other important ways you can leave a lasting mark on the first Catholic place of worship to be built in Detroit in over half a century.

To donate to any of these opportunities click here.

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If you would like more information on any of these opportunities, please contact:

Therese Schueneman
Donor Relations Coordinator
tschueneman@loyolahsdetroit.org | 313-861-2407, ext. 505

Whichever way you choose to support Empower Loyola: A Campaign for Exceptional Sons, please know that your support will become a permanent part of Loyola High School and will leave a legacy for generations to come. Thank you and God bless you!

Empower Loyola Featured in Crain’s Detroit

Loyola received excellent coverage on its “Empower Loyola” Campaign from Crain’s Detroit. To read reporter Sherri Welch’s insightful article, click the link below.

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Honorary Chairs

Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit

Rev. Karl Kiser, SJ, Provincial of the USA Midwest Province of the Society of Jesus

Honorary Corporate Chairs

Kevin Clark, President/CEO, Aptiv

Sarah Earley, Founder and Retired Chair, Belle Isle Conservancy

Tony Earley, Retired CEO, DTE Energy

Cathy McNamara, Corporate Planning Partner, BDO USA

Mike McNamara, President, Hollingsworth

Kevin Prokop, Managing Partner, Rockbridge Growth Equity, LLC

Nancy Pulte Rickard, President, Pulte Family Charitable Foundation

General Chairs

George Blaha, Broadcaster, Detroit Pistons and Michigan State Football

Stephen Henderson, Host and Anchor, Detroit Today

Ike McKinnon, Former Police Chief, Detroit Police Department

Rev. Don Vettese, SJ

Rev. Don Worthy