Campus Ministry Newsletter

March 2016

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Welcome back from what I hope was a restful and rejuvenating spring break. The gift of rest and reflection provides us with the ability to recenter and recommit ourselves to our work, relationships and service.

Lent is also a time for reflecting and recommitting to one's relationship with God. It is a time to disrupt unhealthy behaviors and patterns which lead us away from God and each other. As humans it's easy for us to get stuck on our sinfulness. We worry God or others won't love us. There are also times when we exclude others or question their worthiness of love. In yesterday's Gospel we hear Jesus telling of God's love and mercy through the parable of the prodigal son. This story conveys God's love as inclusive and unconditional. Jack Jeezrel, the founder of JustFaith Ministries, suggests God's love is a love without exception. It is a love with such breadth that there is no limit. If we truly understood God loves us without exception, how would that change the way we treated ourselves and our encounters with one another?

As we begin the second half of our semester let me offer a few questions for reflection.

  • Where can I use my education and privilege to model God's love and mercy?
  • How do we imitate God's love without exception for those who are marginalized by structures and/or our own actions because of race, culture, sexuality, gender, abilities, religion, politics, etc...?
  • Who are voices calling me to be a person for and/with others? Who are voices calling me to exclude?

As you return to campus I hope you will engage in these questions and in the many prayer experiences, events, retreats and speakers Campus Ministry offers.

Peace & blessings,

Seán Bray

Campus Ministry Needs You!

Campus Ministry is hiring student interns for 2016-17. Interns are responsible for assisting the professional staff in fulfilling the mission of the office of Campus Ministry. Interns are ambassadors who welcome, honor and celebrate people of all faith traditions, spiritualities and identities. They are committed to building a just community and creating inclusive spaces for prayer, meaning-making and spiritual development.

There are ten different types of paid positions within the office, each involving different skills and responsibilities. Check out our website to learn more about the positions and find our application.

Applications are due by Wednesday, March 9 at 3pm!

Contact Megan Linz Dickinson ( with any questions!

Programs & Events

Candlelight Rosary

Join the Loyola community for our Lenten prayer offerings. This Monday we'll gather to pray the Rosary in a candle-lit setting on Monday, March 7th at 9pm in Alumni Chapel.

Belief Series

Throughout this semester, Campus Ministry is excited to be hosting viewings of Oprah Winfrey's documentary series, "Belief." This series examines and reflects on our entire global community, and explores belief through the lens of traditional faith backgrounds, diverse spiritual practices, and those who are searching for the meaning of life.

Please join us on Mondays at 7PM in Campus Ministry as we view one of the seven episodes of this documentary series. Our next showings will take place on March 7, March 21, April 4, and April 18. If there are any questions, please contact Jeffrey Gilcreast at

Dining in Solidarity

Dining in Solidarity. Tuesday, March 8 in Boulder at lunchtime. "On Tuesday, March 8, Boulder will offer a meal from a CRS Rice Bowl Featured Recipe. This simple, vegetarian meal offers an opportunity to dine in solidarity with the same people to whom CRS Rice Bowl funds go. Go to for more information about CRS Rice Bowl, the recipes, and the countries CRS serves."


Please join us for Evensong on Thursdays at 5 PM in Alumni Chapel. Evensong is a beautiful evening of prayer, song, and student-led reflection. Pizza & fellowship follow in Cohn Hall 133. Our March Evensong Presiders will be:

Thursday, March 10th: Scotty Nye (18')

Thursday, March 17th: Amanda Fleck (17')

Day of Reflection

Join us for a Day of Reflection on March 12th from 10AM - ­4PM hosted by the authors of The Scandal of White Complicity in US Hyper-Incarceration: A Nonviolent Spirituality of White Resistance. These renowned scholars, Alex Mikulich, Laurie Cassidy and Margaret Pfeil, will facilitate dialogue, reflection, and learning to explore the structural and cultural elements of racism. Participants will be invited to explore a nonviolent spirituality of resistance, through interactive group-process. The event is open to students, staff, faculty, administrators and the community. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 8th:

Jesuit Heritage Week

Sunday, 13 March 2016

  • 6:00 p.m. Mass in Alumni Memorial Chapel with Jesuit Community
  • 7:00 p.m. Sundaes with the Jesuits, Free limited edition T-shirt.

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

  • Bridget Parloto Sustainability Art Installation (Main Quad) Coordinated by Janet Maher, Visual Art Department
  • 7:00 p.m. “Festival Sing” Concert in Alumni Memorial Chapel featuring campus choral groups. Free limited edition T-shirt.

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

  • 7:00 p.m. Faith & Science Lecture: “Would You Baptize an Extraterrestrial?” Keynote address by Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., President of the Vatican Observatory. Free limited edition T-shirt.

Friday, 18 March 2016

  • Maryland Day Celebrations
  • 12:10 PM Maryland Day Mass

Just Films: Dear White People

Just Films: Dear White People. Monday, March 14 at 7:00 pm in the St. Alphonsus House. A facilitated discussion on race, privilege, and identity will follow the film. For more information contact: Drew Belfield


For the month of March, Soup with Substance will be held on March 16th from 12pm-1pm in College Center Room 105. We will be discussing the topic of School-to-Prison pipeline. A simple meal of soup and bread will be provided. All are welcome!

SpiritualiTEA: Connecting Through Diverse Spiritual Practices

Date: March 16

Time: 8-9pm

Place: Fava Chapel

For more information, please email or


Join us for monthly Adoration in the Alumni Chapel every 2nd Wednesday of the month at 9PM. Students who attend will have the opportunity to experience a traditional Catholic devotion. Join us for an hour of prayer, music, community and silence.

An Evening of Faith & Worship with the Josh Blakesley Band

Questions? email

Lenten Penny Drive

Lenten Penny Drive.

In an effort to enhance our CRS Rice Bowl collection, CRS Student Ambassadors challenge the campus community to participate in this year's Lenten Penny Drive! The Penny Drive will be held between Monday, March 14 and Friday, March 18 – next to Starbucks. Start saving your change, and stay tuned for more details about the competition between Students and Faculty/Staff/Administration!" For more info contact Drew:


Women's Retreat

We celebrate and invite all women to join us on the Women’s retreat to explore one’s confidence in your authentic self. The Women's Retreat offers students in the Loyola community a weekend away to pray, reflect, and share with one another as women of diverse identities. This retreat offers a unique opportunity to be led by a team of professional women from Loyola. There will be intentional time for community, prayerful reflection, and relaxation. Please contact Elise Gower at or ext. 5375 for more information. Registration Deadline: Tuesday, March 8th

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A.M.D.G.: The Retreat

Join us from April 15 - 17, 2016 at the A.M.D.G. retreat! A.M.D.G. stands for Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, or “for the greater glory of God,” the motto of the Society of Jesus. The A.M.D.G. Retreat will have a new format this year, focusing on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. It will offer an introduction to key parts of the Exercises, including the “first principle and foundation,” growing as a person who discerns, and finding God in all things.

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Baltimore Forum on Economic Inequality & Opportunity Gap.

United Not Divided: The Public Forum on Economic Inequality & Opportunity Gap. March 30th-31st at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards. The Baltimore Forum, scholars, community leaders, policy makers, students and the general public, will discuss issues of economic inequality and the opportunity gap with the goal of exploring ways to mitigate their negative impacts on the social, cultural and political fabric of the nation.

For more information about the event check out:

Further information about registration and transportation will be provided closer to the date.

LOYOLA and CRS Partnership

Campus Ministry is pleased to announce CRS will host it's annual national Student Ambassador Leadership Summit at Loyola from July 24-26, 2016.
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Pray as you go

A Year of Mercy, A Lent of Healing - Lent Retreat 2016 by Pray as you go


LIFT EVERY VOICE is a Lenten blog addressing America’s original sin of racism through the lens of Ignatian spirituality and the daily readings. From Ash Wednesday through Easter Sunday, voices from throughout the Ignatian network will lament racial injustice in our communities and reflect on how the Gospel calls us to repent, pray, and act in solidarity with those affected by an enduring legacy of systemic and personal racial discrimination.


Sunday Mass Schedule during the Academic Year (2015-16)

  • 11:00 a.m. in Alumni Chapel
  • 6:00 p.m. in Alumni Chapel
  • 8:00 p.m. in Fava Chapel (Hammerman)
  • 10:00 p.m. in Hopkins Court

Weekday Mass & Liturgy Schedule during the Academic Year

  • 12:10 p.m. Monday-Friday: Daily Mass in Alumni Chapel
  • 5 p.m. Every Thursday: Evensong (Evening Prayer) in Alumni Chapel | This week's presider: Patrick O'Connor class of 2016
  • The Sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated each day (Mon. – Fri.) before the 12:10 p.m. Daily Mass

The Daily Examen

The Daily Examen of Consciousness

Don't Miss the Josh Blakesley Band Live at Loyola

Josh Blakesley Band - Grateful (Official)

Interfaith Literacy Podcast

Interfaith Youth Core

What Is Interfaith Literacy? (with Eboo Patel) - Common Knowledge #1 by Interfaith Youth Core

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