Campus Ministry Newsletter

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Happy 530th Birthday, St. Ignatius!

Thurs. Oct. 21 from 12-2pm on the Quad

Sing Happy Birthday at 12:10pm

Campus Ministry will celebrate the birth of St. Ignatius (the founder of the Jesuits) in this special Ignatian Year of his 500th year of conversion with our own birthday party with cupcakes on the quad. Although the exact date of his birth is not documented, we know that he was born in the year 1491 in Spain.

St. Ignatius is remembered as a talented spiritual director and visionary leader. We're grateful for the roots of our university in ignatian spirituality, a spirituality for everyday life. It insists that God is present in our world and active in our lives. Ignatian Spirituality is a pathway to deeper prayer, good decisions guided by keen discernment, and an active life of service to others.

As a Jesuit university, Loyola holds Ignatian Spirituality at the core of our mission both university-wide and in Campus Ministry. Practicing the components of Ignatian Spirituality such as the Examen and Discernment encourage the Loyola community to reflect upon who they are and imagine who they want to be in the surrounding world.

Soul Food Sunday

Sunday, Oct. 24 at 3pm on the Quad

You don't want to miss this! Roots of Refuge Ecumenical Christian Community will gather outdoors for their second Sunday Worship Service of the year! And Gospel Choir will perform!

Interested in planning worship? Lay leadership positions are available.

Contact: CM Intern, Willia Burton-Orr or CM Asst. Dir. Rev. Scott Adams

Explore Ignatian Spirituality on the Ignite Retreat Nov. 5-7!

Register by Oct. 28

The Ignite Retreat this November to explore in the community the principles of Ignatian Spirituality. It will run for three weeks and each week will dig deeper into different aspects of Ignatian Spirituality through peer reflections. At the end of each week, retreatants will share their thoughts and reflections in a small group reflection. Meet new people and build relationships while reflecting on topics like gratitude, finding God in all things, discernment, and more.

Contact: Megan Linz Dickinson, CM Asst. Dir., or Shannon Tobin, Ignite Retreat Coordinator


Happening Every Week!

Chosen Generation Gospel Choir

Every Tuesday at 7:30 in Alumni Memorial Chapel

Chosen Generation Gospel Choir has a mission to encourage, inspire, and nurture one another towards a deeper faith in Jesus Christ through song and praise while making surprising friendships that authentically cultivate Beloved Community where all can experience a place called home. All faith background and singing abilities are welcome.

Contact: Amber Hopkins, Gospel Choir President

Virtual Bible Study

Every Wednesday from 2pm - 2:45pm on Zoom

Join us for virtual weekly bible studies to address various topics relevant to self-empowerment and social transformation.

Join on Zoom:

Contact: Abby Russell, CM Intern or Rev. Scott Adams, CM Assistant Director

Practice the Ignatian Examen!

Every Wednesday from 8:30-9pm in the Alumni Memorial Chapel

Join us to pause in your week with a guided meditative prayer that is at the heart of our Ignatian tradition. Led by our Director, Seán Bray, you will have an opportunity to center yourselves in God's presence, look back over your week, find gratitude and seek God's guidance for the week ahead. Come once or every week! No registration necessary.

Contact: Seán Bray, Director of Campus Ministry,

Campus Min Cafe

Every Thursday in front of the Chapel from 9-11 am

Join us at Campus Min Cafe for coffee and connection!

Stay and chat or grab and go! All are welcome!

Contact: Emily Kane CM Assistant Dir.,

Chapel Choir

Every Thursday at 7pm in Alumni Memorial Chapel

Loyola's Chapel Choir leads sung prayer for on campus Catholic Masses and special campus celebrations like the Festival of Lessons & Carols held every Christmas.

Contact: CM Music Interns,

Weekly Adoration

Every Thursday from 9-9:30pm in Alumni Memorial Chapel

Eucharistic Adoration is a reverential and quiet time for prayer in the presence of Jesus outside of the Mass. Catholics believe that at Mass bread and wine become the body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, during the Consecration by the priest. The consecrated bread, the Eucharist, becomes what is known as the Blessed Sacrament. The Eucharistic Host is displayed in a monstrance on the altar so that all can see and pray in the presence of Christ.

Contact: Mr. Melvin Rayappa, S.J.,

Catholic Worship

Daily Mass

12:10pm in Alumni Memorial Chapel

Reconciliation immediately beforehand

Sunday Masses

11am & 5pm in Alumni Memorial Chapel

7:30pm in Fava Chapel

10pm in Hopkins Court

Interested in serving at our masses? Contact: CM Sacristans:

Pop In Examen

By request for any club, class, office, meeting or group!

Campus Ministry will be offering pop-in Examens for any students, student groups, classes or clubs to give a space for our community to pause and reflect on their day and their week with a guided student or staff-led Ignatian Examen.

Contact: Gabbs Ferrufino, CM Intern


There's Still Time to Sign Up!

Cura Faith Sharing Groups

It's not too late to register!

Cura Faith-Sharing Groups get their name from the Jesuit value cura personalis. We hope to provide an avenue of connection so that we can provide for each other the kind of love and care that can only come from being in the community.

Cura groups will gather virtually every week to reflect and pray together, discussing topics that are relevant to your lives as students. Groups include 5-10 participants led by 1-2 student leaders. You may choose an affinity spaces for students with shared identities to come process through their experiences together.

Group themes for Fall 2021:

  • General groups (all class years)
  • Catholic Identity
  • Women’s Spirituality
  • LGBTQIA+ identified students
  • First-Year students
  • The Black Church

Contact: Cura Grad Assistant, Chanali Sweeper

RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults)

Still accepting participants!

Interested in Becoming Catholic, First Communion or confirmation? Join a community that gets together weekly throughout the year to learn and pray about their Catholic faith.

Contact: CM Intern, Melissa Jacobs


Resources & Campus Partners

Art Theraphy

Mon. Oct. 18, 2021, at 6 pm on the 3rd Floor of the Student Center

Join the Middle Eastern South Asian Alliance, to wind down and embrace your artistic side! Art supplies and snacks will be provided!


Dia de los Muertos

Wed. Oct. 20, 2021, at 7:30 pm at the Alumni Chapel

There will be an ofrenda building (home alter) with a collection of objects, placed on a ritual display during the annual and traditionally Mexican Dia de los Muertos celebration


Latin Fest

Fri. Oct 22, 2021, in McGuire Hall

Celebrate what Latinx Heritage Month means to the Loyola community at Latin Fest!

There will be fun entertainment, community, and potential giveaways! All are welcome.


Carolyn Forché : Voice of Witness

Thurs. Oct. 28 at 7pm in the 4th Floor Program Room

Carolyn Forché is the author of five books of poetry, including Gathering The Tribes (Yale University Press, 1976), The Country Between Us (Harper and Row, 1982), The Angel of History (HarperCollins, 1994), Blue Hour (HarperCollins, 2003), and In the Lateness of the World (Penguin Press, 2020), which was a finalist for the 2021 Pulitzer Prize in poetry. She is also the author of the 2019 memoir What You Have Heard Is True (Penguin Random House), a devastating, lyrical, and visionary book about a young woman’s brave choice to engage with horror in order to help others (2019 National Book Award finalist).

She will speak about Voice of Witness and read selections of her poetry and memoir.

Registration is encouraged by not required.

Catholic Social Thought Discussion: Pope Francis' Fratelli Tutti

Tues. Nov. 2 from 12-1:15pm on Zoom

Join the Committee on Catholic Social Thought for a discussion of Pope Francis’s Fratelli Tutti and universal fraternity in an age of failing globalization.

The setting for Pope Francis’s most recent encyclical, his 2020 Fratelli Tutti, is the receding liberal international order, the rise of great power rivalries, nationalism and populism, the growth of economic inequality, the return of geography, and the hijacking of states and economies by organized crime. Francis paints a sobering picture and calls upon Christian wisdom, sorely lacking in international relations, to build a just world order.

Join the second discussion of the semester that will feature opening comments by Dr. Dan Castillo of Theology on paragraphs 154-287 of the encyclical, just to get the ball rolling, with open discussion following of your thoughts/questions about the topic.

Join on Zoom:

Contact: Dr. Graham McAleer, Prof. of Philosophy

York Road Community Days

Saturdays Nov. 6 & 13th starting at 9am

York Road Community Days are a special way for the Loyola community and the communities in the York Rd. corridor to engage with each other! Service includes planting trees, picking up trash in neighborhoods, and others all while being thoughtful and building relationships. Students can meet right on campus at 5104 York Road.

Sign Up!

Contact: CCSJ Staff, Henry Podeschi

White Silence is Violence

Tuesdays from 3:15-4pm on Zoom

Join a conversation with students about white accountability for dismantling racism. The Counseling Center offers the opportunity to engage in deep, meaningful conversations and exercises on anti-racism. This will be a brave space to reflect, discuss, learn, grow, and most importantly, keep ourselves and our campus accountable as we continue to work towards dismantling white supremacy in all the spaces that it lives, even (and especially) when that space is inside of us.

Contact: Counseling Center Staff Brad Bryk and Jason Parcover, 410-617-2273


Every Weds. from 3-4:15pm at SGA Conference Room (Student Center 3rd Floor)

Empower is a support group for students of color at Loyola. Empower provides an affinity space for participants to discuss issues unique to their experience at a predominantly white institution such as academic stress, relationships, race/ethnicity related stress, identity development, and resilience. Participating in this group will empower students and provide an opportunity for connection.

Register for Empower here

In, Out & In Between (IOIB)

Every Thursday from 3-4:15pm

Out? Questioning? Not Sure? No problem.

IOIB is a group that provides space for queer-identifying students and those who may be questioning/exploring their sexual or gender identity. This is a group that is not for allies, as it is an affinity space, allowing folks to speak openly about their experiences connected to queer identity, intersections with other identities, relationships (family, friends, dating), and college life. Conversation topics are selected by student participants. Meetings will be held on Zoom.


Contact: Brandon Muncy, Counseling Center

Hora De Cafe con Leche

Wednesday, Oct. 20th & Nov. 17th 2-3pm

Calling all advanced and Native Spanish Speakers! Hora de Café con Leche provides you with an opportunity to engage in conversation relating to the Latinx community while enjoying café con leche! For advanced and Native Spanish speakers.

Contact Julie Rivera, Assistant Director in ALANA Services,

Resources for Change

Resources for Change is an educational platform for students, friends, family, educators, and anyone else who is looking to learn about the history and nature of racism, civil rights, social justice, and systemic injustice. We hope you find this platform useful. The page was put together with the help of members of the Loyola University community.

Campus Ministry's Racial Justice Statement and Resources

Campus Ministry's outlines our commitment to racial justice and offers resources for education, prayer, reflection and action through our racial justice webpage. We commit to engaging in antiracist work and allyship through a lens of faith. Visit our Campus Ministry website for further resources.
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