Campus Ministry Newsletter
Happy 530th Birthday, St. Ignatius!
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.
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.
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: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/6173727497
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, email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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., email@example.com
12:10pm in Alumni Memorial Chapel
Reconciliation immediately beforehand
11am & 5pm in Alumni Memorial Chapel
7:30pm in Fava Chapel
10pm in Hopkins Court
Interested in serving at our masses? Contact: CM Sacristans: Litmin@loyola.edu
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
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
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
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: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/5628780755
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.
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.
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
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.