Campus Ministry Newsletter

September 2020

Campus Ministry Welcome
In the context of the pandemic of COVID-19, the pandemic of racism in our country, and our own physical distance, it is more important than ever that we draw upon our belief systems, spirituality and faith traditions to name what we are seeing and feeling, and to reimagine the world not as it is, but as it could be.

Rooted in our Ignatian tradition, Campus Ministry offers opportunities to pray, reflect, discern and connect with our Loyola community.

Chat about our Fall 2020 Opportunities!

The First Few Weeks!

Navigating Uncharted Waters

TOMORROW, Weds. Sept. 9 from 7- 8:30pm

Rev. Scott Adams and Seán Bray, Director of Campus Ministry, will hold a university-wide informal discussion. Your time together will offer a space of encouragement and hope as we uplift and accompany one another in uncertain times.

Contact: Rev. Scott Adams,

Bible Study on Race, Identity, Justice & Peace

First Meeting on Thurs. Sept. 10 at 12 noon

Challenged by simultaneous pandemics (Covid-19 and Racial Upheaval), humanity has been forced to navigate unprecedented uncertainty and inconceivable change. As a result, many of us find ourselves “hard-pressed on every side” and “perplexed” by existential questions that seem unanswerable:

  • What does it all mean—what really matters?
  • How can I effectively respond to my reasonable fears, anxieties and even anger that often consumes me?
  • Where can I find nurturance in these moments of depletion?
  • Why is God silent in the space of desolation?

Join Rev. Scott for weekly bible studies to address these and many other questions, as we seek substantive insights for restoration, empowerment, justice and peace in the ancient, but still very relevant, wisdom deeply rooted in the Word of God!

Join on Zoom:

Contact: Rev. Scott Adams, Assistant Director

Loyola Chapel Choir -- Virtually!

Thursdays weekly at 7pm starting Sept. 10

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, . While we're virtual, our chapel choir community will continue rehearsals every Thursday night. No auditions are needed, join anytime. All are welcome!

Contact for the zoom link:

Livestream Catholic Masses

Wednesdays at 12:10 pm

Sundays at 5pm (Alumni Memorial Chapel) and 10pm (Hopkins Court Lounge)

First Fridays Monthly at 8am

Want to be a lector for the 5pm mass live on zoom! Contact!

Visit for live-streaming and zoom links.

RCIA Info Session

Thurs. Sept. 17 at 7pm

Are you interested in becoming Catholic? Get info on how to join RCIA, the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, the process by which individuals become full members of the Catholic Church through baptism, first communion and confirmation. Individuals explore more deeply their own faith journey, while being introduced into the basic beliefs, liturgy, and spiritual traditions of the Catholic Church.

Can't make the info session? Contact Flor for information!

Contact: CM Intern, Flor Paniagua-Peart for the zoom link

Mass of the Holy Spirit

Sun. Sept. 20 at 5pm

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a celebratory welcome to the new school year and connects Loyola to a tradition across Jesuit universities and institutions. We gather to call on God’s Spirit for inspiration in the upcoming academic year. The entire University community is invited to pray together, celebrate the Spirit and rededicate ourselves to Loyola University Maryland’s mission and community. We celebrate our University’s diversity, and, together, look forward to a year of learning, engagement and relationship.

Contact: George Miller, Dir. of Liturgy and Music

Cura Faith Sharing Groups

Small groups meet weekly, starting Sept. 21.

Cura Faith-Sharing Groups build off of our Koinonia Small Groups and get their name from the Jesuit value cura personalis. During this time of increased isolation, 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 community.

Cura groups will gather virtually each 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. This year, we'll have affinity spaces for students with shared identities to come process through their experiences together.

Group themes for Fall 2020:

  • General groups (all class years)
  • Women’s Spirituality
  • LGBTQIA+ identified students
  • First Year students
  • Racial Equity (affinity spaces for BIPOC and white/white-passing students)

Contact: Cura Grad Assistant, Chanali Sweeper

Roots of Refuge Soul Food Sunday

Sun. Sept. 27

Every third Sunday at 3pm

Roots of Refuge Ecumenical Christian Community gathers for a Sunday Worship Service and Gospel Choir performance. Lay leadership positions are available.

Contact: Rev. Scott Adams, Assistant Director

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: Erica Marshall, Grad Assistant

Chosen Generation Gospel Choir

Rehearsals TBD

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. While Gospel Choir is determining how to praise during this virtual semester, you can reach out to Cayla!

Contact: Cayla Wilke, Gospel Choir President

Retreat Survey

Campus Ministry will be developing opportunities throughout the semester to provide you with tools for reflection, discernment and action. We want to know what you want and desire from retreat and reflection opportunities during this virtual semester! Complete our Retreat & Reflection Feedback Form to help us understand what and how you'd like to engage with us!

Contact: Megan Linz Dickinson, Assistant Director

Resources & Campus Partners

Resources for Change

Loyola students, Emma Schiller '21, Matthew Dorsey '21, and Ahmed Jackson '21 are working to educate the Loyola Community through their website and social media account: Resources for Change, which includes resources nationally as well as Loyola specific.

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. For further resources, please visit:

Loyola Votes

Whether you are registered to vote, not registered to vote, or not sure—visit LoyolaVotes! for help with voter registration, make requests for absentee/mail-in ballots, or receive voting reminders via text or email.

CCSJ's BMore Engaged

REGISTER ONLINE by Thursday, September 10th at 11:59PM.

Join a peer-led, semester cohort to explore a specific justice topic in community with others. Be challenged to reflect deeply and transform your learning into advocacy and social action.

The Bunting Peace & Justice Speaker Series

Ray Kelly will speak on policing and racial justice in Baltimore on Sept 22 at 12:15pm

Maria Stephan will speak on where people power meets peace building on Oct 8 at 12:15pm

Arsalan Suleman will speak on litigating genocide at the International Court of Justice at Nov 10 at 12:15pm

Zoom code for the event: 430-077-6560

Prayer Wall

Campus Ministry invites all members of the Loyola community to offer prayer intentions for loved ones, joys, hopes, griefs and anxieties during the multiple pandemics facing our country . We also encourage members of the community to visit and add the intentions of others to your own daily prayer. To submit an intention, visit our Prayer Wall and click on the pink plus symbol in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.