Campus Ministry Newsletter

Get Connected with Gratitude!

Over the next two weeks, Campus Ministry will be focusing on gratitude. St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, believed that gratitude was foundational for developing a relationship with God. His Daily Examen prayer prompts us to stop and ask "What am I grateful for?" If we start with truly seeing the joys, benefits, and blessings in our life, St. Ignatius believed, we cannot help but well-up with gratitude and love for God, who made them all possible. Learn more about opportunities to connect with gratitude below and follow us on social media @loyolacampusmin to join us!

Remembering The Jesuit Martyrs of El Salvador

In gratitude for those who come before us in the struggle for justice, we remember the Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her 15 year-old daughter, who were murdered 31 years ago on November 16, 1989, on the campus of the University of Central America (UCA) in San Salvador, El Salvador.


We honor Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., Ignacio Martín-Baró, S.J., Segundo Montes, S.J., Juan Ramón Moreno, S.J., Joaquín López y López, S.J., Amando López, S.J., their housekeeper Elba Ramos and Celina Ramos.


The Jesuit martyrs were deeply involved in the cause of justice for the people of El Salvador during the country's civil war. They used their role at the University to serve the needs of the people of El Salvador. Their killing at the hands of military, many of whom were trained at the U.S. Army School of the Americas, highlights the interconnectedness of the struggle for justice in our world.


Here are several resources if you would like to learn more:


Chosen Generation Gospel Choir Retreat: Influence of Black Gospel

THIS FRIDAY, Nov. 20th from 7-9pm


This year, Loyola’s Chosen Generation Gospel Choir will be hosting our first virtual retreat! Join the choir, and guest speakers, as we discuss the influence of Black gospel music. We will hear from Reverend Scott Adams, Maurice Carroll, Lea Gilmore, and Patrick Alston.


There will also be opportunities to meet the choir, as we participate in small group discussions. This retreat is open to Loyola and the community! For all who join, you will also be able to view our virtual concert before anyone else!


To register, click here and complete the appropriate registration form.


Contact: Cayla Wilke, Gospel Choir President

Gratitude Grams!

Gratitude is central to Ignatian Spirituality. St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, believed that gratitude was foundational for developing a relationship with God. With Thanksgiving approaching, we'd like to help you spread love to someone in our campus community you are grateful for. Campus Ministry is here to help you send a Gratitude Gram!


Submit a name here to have Campus Ministry express your gratitude to a student, faculty member, or anyone else that has been a light for you this Thanksgiving season.

Save the Date: Lessons and Carols!

Virtual Concert Release: Sat. Dec. 20 at 7pm


Save the Date for the 32nd Annual Festival of Lessons and Carols! This magical and treasured campus tradition will come home with you! This year's concert will be streaming from the campus ministry website and will include both newly recorded readings and choral music, and selections from past concerts.


Contact: CM Music Interns, chapelchoir@loyola.edu

ACA Presents: Dante Basco

Mon. Nov. 16th at 7 PM EST via Zoom


Join the Asian Cultural Alliance (ACA) for a moderated dialogue with Dante Basco, an actor, voice artist, poet and producer; most widely known as the voice actor of Prince Zuko in the animated series Avatar: The Last Airbender.


Register here

CCSJ: Presence for Christmas

Reminder to purchase your gift by Weds. Nov. 18th!


Did you pledge to donate a gift to community members in Baltimore through Presence for Christmas? Don't forget the deadline later this week!


Contact: Pat Cassidy and Cate Cino, CCSJ Staff

NASA & CSU: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

The Native American Students Association and Carribbean Students' Union have planned great opportunities to connect with Native America Heritage this month.


National Museum of the American Indian Virtual Tour: Thurs. Nov. 19th from 2 - 3:30 pm

Join the Native American Students Association as they tour the museum while learning about the history and myths, as well as different Indigenous business to support.


Contact: Follow the Caribbean Students’ Union (@loyola_csu) and the Native American Student Association (@loyola_nasa) for more information on upcoming events this month!

Messina: Baltimore and Immigration

Thurs. Nov. 19th at 7pm


The panel will discuss the history of immigration in Baltimore and current efforts underway to welcome and support Baltimore’s newest residents. The panel will include Nick Fessenden (Baltimore Immigration Museum) and representatives from local organizations that serve the Baltimore immigrant community.


The event is sponsored by Messina. Register here!

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Weekly & Ongoing in CM!

Friday Journal Prompts

Every Friday - Pause, Rewind, & Play


Each Friday, Campus Ministry will be posing three questions inspired by the Ignatian Examen to our Instagram (@loyolacampusmin) page to inspire our community to pause, rewind, and lay as we close up the week together. We hope you will join us.

Community Conversations: A bible study on race, identity, justice & peace

Every Thursday at 12 noon


Join Rev. Scott for a weekly bible study 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!

  • 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 on Zoom: https://loyola.zoom.us/j/6173727497


Contact: Rev. Scott Adams, Assistant Director

Quick Convos with Father Jack

Shared weekly!


Father Jack will be hosting quick conversations with Loyola students throughout the semester on topics relevant faith, humanity, and this current season we are in. Quick Convos will be shared each week to the Campus Ministry Instagram Story, on @jackdennis53!


Check out last week's convo featuring Aidan Olmstead, '21, reflecting on faith!


Contact: CM Intern, Flor Paniagua-Peart, mfpaniagua-peart@loyola.edu

CM Student Support Drop-In Hours

We are here to support you. Campus Ministry staff members welcome the opportunity to meet with students virtually for support and spiritual conversations during weekdays 9am - 5pm. Learn more about the members of our team here. You can reach out to specific staff members to schedule an appointment.


To request a general appointment, email Seán Bray at sbray@loyola.edu and we will follow up to schedule a time. We look forward to hearing from you!

Pop-In Examen

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


Campus Ministry continues to offer 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

Livestream Catholic Masses

Wednesdays at 12:10 pm


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


First Fridays Monthly at 8am


To become a lector for mass, contact litmin@loyola.edu!


Visit www.loyola.edu/campusministry for live-streaming and zoom links.

Join the Liturgical Ministry Community!

Sign Up Anytime!


Want to get on the awesome weekly emails from the LitMin team? Interested in getting involved at Mass? Sign up to become a Liturgical Minister! Lector positions are currently available for Fall 2020. While we're virtual, the community of liturgical ministers stay connected with weekly reflection and prayer emails and opportunities to connect. If you are interested in being a Eucharist Minister or Minister of Hospitalities once we return to live instruction, you can sign up for those future positions as well!


Contact: CM Interns for Liturgical Ministry, litmin@loyola.edu.

Chosen Generation Gospel Choir

Tuesdays at 7:30


Join now--Tenors and Sopranos are needed! 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: Cayla Wilke, Gospel Choir President for zoom link!

Cura Faith Sharing Groups

Still open for new members! Meet weekly. Sign up now!


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)
  • LGBTQIA+ identified students
  • First Year students
  • Racial Equity (affinity spaces for BIPOC and white/white-passing students)


Contact: Cura Grad Assistant, Chanali Sweeper

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Resources & Campus Partners

Support at The Counseling Center

The Counseling Center is offering many services for support from individual counseling, group counseling, virtual workshops, consultations, comprehensive referral support, to online anonymous communities. To learn more, call the counseling center at 410-617-2273 or visit their website.

The Study's Services

Classes stressing you out? Get support at The Study. The Study offers free and online tutoring, workshops, and coaching. Workshops are held throughout the semester and cover topics such as exploring learning styles, avoiding test stress and anxiety, and more. Time management and organization coaching as well academic coaching provide additional assistance in a one-on-one format.


To learn more about and register for any of The Study’s services, please visit www.loyola.edu/thestudy.

Hora De Café con Leche

Tuesday, Nov 17th from 1-2 PM


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 (virtually)! The next edition of Hora de Café con Leche for advanced and Native Spanish speakers is taking place tomorrow!


Zoom (Meeting ID: 985 329 7424).

Career Services Drop-Ins

Monday-Friday 1pm to 3pm

Monday-Wednesday 7pm to 9pm


Career Services Drop-Ins are in full effect this semester including Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings! Join one of our trained Loyola Career Ambassadors online via Zoom at https://loyola.zoom.us/my/loyolacareercenter. Drop-ins are a great place to get your resume or cover letter reviewed quickly as well as assistance with Handshake, Loyola Connect and Big Interview. No appointment necessary!

Hygiene & School Supply Drive

Are you looking for ways to support Baltimore students this semester? Guilford Elementary/Middle School, housed on our neighboring York Road, is seeking help in restocking their school supply & hygiene supply closet for their students during this time of online learning. This drive will be ongoing throughout the semester.


To donate, visit their Amazon Wishlist at: https://amzn.to/3iqy70a.

Empower

Every Weds. from 3-4:15pm


Empower is a virtual 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.


Contact Info & Register 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.


Register: http://loyola.edu/ioib!


Contact: Brandon Muncy, Counseling Center

Archive of Interfaith Civic Engagement Panel

Campus Ministry hosted a dynamic panel of panelists from faith communities around Baltimore, discussing Civic Engagement through an Interfaith lens, including more specific topics of legislative and policy advocacy, voting disenfranchisement, and religious leadership! We encourage you to take some time to view the conversation, which surfaced many important and relevant insights.


The panel recording is available here: https://youtu.be/3A3PW7rQ01U.



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. Visit our Campus Ministry website for further resources.

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.