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LOYNO Master Plan: Our Jesuit Values

Subject line: Where Spirituality Meets Social Justice 

Sent: November 23, 2022

Now that you’re a LOYNO graduate student, we want to know: What drives you to be your best? At Loyola, our Jesuit identity helps us to challenge our assumptions, reflect on our actions, and pursue something more—something greater than ourselves. The Jesuits call that magis, Latin for “more.” 

As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with our friends and family tomorrow, we couldn’t think of a better time to reflect on what (and who) helps motivate and push us to be our best. Get to know a few of the Jesuit values that we’re grateful to have at the core of the Loyola community.

Developing a Discerning Mindset 

Through thoughtful reflection and prayer, we can connect to our calling and find a greater appreciation for all things, both big and small. A discerning mindset helps us to think critically, act with empathy for others, and pursue our greater calling in life. 

Christian Life Communities (CLCs) are small groups (usually between 6 to 10 members) that meet regularly to pray, reflect, and discuss issues of life and faith. Based in Ignatian spirituality, CLCs help members find God in all things and develop a discerning mindset. We have a group just for graduate students. Contact University Minister Hunter Darrouzet for more information.

Educating the Whole Person

It’s our mission to help you find your passion and make a lasting impact on our world. We will develop more than just your mind; we’ll create a space where you can be your most authentic self. We call that cura personalis—care for the whole person, body, mind, and spirit. 

Explore your spirituality through our Interfaith Ministries, designed to serve the needs of diverse faith traditions and backgrounds. Student Life and Ministry can also host reflection nights on campus for graduate departments upon request. If you would like to help organize a night of reflection for your program of study or a particular class, contact us at or 504-865-3622.

You can deepen your connections to other students and reflect on your faith by joining one of our ministry retreats held throughout the year. During the spring semester, you can take part in our Lenten Retreat in Daily Life (available in English and Spanish) to receive spiritual reflections on the daily scriptures emailed each morning throughout Lent. We also invite you to the 18th Annotation Retreat, which is an introductory experience to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola. It includes daily, individual prayer with provided meditations from the Spiritual Exercises, as well as optional opportunities for individual spiritual direction. 

Learning From Experience

Through Student Life and Ministry, you’ll have many opportunities to live your faith through action. By connecting your coursework to the community around you, you’ll develop skills that will help you in all aspects of your life. 

Enrich your classroom learning through participation in student organizations and events on campus. Check out HowlConnect for a full listing of our student organizations or learn how to start your own student organization


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