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Wolf Pack Wednesday: Spirituality and Social Justice

Subject line: Where Spirituality Meets Social Justice ?

Date: September 29, 2021

Loyola Student Ministry Programs are here to help you find what centers you, feeds your soul, and fuels your passion. Spirituality can come to us in many different forms—from a reflective moment in nature to weekly worship services. Here are some ways to deepen your spirituality at Loyola.

Worship in Your Own Way  

Our Interfaith Ministries support students of diverse faith backgrounds, and our Interfaith Prayer Room located in the lower level of the Danna Student Center provides a meditative place to pray throughout the day. 

Catholic Masses and other devotions are celebrated weekly and streamed live on YouTube. Visit our website to also learn more about involvement opportunities with Mass. 

Sacramental Preparation enables the Loyola community to prepare for or receive the Sacraments of the Church and for all to enrich their individual faith lives, incorporating our Jesuit values and Ignatian Spirituality. 

Our Prayer Resources offer virtual and off-campus opportunities to deepen your spirituality, find a house of worship, or connect to the Jesuit community. 

Visit our This Week in Ministry page for a full listing of the current events and programs available each week!

Talk with a Resident Minister

Resident Ministers and Jesuits-in-Residence are available for spiritual conversation and pastoral counseling by appointment. You can also meet and chat with them at their weekly "Sweet-n-Greets" in Biever, Buddig, and Carrollton Halls. Learn more about spiritual companioning and counseling available to all students at Loyola. 

Take a Retreat 

Here at Loyola, we offer several retreat opportunities to help students explore their spirituality, build community, and reflect on who they are and who they want to be. First Year Retreat is a chance to make meaningful connections with other first year students and reflect on how our Jesuit values relate to you as you begin life at Loyola. Based in Ignatian spirituality, this retreat is open to students from all faith and non-faith backgrounds. The retreat will be October 16 at the Solomon Episcopal Conference Center in Loranger, LA. Register by October 1. The fee is $20 and includes all meals and transportation.  In addition, the Awakening Retreat is open to all undergraduates and will take place from November 5-7, 2021. Register by October 22, email Laura Alexander, University Minister, with questions or for a fee waivers. 

Make a Difference

There are many ways to make a difference, both within and outside the Loyola community. One way to do so is by joining the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP), which is a social justice and service-oriented organization that is completely led by students. LUCAP students get involved through service projects in areas such as rebuilding, hunger and homelessness, tutoring and mentoring, and environmentalism. Explore LUCAP on HowlConnect to see current projects and email to get involved.

Stay Nourished

Food insecurity among college students is a national social justice issue on college campuses that has become even more pronounced as a result of the pandemic. As a Jesuit institution Iggy’s Cupboard focuses on caring for the whole person by providing students access to non-perishable food, hygiene items, and other essential items needed to be healthy and productive. Access to the cupboard is available by appointment and donations are accepted in the Cupboard, the Student Life and Ministry suite, or in marked bins located around campus.

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