Today, November 1, marks the kick off of Loyola’s annual Ignatian Heritage Month, a month-long celebration that highlights the living legacy of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Throughout November, the Loyola community is invited to explore the legacy of St. Ignatius and the traditions of the Jesuits through prayer, lectures, and a multitude of other events around campus.
Among the highlighted events is the Salvadoran Martyrs Lecture: Heart-Cries of Communion: Loyola University and the Martyrs of El Salvador, featuring Kevin Burke, S.J., STD., on Tuesday, November 13 at noon in Beane Hall on the Water Tower Campus and at 4 p.m. in the Crown Center Auditorium on the Lake Shore Campus. The Martyrs Memorial Mass will immediately follow at 5:15 p.m. in Madonna della Strada Chapel.
The month-long celebration serves as a way to remember St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus and namesake of Loyola University Chicago, by reminding students and faculty of the Jesuit values, traditions, and heritage that are the foundations of the Loyola education.
“It’s important that we stay rooted to our Ignatius and Jesuit tradition and heritage,” says Chris Murphy, director of staff mission formation and faculty staff chaplain. “As we get busy, we lose sight of the fundamental principles of the Jesuits, and we use this month to highlight the richness of our heritage.”
In the spirit of celebration, understanding, and remembering, these events will also be taking place throughout the month of November:
- Hunger Week runs from Sunday, November 4 through Saturday, November 10, and includes a number of events that are aimed at raising awareness of hunger issues around the world
- A two-part discussion, “Exploratory Conversations on Talking About/Talking to God,” will be held on Thursday, November 1 and 8 and will give attendees the opportunity to explore the more intuitive (at times non-rational) aspect of (dis)belief and spiritual desire
- On November 9, at 3 p.m., the Loyola University Museum of Art will host, “Tea with the Jesuits: When Art and Sports Intersect,” a discussion that will investigate how the Jesuit educational tradition has promoted sports and physical activities as a way to develop creativity and an appreciation of aesthetic qualities
- Students are also encouraged to come and learn about the Jesuits on Sunday, November 11, at 8:15 p.m., in the Terry Student Center on the Water Tower Campus for “Jesuits by the Slice – Understanding Ignatius and the Jesuits”
- Students 21 and older can enjoy a drink or two while learning about the Jesuits on Thursday, November 15, at 8 p.m., in the Terry Student Center on the Water Tower Campus
- The Salvadoran Martyrs Prayer Vigil will be held on Thursday, November 15, at 7 p.m., in the Madonna della Strada chapel.
- On November 17, at 9 a.m., the Maroon and Gold Society and Graduates of the Last Decade (GOLD) will engage in the “Ignatian Heritage Month Community Service Day” around the Chicagoland area
- “Women Leaders at Loyola University: Promoting Ignatian Leadership,” will wrap up Ignatian Heritage Month on November 27, at 4 p.m., in Piper Hall on the Lake Shore Campus; a panel of Loyola women leaders will use this opportunity to reflect on their roles in the world of higher Jesuit education
In addition to the events above, Loyola launched its first photography contest, Loyola 24, in mid-October to coincide with planning for Ignatian Heritage Month. The contest, which received more than 50 entries, encouraged participants to take photos during a 24-hour time frame on October 12 with St. Ignatius and his living legacy as the required focus/subject matter. The grand prize winner was Hannah Colborn, a Loyola student, whose photo is pictured above. Other winners include Travis Proffitt, MA, community partnerships coordinator in the Center for Experiential Learning (Category: Finding God in All Things); Xin Chen, a graduate student in the Department of Philosophy (Category: Men and Women For and With Others); Jamason Chen, manager of technology in the School of Communication (Contemplation in Action); and Madison Rau, a Loyola student (Honorable Mention). To view the winners’ photos, click here.
For more information about Ignatian Heritage Month, please visit the website at LUC.edu/ihm.