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  • May 28, 2021
  • 12:22 pm
  • IPS

My Experience at IPS

By: Krysten McOskerMy experience at IPS was beyond anything I could have ever imagined. By the time I arrived at Loyola, I chased nearly every worldly desire, but my heart and soul were still restless. I had everything the world told me I should have, yet I kept feeling a nudge, a yearning for something […]

  • July 18, 2020
  • 2:26 pm
  • IPS

“After 130 Years….”

Professors Canaris, Watson, and Schmidt with IPS students praying in the Basilica of Sts. Giovanni and Paolo in Rome.

There has rightly been a lot of attention given recently to the centenary of the birth of Pope John Paul II, who was born in 1920, and changed the face of global […]

  • June 1, 2020
  • 3:33 pm
  • IPS

A Holy Rage

By Dr. Peter Jones, IPS Interim Dean, Clinical Associate Professor

On Pentecost Sunday, protests throughout the country and around the world continued. The murder of George Floyd, captured on video and seen around the world, devastates the conscience. His public lynching has catalyzed the release of frustration and anger, the result of centuries abuse, oppression, and […]

  • May 8, 2020
  • 1:39 pm
  • IPS

Thoughts from a graduate

Last day of class with Dr. Nat Samuel. Fall/19


It is graduation week and things are a lot different than I expected them to be. We took our last classes from home, we have been emotional and afraid, our minds went somewhere else at a time we should be thinking about next steps and […]

  • March 18, 2020
  • 10:32 am
  • IPS

Seeds of Justice

Alex (on the right) speaking to a group

Alex, tell us a little bit about yourself.

I was born and raised in New York City. I grew up on the border of Spanish Harlem and Harlem and then in the Bronx. At that time, those neighborhoods were primarily made up of low-income people of color, so my […]

  • March 3, 2020
  • 12:43 pm
  • IPS

El Cireneo, Hogar de Esperanza

Ana Lopez with some of El Cireneo’s Patients and staff

Ana, tell us a little bit about yourself. You just graduated from IPS and I hear you are planning on continuing your studies. What is next? How has your time at IPS helped you in your ministry?

I am from Tuxtla Gutiérrez, the capital
city of Chiapas, […]

  • February 19, 2020
  • 12:04 pm
  • IPS

Professors Without Borders

Five Representatives from the Institute of Pastoral Studies traveled to Arizona in early February, Drs. timone davis, Nat Samuel, Mike Canaris, and Peter Jones, joined later by Mariana Miller, to attend two conferences and visit the U.S./Mexico border in Nogales.

Dr. Samuel served as the President of the Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry and presided […]

  • January 22, 2020
  • 12:31 pm
  • IPS

Meet Samantha, former IPS student who decided to “Go forth and set the world on fire (St. Ignatius).

1.) Samantha, tell us a
little bit about yourself (where you are from, undergrad, previous work).

I was technically born in southern California, outside of LA, but I grew up in the western suburbs of Philadelphia. There are pieces of my life and personality strewn across every part of this country it seems from moving so much. So, […]

  • January 9, 2020
  • 2:55 pm
  • IPS

A Courage for Today: A Psychoanalytic and Spiritual Contribution

Image by Sasin Tipchai

S. Schmidt, Ph.D.[1]

16, 2019

Hard times pose particular challenges for persons and communities. Times of crisis can threaten to erode the cohesion of selfhood, even as they force communities and persons to confront heretofore unforeseen threats and challenges. Although such times can have the […]

  • December 5, 2019
  • 2:25 pm
  • IPS

Rome 2020 – June 17-27

Did you know you can take an elective or core class towards your degree in Rome?

Study in Rome group 2019

The IPS Summer Rome program provides a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the historical, cultural, and spiritual benefits of the Eternal City and the Vatican. Led by faculty members with longstanding personal relationships with local […]