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IPS Alumna Leads Church in Giving $500 Checks to Parishioners

Rev. Laura Truax graduated from IPS with a Master’s of Arts in Pastoral Studies and a Master’s of Divinity. She is currently the senior pastor at LaSalle Street Church.

Spearheaded by Rev. Truax, LaSalle Street Church distributed checks to its parishioners in hopes that they use it to give back to the community over the Christmas season. The full story was […]

IPS Alumnus Authors “Busy and Blessed”

IPS Alumnus Authors “Busy and Blessed”

Loyola IPS Alumnus, Chuck Thompson, recently published Busy and Blessed: 10 Simple Steps for Parents Seeking Peace, a book that aims to help parents balance the craziness of raising children and the need for spiritual peace.

Between paying the bills, buying groceries, returning emails, getting the kids to their activities, working overtime and updating your Facebook […]

IPS Alumnus’s First Book Published: commends Loyola for help along the way

IPS Alumnus’s First Book Published: commends Loyola for help along the way

We would like to extend our congratulations to IPS Alumnus Michael Cahill on getting his first book published! Catholic Watershed is a compelling book that openly discusses the ever-changing Catholic Church and its hope for an even brighter future.

As a 1984 Loyola IPS graduate, Cahill commends the program for helping him keep in “touch with the importance […]

IPS alum, James Mastaler, published in New Theology Review: A Catholic Journal of Theology

James Mastaler, a PhD candidate here at Loyola University Chicago and a graduate of the MA in Social Justice program, recently submitted an article to the Catholic Theological Union’s request for proposals to a special edition on “Ecology & Religion” in New Theology Review:  A Catholic Journal of Theology and Ministry. The article was accepted and […]

Touched by Violence Partnering for Peace Workshop

SCUPE, in partnership with the Parliament of the World’s Religions is offering a one-day long workshop on Wednesday, May 22nd to address this question.

Tio Hardiman, director Cure Violence and Ceasefire, Rabbi Joel Mosbacher who’s work on gun legislation was recently featured in the New York Times, and Imam Abdul Malik Mujahid, the chair of the […]

IPS Commissioning Ritual and Party

The Institute of Pastoral Studies welcomes the IPS community (graduates, students, faculty, alumni, friends of IPS, and staff) to attend the IPS Commissioning Ritual and Party on Wednesday, May 8, 2013. This ceremony and party honors all students who graduated or will graduate during the 2012-2013 academic year (December 12, May 13, and August 13). […]

Loyola 24 Photography Contest

Loyola 24 Photography Contest

IPS wishes to congratulate all of the winners of the Loyola 24 photography contest.  

In addition to the grand prize winning photo, there were four other winning photos selected in the following theme categories:

Finding God in All Things: Travis Proffitt
Men and Women For and With Others: Xin Chen
Contemplation in Action: Jamason Chen
Honorable Mention: Madison Rau

Travis Proffitt is […]

Fondly remembering former IPS faculty member Stephen Schmidt

Former IPS professor of religious education, Stephen A. Schmidt, Ed.D., age 79, of River Forest; beloved husband of Hildegarde “Gick” nee Rehwaldt; loving father of Elizabeth (Douglas Swartz) Schmidt, Deborah Schmidt (Christopher) Rogers, Stephen (Arlene Sweeney-Schmidt) Schmidt and Ruth (Kevin Zamzow) Schmidt; cherished grandfather of 11 and great-grandfather of one; dear brother of Herbert (Grace) Schmidt […]

IPS welcomes new director, Brian Schmisek, PhD

IPS welcomes new director, Brian Schmisek, PhD

Brian Schmisek, PhD

This week, the Institute of Pastoral Studies welcomes Brian Schmisek, PhD, as our new director!

Coming to us from the University of Dallas, Dr. Schmisek served as the dean and associate professor in the UD School of Ministry, he succeeds Robert Ludwig, PhD, who will return to the faculty at the end […]

Dr. Robert Ludwig ends his tenure as IPS Director

Dr. Robert Ludwig ends his tenure as IPS Director

Kathy and Bob Ludwig

Greetings and good wishes in this exceptionally warm summer! 

Effective today, I will be stepping down from my role as Director of IPS.

My decision to step down after two terms and eight years is based on a pretty good sense of myself.  I’ve loved being director of IPS.  I had high expectations […]