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The National Catholic Aids Network Announces Its Collaboration with Loyola University Chicago

Friday, July 22, 2005 The National Catholic AIDS Network (NCAN) and Loyola University Chicago have reached a collaboration agreement that will combine the unique experience and expertise of the Network with those of Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. Under this agreement, the Network will become an independent program of Loyola University.

“We are most pleased to enter into a more formal collaboration with Loyola University,” says Fr. Robert Vitillo, President of the Board of Directors for the National Catholic AIDS Network and Special Advisor on HIV/AIDS for Caritas Internationalis. “We are certain that the Network will be enriched by the many new opportunities offered by the University, and we hope that the special focus and commitment to accompany those affected by HIV and AIDS that is represented by the National Catholic AIDS Network will benefit Loyola University Chicago as well.”

“I am very excited about this development, which is the evolution of a relationship between the National Catholic AIDS Network and Loyola University Chicago,” says Daniel Lunney, the Network’s Executive Director. “Loyola has hosted the majority of our 17 National Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry Conferences, and again will host this year’s conference. This partnership will help us build on a solid foundation to develop programs to increase HIV/AIDS awareness.”

Since 1989, the National Catholic AIDS Network has provided Catholics with educational materials and pastoral support, and through its annual conference, has served as a source of powerful spiritual renewal. Among its programs, the Network developed Many Threads, One Weave as a primary and fundamental source of HIV/AIDS education to parishes across the United States. Furthermore, the Network has committed itself to educating the next generation of ministers through its College Leaders program.

“The partnership between Loyola’s Institute for Pastoral Studies and the National Catholic AIDS Network is an exciting opportunity for both of us to re-dedicate ourselves to preparing leaders in pastoral care and education around this critical area of AIDS, ” said Michael Garanzini, SJ, President of Loyola University Chicago. “We at Loyola are honored to have been asked by NCAN to join them in this important mission.”

Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) educates future and present Catholic leaders, and with its new M.A. in Social Justice along its current offerings of M.Div., M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and M.A. in Pastoral Studies, IPS stands to be a powerful catalyst for social change both in Chicago and across the world. By partnering with the National Catholic AIDS Network, IPS will expand its curricula to include pastoral ministry to those living with or otherwise affected by HIV and AIDS. Students will learn to address prejudice against those whose lives have been touched by HIV, and will acquire skills to deal with family issues related to care and support for people affected. Through the diverse membership of the Network, students can be introduced to HIV and AIDS ministries across the country-from diocesan Catholic Charities agencies to more locally-based agencies, such as the AIDS Pastoral Care Network of Chicago. The annual National Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry Conference presents an opportunity for students both to earn credit and to meet Catholic leaders from throughout the United States and from ministries based in developing countries as well.

Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS) educates future and present Catholic leaders, and with its new M.A. in Social Justice along its current offerings of M.Div., M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and M.A. in Pastoral Studies, IPS stands to be a powerful catalyst for social change both in Chicago and across the world. By partnering with the National Catholic AIDS Network, IPS will expand its curricula to include pastoral ministry to those living with or otherwise affected by HIV and AIDS. Students will learn to address prejudice against those whose lives have been touched by HIV, and will acquire skills to deal with family issues related to care and support for people affected. Through the diverse membership of the Network, students can be introduced to HIV and AIDS ministries across the country-from diocesan Catholic Charities agencies to more locally-based agencies, such as the AIDS Pastoral Care Network of Chicago. The annual National Catholic HIV/AIDS Ministry Conference presents an opportunity for students both to earn credit and to meet Catholic leaders from throughout the United States and from ministries based in developing countries as well.

“HIV/AIDS is not only an international tragedy of epic proportions, it is also a critical challenge of people of faith in our time,” says Dr. Robert Ludwig, Director of the Institute of Pastoral Studies. “As the Institute of Pastoral Studies develops its ministry concentration areas in health care ministries and in urban ministries, the presence and collaborative connection between NCAN and Loyola will be a great asset for our students. IPS faculty and students are excited about this new collaboration with NCAN.”

About the National Catholic AIDS Network
Founded in 1989, the National Catholic AIDS Network is the only organization in the United States totally dedicated to assisting the Church’s ministers and ministries to respond, with compassion and without negative judgment, to those infected and affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The mission of the National Catholic AIDS Network adopted by the Board of Directors states: Giving witness to the Lord Jesus Christ, who brings light in all darkness, the National Catholic AIDS Network assists the Church in recognizing the pain and the unique challenges inherent in the HIV/AIDS pandemic and in living out the Gospel mandate by offering compassionate support, education, referral and technical assistance.

About Loyola University Chicago
Committed to preparing people to lead extraordinary lives, Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 and is among the largest of the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States. Loyola has a total enrollment of 14,000 students, which includes 8,500 undergraduates, hailing from all 50 states, as well as 82 foreign counties. The University has four campuses, three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy. Loyola’s nine schools and colleges include: arts and sciences, business administration, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, professional studies, and social work. Loyola offers 52 undergraduate majors, 59 master’s degrees and 36 doctoral degrees. Recognizing Loyola’s excellence in education, U.S. News and World Report has ranked Loyola consistently among the “top national universities” and “best values” in its annual publications. For more information, please visit our web site at www.luc.edu.

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