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Loyola University Chicago Celebrates Ignatian Heritage Week
Multiple Events Scheduled to Honor the Legacy of Saint Ignatius
CHICAGO, February 6, 2012 – Loyola University Chicago will host Ignatian Heritage Week, a week to celebrate and remember Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus and namesake of Loyola University Chicago. From February 12–19, 2012, the University community will gather in mass, lecture, and other highlighted events to commemorate Saint Ignatius.
Saint Ignatius (1491–1556), born Inigo de Loyola, was a man of deep desires and faith and a person whose life was dedicated to helping people. He believed that it is imperative to act upon what is learned and to use our talent, gifts, and values in service to humanity, a belief instilled in Loyola University Chicago’s mission and identity.
Highlights of Ignatian Heritage Week include the following:
- February 13: Inaugural Ignatius of Loyola Lecture: “Depth of Thought, Depth of Imagination: Challenging Superficiality,” presented by Michael Zampelli, S.J.
- February 14: Eco-Spirituality Examen, presented by Nancy Tuchman, PhD, Vice Provost
- February 15: This I Believe Panel, featuring fellow Loyola staff members and academics
- February 16: Jesu-What?: Understanding Ignatius and the Jesuits, presented by Tim Breen, S.J.
To view a full list of Ignatian Heritage Week events, and for more background on the week, visit LUC.edu/ignatianheritageweek.
“Many students come to Loyola because of its strong academic reputation and may not know much about the founder of the Jesuits, Saint Ignatius of Loyola, or the Jesuit traditions that are key to distinguishing Loyola as a University,” says Chris Murphy, director of staff mission formation. “We hope this focused week will engage students and the Loyola community in deepening its appreciation and passing on the heritage of a Jesuit education.”
The Jesuit and Catholic heritage and identity of Loyola University Chicago, established at its founding in 1870, has evolved into a unique culture that has been renewed and refocused by generations of Loyolans. Loyola’s work and service to its members of the University community, and well beyond, finds its everyday inspiration in Ignatian spirituality.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic university, with more than 16,000 students. Nearly 10,000 undergraduates hailing from all 50 states and 82 countries call Loyola home. The University has four campuses: three in the greater Chicago area and one in Rome, Italy, as well as a presence in Beijing and an academic center in Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. The University’s 10 schools and colleges include arts and sciences, business administration, communication, continuing and professional studies, education, graduate studies, law, medicine, nursing, and social work. Consistently ranked a top national university by U.S.News & World Report, Loyola is also among a select group of universities recognized for community service and engagement by prestigious national organizations like the Carnegie Foundation and the Corporation for National and Community Service. To learn more about Loyola, visit LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago.