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Loyola University Chicago Celebrates Ignatian Heritage Month
Month of Events to Honor the Legacy of Saint Ignatius of Loyola
CHICAGO, October 25, 2012 – Loyola University Chicago will host Ignatian Heritage Month in November to celebrate and remember Saint Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus and namesake of Loyola University Chicago. Throughout the month, the University community will have the opportunity to gather in prayer, attend lectures, and participate in a number of other events to commemorate and engage more intentionally with our work as a Jesuit, Catholic university.
Saint Ignatius (1491–1556) was born Inigo de Loyola in the Basque region of Spain. His conversion to a life committed to Christ began during his recovery from a leg injury sustained in a battle at Pamplona. Surrendering a life of chivalry and soldiering for that of service to the God he encountered in his own imagination and heart, Ignatius went on to found the Society of Jesus, more commonly known as the Jesuits. Their long-standing tradition of education remains alive today at Loyola University Chicago.
“The month of November offers a context for the University’s renewed engagement with the Jesuit tradition of education that is born of the spiritual tradition of Saint Ignatius,” said John Hardt, assistant to the president for mission and identity at Loyola. “It is characterized by a commitment to finding God in the world rather than in retreat from it.”
“The month of November offers a context for the University’s renewed engagement with the Jesuit tradition of education that is born of the spiritual tradition of Saint Ignatius,” explained John Hardt, assistant to the president for Loyola’s Mission and Identity. “It is characterized by a commitment to finding God in the world rather than in retreat from it, and to understand that to learn requires not only thought but also attention to the movement of one’s heart, and a willingness to make one’s life a gift to others in service and faith.”
Highlighted Ignatian Heritage Month Events:
- November 1 and November 8: Discussion: “Where Are You Coming From? Talking About/Talking to God”
- November 4–10: Loyola’s Annual Hunger Week
- November 9: The Loyola University Museum of Art’s “Tea with the Jesuits: When Art and Sports Intersect”
- November 13: Salvadoran Martyrs Lecture 2012, delivered y Kevin Burke, S.J.
- November 15: Discussion: “Jesuits by the Slice-Understanding Ignatius and the Jesuits”
- November 17: Ignatian Heritage Month Community Service Day at 9 a.m.
- November 27: Panel: “Women Leaders at Loyola University: Promoting Ignatian Leadership,” presented by the Gannon Center for Women and Leadership
In addition to the events scheduled throughout Ignatian Heritage Month, the University also launched Loyola 24, Loyola’s photography contest, in early October. The contest asked participants to take a photo on October 12 that represents three of the seven Jesuit traditions. The three categories chosen exemplify Jesuit values and are finding God in all things, men and women for and with others, and contemplation in action. The winner will be announced on November 1 to kick-off Ignatian Heritage Month.
For more information on Ignatian Heritage Month, including a full schedule of events, visit LUC.edu/IHM.
About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with nearly 16,000 students. Almost 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 course locations in Beijing, China; Saigon-Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Vernon Hills, Illinois (Cuneo Mansion and Gardens); and a Retreat and Ecology Campus in Woodstock, Illinois. The University features 10 schools and colleges, including the Quinlan School of Business, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, Stritch School of Medicine, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Communication, School of Continuing and Professional Studies, School of Education, School of Law, School of Social Work, and Graduate School. 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.