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Henry Luce Foundation Supports
Ignatian Legacy Fellows Retirement Initiative
Supporting Leadership Conversations
and Theological Engagement with the Jesuit Mission

CHICAGO, February 4, 2019—The Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago is proud to announce the second installment of a $250,000 planning grant from the Henry Luce Foundation. In September, this grant will launch the Ignatian Legacy Fellows Program, a unique national program for retiring and retired executives, professionals, and organizational leaders.

Retirement is a new vocational moment; it is an invitation to engage proactively and meaningfully in the leadership challenges of aging. This program has a trident strategy of first attending to the personal journey, examining the past to turn experience into wisdom for legacy planning. The program integrates The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius as a tool for discerning vocational choices and decision-making. The second prong of the initiative embraces a twenty-five-person cohort who will accompany each other on this yearlong journey and engage in leadership dialogues about their new or evolving roles while becoming an encore learning community in the long term. The last prong of the process is engagement with several significant mission-driven institutions and ministries of the Society of Jesus.

Through the year, these fellows will involve institutional leaders in real leadership conversations, listening to the challenges of running mission-driven, nonprofit, values-based organizations within the largest global educational network of universities and high schools. This is more than a residential university program, but a spirited, Jesuit collaborative program on the move.

This Ignatian Fellows’ three-continent journey will begin with a four-day residency hosted by Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies in September and continues in November with a four-day residency hosted by the Jesuit School of Theology and Ministry at Santa Clara University. In January 2020, the cohort will experience a four-day social immersion in Lima, Peru, followed by a four-day residency hosted by the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry in March 2020. The cohort will then meet for a four-day residency hosted by the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University and finally take a ten-day excursion to Spain and Rome. In Italy, the cohort will share insights and observations from their year together and join in conversation with the Jesuit Global Higher Education leadership team.

Between sessions, there will be assigned reading and opportunities to dialogue using the Ignatian Colleagues Program and platform. Ultimately, this inaugural group of Ignatian Legacy Fellows will become Founders of the Ignatian Society of Fellows, an alumni community who will continue to convene around leadership conversations to foster the work of the Society of Jesus.

For more information, visit LUC.edu/ILF.

About Loyola University Chicago
Founded in 1870, Loyola University Chicago is one of the nation’s largest Jesuit, Catholic universities, with more than 17,000 students. Nearly 12,000 undergraduates 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 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 13 schools, colleges, and institutes, 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, Graduate School, Institute of Pastoral Studies, Institute of Environmental Sustainability, and Arrupe College of Loyola University Chicago. Ranked a top 100 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 or @LoyolaNewsroom.

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