Monthly Archives: February 2011

Ignatian Heritage Week: February 7-13

Loyola’s Ignatian Heritage Week celebration highlights the living legacy of St. Ignatius Loyola [1491-1556], founder of the Society of Jesus  [1540] and Patron of Loyola University Chicago. We invite the entire Loyola community to explore and recognize the diverse gifts we have received from the living legacy of St. Ignatius Loyola. Download Brochure here.


12:00 Noon:  Soup and Substance

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola
Simpson Multipurpose Room

A panel of faculty and staff will discuss their experiences of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and its impact on their work and lives.   Information will also be provided on opportunities to participate in this retreat here at Loyola.   Please join us for food that feeds both body and spirit!

The Spiritual Exercises are an unfolding series of prayers, meditations and reflections put together by St. Ignatius of Loyola out of his own personal spiritual experience and that of others to whom he listened. St. Ignatius wrote the manual of the Spiritual Exercises as a guide to those engaged in making them. They honor the uniqueness of each retreatant and lead him/her into a deeper relationship with self, God, and others.   The Spiritual Exercises are the bedrock for Ignatian spirituality and inform the mission and Jesuit, Catholic identity of Loyola University Chicago.

4 PM:  Jesuits and the Papacy
Fr. Thomas Worcester, SJ
Piper Hall

In 1540 Pope Paul III approved creation of the Society of Jesus. Since that time Jesuits have been available to be missioned by the bishop of Rome to a wide variety of works all across the globe. But the papacy has not always been favorable to Jesuits, and some Jesuits have been critical of the papacy. This talk explores some of the complexities of good and bad relations between Jesuits and the papacy over five centuries.

Thomas Worcester, SJ, is a Visiting Professor at Loyola University, Spring term 2011. He is Professor of History at the College of the Holy Cross, and specializes in the religious history of early modern France and Italy. He is the editor of The Cambridge Companion to the Jesuits (Cambridge University Press, 2008), and co-editor, with James Corkery, S.J., of The Papacy since 1500: From Italian Prince to Universal Pastor (Cambridge University Press, 2010).   (more…)