Monthly Archives: September 2013

Oct 3: Stephen Binz to speak on Biblical Models of the Call to Ministry

The Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago has the pleasure to invite you to CALL TO MINISTRY SERIES.

If you missed our first talk by ELIZABETH MADEO on September 19th, please know that it is not too late to join us on Thursday, October 3rd, 2013 at 7:00 pm (Beane Hall—Lewis Towers, 13th Floor, 111 East Pearson St, Chicago, IL 60611) for our second session by STEPHEN BINZ, Catholic biblical scholar and award-winning author of more than forty books, on “BIBLICAL MODELS OF THE CALL TO MINISTRY.”

What does it mean to be called by God? What is a call to ministry? How do I distinguish God’s voice from my own desires? What can I do to confirm and nurture my call? If these questions of yours, the Bible offers you inspiring models and wise advice for hearing, recognizing, confirming, and nurturing a call to ministry. Samuel invited God to speak while he listened. Jeremiah felt there was a flaming fire within him. Mary offered her whole being to God’s will. The Samaritan woman was affirmed by Jesus and offered good news to her entire village. Every believer must find his or her place within the story of salvation by hearing and responding to God’s call. 

Due to the nature of the Series, which calls together church and university community involved in ministry, we ask that you RSVP via email at

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via email or at 312-915-7400. We are happy to assist in any way we can.

24 Hours of Bible Tweeting, Sept 30

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Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies Launches Bible Tweet Campaign
Loyola to Partner with United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine in Twitter Campaign

CHICAGO, September 24, 2013 — On Monday, September 30, Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies will be sending out scripture tweets every 15 minutes to promote biblical literacy and to expose the beauty of the New American Bible Revised Edition (NABRE).

Throughout the day (midnight to midnight), those who sign-up to receive the tweets will receive 96 specially selected verses, highlighting the story of our salvation spanning the entire Bible from Genesis to the Book of Revelation. The institute is delighted and grateful to be working in collaboration with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine on this project.

September 30 is the ancient liturgical observance of the feast of St. Jerome, the renowned translator of the Latin Vulgate. “As Jerome translated the Bible into a common language of his day, our institute is translating the Bible to a common language of our own day,” said Brian Schmisek, PhD, director and associate professor of Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. “We hope that by tweeting the Bible we generate interest in the Bible itself, the NABRE edition, in particular, and perhaps provide a bit of inspiration that encourages people to go a little deeper in their study of sacred scripture.”

Released by the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine on March 9, 2011, the NABRE is the culmination of nearly 20 years of work by a group of nearly 100 scholars and theologians, including bishops, revisers, and editors. The NABRE includes a newly revised translation of the entire Old Testament, along with the 1986 edition of the New Testament.

“This effort to bring the sacred Word, which is timeless, to perhaps the most time-sensitive medium of today, is a great sign of the Church’s movement into new media,” said Helen Osman, secretary for communications of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“Evangelization means taking the Gospel to where people are, and more than ever people are using new media throughout their day,” said Osman.

To receive the scriptural tweets on September 30, please follow Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies on Twitter at @LoyolaIPS, or follow the #IPSBible hashtag.

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. 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 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, “like” us at, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.

MASJCD alum, Connie Johnson, blogs on For Harriet

Connie Johnson, alumna of the MA in Social Justice and Community Development program, recently had her essay published on the For Harriet blog. Connie writes about her experience in Kenya, a trip she took with IPS faculty and students. To read Connie’s reflection click on over to For Harriet here:

Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL)

Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL)

October 2013 through April 2014
Applications Due: September 27, 2013
Loyola University Chicago / Institute of Pastoral Studies

Is this the year that I will make the complete Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola in the SEEL Retreat?

What are the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life?
The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), founder of the Jesuits, are an unfolding series of prayers, meditations and reflections put together by St. Ignatius out of his own personal spiritual experience and that of others to whom he listened. The process of the Spiritual Exercises respects the uniqueness of each person and leads retreatants to a deeper relationship with God and others.

When will the SEEL retreat begin and end?
The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life retreat for Loyola University Chicago administrators, faculty, staff, graduate students, and invited guests runs from October through April, 2013-2014.

For complete information about SEEL and SEEL Application click here:              

The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life Retreat is sponsored by Loyola’s
Jesuit Community and Mission and Identity with assistance from the Ignatian Exercises Program (IEP) at the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola University Chicago.