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Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies Launches Lenten Twitter Campaign
Online Retreat Will Provide Reflection and Prayer Each Day of Lent
CHICAGO, March 5, 2014 — Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies is launching a new Twitter campaign this Lenten season. The Institute’s Twitter account will share a note of reflection or prayer each day from March 5 (Ash Wednesday) through April 20 (Easter Sunday).
The campaign will provide followers with a mini retreat each day of Lent. The content will include simple ways to give back, challenges to abstain from something for the day, and ideas on how to quiet our daily lives and reflect. The goal is to inspire followers to make Lent a more personal, daily reflective journey.
“The hope is that our followers will use these tweets as an access point for Lenten reflection,” said Brian Schmisek, PhD, director and associate professor of Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies. “There are many opportunities to reflect during Lent, but we are providing a unique and easy way for our Twitter community to take a step back in today’s fast-paced environment.”
In addition to the Twitter campaign, the Loyola community will be joining Jesuits around the US for “Moved to Greater Love,” a nine-week, online series of Lenten/Easter daily reflections, focusing on four specific graces: Gratitude, Spiritual Freedom, Vision, and Joy. To learn more about “Moved to Greater Love,” visit LUC.edu/mission.
To receive the Lenten tweets, please follow @LoyolaIPS on Twitter, or follow the #IPSTweetRetreat hashtag. For more information about Loyola’s Institute of Pastoral Studies, visit LUC.edu/ips.
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 LUC.edu, “like” us at Facebook.com/LoyolaChicago, or follow us on Twitter via @LoyolaChicago or @LoyolaNewsroom.
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