Loyola Week encourages students to “Live Loyola”


The opening mass for Loyola Week takes place on the front lawn of the university. The week celebrates Loyola's catholic and Jesuit identity. Photo credit: Valeria Kawas

Chasity Pugh

Magis, inclusivity and care for the environment are three of the values that will be expressed during the Loyola Week Opening Mass.

Held Nov. 6-11, Loyola Week allows the community to celebrate the Jesuit and Catholic values that the university holds. The opening Mass will occur on Nov. 6 at 9 p.m in Ignatius Chapel.

According to Ken Weber, university minister for liturgy and music, the theme of the opening Mass will focus on how everything we do at Loyola comes from living these values.

“The theme of the Loyola Week opening Mass explores how each of us ‘Lives Loyola,’ meaning how does what we all do at Loyola—whether as a student, teacher, staff member, administrator, alumnus or friend—express the Jesuit, Catholic values on which we’re founded,”
Weber said.

Participants in Loyola Week can look forward to learning more about Jesuit ideals, such as finding God in all things and “Ad majorem Dei gloriam,” doing everything “for the greater glory of God.” In addition, Catholic values such as inclusivity and mercy will be practiced throughout the weeklong events.

Weber said that Loyola Week, including the opening Mass, is the time of the year during which a spotlight shines on how everything we do comes from living these values.

“From learning about how a cell works to working toward more ethically responsible investments, to celebrating life with our friends, to performing music, to just going to work every day and trying our hardest, every activity and every relationship we have at Loyola is grounded in our Jesuit, Catholic values, which form the heart of our Jesuit identity,” Weber said.

Weber said that the goal of Loyola Week is to help all realize the connection between what we do and why we do it, in terms of living our values. In addition to the opening week Mass, Loyola Week will hold an “Ice Cream with the Jesuits” event, have free Loyola Week t-shirts and the opportunity for all to share how they “Live Loyola” in the One Loyola Room. Students are also encouraged to “shout out” someone via social media whenever they see them demonstrating a Jesuit, Catholic value using the hashtags #CuraPersonalis, #AMDG, #Magis and #GodInAllThings.

Loyola Week Activities

Loyola Week Opening Mass

Sunday, Nov. 6, 9 p.m., Ignatius Chapel

Ice Cream with the Jesuits

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Danna Center Courtyard

‘I Live Loyola’

How do you “Live Loyola…”? Stop by the One Loyola Room to share how you live Loyola’s Jesuit, Catholic values

One Loyola Room

Pick up a free Loyola Week t-shirt

Take a selfie with “Flat Francis”