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Loyola celebrates Persian New Year

This haft-sin table, belonging to a family friend of Naasha Dotiwala, political science senior and managing editor of The Maroon, includes traditional items like fruits. Many Iranians celebrate Nowruz by laying such tables. Photo credit: Naasha Dotiwala

Colleen Dulle

March 27, 2017

This week, 190 million people around the world celebrated Nowruz — literally, “New Day,” — the traditional Persian New Year. Behrooz Moazami, the Patrick G. O’Keefe Distinguished Professor of History at Loyola, is Iranian and celebrates Nowruz every year. “Like many other Iranians,...

The patron saints go marching in

A rider throws beads from a float to crowds near Jackson Square in the French Quarter at the St. Patrick's Day parade March 17. Photo credit: Erin Snodgrass

Erin Snodgrass

March 27, 2017

Loyola students spent last weekend celebrating both St. Patrick’s Day and St. Joseph’s Day as New Orleanians do best: attending parades. Block parties and parades rolling in different areas of the city honored the patron saint of Ireland over two weekends. On Friday, March 17, the St. Patr...

Dorothy Day’s granddaughter to speak at Loyola

Erin Snodgrass

March 22, 2017

Kate Hennessy, the granddaughter of Dorothy Day, founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, will speak in Loyola’s Ignatius Chapel on Thursday, March 23. Dorothy Day is considered one of the most significant U.S. Catholics due to her writings and her commitment to living out Catholic social teachings....

LGBT students speak on religion

Leah Banks

March 17, 2017

Sex, politics and religion are three topics people are never supposed to discuss in polite company, but for some members of the Loyola community, they’re a major part of life.Kayla Noto, biology sophomore and member of the LGBT community of Loyola University New Orleans, was raised in a traditi...

Hindu Temple hosts Maha Shivratri

The Hindu Temple was decorated for its second Maha Shivaratri celebration March 3. Maha Shivaratri is a holiday honoring the Hindu deity Shiva. Photo credit: Erin Snodgrass

Erin Snodgrass

March 14, 2017

On Friday, March 3, The Hindu Temple New Orleans hosted a second Maha Shivratri event. "The Great Night of Shiva" celebration followed a worship service held the previous Friday. Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival honoring the god Shiva, which is...

Archbishop: Catholics can eat meat this Friday

The Loyola community gathers in Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church for the Mass of the Holy Spirit last fall. Catholics in the area will be able to break their Lenten fast for St. Patrick's Day this year.

Colleen Dulle

March 14, 2017

Every few years, St. Patrick's Day falls on a Friday in Lent, forcing Catholics to choose between fasting from meat and celebrating the holiday with a corned beef dinner.Thankfully, this year, area Catholics won't have to live on cabbage alone: the archdiocese said this morning that meat is OK this F...

Genesis choir performs with Boston College ensemble

Moresa Robinson music therapy freshman, Rheyanna Lewis biology senior and Alicia Melendez music education junior perform during the Loyola Gospel Festival on Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2017. Photo credit: Alliciyia George

Alliciyia George

March 13, 2017

Loyola’s Genesis Gospel Choir performed with some special out-of-town guests this week at its annual gospel festival. The Loyola Gospel Festival featured Voices of Imani, a student-based choir that is connected to the African and African Diaspora Studies Program at Boston College. “This year choosing a ...

Interactive: Where to find fish fries in New Orleans

Interactive: Where to find fish fries in New Orleans

Colleen Dulle

March 13, 2017

Every Friday until Easter, churches across New Orleans will hold "fish fries," gatherings where meatless meals are served during the fasting season of Lent. Click through the map or see our list below to find out when and where to get your seafood fix without breaking the bank. Want some options outside city limits? The Archdiocese of New Orleans has you covered. Brother Martin Date: March 24 Time: 4-8 p.m. Holy Name of Jesus School Dates: March 10 and 24, April...

Nuns make history on parade float

The Sisters of the Holy Family ride on their anniversary float in the Mystic Krewe of Femme Fatale on Feb. 19. Photo credit: Colleen Dulle

Colleen Dulle

March 7, 2017

The Sisters of the Holy Family are celebrating the 175th anniversary of their founding in New Orleans at the biggest party in town: Mardi Gras. "Well, I always thought that you can't have a celebration in New Orleans without a parade," said Sister Greta Jupiter, congregational leader for the Sisters...

Uptown JCC evacuated after bomb threat

The Jewish Community Center is quiet after a bomb threat caused the building to be evacuated Feb. 23. Photo credit: Colleen Dulle

Colleen Dulle

February 23, 2017

The Jewish Community Center Uptown received a bomb threat this morning, Feb. 23.The building at St. Charles Avenue and Jefferson Avenue was evacuated until the threat was declared "not credible" just before 11 a.m.Brian Soileau, a spokesman for the center, told The Maroon the threat was a "hoax" lik...

Voodoo Spiritual Temple rebuilt after fire

Voodoo Spiritual Temple rebuilt after fire

Cole Gautereaux

February 16, 2017

A year after an electrical fire scorched its 21-year-old building, the Voodoo Spiritual Temple is resettled and looking forward to the future. Priestess Miriam Chamani said the majority of the temple’s artifacts were left unscathed by the flames. With the help of friends and community members, Chamani...

Black History Mass sparks controversy

The Rev. Ed Vacek, S.J., celebrates the Black History Mass in place of Bishop Ferdinand Cheri, who was sick. Vacek's homily bothered some students who said it was degrading to African-Americans. Photo credit: Davis Walden

Leah Banks

February 16, 2017

Loyola's Black History Mass was planned as an uplifting celebration of African-American culture but left some students feeling discouraged. On Feb. 12, Loyola's 9 p.m. Mass community held its 8th Annual Black History Mass. It featured music from the Genesis gospel choir. During the month of February,...

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