CLCs (Small Groups)
Christian Life Communities
Feel like something is missing from your Loyola experience?
Explore your faith.
Discover your purpose.
Join a CLC.
Christian Life Communities (CLCs) are small faith sharing groups that are based around three pillars: spirituality, community, and mission. CLC participants meet weekly in a small community (6-12 people) for prayer and discussion about where they have found God in their lives.
If you are interested in...
- Sharing your faith journey with others
- Forming lasting friendships
- Creating that sacred space in your week
- Putting your faith into action
- Understanding your unique vocation
…then CLCs are for you! Consider joining a CLC group next semester!
CLCs at Loyola are part of a global network of Ignatian lay people dedicated to the Jesuit spiritual values of listening, discerning and responding to God's calling in our daily lives. CLCs are designed for people who seek a deeper relationship with God and others through prayer, service, and reflection.
Each group is comprised of 6-10 participants with a student coordinator and a spiritual companion. These groups gather weekly for prayer, reflection on the Scriptures, and faith sharing. Weekly meetings, which draw heavily from the Ignatian spiritual tradition, serve to foster trusting relationships between members and give students a place to belong.
Faith and spirituality are at the heart of the Ignatian way of life. Faith is the growing awareness of God's grace in our life and our decision to respond to God, a choice we make in freedom and with love. Through practicing various “exercises” of faith within CLC groups, members gradually learn to recognize signs and patterns of God's calling. We utilize Ignatian prayer techniques such as the daily Examen of Conscience, centering prayer, meditation on Scripture, lectio divina, creative arts, imaginative prayer, silence, and more. By creating a sacred space for conversation with God, CLC members learn to "listen" for God's desires within us (in our stories, our prayers, our dreams, our joys, our gifts) and to be more aware of our own response—whether openness or resistance—to God's calling.
As women and men for others, CLC participants are dedicated to "the service of faith and the promotion of justice." A life of mission and purpose in the Ignatian tradition is a response to our discernment of God's calling and characterized as a life of Magis (Latin for "more). To live a life of Magis means to be more loving, more compassionate, more generous, more forgiving, more substantial—to strive to do all things for the greater glory of God.
CLC members strive to be people of faithful service as we serve our local Chicago community and the world at large. Whether as individuals or as a small group, CLC members participate in a variety of service activities throughout the academic year. Whether through our annual Project Merry Christmas campaign and canned food drive, or through weekly service done in conjunction with community partners, our members strive to be “people for others.”
If you have any questions about CLC, please contact Oliver Goodrich, Faith Formation Campus Minister.