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Ignatian Heritage Month 2015

A celebration of St. Ignatius and his legacy

St. Ignatius of Loyola encouraged his followers to seek God in all things, to serve those in need, and to become people for others. His mission can be seen in everything we do at Loyola—and it’s this living legacy that we celebrate throughout Ignatian Heritage Month. WATCH VIDEO

2015 Calendar of events

Ignatian Heritage Month features more than a dozen events throughout November. Open the panels below for more information.

Ignatian Heritage Month Photography Contest

November 1–8

For this year’s contest, we’re looking for your ‘cannonball’ moment—an experience that led you to see yourself in a new light. The top picture will be featured on Loyola’s social media accounts—plus the winner will receive a $200 gift card. CONTEST RULES

Mass of Remembrance

November 1 • 5–6 p.m.
Madonna della Strada Chapel

Loyola’s annual Mass of Remembrance falls on the Feast of All Saints. We gather as a community to remember those who have died in our community and in our families. All are welcome to this special Mass.

Hunger Week

November 2–8
Various times and locations

Help educate, advocate, and raise money to end hunger. This year’s beneficiaries include A Just Harvest, Action Against Hunger, and Feeding America. EVENT SCHEDULE

Labre Gives: A season
of Thanksgiving

Ends November 2

Please support the friends of the Labre Homeless Ministry by taking a tag in the Terry Student Center lobby to fulfill one of the many requests as we work together to give back this season. LEARN MORE

‘Food Patriots’ Documentary
and Discussion

November 3 • 6 p.m.
Damen Student Center Cinema

Touched by their teenage son’s battle with a foodborne superbug, filmmakers Jeff and Jennifer Spitz document their family’s struggle to transform into “food patriots.” WATCH TRAILER

The Rise of the Nation-Saint: U.S. Catholics and Canonization

November 5 • 6–7:30 p.m.
Palm Court • Mundelein Center, 4th floor

Learn about the formative role Catholics played in the life and development of 19th-century America. The talk is part of a weekly seminar series co-sponsored by the Department of History. EVENT DETAILS

Still Guests in Our Own House?
Women and the Church

November 6, 7

Loyola is marking the 50th anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican II with a public symposium about the current roles of women in the Church—and what those roles could look like in the future.

Jesuits on Tap

November 8 • 8 p.m.
Lu’s Deli • Baumhart Hall

Come share drinks, food, and stimulating conversations with some of Loyola’s finest—the Jesuits. Free with a Loyola ID.

Ignatian Heritage Month
Book Club

November 11 • noon–1 p.m.
Stritch/Cuneo Center • Room 250

Come discuss “The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times,” by Dean Brackley, S.J. To register and receive your book, please contact Chris Murphy at cmurph3@luc.edu. And feel free to bring your lunch to the discussion. READ A REVIEW OF THE BOOK

Faith in Focus Film Series:
‘The Fourth Partition’

November 11 • 7–9:30 p.m.
Damen Student Center Cinema

This 2013 documentary by Loyola alum Adrian Prawica—who will be on hand for a post-screening discussion—looks at the lives of the Polish immigrants who settled in Chicago some 100 years ago. Presented in conjunction with the Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Poles.

Business Schools and Public Service

November 12 • 2–6 p.m.
Schreiber Center • Wintrust Hall (9th floor)

Listen as a prestigious panel of business school and government leaders consider: “Should business schools prepare students for public/government service careers in addition to private service careers?”

Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference: The Poles

November 13, 14 • 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
McCormick Lounge • Coffey Hall

Join us for the third installation of the Hank Center’s Chicago Catholic Immigrants Conference, which will examine the city’s Polish community.

Martyrs Prize Panel
and Award Presentation

November 16 • 3:30 p.m.
Damen Student Center

Loyola presents its inaugural Martyrs Award to the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants. The event will also feature a panel discussion in which Loyolans will reflect on their efforts to live out the Jesuit mission of the Salvadoran martyrs in the light of the issue of immigration and undocumented people.

Salvadoran Martyrs:
Memorial Liturgy

November 16 • 5:15–6:15 p.m
Madonna della Strada Chapel

This liturgy—which starts after the Martyrs Award presentation—will honor the lives of the six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter who were killed 25 years ago in El Salvador.

Faith in Focus Film Series:
‘Full of Grace’

November 17 • 6:30–9:30 p.m.
Damen Student Center cinema

The film follows Mary of Nazareth in her last earthly days as she helps the early believers regain their original encounter with the Lord. Michael Murphy, PhD, director of Loyola’s Catholic studies program, will lead a discussion after the movie.

Agape Latte

November 17 • 7:30–9 p.m
Damen Student Center • The Den

This monthly speaker series offers a relevant and thought-provoking look at faith and its place in our daily lives. The evening will include live music, a speaker, Q & A, coffee, and dessert. LEARN MORE

Ignatian Heritage Month
Book Club

November 19 • noon–1 p.m.
Cuneo Hall (LSC) • Room 417

Come discuss “The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times,” by Dean Brackley, S.J. To register and receive your book, please contact Chris Murphy at cmurph3@luc.edu. And feel free to bring your lunch to the discussion. READ A REVIEW OF THE BOOK

The Annual John Cardinal Cody
Chair in Theology Lecture

November 19 • 3 p.m
Coffey Hall • McCormick Lounge

George Coyne, S.J., former director of the Vatican Observatory will discuss “Where Have the Heavens Gone? Galileo, Modern Science, and the Bible.” LEARN MORE

Ignatian Heritage Month
Book Club

November 23 • noon–1 p.m.
Corby Hall (WTC) • Room 727

Come discuss “The Call to Discernment in Troubled Times,” by Dean Brackley, S.J. To register and receive your book, please contact Chris Murphy at cmurph3@luc.edu. And feel free to bring your lunch to the discussion. READ A REVIEW OF THE BOOK

Hunger Week

In Cook County, one in six people struggles with hunger. Learn how you can help raise awareness about the issue—and give money to the cause—during Loyola’s annual Hunger Week. See the schedule

“Working together with every person of good will, we can make a big difference and help end hunger person by person, neighborhood by neighborhood.”
— Sister Alicia Torres, a 2007 Loyola graduate

Torres, who helps feed hundreds of families a month at Our Lady of the Angels, won $10,000 for charity on a special Thanksgiving edition of the popular Food Network show “Chopped.” Torres beat out three other soup kitchen cooks to take the top prize. Read more

The new Martyrs Award

On November 16, Loyola will present its inaugural Martyrs Award to the Interfaith Committee for Detained Immigrants. The award, which will be given annually to a local organization that works to help others, honors the slain Salvadoran martyrs and their commitment to service and social justice.READ MORE

Men and women for others

These four Loyolans—two students, a professor, and an alum—are living examples of St. Ignatius’s mission to serve others.

Aqela Rahman

Undergraduate student

“(My internship) taught me the role that social workers and government agencies play in helping immigrants in their new country—and it encouraged me to one day pursue a career in public service.”

READ STORY

Slaney Palmer

Graduate student, high school teacher

“I understand and acknowledge that being a social justice educator is a special calling. It is the acknowledgement that we are called to serve those who are in need, marginalized, and/or oppressed.”

READ STORY

Clifford Shultz, PhD

Marketing professor

“I asked myself, ‘What do I want to do with my life? Do I want to find ways to sell financial services on Wall Street? Or do I want to use my craft in ways that could help the human condition?’ ”

WATCH VIDEO

Carmen Velásquez (BS ’63)

Founder of Alivio Medical Center

“We wanted access to health care for all, we wanted immigration reform, and we wanted to address the lack of bilingual and bicultural health professionals. … We wanted everything.”

WATCH VIDEO

A touching tribute

Loyola student Claire Kronenberger won this year’s Ignatian Heritage Month Photo Contest with this picture, which features her standing in front of a home video taken at her late brother’s 10th birthday party. “This picture represents the memories that I will always be surrounded by,” she says.
Read more  |  Previous Winners

A closer look at the Martyrs Memorial

To honor the eight Salvadoran martyrs, Loyola built a memorial on campus in 2010. The structure, which curves along the sidewalk on the northwest side of Madonna della Strada Chapel, contains the names of each of the victims. These are the stories behind those names.

  • Ignacio Martín-Baró, S.J. Born: November 7, 1942, in Spain A social psychologist and philosopher, Martín-Baró was a preeminent figure in the intellectual community. He studied theology in Europe and taught briefly at the University of Central America (UCA) before getting his doctorate in psychology from the University of Chicago.   •   After receiving his doctorate, Martín-Baró returned to UCA. In 1981 he assumed the position of academic vice-rector and was also the head of the Psychology Department, where he taught about the psychology of liberation. Called "Padre Nacho" by his rural congregation, Martín-Baró founded UCA's Institute of Public Opinion, which measured popular opinion about the civil war.   •   The night before his assassination, Martín-Baró spoke on the phone with his sister, who asked him if the war would end soon. His response? "A lot more people will have to die yet. A lot more people will have to die."

  • Behind the memorial is the sculpture "Wounded Angel" by artist Emily Young. Created in 2003, the piece spent years in London's Kew Gardens before coming to Loyola in 2010. Learn More

  • Amando López Quintana, S.J. Born: February 6, 1939, in Spain López was a natural communicator with a passion for helping others. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1952 and would go on to study philosophy and classical humanities—and ultimately earn a doctorate in theology in France.   •   López returned to El Salvador to teach for a few years at the University of Central America before moving to Nicaragua. He returned to UCA in 1983 and eventually became the chair of the Philosophy Department. In his final years at UCA, he oversaw the campus's buildings and vegetable gardens.   •   Beyond the walls of UCA, López was the pastor of Tierra Virgen in the community of Soyapango. He also was an advocate for the nationwide literacy campaign headed by Fernando Cardenal, S.J., that reached hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans.

  • Behind the memorial is the sculpture "Wounded Angel" by artist Emily Young. Created in 2003, the piece spent years in London's Kew Gardens before coming to Loyola in 2010. Learn More

  • Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. Born: November 9, 1930, in Spain As a teenage seminarian in El Salvador, Ellacuría was known as the "Sun King" for his compelling presence. He would go on to study classical language, humanities, and philosophy in Ecuador before completing his doctoral studies in Spain. He also received an honorary degree from Loyola in 1986, just three years before he was murdered.   •   Ellacuría, who was the rector of the University of Central America, was a proponent of liberation theology and one of the loudest advocates for peace negotiations during El Salvador's civil war. He acted as an informal mediator between the guerrilla fighting forces Frente Farabundo Martí para la Liberación Nacional (FMLN) and the Salvadoran government, which made him an enemy of the far right.   •   Despite several threats to his life, Ellacuría continued to work for peace and the rights of innocent Salvadorans until his death.

  • Behind the memorial is the sculpture "Wounded Angel" by artist Emily Young. Created in 2003, the piece spent years in London's Kew Gardens before coming to Loyola in 2010. Learn More

  • Segundo Montes Mozo, S.J. Born: May 15, 1933, in Spain Known as "Zeus" because of his long beard and tall build, Montes became a prominent figure in the intellectual community with his forceful and fiery energy. He entered the Society of Jesus in 1950 at the age of 17 and completed his novitiate at Santa Tecla, El Salvador, in 1951.   •   Over the next several years Montes taught physics, studied in Austria, and earned a doctorate in social anthropology in Spain. He returned to El Salvador in 1978 to become the chair of the Sociology Department at the University of Central America.   •   Like Ellacuría, Montes was a staunch advocate for the poor—and as such, he became a target of the political right. After "Death to the Communists of UCA" was painted on his car, Montes was asked about his safety. He simply said: "If they kill me, they kill me."

  • Behind the memorial is the sculpture "Wounded Angel" by artist Emily Young. Created in 2003, the piece spent years in London's Kew Gardens before coming to Loyola in 2010. Learn More

  • Juan Ramón Moreno Pardo, S.J. Born: August 29, 1933, in Spain Moreno was a scholar, theologian, and key figure in the development of the University of Central America. He entered the Society of Jesus when he was in his early twenties and studied classical humanities in Ecuador. He then taught chemistry at the Jesuit College of Granada in Nicaragua.   •   It was not until 1965 that Moreno continued his own studies at St. Louis University in Missouri, where he earned a degree in theology. He then traveled to Rome to study Ignatian spirituality and to train young Jesuits. He eventually ended up in Panama, where he helped found the Ignatian Center of Central America.   •   In 1985 the Society sent him to UCA, and while he was there he organized the theological library, which would become one of the finest in all of El Salvador.

  • Behind the memorial is the sculpture "Wounded Angel" by artist Emily Young. Created in 2003, the piece spent years in London's Kew Gardens before coming to Loyola in 2010. Learn More

  • Joaquín López y López, S.J. Born: August 16, 1918, in El Salvador The oldest of the eight people killed, López was the only slain Jesuit who was born in El Salvador. He earned several degrees as a student in Texas and was ordained a priest in 1952 when he took his vows to the Society of Jesus.   •   López eventually returned to his native El Salvador and contributed to the University of Central America, but not as a professor. When engineering professor Jon Cortina, S.J., left to work among the repopulated communities of Chalatenango, López stepped in and took charge of the university's administration.   •   In 1969 López helped bring the Fe y Alegría (Faith and Joy) foundation to El Salvador to educate marginalized children, teens, and adults. Despite poor health, López dedicated much of his time and energy to the organization until his death at age 71.

  • Behind the memorial is the sculpture "Wounded Angel" by artist Emily Young. Created in 2003, the piece spent years in London's Kew Gardens before coming to Loyola in 2010. Learn More

  • Celina Ramos and Elba Ramos. Elba born: March 5, 1947, in El Salvador; Celina born: February 21, 1973, in El Salvador Elba Ramos was a cook and housekeeper at the University of Central America, and her husband, Obdulio, was a watchman and gardener at the college. Their daughter Celina was a high school student.   •   The family originally lived in a separate house on the UCA campus, but fearing for their safety, Elba and Celina moved into an empty room at the Jesuits' residence. The two were murdered in cold blood because the Salvadoran army did not want to leave any witnesses.   •   Obdulio found all eight bodies the following morning. He planted a circle of six red rose bushes for the Jesuits and two yellow rose bushes in the center of the circle for his wife and daughter. The roses still grow today.

  • Behind the memorial is the sculpture "Wounded Angel" by artist Emily Young. Created in 2003, the piece spent years in London's Kew Gardens before coming to Loyola in 2010. Learn More

The Ignatian Way

Throughout the year, the Loyola community carries out the legacy of St. Ignatius by seeking God in all things and helping those in need. Visit our Flickr gallery to see how we keep his legacy alive in Chicago and beyond. SEE PHOTOS

Joining together for justice

In July, close to 200 Jesuit higher education leaders met in Melbourne, Australia. Their goal? To promote social justice initiatives at Jesuit universities around the world. The challenges and opportunities are laid out in this video, “Social Justice and the Jesuit University.” You can also go to our Melbourne conference website to learn more about the project—plus watch an interview about social justice with Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., Superior General of the Society of Jesus. Visit website