While the month of November often brings to mind images of falling leaves and the Thanksgiving holiday, members of the Loyola community are gearing up for Ignatian Heritage Month, a month-long celebration that highlights the living legacy of St. Ignatius Loyola.
“The whole purpose of celebrating Ignatian Heritage Month is to deepen the understanding of how the Loyola community is animated by the Jesuit Ignatian tradition,” says Chris Murphy, director of staff mission formation and faculty and staff chaplain.
St. Ignatius Loyola—a man of deep faith whose life was dedicated to helping others—encouraged his followers to do the same and serve humanity. And that’s the exact message Loyola hopes to convey throughout November.
This is the second year that Loyola has celebrated Ignatian Heritage Month. Before 2012 the University set aside a week to honor St. Ignatius, but as more students, faculty, and staff became involved, Loyola added events to create a month-long celebration.
Among the most popular events is Hunger Week, which seeks to raise awareness about hunger issues locally, nationally, and globally. Taking place November 4–9, Hunger Week relies heavily on student, faculty, and staff involvement.
Senior Stephanie Morrow is entering her fourth year as a member of the Hunger Week team and is serving in her first year as team coordinator. Though her main responsibilities lie in campus outreach and event marketing, Morrow remains committed to the campaign’s main goal: ending hunger.
“For me, the willingness to remain a part of Hunger Week is the recognition that some issues in our world don’t get as much attention as they should,” Morrow says. “What would my life be like if I was constantly thinking about where my next meal was coming from? I probably wouldn’t be where I am today. I probably wouldn’t be in school.”
In addition to Hunger Week, Ignatian Heritage Month features a number of other events. Highlights include:
- Ignatian Heritage Month photography contest: From November 1–8, this contest encourages the Loyola community to submit original photos that exemplify one of three categories that honor the legacy of St. Ignatius Loyola: magis; a faith that does justice; and finding God in all things.
- Salvadoran Martyrs Lecture: Hosted on November 18 by Carolyn Woo, president of Catholic Relief Services, this lecture seeks to honor the lives of six Jesuit priests who were killed for speaking out against the oppressive socioeconomic structure of Salvadoran society. The lecture will be delivered on both the Water Tower and Lake Shore Campuses.
- 30 Days of Iggy: Sponsored by Campus Ministry, this video-based social media campaign will promote content about St. Ignatius Loyola, Ignatian spirituality, and Campus Ministry. Each video will be 30 seconds and be available online beginning November 1.
See the complete schedule for Ignatian Heritage Month.