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IPS Retirement Celebration

Please join IPS faculty, staff, students, and fellow alumni in celebrating the retirement of IPS professors Dr. Paul Giblin, Dr. Robert Ludwig, Dr. Tim O'Connell, and Dr. Diane Maloney at a special reception to honor their remarkable careers and devoted service.

Contextual Learning: An Interview with Dr. Daniel P. Rhodes joining IPS as the Faculty Coordinator of Contextual Education

How can IPS, a top graduate school educating future leaders and ministers, equip its students with important skills that come from getting an excellent contextual education? Dan Rhodes: There is no doubt that the field of ministry is changing. As a result, current and future leaders and ministers will find that they need multiple skill sets and the ability to adapt rather quickly if they are going to serve effectively. While classroom instruction will continue to be very important, and knowledge of the theological tradition even more so, integrating this study with a rich contextual education the Institute of Pastoral Studies at Loyola is uniquely equipped to train ministers and leader for this new environment...Read More

Koonal Patel new IPS Coordinator of Student Services

The Institute of Pastoral Studies is pleased to introduce new IPS staff member, Koonal Patel, the Coordinator of Student Services. Koonal is an alum of Loyola University Chicago, B.S. 09, and previously to joining IPS was working as a research data specialist for the Center for Prevention Research and Development at UIUC. Prior to this position with UIUC, he worked for the Center for Urban Research & Learning at Loyola as their University-Community Collaborative Research Apprentice & Web/IT coordinator. Help us in welcoming Koonal to the IPS community!

2014 Commencement

Commencement for the Institute of Pastoral Studies will take place on Wednesday, May 7 at 3:00 p.m., in Gentile Arena, Lake Shore Campus. Read more and register for the celebration on IPS commencement page.

IPS Commissioning Ritual and Party Register Here

The Institute of Pastoral Studies welcomes the IPS community to attend the Commissioning Ritual and Party on Tuesday, May 6th at 6:30pm in Kasbeer Hall. This ceremony and party honors all students who graduated or will graduate during the 2013-2014 academic year (December '13, May '15, and August '14). Registration for the Commissioning and Party is required. Please click on the link to RSVP through our Market Place site.

An Interview with Dr. Marian Diaz joining IPS as the Assistant Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Diaz, what appeals to you about IPS? The primary appeal for me will be working with a fantastic group of colleagues and students in a diverse urban setting that enables me to continue to explore what I call “living theologies” in community. The Ignatian mission of LUC complements my focus on ministry, service and social issues as well as my professional experience working on vocational discernment. Of course, having lived in Rome for three years, the ability to teach at the John Felice Center will be a highlight for me. Read More ...

Miguel and Marian Diaz accept faculty appointments at Loyola University Chicago

The Honorable Miguel Diaz, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See (2009 to 2012), and Dr. Marian Diaz have accepted faculty appointments at Loyola University Chicago.

Miguel Diaz featured on HLN and CNN

Dr. Miguel Diaz, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and new Loyola University Chicago John Courtney Murray University Chair in Public Service, was featured on HLN and CNN this weekend discussing Pope Francis' recent interview with an Italian news agency. Click to view his HLN interview.

Rome Program, Summer 2014 Registration

We are pleased to announce that the Registration for IPS Rome Program, Summer 2014 is open! This year's trip will take place July 6-16, 2014. All participants choose from one of three graduate-level courses, all of which are three semester credit hours. Participants stay at a 4 Star hotel only blocks from campus. Classes are held at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center and onsite at some of Rome's most famous sites. Check out the complete proposed itinerary for more details.

First Anniversary of Pope Francis' Pontificate

Pope Francis' first year as head of the Catholic Church, discussion on the Charlie Rose Program with Father John Jenkins, Father James Martin, Elaine Pagels, and Miguel Diaz.

MA in Social Justice

IPS launches Master of Arts in Social Justice

Q&A regarding the MA in Social Justice and Community Development

Questions and answers regarding some upcoming changes to the MA in Social Justice and Community Development program.

IPS International Study Scholarship Application

IPS has a limited amount of scholarships funds to support international study. Priority for these funds is given to IPS degree-seeking students attending IPS international study programs. Please read the full announcement and get the application.

Support for Student Travel and Conference Expenses

IPS has been able to secure funds to support student travel/conferences. We will be making 10 yearly awards of up to $500 each. Please see the application form for more information and to apply for these funds. A faculty committee will be reviewing applications and making determinations.

Zero Minute Commute

Did you know that IPS currently offers three Master's degrees that can be completed entirely online? Click here to find out more.


Online Learning through Loyola's Institute of Pastoral Studies

Learn about online learning options with Loyola University Chicago's Institute of Pastoral Studies. Several Loyola degree programs may be completed entirely online.

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