Thank you, Ramblers
Dear Members of the Loyola Community – Administrators, Faculty, Staff, Students, Loyola and Mundelein Alumni:
It is with a heart filled with gratitude that I send this message to thank you for your loving concern, your prayers, your various messages, cards, flowers, plants and gifts. I am deeply touched.
Yes, I miss being on campus, miss seeing you and being present for our beautiful Christmas celebrations.
May you enjoy the holidays with your families.
May God bless you!
Happy New Year and …… GO RAMBLERS!
Your Ever Grateful,
Loyola 360 retreat helps students focus on themselves, their time at Loyola
By Anna Gaynor
Where do I fit in at Loyola? What if I don’t like my major? How can I stay close with my friends back home?
First-year students oftentimes walk into the Loyola 360 retreat with plenty of questions in tow.
Hosted on Loyola University’s Retreat and Ecology Campus in suburban Woodstock, the Loyola 360 experience gives students time to reflect on who they want to be and what they want to accomplish during their college career. The retreats—which run for three days and are offered a handful of times each year—feature talks with peers and upperclassmen, group prayer sessions, and time on the Challenge Course.
Held far away from the distractions of the city, the retreat helps new students focus on themselves and learn more about Loyola.
“There was no signal, there was no phone, so you couldn’t receive e-mails from any of your classes,” said Maggie Powers, an international business major. “At the retreat, it was nice to just let go of all that and kind of just figure out where you’re at right now.”
In addition to the activities and reflection, Loyola 360 offers another very intended side effect—plenty of time to start new friendships.
“Since what you do all day is team-building activities and small group talks and all these things which allow you to open up and be yourself, you actually get to know people,” Powers said.
Watch the above video to see students at a recent retreat. You can learn more about the program—including fees and upcoming dates—on the website.
Loyola Responds to Hurricane Harvey
August 29, 2017
Dear Members of the Loyola Community,
As you know, Hurricane Harvey has resulted in a devastating amount of rain in Texas’s Gulf Coast region, leading to severe flooding, significant property damage, and loss of life.
Among those affected are nearly 900 Loyola alumni and several of our students from the region. Loyola staff is reaching out to those groups, and we ask that you keep these members of our Loyola family in your prayers along with everyone touched by this storm. If you choose to make a donation, Catholic Charities USA is one of the respected agencies providing disaster relief. The agency is accepting donations on its website, or you may also text CCUSADISASTER to 71777. In addition to financial donations, the American Red Cross has put out an emergency call for blood donations. You can find more information on their website.
Prayers for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey will be offered at our upcoming campus Masses, and we also encourage members of our community to attend our ecumenical Taizé prayer service on Wednesday, August 30, at 9:30 p.m. in Madonna della Strada Chapel.
Thank you for your support.
Director of Campus Ministry
Donations for Jesuit High Schools Affected by Hurricane Harvey
The leadership and staff of the Jesuits U.S. Central and Southern Province are so grateful for the generosity of many who have reached out to us in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Houston. The Houston Jesuit Community is safe and does not require aid, but the two Jesuit high schools, and especially their families, will need assistance.
If you would like to provide financial assistance for the long recovery after Hurricane Harvey, we encourage you to give directly to Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory and Strake Jesuit College Preparatory.
Your contribution will help meet both immediate and long-term needs, not only of the schools, but more importantly, the people and families who make up the school communities.
The presidents of the two high schools have united to share the following message:
Dear Friends of Cristo Rey Jesuit and Strake Jesuit,
Hurricane Harvey has been more catastrophic than any of us could have imagined. Thankfully, at the writing of this letter, none of our families or faculty and staff has been seriously injured on account of Harvey, and we are very grateful for this.
Both of the schools have spent the past two days assessing the needs of students as well as faculty and staff. Cristo Rey Jesuit called all of their families and Strake Jesuit sent out a survey to all of its families. As of this moment we have learned that between the two schools about 50 families have been flooded out of their homes (30 from CRJ and 20 from Strake Jesuit). I’m sure in the next hours and days we will learn of more since we have not heard from 100% of our families. These families have immediate needs for shelter, food, clothing, transportation, school supplies, school lunches, legal assistance, counseling, and other basic necessitates. No doubt there will be longer term needs as well.
As Houston deals with the impact of Hurricane Harvey on our local economy, our families will experience additional hardships. Cristo Rey, who is dependent upon the health of local businesses who fund the Corporate Work Study Program, will no doubt experience new challenges associated with funding scholarships and school programs.
Both schools sustained minor damage to facilities, but none of the damage will prevent us from opening the schools as planned on Tuesday September 5th.
How can you help? A financial donation to both schools would be very helpful and will go towards supporting our families and our schools. Click here to support the families and programs at Cristo Rey Jesuit and Click here to support the families of Strake Jesuit.
Words of gratitude are not enough. We pray to be able to come quickly to your aid when you are in need. Your continued prayers for our reliance upon God continue to be helpful.
Jeff Johnson, S.J.
Strake Jesuit College Preparatory
Cristo Rey Jesuit College Preparatory School of Houston