A Thanksgiving Message
November 24, 2015
Dear Members of the Loyola Community,
I am writing to extend my wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving holiday to you and your family. Thanksgiving offers us a special opportunity to remember, and to be grateful for, all that we have received.
Our University boasts talented students, dedicated faculty and staff, and committed trustees, regents, and friends whose shared commitment to our mission has made this past year one worthy of many thanks. Our mutual concern for increasing, supporting, and welcoming a diversity of students, and for hosting a variety of perspectives on campus regarding issues facing our country is central to our commitment to be a campus community that embodies Jesuit values through open dialogue and mutual respect. We will continue to convene meetings with students and other University stakeholders to discuss these important issues so that together, we can defeat bigotry in all its disguises and more fully embrace the values that make ours a supportive campus and community.
We pray in a special way this month for all who have been impacted by global terrorism, forced migration, and all forms of inhumane treatment inflicted on fellow human beings. We join women and men around the world who work for justice and peace, and we are renewed in our commitment to impart a message of hope and healing to the next generation.
As we move into the holiday season, we are happy again this year to partner with Catholic Charities for our Loyola Gives program. Each year this program offers critical support to help hundreds of families in Chicago obtain winter clothing and other vital necessities. Information on the program, and how you can contribute, is available on the Loyola Gives website. Thank you for your generosity to these families.
John P. Pelissero, PhD