Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


An Easter Message from Dr. Rooney

April 12, 2017

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

As Catholics worldwide begin our celebration of Holy Week and Easter, we enter into the most sacred days of the Christian calendar in which we remember the suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus Christ. The cross represents for us the paradox of our faith—that in dying one attains eternal life. Christ’s ultimate victory over suffering and death gives us hope in a time when we experience suffering and death both locally and globally. Chicago’s Cardinal Blase J. Cupich has spoken out about the suffering of so many who have been affected by the street violence in our neighborhoods, and we stand with all people who are working for a community of compassion, peace, and forgiveness. Loyola’s mission inspires us to stand in solidarity with people of goodwill, and because of our faith in redemption and reconciliation, we engage in the hard work for social justice even when the challenges may seem insurmountable. Easter teaches all of us that even in the darkest times, Loyola’s mission to bring about a city and world built on human dignity will not be ultimately thwarted. Love will prevail.

On April 10, our Jewish community started the celebration of Passover, which commemorates the Hebrews, who God has claimed as His own people, being led from slavery to freedom. We join the Jewish community in rejoicing over God’s desire for human freedom so that we might contribute to God’s work in the world that He created, and therefore, loves.

I want to take this opportunity to wish all of the Loyola community a Happy Easter and Happy Passover.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD