Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Celebrate Ignatian Heritage Month

October 28, 2016

Dear Loyola Community,

I am writing to invite you to join me in celebrating Ignatian Heritage Month in November. This month of programming provides an opportunity to reflect on and celebrate our rich Jesuit, Catholic heritage as well as to remember those who have struggled for social justice before us and to continue their important work to create a more just, humane, and sustainable world.

Ignatian Heritage Month, organized by Mission and Identity, includes a range of dialogues, lectures, and events—including Hunger Week, a tradition at Loyola for more than 40 years. One of the events in early November is a University-sponsored food drive for local food pantries and families near our three Chicago-area campuses. All Loyolans are invited to participate in this canned food drive. Information on drop-off locations and dates can be found here, and the full calendar of Ignatian Heritage Month programming can be found here. I encourage you to engage in as many of the activities as your schedule allows.

I would also like to highlight and encourage you to attend the presentation of the 2016 Martyrs Award, which is given annually in conjunction with Ignatian Heritage Month. The award is presented to a worthy faith-based organization in support of our shared commitment to advancing social justice and in remembrance of the Universidad Centroamericana martyrs. I am delighted to announce that the Comisión Intereclesial de Justicia y Paz (JyP), a Colombian-based organization that works to enhance the rule of law and democracy in Colombia by working on behalf of people who have experienced a violation of their human rights, will be honored with the prestigious award this year.

On November 16, Father Jesús Alberto Franco Giraldo, executive director of JyP, will accept this award and join us for a panel discussion on the promotion of peace in Colombia and around the world. The Martyrs Mass and reception will immediately follow this program. I hope you will join me to celebrate this organization’s work. You can read more about JyP and the Martyrs Award here.

I look forward to seeing you at Ignatian Heritage Month events in November.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD