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A Christmas Message from Dr. Rooney

December 14, 2016

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

During this third week of Advent, we are invited to pause and reflect on the many blessings of this past year. We remember in a special way the poor and marginalized members of our society, and we recommit ourselves to the work of building a more peaceful world by using our gifts in service to humanity and all of God’s creation.

We will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that Loyola is a warm, welcoming, safe, and supportive community for all who study, teach, and work here. As I shared earlier this month, Loyola and our partner AJCU schools made a strong, public statement reaffirming our commitment to protect and support undocumented students. We have been a national leader in embracing and supporting DACA students in our Stritch School of Medicine and throughout our undergraduate and graduate programs. Our continued support of these students, who are vital members of our University community, will not waver, and we will continue to create and promote opportunities to advocate on behalf of all of our students. We strive to be a welcoming home for a wide diversity of students, faculty, and staff on our campuses and we celebrate the diversity which unifies and strengthens us. The AJCU statement further underscores our shared mission and values that are at the heart of our Jesuit, Catholic tradition. It is who we are and will continue to be as a University community.

It should be helpful to keep in mind the guidance from St. Ignatius as we continue to participate in discussions on a variety of topics. Although many conversations can be difficult, and elicit strong emotions and varying opinions, we are called upon to engage each other in thoughtful dialogue and debate and to come together in a spirit of good will. Our shared University spirit of good will was especially manifest this month as over 60 University departments as well as the Jesuit Community contributed much-needed items for 62 families in Chicagoland. Thank you for your generous support of the Loyola Gives program this year, and in a special way, thank you to all the program coordinators, shoppers, and gift wrappers for helping us bring some Christmas cheer to area families through this partnership with Catholic Charities.

I extend a heartfelt wish to you and your families for a blessed holiday season and a hope-filled New Year.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD
President