November 22, 2016
Dear Loyola Community,
As we gather this week with family and friends, I would like to encourage each of us to take a moment to be thankful for the many gifts that we have received and that we share as a community—access to a world-class city rich with cultural and economic resources; opportunities to learn and study through respectful dialogue in and outside the classroom; and creative faculty, staff, students, and alumni who go to the periphery to affect positive change in our city and our world. We are all the beneficiaries of Loyola’s Jesuit, Catholic heritage and, working together, we will be able to realize our Plan 2020 goal of building a more just, humane, and sustainable world.
This month, as part of Ignatian Heritage Month, we collected more than 1,200 food items which will be distributed to food pantries and families across the Chicagoland area. We also packaged nearly 22,000 meals during the November 5 day of service with Stop Hunger Now, an international hunger relief organization. Thank you to everyone who participated in Service Day and whose generosity will mean so much to families in need this Thanksgiving.
We have the opportunity again this year to participate as a University community in the Loyola Gives program. This annual collaboration with Catholic Charities supports Chicago-area families by providing them with winter essentials, including coats and boots, as well as Christmas gifts for children. This year we’ve committed to assist more than 60 families in Chicagoland. I hope you will join me in participating in Loyola Gives.
Thank you for your continued generosity to all in need. I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.
Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD