Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


The Gifts We Bring

Dear Members of the Loyola Community,

Christmas and the holiday season are times of hope. A season that, while profound in its darkness, resonates in its light. In that richness and contrast, we can discern the spirit of what connects us and what matters most.

Throughout this season the blessings of compassion, friendship, and family take on special meaning. As we celebrate the birth of Christ, we acknowledge and honor the many traditions and cultures that make up Loyola, for these are the gifts we bring to each other.

The Jesuit tradition is about aspiring, actively, to be a better person, and being a better person for the world. This aspiration—to find a home and act in community—is consonant across cultures and faiths reflected in our diverse student body, our faculty, and our staff. Many traditions find a home here, all with the aspiration to bring their gifts to the world, to bring light, healing, and hope.

I experienced Loyola’s open spirit in the way you welcomed me into the community over 18 months ago. I see it every day on our campuses, in momentous achievements and expertise, and in simple acts of listening and teaching, compassion, and hospitality. Your kindness has been particularly evident over the past month, when dozens of University departments and the Jesuit Community contributed much-needed items for more than 60 families in Chicagoland through the Loyola Gives program. We are grateful to all who gave, with special thanks to the dedicated volunteers who make it all happen.

At Christmas we look back, and we look forward, giving thanks for the year past and asking for light on plans and promises in the year to come. We recommit ourselves to the work of building a more just and peaceful world by using our gifts in service to humanity and all of God’s creation.

On behalf of our community, I extend best wishes and special prayers for a warm and wondrous holiday season. Thank you for the gifts you bring to us and to one another, and thank you for being a part of our Loyola family.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays,

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney