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Student Spiritual Formation

UNIVERSITY MINISTRY MISSION STATEMENT

University Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans serves the holistic education of our students by attending to the spiritual formation of the university community. In collaboration with student leaders, staff, faculty, and administrators, we promote a vision of the "way of proceeding" set forth by St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Embracing our common human dignity created in God’s image and likeness, we foster a greater respect for the truth, goodness, and grace to be found in a diversity of faith traditions and people of every culture, race, language, and economic status.

Our Christian, Catholic, and Jesuit traditions commission us to offer a welcoming environment and supportive services to all members of the university community. We assist the formation of our students as comtemplatives-in-action: God’s spirit illuminating them with an ever deeper experience of the love of God and inspiring a more generous response to that love by their passionate commitment to service and justice as men and women with and for others.

SPIRITUAL GROWTH AND FAITH DEVELOPMENT

University Ministry supports the spiritual formation and faith development of the students through:

Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction
University chaplains are trained and available to assist others with their spiritual formation and counseling needs. They offer a welcoming and trusting place to find a listening ear, an understanding heart, and a companion^ting mentor. Contact the University Ministry office or a university chaplain of your choice to inquire about pastoral counseling and spiritual direction.

Worship and Communal Prayer
All faith communities are strengthened and missioned by their worship and prayer. University Ministry is dedicated to providing quality liturgy where community members actively participate in prayer, word, and sacrament. We offer a variety of worship opportunities (in English and Spanish), and encourage students to share their gifts as a liturgical minister or volunteer.

Interfaith and Ecumenical Opportunities
University Ministry provides many ecumenical and interfaith opportunities for students to celebrate their diverse faith and cultural traditions. We provide training for lay ministry and encourage involvement in a diversity of prayer experiences. We also facilitate relationships with area ministry offices from other faith traditions. Through our shared ownership and prayer, we seek enrichment through our differences while working to create community.

Retreats
University Ministry provides a variety of opportunities for retreats and days of reflection. This can be a time to experience God’s love more profoundly and intimately, to find rest and renewal, and to reflect upon God’s active presence in all the experiences of your life.

Sacramental Preparation
In addition to administering the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation each week, University Ministry provides instruction and guidance for students who are preparing for Confirmation in the Catholic Church and marriage. For students considering joining the Catholic Church, the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process will help them discern their decision and prepare them for the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and/or Confirmation. We also provide Anointing of the Sick as needed.

Confirmation
If you are Catholic and have not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact the UM Center at the beginning of each semester.

Inquiry and Full Initiation into the Catholic Faith
If you are interested in the Catholic Church, the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process will help you discern your decision and prepare you for the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and/or Confirmation. Please contact the UM Center.

Christian and Spiritual Life Communities
Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuit vision of education include: prayer, community, service, and working for peace and justice in the world. this tradition serves as a model for small groups of women and men who come together in a more intimate community for faith sharing. Christian Life Community (CLC) members meet on a regular basis to break open the word and to support and encourage each other in living out the gospel. Members also form a supportive community that socializes together and engages in works of social justice outreach. For people who would prefer to be involved with an interfaith community, there are opportunities to join a Spiritual Life Community (SLC) which centers their faith sharing on a rich diversity of spiritual resources.

LUCAP (Loyola University Community Action Program)
LUCAP provides numerous opportunities to serve, educate, and advocate for the poor and marginalized within the local community. LUCAP participants also meet weekly for reflection and mutual support. LUCAP provides the ideal environment for the integration of one’s deep motivational faith-based beliefs with their expression in action and world transformation. "Contemplation in Action" has long been a hallmark of Jesuit education.

Two Worlds in Solidarity (TWINS)
The Loyola University Two Worlds in Solidarity Program is for students who desire an extended live-in experience of life in Nicaragua. They spend their Christmas break living and working with host campesino families and reflecting on the realities of village and urban life in that Central American country. Some degree of proficiency in conversational Spanish is required.

Alternative Breaks
University Ministry partners with programs around the country to provide opportunities for global outreach at a regional level.

 

Updated September 11, 2006

September 11, 2006