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Student Spiritual Formation

Law School Ministry

Jesuit education is a process that involves the whole person. As law students face the challenges and rigors of their education, University Ministry helps them maintain a healthy balance. As they strive for academic excellence, seek to integrate their faith, clarify their deepest values, and grow in an awareness of their mission to be men and women with and for others, University Ministry is there for them to be their companion on the journey. By taking advantage of our various programs, retreats, service and justice activities, and opportunities for pastoral counseling, law students easily find the support they need to develop their talents and thus become leaders with a vision, leaders who will struggle for justice in the world.
The law school’s chaplain is Arlene Wiltz who is located in the Broadway Activities Center and can be reached at (504) 861-5494, or

Other University Ministry Chaplains:

Dean of University Ministry/ Global Immersion/Hispanic Ministry Rev. Edwin Gros, S.J.
Assistant to the Dean Deborah La Marca
Associate Chaplain/Faith Doing Justice Sr. Leyla Cerda, C.S.J.
Associate Chaplain/Interfaith and Black Student Ministry George Gallien
Associate Chaplain/Retreats Roma Gibson-King
Associate Chaplain/Liturgy and Music Laura Catherine Gallien
Associate Chaplain/R.C.I.A./Confirmation Programs/
Marriage Preparation Fr. James Caime, S.J.

Opportunities for 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 companioning mentor. Contact Arlene Wiltz, the Law School Chaplain, 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.
Mass is celebrated on the main campus Monday through Friday at noon, Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Mass in Spanish is on Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. in Ignatius Chapel.
On the Broadway campus, Mass is celebrated Monday through Thursday at noon in the Martha and Mary Chapel in Greenville Hall. During the semester, there is a special Law School Mass, followed by lunch, bi-monthly in the Reading Room of the Library. Dates for the Mass are posted in the law school.
The sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on the main campus every Monday at 4:15 p.m. in St. Ignatius Chapel, and is also available by appointment with any priest.

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 worship and prayer, we seek enrichment through our differences while working to create community.


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. Contact the Law School Chaplain for details.

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. Contact the Law School Chaplain for details.

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) that centers their faith sharing on a rich diversity of spiritual resources. Contact the Law School Chaplain for details.

Faith Doing Justice

From the belief in the power of the Gospel to transform the world, University Ministry provides a variety of opportunities for a student to live a reflective life of action for service, justice, and peace. Along with the Pro Bono program, University Ministry provides other opportunities to serve and advocate for the poor and marginalized, through the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP), The St. Thomas More group, the yearly immersion trip to Saltillo, Mexico, frequent visits to local soup kitchens, and many other programs available for students. The Law School Chaplain is always available to help a student find a program suitable to his or her needs.

Updated August 24, 2005

August 24, 2005