University Ministry is committed to providing service opportunities throughout your time at Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division.  Service ranges from short term opportunities such as the Fall and Spring Day of Service, and making sandwiches for the homeless, to involvement with the Maywood Fine Arts Center, the Quinn Community Center, the Giving Garden in Maywood, Our Lady of the Angels Mission and extended service through our International Immersion Program.   Many service programs started because interested students had ideas to engage the community. If you have a service area you are passionate about contact us and we will help facilitate your project. 


Hunger Week – A more than thirty-year tradition at Loyola, Hunger Week takes place in November, and is an amazing week filled with programs and events designed to:
•    Raise awareness about the continuing hunger epidemic in our world.
•    Raise funds to support organizations dedicated to ending hunger, both locally and globally.
Hunger Week is spearheaded by University Ministry Staff, but it is really a student effort with collaboration from many individual students and student organizations such as: Physicians for Human Rights, Family Medicine Interest Group, Student National Medical Association, Medical Student Union, and Class Officers.

Annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive November 16 to 19
HSD students, faculty and staff organize this drive, with the support of University Ministry, and provide Thanksgiving baskets to families in need. Each year, over 400 baskets are donated from various individuals and departments representing every corner of the Health Sciences Campus and Loyola University Health System communities.  Departments and groups of students compete to create baskets that are both filled with food and which are beautiful. Baskets consist of canned goods, vegetables, desserts, and a gift certificate to buy a turkey.  They often include “extras” such as tablecloths, small toys for kids, candles with candleholders, and other extra “goodies” that the donors decide to give. Students deliver these baskets before Thanksgiving to needy families and organizations in Maywood, Bellwood, Cicero, Benton Harbor, Michigan, and in Chicago’s West and South sides.


Stritch First Year and HSD Dinners
Each year Ministry sponsors fun dinners where students join with faculty and staff for great discussions and entertaining activities.   The Heritage Dinner is an unbroken tradition and a celebration of the individuals who make Stritch an amazing and diverse community.  We enjoy a variety of foods from around the globe and have a chance to share about our own background.  Other themed dinners have included:  “Murder in Margaritaville,” “The not-so Great Race,”  “The Kick-Ball Challenge and Cook Out,” “Ministry Open Mic,” and the “Hungry Games.”

HSD Couples Dinner is a gathering for married, engaged and those in long term committed relationships.  Join University Ministry and health care professional couples for an elegant evening of conversation and relaxation on Thursday, September 24 at 6 PM in the Cuneo Center Atrium (SSOM 2nd floor). Couples will share stories and advice to support and encourage one another. This is a great way of extending the Loyola community to include significant others and families.  Children are welcome – limited child care available. RSVP by noon on Friday, September 18 to  or stop by the Ministry Office room 270 in SSOM.  Contact John DiMucci with questions or for more information.

Reel Issues
Reel Issues is a series of films that examine social questions through the lens of justice and the Ignatian tradition. 
Join the HSD community on Thursday, September 17 from 4 to 6:30 PM in MNSON room 2535A for the first Reel Issues film for the Fall semester.   “The Hand That Feeds,” is an award winning movie that focuses on a popular bakery café, on New York’s Upper East Side.  Bagels and coffee are served with a smile 24 hours a day. But behind the scenes, undocumented immigrant workers face sub-legal wages, dangerous machinery, and abusive managers who will fire them for calling in sick. For more info: 

Lunch in Ministry "Power Hour" with faculty and administrators.  Power Hours are informal lunches with discussions with faculty and administrators from the Health Sciences Campus and Loyola University Health System.   These lunches take place throughout the year and have included the Dean and Chief Diversity Officer at Stritch School of Medicine; Larry Goldberg, President and CEO of Loyola University Health System; Vicki Keough, PhD, APRN-BC, ACNP, FAAN, Dean and Professor at Loyola University Chicago Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing and other health care professionals.  Check your email, Sakai or our Facebook page for upcoming lunches and sign up in the Ministry Office – Room 270.  Lunches are limited. 

HIV and AIDS Awareness Week – Like Hunger Week, AIDS Week at SSOM is a collaborative effort. Organized by SSOM’s chapter of Physicians for Human Rights, HIV / AIDS Week takes place during the Spring semester.   Events include information of the worldwide and local effects of the devastating AIDS pandemic, the disparities in access to treatment, and the heroic people who have dedicated their lives to fighting HIV/AIDS.  Past presentations have included information on new and effective treatment options, research, the social implications of HIV / AIDS and many more topics.  The week concludes with a talent show that raises awareness and funds for local and international organizations providing care to people with HIV / AIDS, research or other areas of support.