Ministry for and with Faculty and Staff

University Ministry is a resource for faculty, staff and administrators on the Health Sciences Campus. We offer a variety of programs and initiatives specifically for faculty and staff to deepen their faith, work for justice, build community, and share in the Ignatian tradition of Loyola University Chicago. Please see our offerings below and visit Mission & Identity for additional university-wide initiatives.

Ignatian Spirituality Series

This quarterly series is offered as an opportunity to engage more deeply with Ignatian Spirituality, and is open to faculty and staff of any (or no) religious affiliation. Each session includes lunch, a brief presentation on a particular Ignatian theme, and time for shared conversation with colleagues. 

Upcoming Presentations:

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Past Presentations:

  • Ignatian Leaders and Their Work, Vicki Keough, PhD, RN, FAAN, Dean of the Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing (April 2019)
  • From Loyola (Chicago) to Loyola (Spain): A Pilgrim Shares Reflections and Connections, Lauren Hackman-Brooks, MDiv, Chaplain, University Ministry (February 2018)
  • Witnesses to the Kingdom: the Jesuit Martyrs and a Salvadoran Saint, Michael McCarthy, PhD, Assistant Professor (November 2018)
  • Chasing the Unicorn: An Ignatian Perspective on the Pursuit of Work-Life Balance to Avoid Burnout, David De Marco, SJ, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University Ministry Chaplain (September 2018)
  • Rethinking Time: Resisting a dictatorship of busyness, John Hardt, PhD, Vice President and Associate Provost, Mission Integration (April 2018)
  • Magis: Seeking the “Greater” instead of “the More”, Lauren Hackman-Brooks, MDiv, Chaplain, University Ministry (February 2018)
  • The Gift of Giving: Placing our inner desires in conversation with the needs of the world, Ginny McCarthy, MDiv, Director of University Ministry (November 2017)
  • Finding God in Everyday Life through Emotions, Mark Henninger, SJ, PhD, Chaplain in University Ministry and Spiritual Care at Loyola University Medical Center (September 2017)
  • Encountering the Risen Christ in the Midst of Your Busy Day, David De Marco, SJ, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University Ministry Chaplain (April 2017)
  • Finding God in Trying Times, David De Marco, SJ, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, University Ministry Chaplain (February 2017)

Spiritual Companionship and Direction

Ministry staff are available by appointment or drop-in to offer guidance in exploring your relationship with God, spiritual movements and questions. Please visit our Spiritual Direction page for more information about spiritual direction and for a list of current directors at the Health Sciences Campus.

Accelerated Internship in Spiritual Direction

The program serves to train spiritual directors in the Health Sciences Division so that they are available to offer spiritual direction for those seeking it on our campus. The Accelerated Program runs annually from January – November.

The internship presumes that interns already have a regular habit of prayer and are in spiritual direction themselves. At some point, participants are encouraged to make the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius Loyola (either as a 30-day retreat or over 9 months)

Participants commit to monthly training sessions (except May, June, July), assigned readings, meeting with a directee, as well as individual and group supervision.

Contact Dave De Marco, SJ, MD for more information.

Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life Retreat

The Spiritual Exercises are an unfolding series of prayers, meditations, and reflections compiled by St. Ignatius of Loyola from his own personal spiritual experience and that of others to whom he listened. The process of the Spiritual Exercises respects the uniqueness of each person and leads participants to a deeper relationship with God and others. 

The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (SEEL) Retreat includes daily prayer, weekly sessions with a spiritual director, and regular prayer experiences as a SEEL community.

Click here for more information about SEEL.

Inner-Mission Employee Retreat

The Inner-Mission Employee Retreat seeks to assist employees in exploring, discerning, and affirming a sense of their own personal mission and its connection to the mission of Loyola University. This one-night retreat is offered once each winter and summer and invites each participant to take the time to reflect on their purpose and meaning. 

Click here for more information about Inner-Mission.

Ignatian Contemplation Retreat

The Ignatian Contemplation Retreat, offered each May, is a two-night retreat offering time for quiet and spiritual renewal as an alternative to the usual frenzied pace of life. The first day focuses on the Principle and Foundation of St. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises, while the second day provides a day of reflection and prayer in silence. Spiritual directors are available to accompany and support participants throughout this retreat.

Click here for more information about the Ignatian Contemplation Retreat. 

Mission Book Club

The Office of Mission and Identity organizes multiple book clubs annually at all three Loyola campuses. The Mission Book Club is a great opportunity to discuss ideas and values with your colleagues over lunch. Books are provided in advance. See the Mission Book Club page for current offerings at the Health Sciences Campus.