The Ignatian call to be "men and women for others" requires connection to community and the development of relationships with those around us. University Ministry strives to provide abundant opportunities to engage with others within the Health Sciences Division and in the local community in ways that celebrate diversity, build meaningful relationships, embody solidarity, and connect to the spiritual life.
COMMUNITY SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES
University Ministry is committed to providing a variety of opportunities for service and social action for the Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Division. A wide array of short-term service offerings include the Ignatian Day of Service, outreach programs for those experiencing hunger and homelessness, and partnerships with local organizations such as the Maywood Fine Arts Center, Quinn Community Center, St. Eulalia Catholic Church, Proviso Partners for Health, Housing Forward (formerly West Suburban PADS), and Mission of Our Lady of the Angels.
Extended service through our Ignatian Service Immersion program is offered during Spring and Summer breaks.
Many service programs and partnerships began because interested students had ideas to engage the community. Are you hoping to serve is a way not yet represented within our campus community? Be welcome to contact us with your ideas. We'll support you in the visioning and execution of your project!
Human Rights & Hunger Week
This Loyola tradition is over thirty years old. Human Rights and Hunger Week takes place each November, and includes engaging 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.
Coordinated by HSD Ministry, Human Rights and Hunger Week is a widely collaborative effort, involving 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.
Thanksgiving Basket Drive
November 13-17, 2017
Organized by students, faculty, and staff with the support of University Ministry, this annual, community-wide effort provides Thanksgiving baskets to local families and organizations ahead of the holidays. 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. Departments and groups of students collect items ranging from essential canned goods, vegetables, and desserts, to small toys and decorations, to a grocery gift certificate to purchase a turkey. Baskets are delivered throughout Maywood, Bellwood, Cicero, and in Chicago's West and South sides.
All are invited to join us for a prayer service of thanksgiving and blessing on Thursday, November 16, at 11:30 a.m. in the SSOM Atrium, located on the 2nd floor.
Stritch First Year and HSD Dinners
Each year Ministry sponsors several casual dinners that bring together students, 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 a distinctive and diverse community. Attendees enjoy a variety of foods from around the globe and have a chance to share about important traditions and cultures from one's 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 Dinners
Married and engaged couples and those in long-term committed relationships join University Ministry and health care professional couples for an evening of conversation and relaxation. Couples share stories and advice to support and encourage one another through the various phases of life, work, and family. This is a great way of extending the Loyola community to include significant others and families. Children are welcome - limited child care is available.
This periodic film series examines social questions through the lens of justice and the Ignatian tradition. Gather with others in community to engage in conversations of social responsibility and the calling to create a more just, humane, sustainable world.
"Power Hour" Lunch in Ministry
Gather in the Ministry office for an informal lunch and discussion with faculty and administrators from the Health Sciences Division. Power Hour lunches take place throughout the academic year and offer a unique opportunity for networking, community-building, and a small group setting in which to dialogue with leaders from the Stritch School of Medicine, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing, and Loyola University Health System.
Space is limited. Sign-up and RSVPs take place in the Ministry Office, Cuneo Center Room 270. Upcoming Power Hour lunches include:
- Wednesday, September 20, 2017, 12:00 p.m. | Margaret Faut Callahan, CRNA, PhD, FNAP, FAAN - Provost, Health Sciences Division
- Monday, September 25, 2017, 12:00 p.m. | Steve Goldstein, MD, PhD - Dean, Stritch School of Medicine
HIV and AIDS Awareness Week
Organized by SSOM’s chapter of Physicians for Human Rights, and in collaboration with a variety of other students, staff, and faculty, HIV/AIDS week is held each Spring semester. The week’s events share information regarding the global and local effects of the devastating AIDS pandemic, the disparities in access to treatment, and the heroic individuals who have dedicated their lives to fighting HIV/AIDS. Past presentations have included the sharing of new and effective treatment options, emerging research, the social implications of HIV/AIDS, and much more. The week concludes with a talent show to raise awareness and funds for local and international organizations providing care to people with HIV/AIDS, research, or other areas of support.