Interfaith and Multifaith Initiatives

We are an interreligious and multi-religious community. Rooted in our Catholic identity, we respect and value the diversity of religious traditions and spiritual expression of our students, faculty and staff. The Second Vatican Council called on all Catholics to “acknowledge, preserve and promote the spiritual and moral goods found in other religions, and the values in their society and culture,” as a way to “join hands with them to work towards a world of peace, liberty, social justice and moral values.” With this teaching in mind, and drawing upon the richness of our experience as a diverse community, we seek to provide opportunities to learn, dialogue, and pray together across traditions in partnership with student interest groups, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Student Life.

The Gathering Room (Stritch School of Medicine 250) is available for small group conversation, prayer and worship. Many of our student religious groups meet here regularly. For example, Catholic students pray the rosary, Christian students host Bible study, Muslim students pray at midday, and Hindu students pray weekly. Please visit the Ministry Office to reserve this space. Additionally, a small space is available in the Ministry Center (Stritch School of Medicine 270) for private prayer, meditation, or spiritual direction sessions.

Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service

This service, led by a lay Chaplain, features religious readings and prayers, chosen and proclaimed by students from the Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Hindu traditions. These readings and prayers reflect the diversity of our community, while at the same time highlighting the shared values of generosity and gratitude which unite us.

The service concludes with a blessing of the baskets collected by the Loyola University and Loyola Health Systems Community prior to their distribution to our community partners and individuals.

Interfaith Literacy Series
Inspired by student interest and leadership, we partner with student groups to host a presentation series about the religious traditions represented in our Loyola HSD community, including information that will be helpful in the context of patient care.

Multifaith Retreat

While all of our retreats are open to students of any faith, we hosted an intentionally and explicitly multifaith retreat in the fall of 2017. This retreat included blessings and rituals from the Christian, Muslim and Jewish traditions, reflective stations (including a guided Examen, labyrinth walk, art), and a meditation on objects that are sacred to us.

Calendar of Religious Holidays
Loyola has many religious traditions represented amongst its students, faculty, and staff. View Loyola's calendar of religious holidays to see a listing of many of the holidays celebrated by our many religious traditions.

Student Interest Groups

Catholic Medical Association

The Catholic Medical Association supports and empowers students in their formation as Catholic health care providers. CMA coordinates monthly Sunday Mass and fellowship opportunities, monthly on-campus Mass in the Gathering Room, prayer gatherings, and service opportunities.

Christian Medical and Dental Association

The Christian Medical and Dental Association fosters spiritual growth, fellowship, and service. CMDA hosts Bible studies, small groups, praise and worship music gatherings, and an annual retreat.

Jewish Student Association

The Jewish Student Association provides educational, cultural and social programs for the Loyola community. JSA organizes various events such as Shabbat dinners and tables in the Atrium for various Jewish holidays.

South Asian Medical Student Association

In recent years, SAMSA has coordinated events within the Muslim and Hindu traditions such as an Eid dinner and Diwali dinner. A group of Hindu students prays together on Tuesday afternoons. Some Muslim students gather to pray on Fridays.