Whether you are Roman Catholic, practice another faith tradition, or are searching for spiritual meaning in your life, all members of the Loyola Health Sciences Campus community are invited to these communal celebrations of prayer and blessing.
Daily and Weekly Mass
The Eucharist is celebrated on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Sundays at 12:00 p.m. in Galvin Chapel, located in the lower level of Loyola University Medical Center, one floor below the gift shop, near the East elevators.
When on-campus classes are in session, the Health Sciences Campus celebrates Mass at 8:00 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month in the Gathering Room (Stritch School of Medicine, 250). This Mass is coordinated by the student chapter of the Catholic Medical Association.
Other Masses are periodically offered for Holy Days or other special occasions as listed below.
If you are new to the area and would like assistance connecting to a local parish, church congregation, or other type of religious community, please stop by University Ministry and speak with one of our staff members. We are happy to provide you with resources and contacts, and to talk with you about your spiritual needs!
White Coat/Family Mass, Stritch School of Medicine
This Mass is celebrated during Family Weekend immediately preceding the White Coat Ceremony. The Family Mass is a special opportunity for us to gather in prayer and song, giving thanks to God for our community and the beginning of a journey toward becoming a physician. This is also a great way to introduce family and friends to the Loyola Stritch family. Students and families of all faith traditions are welcome, as this is a moment for our entire community to come together to share in our Jesuit Catholic tradition and shared values of contemplation and community.
Mass of the Holy Spirit
The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a tradition dating to 1548 among Jesuit educational institutions. This liturgical celebration is a way to invite God’s Holy Spirit to guide and bless our pursuits during the new academic year.
Students, faculty and staff from all academic programs are encouraged to attend.
Feast of St. Luke Celebration
Saint Luke, the patron saint of physicians and surgeons, honors all healthcare providers in the Catholic tradition and Catholic institutions. The celebration of Saint Luke at Loyola invites all members of the Health Sciences Campus and Loyola Health System communities to reflect upon their calling to service and healing within the medical profession.
On this Feast, we also celebrate the Jack MacCarthy Service in Medicine Award, honoring an alumnus/a in their commitment to service of under-resourced populations, inspired by Gospel values.
Join with others from the Health Sciences Division and Loyola University Medical Center to observe the start of the Lenten season, a time for many Christians marked by a more focused practice of prayer, fasting, and giving.
Baccalaureate Mass, Stritch School of Medicine
As an integral component of Graduation Weekend, all are invited to participate in this liturgy to honor graduates and their families, give thanks for the gifts received during one’s academic studies, and ask for God’s blessing upon future pursuits.
The Baccalaureate Mass concludes with a special blessing of the graduates and symbolic passing of the light from physicians to the graduating students.
Class of 2020 Community Blessing and Sending of Graduates
In May 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Sciences Campus Ministry celebrated Mass in honor of the Class of 2020, virtually streaming a Community Blessing and Sending of Graduates. The livestream feed of the Mass can be found here. Below, you can also view celebratory messages offered by HSC program leadership.
Congratulations Class of 2020!
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health
Stritch School of Medicine
A message from our Dean
MariJo Letizia, PhD, RN, APN/ANP-BC, FAANP
Judi Jennrich, PhD, RN, ACNP
Audrey Klopp, PhD, RN, NHA
Janet McCarthy, MSN, MBA, RN
Amanda (Mandy) Peacock, DNP, RN, AGPCNP-C
Darlie Simerson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC
A message from our Dean
Joanne Kouba, PhD, RN
Kamran Mirza, MD, PhD
MaryMargaret Sharp-Pucci, EdD, MPH
David Shoham, PhD, MSPH
A message from our Dean
Sean E. Greenhalgh, MD, FACP, FHM
Erika Piedras-Renteria, PhD, MS, MSc
Theresa Kristopaitis, MD, FACP
Mark Kuczewski, PhD, HEC-CThe Fr. Michael I English, SJ, Professor of Medical Ethics
Alyssa Varsanik, MD and Sahand Ghodrati, MD
After Mass you can share in the excitement of the Stritch Class of 2020 graduation ceremony by joining a livestream of the virtual commencement Saturday May 9, at 3:00 PM (if you are struggling to load the livestream visit HSC Ministry youtube). You can also read well-wishes from alumni and faculty to this year’s graduates and share your personal photos and videos from the day by tagging @LoyolaHSD on Instagram or Twitter and using tags #LoyolaMD2020, #StritchGrad2020 and #GoForthLUC.