For information on HSC Ministry's other liturgical celebrations, please click here.

Lent 2021 Offerings

From Ash Wednesday to Holy Week, Health Sciences Ministry offers a variety of opportunities to pray, reflect, center and “pause.” Past offerings have included: Adoration, Lectio Divina, the Rosary, Stations of the Cross, book discussion groups, guided meditation, Ignatian contemplation, journal discussions, and Taize prayer. All opportunities will be posted on our website during the Lenten season, and listed on the University calendar.


Ash Wednesday Virtual ServicesDaily Reflection ResourcesVirtual Webinars and GatheringsOther Lent Resources



Ash Wednesday Virtual Services: February 17, 2021


8:00 a.m. – Ash Wednesday Prayer Service, led by HSC Ministry - Please register here. 

9:00 a.m. - Liturgy of the Word – livestream from Madonna della Strada Chapel* – Click here to view.

11:50 a.m. - Ash Wednesday Prayer Serviceled by HSC Ministry - Please register here. 

12:00 p.m. Mass - livestream from Madonna della Strada Chapel* - Click here to view. 

5:00 p.m. Liturgy of the Word - livestream from Madonna della Strada Chapel* - Click here to view. 

8:00 p.m. Taize Prayer - livestream from Madonna della Strada Chapel* - Click here to view. 


*All liturgies at Madonna della Strada Chapel (Lake Shore Campus) will be both in-person (registration required) and livestreamed on YouTube.



Daily Reflection Resources


“Breaking the Chains” Daily Practice 

Ministry is offering to share this “Breaking the Chains" resource from The Salt Project, who is “inviting all of us to let words of Scripture and daily practices of liberation be our guides through this mysterious season.” To receive the materials – either the screen-free version in the mail OR the easily-accessible PDF version – please fill out this form no later than Thurs., Feb. 11 to guarantee mail delivery if desired. 

Lectionary Scripture Readings 
from USCCB

Daily Prayer from "
Sacred Space," a joint apostolate of the Irish Jesuits and Loyola Press

Ignatian Spirituality Network’sSteadfast: A Call to Love” (daily emailed reflections)

Living Lent Daily reflections from Loyola Press (daily emailed reflections)

Staff and Faculty: Mission Lenten Daily Reflection

Weekly throughout Lent.

As a means of personally deepening your relationship to God, Mission Integration invites you to participate in a six week reflection series beginning the first week of Lent, Monday, February 15th.

The series uses a contemporary text that roots itself in the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius. In Forgiveness: A Guide for Prayer, Jacqueline Syrup Bergan and Sister Marie Schwan provide an opportunity for people to grow deeper in their relationship with God through prayerful focus on the topic of forgiveness. The guide encourages us to re-imagine what it means to pray and helps us see with new eyes God’s presence and activity in our daily lives. The guide will provide a daily reflection for the six weeks of Lent. Those participating in the daily reflections will have the opportunity to virtually gather each week for shared reflection on the prior week’s reading.

To register and reserve a copy of the book, Forgiveness, A Guide for Prayer please email Chris Murphy at  Please include your home address if you want the book mailed to you.


Virtual Webinars and Gatherings 


HSC Lent Meet-Ups 

We’ll gather in community at the beginning, middle and end of Lent. No registration required. Whether you’re using “Breaking the Chains” or doing your own thing, come together with others for a short prayer and conversation about what you’re learning or noticing about yourself and God during Lent. Bring your lunch!  

Thursday, Feb18, 12-12:45 p.m. - Zoom 

Monday, Mar15, 12-12:45 p.m. - Zoom 

Monday, Mar. 29, 12-12:45 p.m. - Zoom 


Students: Christian Medical Dental Association (CMDA) Bible Study

Friday, February 19 & 26, 2021, 8:30 a.m. Central

Email John Yap at to RSVP and receive the Zoom link.


Staff and Faculty: Ignatian Spirituality Series: Lenten Reflections on COVID, Faith, and Community

Thursday, March 4, 2021, 12-1 p.m. Central

To register, please click here.


Mindfulness and Meditation Opportunities 

Mondays 4-5 p.m. – For students, hosted by LUC Wellness Center. 

Tuesdays 7:30-7:50 a.m. – Guided Meditation with HSC Ministry. 

Fridays 10-11 a.m. – Hosted by Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, for graduate students, staff, & faculty.  


Other Lent Resources


Staff and Faculty: Virtual Inner Mission Retreat

March 8-9, 2021

The Inner-Mission Employee Retreat seeks to assist employees in exploring, discerning, and affirming their personal mission and its connection to the mission of Loyola University. The retreat challenges each participant to take time to reflect on their individual purpose and meaning. For more information and to register, please click here


Lenten Companions

Sign-up to join a group of 2 or 3 to connect with throughout Lent for encouragement, companionship, or accountability. Ministry will connect you and your group can choose the method and frequency of your check-ins. Sign-up here no later than Sunday, Feb. 14We will be creating student pairing and staff/faculty pairings, so all in the Health Sciences community are invited to participate! 

Spiritual Direction

Many undertake a more focused practice of prayer, fasting, and giving during the Lenten season. Should you like to meet with someone from our staff for conversation, or on a more regular basis for Spiritual Direction, please do not hesitate to contact Ministry staff or a Spiritual Director.  We’d be glad to help set something up with you! 

Catholic Health Association of the United States: Lent & Easter video & written reflections.

Midwest Jesuits’ Virtual Way of the Cross 

Loyola Press
: Lenten blogs, books, activities, and other resources. 

“Operation Rice Bowl”
 from Catholic Relief Services: almsgiving opportunities, Stations of the Cross, and more. 

The Salt Project
: Printable devotion resources for purchase. 

United S
tates Conference of Catholic Bishops
: Calendars, prayers, fasting guidelines, and other resources. 


Liturgy Schedule

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 MassWhite Coat/Family MassMass of the Holy SpiritFeast of St. LukeAsh WednesdayBaccalaureate Mass


Daily and Weekly Mass

Check back soon for Mass offerings taking place in the Galvin Chapel, located in the lower level of Loyola University Medical Center, one floor below the gift shop, near the East elevators.

When were able to gather in person on campus, the Health Sciences Campus historically celebrated Mass 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. Please check back for information once we are able to resume in-person gatherings.

Check back soon for Mass offerings taking place in the Galvin Chapel, located in the lower level of Loyola University Medical Center, one floor below the gift shop, near the East elevators.


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 reach out to the Ministry team at 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.

In 2020, this liturgy was celebrated in conjunction with the Feast of St. Luke. The recording of this livestream may be viewed here.

Feast of St. Luke Mass 2020 Worship Aid





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. 

In 2020, this liturgy was celebrated during White Coat Weekend in the Stritch School of Medicine. You can view the Mass here.

Feast of St. Luke Mass 2020 Worship Aid





Ash Wednesday

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.

Services Offered by Loyola's Health Sciences Ministry:

Services Offered at the Madonna della Strada Chapel (Lake Shore Campus):

All liturgies will be both in-person (registration required) and livestreamed on YouTube.

  • 9:00 a.m. Central: Liturgy of the Word

  • 12:00 p.m. Central: Mass

  • 5:00 p.m. Central: Liturgy of the Word

  • 8:00 p.m. Central: Taize Prayer


To view additional Lent offerings, please click here.


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
Lorna Finnegan, PhD, RN, FAAN 

MariJo Letizia, PhD, RN, APN/ANP-BC, FAANP 
Director, Hybrid ABSN Program 
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing

Judi Jennrich, PhD, RN, ACNP
Associate Professor
Director, Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program 

Audrey Klopp, PhD, RN, NHA
Assistant Professor
Director, Doctorate of Nursing Practice Program

Janet McCarthy, MSN, MBA, RN 
Director, ABSN Program 
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing 

Amanda (Mandy) Peacock, DNP, RN, AGPCNP-C  
Assistant Professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing 
Director, Adult-Gerontology Primary Care Nurse Practitioner Program 

Darlie Simerson, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC 
Assistant Professor, Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing 
Director, Family Nurse Practitioner Program 

A message from our Dean
Elaine Morrato, DrPH, MPH, CPH 

Joanne Kouba, PhD, RN
Director, Dietetics Education Programs
Chair, Applied Health Sciences              

Kamran Mirza, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept(s) of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical Education, and Applied Health Sciences l Stritch School of Medicine
Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

MaryMargaret Sharp-Pucci, EdD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Director, Healtcare Administration 

David Shoham, PhD, MSPH 
Director, MPH Program 
Associate Professor

A message from our Dean
Sam Marzo, MD, FACS 
(during Stritch Commencement at 3pm)

Sean E. Greenhalgh, MD, FACP, FHM
Director (Interim), Division of Hospital Medicine
Associate Professor of Medicine Medical Director of Inpatient Surgical Co-management and General Medicine Consultation    
Assistant Clerkship Director Subintership Selective Wards

Erika Piedras-Renteria, PhD, MS, MSc
Assistant Professor     
Director, Master of Science in Medical Physiology

Theresa Kristopaitis, MD, FACP
Professor, Departments of Medicine, Pathology, and Medical Education 
Associate Dean for Curricular Integration
Director, Mechanisms of Human Disease Course 

Mark Kuczewski, PhD, HEC-CThe Fr. Michael I English, SJ, Professor of Medical Ethics
Director, Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics & Health Policy

Alyssa Varsanik, MD and Sahand Ghodrati, MD 
Vice President and President of SSOM ‘20 

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.