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

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.

In 2020, this liturgy will be celebrated in conjunction with the Feast of St. Luke. You can view the livestream 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 will 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.


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.