Prayer Opportunities & Spiritual Support
Our doors are always open. Below you will find a few ways that University Ministry seeks to support the spiritual needs of our community and contribute to the overall well-being of students. In addition to these programs and resources, Ministry often partners with student groups to host various programs or events across campus. Please let us know how we might work together to offer new opportunities for prayer, reflection, and support on your spiritual journey.
Cura Personalis Small Faith-Sharing Group
Cura is a small spirituality group centered on the Ignatian concept of "cura personalis," or care for the whole person. This group meets a couple times per month (usually about every other week around lunch) and is facilitated by the Chaplains in HSC Ministry. Though the topic and format varies from week to week, our time focuses on reflection and conversation in community, and exploring questions of meaning and purpose. Some students attend regularly while others drop-in as their schedule allows. Students of any year of any academic program are invited. Please email Chaplain Ann Hillman to be added to our email list and to receive upcoming session dates.
Spiritual Companionship and Direction
Ministry staff are available by appointment or drop-in to offer guidance in exploring your relationship with God, spiritual movements and questions, discernment of life path, or any other spiritual need you may have, as well as supporting your educational pursuits and life journey.
For those interested in engaging more formally with the ministry of Spiritual Direction, there are many trained Spiritual Directors on campus interested in in accompanying you. You can read more about how to begin meeting for Spiritual Direction, and HSC Spiritual Directors available on campus.
For more information, please contact Chaplain Ann Hillman.
Eucharistic Ministry at the Hospital
This unique service opportunity and spiritual practice invites students to commit to bringing Communion to patients in the Hospital and sharing in a short visit. Eucharistic Ministers gather at the beginning of the year for a formation meeting, and again mid-year for intentional reflection together.
Though this ministry is on "pause" for volunteers while COVID-19 precautions are in place, for more information, please contact Chaplain Julie DeMareo.
Grief, Loss and Healing
HSC Ministry offers a small group for students in the midst of processing grief and loss. In a safe, confidential, and communal space, we will have an opportunity to share more deeply about personal experiences with loss, death, and grief, whether those experiences are recent, years ago, or ongoing. Through conversation, reflection, and sharing of resources, we hope to accompany one another along a journey toward healing and wholeness. These sessions are facilitated by the Chaplains in HSC Ministry. We also offer a list of off-campus contacts and available resources, groups, retreats, or programs - both spiritual and non-spiritual in nature. Please contact Chaplain Ann Hillman for resources and connection to support.
Couples who are engaged to be married may reach out to HSC Ministry for a list of resources and opportunities to assist you and your partner in addressing topics such as communication, finances, spirituality, relationship dynamics, families of origin, and work/life balance as you prepare for marriage. We can also connect you with resources for PreCana or Marriage Preparation courses or retreats.
Lenten Prayer Opportunities
From Ash Wednesday to Holy Week, University 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.
Loyola Medicine recently lauched a prayer app as part of our mission to treat the human spirit. Available online, as a daily email, or in the App Store, the Pray Loyola Med app includes a daily scripture reading, reflection, prayer as well as a place to submit prayer requests. Visit the Pray Loyola Med here.