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. In addition to these programs and opportunities, 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.
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.
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.
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 several times per month (usually once/week) from 12-1pm and is facilitated by the Chaplains in HSD 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. All dates for Cura for this semester are entered in the University calendar.
Grief, Loss and Healing
HSD Ministry now 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 HSD Ministry. Currently, this small group meets once per month. Click here for the Grief Group Flyer, February 12, 2019.
HSD Ministry offers a weekend session of Marriage Preparation for all couples who are engaged to be married. This two-day conversation between you and your partner addresses topics such as communication, finances, relationship dynamics, families of origin, and work/life balance. The majority of the time will be spent in dialogue with your partner. However, there will be opportunity for group conversation, as well as conversation with married couples who join us for this program. Couples of all religious traditions are invited to attend. The session is recognized by the Archdiocese of Chicago and satisfies the PreCana requirements of the Catholic Church. There is usually one session offered each spring and fall.
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, guided meditation, Ignatian contemplation, journal discussions, and Taize prayer.
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.