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.


The Stritch School of Medicine's Mass & Blessing of Graduates

Please join the Class of 2022 in celebrating the newest doctors from Stritch School of Medicine!

An RSVP is not required but will help HSC Ministry in their planning if you expect to attend. You can communicate your plans here.

This Graduation Mass will conclude with a special candle lighting ceremony in which any physician present will be invited forward to “pass the light” to our graduates. This is a beautiful moment for students, families, and the broader Stritch community, and we invite you to participate!

SSOM Graduation Mass & Blessing of Graduates
Friday, May 13
4:00pm in Quiet Study 

Students & family members and faculty & staff from all faith traditions are warmly invited!

Class of 2022 member, Ryan Mak, SJ, will give the homily, and David De Marco, SJ, MD will preside.

What is this Mass? Celebrating Mass on the eve of Commencement is an opportunity for us to gather in prayer and song, giving thanks to God for the experiences, people, learning, and growth of the graduates during their years at Stritch. It is a moment for our entire community to come together and share in our Jesuit Catholic tradition and shared values of contemplation and community.

Please note LUC Covid Protocols:

All guests of SSOM students, faculty, or staff must download the CLEAR PASS app to show proof of vaccination or bring proof of a negative Covid test with 48 hours of the event. You can read more about the Guest Policy here.



Ash Wednesday

Join with others from the Health Sciences Campus 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.

In 2022, Ash Wednesday will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 2.           

  • Ash Wednesday Mass
    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
    Cuneo 2nd Floor Atrium
    Ashes distributed

  • Ash Wednesday Word Service
    3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
    Cuneo 2nd Floor Atrium
    Ashes distributed


Other Lenten Offerings

  • Solemnity of the Annunciation Mass
    Friday, March 25
    9:30 - 10:15 a.m.
    Cuneo Room 250 (Gathering Room)
    Commemorates the visit of the Archangel Gabriel to the Virgin Mary, during which he informed her that she would be the mother of Jesus.

  • Imagine Group: Reflection Using Ignatian Contemplation
    4th Wednesday of the month, February through April (February 23, March 23, April 27)
    9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
    In-person (Cuneo 250 - Gathering Room) or live via Zoom (if attending via Zoom, please sign up once for as many gatherings as you'd like)
    Led by Fr. Dave DeMarco, MD, pray in a uniquely Ignatian way using Scripture and your imagination.

  • Stations of the Cross
    Ash Wednesday through Easter
    2nd Floor Hallway between Niehoff & Stritch
    Meditate on the life and death of Jesus through the words of Scripture and personal reflections from our Health Sciences Campus community.

  • Lenten Reflection Resources



Looking for Lenten resources for reflection?



Weekly Mass

Mass is held each Sunday at 12 p.m. in the LUHS Galvin Chapel (LL 0304) courtesy of the Spiritual Care and Education department.

Sign up for the Catholic Medical Association's mailing list for updates on Mass, Adoration, and other offerings.

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!


 The Gathering Room
Cuneo 250


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.

Fr. David DeMarco, MD, presiding over the Baccalaureate Mass.


Class of 2021 Community Blessing and Sending of Graduates 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Sciences Campus Ministry celebrated Mass in honor of the Class of 2021 virtually, streaming a Community Blessing and Sending of Graduates. The recording of the Mass can be found here.

Below, you can also view celebratory messages offered by HSC program leadership.

Please click here to view the worship aid for the Blessing and Sending Mass.


Congratulations Class of 2021!

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 

Sandi Tenfelde, PhD, APRN, WHNP-BC
Associate Professor
Marcella Niehoff School of Nursing
Director of the Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program 

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

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

Joanne Kouba, PhD, RDN, LDN
Director, Dietetic Programs
Chair, Department of Applied Health Sciences
Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

Ruth Kafensztok, DrPH
Assistant Professor
Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health

MaryMargaret Sharp-Pucci, EdD, MPH
Assistant Professor
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs 

A message from the 
Parkinson School Staff

A message from our Dean
Sam Marzo, MD, FACS 



After Mass, you can share in the excitement of the Stritch Class of 2021 graduation ceremony by joining a livestream of the virtual commencement Saturday May 15, at 3:00 PM (if you are struggling to load the livestream visit HSC Ministry youtube). You can also share your personal photos and videos from the day by tagging @LoyolaHSD on Instagram or Twitter and using the tag #GoForthLUC.