Cultivating Lives and Communities of Prayer

All those involved in Catholic education, whether in parishes or schools, are welcome to the followup to this year's Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership at no cost.  It takes place on October 5, 9:30-Noon in the Audubon Room in Loyola's Danna Student Center.  It will be facilitated by Ricardo Marquez who works in Loyola's Office of Mission and Ministry on spiritual development for faculty and staff and whose interests include spirituality and centering prayer.  You can RSVP here.  The program will include:

  • A continental breakfast served from 8:30AM
  • An experience of prayer beginning at 9:30AM
  • Suggestions for cultivating personal prayer that can sustain leadership
  • Models for community prayer
  • Reports on how some have implemented what they learned at the Summer Institute

Pope Francis in his address to the Brazilian bishops during his recent visit for World Youth Day spoke of making "room for God’s mystery," of "divine allure," and of harboring "that mystery in such a way that it can entice people, attract them."

One of the gifts of our recent Summer Institute for Catholic Educational Leadership here at Loyola was its opportunity for quiet, reflection, and prayer which helped make room for God's mystery in our busy lives and suggested the need for our leadership to be rooted in and sustained by prayer.  Yet ours was not an individual enterprise.  We also prayed in community and noted the power of prayer more broadly for, as Pope Francis puts it, alluring people, enticing people in our schools and parishes to their own experience of God's bountiful and merciful love. 

Take some time this fall to pray and learn about prayer and its implications for Catholic educational leaders.   As noted, all involved in Catholic education are welcome at no cost.  Parking is free.  Please RSVP here.  

 Co-sponsored by the Archdiocese of New Orleans Office of Religious Education, Office of Catholic Schools, and the Loyola Institute for Ministry.  For more information, please contact Eileen Chapoton at