Office of Mission + Ministry
Jesuit Education is rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola and in the founding of the Society of Jesus in 1540. The Ignatian charism continues to inspire and shape Jesuit education, from the founding of the first Jesuit College in 1548 to the network of over 180 Jesuit higher education institutions around the world today, including 28 Jesuit Colleges and Universities in the United States. It is the mission of the Office of Mission and Ministry to help and encourage our students to live out their personal vocation to follow the call that is within them.
The Jesuit Center works to enhance the Jesuit mission and identity of Loyola University New Orleans. It seeks to share the Jesuit traditions with the larger Loyola community. It seeks to promote teaching and research integrated with Jesuit Educational pedagogy and Ignatian spirituality. It invites Loyola community members - faculty, staff, students, alumni, and families -- to deepen their faith commitment in light of the faith does justice and service.
University Ministry serves the holistic education of our students by attending to the faith, spiritual and religious formation of the University community. In collaboration with student leaders, staff, faculty, and administrators, we promote a vision of the way of proceeding set forth by St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Embracing our common human dignity created in God's image and likeness, we foster a greater respect for the truth, goodness, and grace to be found in a diversity of faith traditions and people of every culture, race, language, and economic status.
The ideals and values of our Christian, Catholic and Jesuit traditions comission us to offer a welcoming environment and supportive services to all members of the University community. We assist the formation of our students as "contemplatives in action", to allow God's spirit to illUMinate them with an ever deeper experience of the love of God and more generous response to that love by their passionate commitment to service and justice as men and women with and for others.