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'Ignite the Spirit' with Loyola Week 2011

October 28, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans’ Mission and Ministry Department and Student Government Association will co-host Loyola Week from Sunday, Oct. 30 to Sunday, Nov. 5 with a number of events celebrating Loyola’s Jesuit history and values.

Jesuit ideals and values were first established more than 450 years ago by St. Ignatius of Loyola, whose teachings are incorporated into Jesuit schools around the world today. Jesuit education focuses on educating the whole person and emphasizes a commitment to lifelong learning, social justice and service – all of which are celebrated during Loyola Week.

The purpose of Loyola Week is to reconnect the campus community to its Jesuit mission and identity through hosting events that educate students, faculty and staff about Ignatian ideals and how they are incorporated into Loyola’s campus culture.

The Rev. Ted Dziak, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry at Loyola, said that one of St. Ignatius’ most famous quotes is, ‘Go forth and set the world on fire,’ and that idea is present throughout the week’s activities.

“The theme of Loyola Week this year, ‘Ignite the Spirit,’ follows Ignatius’ challenge,” Dziak said. “It’s a celebratory week when we join hands and hearts in the spirit of faith, fun and fellowship. It’s one week when we all come together to show our Jesuit colors.”

During Loyola Week, the university community will be able to spot St. Ignatius walking around campus in between events, which are as follows:

Sunday, Oct. 30
Theme for the day: “Ignite the Spirit of Loyola”

  • Event: Loyola Week Opening Mass
    Time: 9 p.m.
    Location: Horseshoe, Marquette Hall (Rain location - Ignatius Chapel)

Monday, Oct. 31
Theme for the day: “Ignite the Spirit of Creativity”

  • Event: Best Halloween Costume Contest of a Jesuit Saint
    Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Orleans Room lobby, Danna Student Center
    Win cash prizes for the best Halloween costume contest by representing St. Ignatius or any Jesuit saint of your choice. Prizes ­- first place: $75; second place: $40; third place: $25

Tuesday, Nov. 1
Theme of the day: “Ignite the Spirit of Community”

  • Event: Ignatian Carnival: Music, Food and a Piñata!
    Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m. (window)
    Location: Peace Quad
  • Event: Dinner with the Jesuits
    Time: 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Orleans Room, Danna Student Center
    Meet the Jesuits of Loyola, share a meal and get to know the men in black. Co-sponsored by Student Government Association.
  • Event: “The Theology of the Body,” presented by Brian Butler
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: Nunemaker Auditorium
    Hear a noted speaker talk of living a chaste life alongside a deep faith. Co-sponsored by Compass.
  • Event: Havoc’s Fan Fest
    Time: 8 p.m.
    Location: The Den
    Meet Loyola’s men’s and women’s basketball teams, win Wolfpack gear and enjoy free pizza from Fresco’s. Performances by the spirit band, Loyola cheerleaders and dance team.
  • Event: All Saint’s Day Mass
    Time: 9 p.m.
    Location: Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall

Wednesday, Nov. 2
Theme of the day: “Ignite the Spirit of the Soul and Mind”

  • Event: Alumni Memorial Mass and Feast of All Soul’s Mass
    Time: 6 p.m.
    Location: Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall
    For the deceased souls of the Loyola community. Co-sponsored by the Alumni Association.
  • Event: “Framing our Challenges in Jesuit Education,” presented by The Rev. Charles Currie, S.J., former president of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities
    Time: 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Miller Hall, Room 114

Thursday, Nov. 3
Theme of the day: “Ignite the Spirit of Justice”

  • Event: The Iggy 5 Race
    Time: 12:30 to 2 p.m. (window)
    Location: Peace Quad around St. Ignatius Statue
    Join us for a three-legged race around Iggy’s statue with many twists and obstacles. Participate or just watch. Co-sponsored by Alpha Sigma Nu, Jesuit honorary fraternity.
  • Event: “Prosecutorial Immunity: Deconstructing Connick v. Thompson,” presented by former death-row inmate John Thompson, founder and director of Resurrection After Exoneration
    Time: 5:30 p.m.
    Location: College of Law, Room 308 (526 Pine Street)
    Sponsored by: Loyola College of Law and Loyola’s Journal of Public Interest Law.
    Thompson will share his powerful story about his experiences with the justice system after being wrongfully incarcerated for 18 years. For a full schedule of events, visit www.law.loyno.edu/jpil-symposium.
  • Event: Loyola Basketball vs. Carver Bible College
    Time: 7 p.m.
    Location: The Den
    Co-sponsored by the Maroon Platoon.

Friday, Nov. 4
Theme of the day: “Ignite the Spirit of Sportsmanship”

  • Event: The Ignatian Olympics
    Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Residential Quad
    Open to all students who want to experience the Wolfpack spirit and win prizes worth up to $100 in bookstore gift certificates by competing in the Ignatian Olympics. Watch as students compete to be the best of the best!
  • Event: GODSPELL
    Time: 8 p.m.
    Location: Marquette Theater, Marquette Hall
    Sponsored by Loyola University Department of Theatre Arts and Dance. For ticket information, call 865-2074 or visit montage.loyno.edu.

Saturday, Nov. 5
Theme of the day: “Ignite the Spirit of Action and Service”

  • Event: Wolves on the Prowl national day of service
    Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Be part of the 'Pack as university students, faculty, staff and alumni participate in a day of service. Visit the alumni website to register and for more information. Co-sponsored by the Office of Alumni Affairs and University Ministry.
  • Event: Celebration of SERVICE
    Time: 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.
    Location: Residential Quad
    Celebrate the Wolfpack spirit at the end of Loyola Week and our day of service with food, fun and music. Co-sponsored by the Student Government Association.

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