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Loyola Institute for Ministry in Scotland turns 20

November 4, 2011

Loyola University New Orleans’ Institute for Ministry, or LIM, celebrates 20 years of offering master’s degrees and certificates in pastoral and religious education at its location in Edinburgh, Scotland.

LIM’s extension program, commonly known as LIMEX, was started in Scotland in 1991 after the Rev. Hugh White, S.T.L., L.S.S., came to the United States from Scotland seeking a lay ministry formation and found Loyola’s program to be a good match, particularly because of its grounding in the thought of the Rev. Bernard Lonergan, C.C., S.J. After starting in Edinburgh, the LIM program spread to the Archdiocese of Glasgow, Scotland and the Dioceses of Hexham/Newcastle and Shrewsbury in England. It has extension programs in Belize and Nigeria as well.

Cardinal Keith Patrick O’Brien, archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh, said at a recent celebration of LIMEX’s 20th anniversary, “It is almost impossible to measure how the important role of the lay faithful has been affected since the introduction of LIMEX courses. A very impressive group of people have been formed in a most excellent way, while a number of them are in significant positions of responsibility, with others working away at parish level in a variety of ministries.”

According to Tom Ryan, Ph.D., director of LIM, having Cardinal O’Brien speak at the event showed the esteem in which the LIM program is held within the archdiocese.

“It was visionary on his part that he would recognize the importance of such a program and support it as he has done. The people of Scotland took it and made it their own,” Ryan said. “The success of our program in Scotland shows that it is at home in many different cultures, not only in the U.S., but also in England, Scotland, Belize and Nigeria. Our international presence is important not only for our students in other countries, but also for students here to recognize themselves as part of the larger body of Christ and the church around the world.”

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