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Jesuit values come to life at Loyola Week 2014

Loyola press release - October 30, 2014

Loyola University New Orleans’ Office of Mission and Ministry will host Loyola Week from Sunday, Nov. 2 to Friday, Nov. 7. The week of events celebrating Loyola’s Jesuit history and values kicks off Sunday with a window painting contest and outdoor mass in the Marquette Horseshoe. Other events include a dinner with the Jesuits, an Ignatian Carnival and a special presentation by former New Orleans Police Department superintendent and Loyola professor Ronal Serpas, Ph.D., who will lead a discussion on the prevention of police brutality. All events are free and open to the public.

Loyola Week links the campus community to the 27 other Jesuit universities across the U.S. and the network of more than 900 Jesuit schools in 69 countries. Jesuit education focuses on educating the whole person and emphasizes a commitment to lifelong learning and service—all of which are celebrated during Loyola Week. The week also honors the founder of the Society of Jesus, St. Ignatius Loyola.

"Ignatian spirituality calls us to be contemplative in action to move from an inner-focused spirituality to a life where we truly live our faith in acts of service for others," said the Rev. Ted Dziak, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry at Loyola. "'Jesuit Values: From Vision to Action' is the theme of Loyola Week this year, which celebrates the Jesuit spirit of faith, service and community. It's one week when we all come together to join our head, our heart and our hands to celebrate our Jesuit heritage."

For more information, visit the Loyola Week web page.

Loyola Week 2014 includes:

Sunday, Nov. 2

  • Window Painting Contest, 1 to 6 p.m., Danna Student Center
    Student organizations are invited to paint a window in the Danna Student Center that aligns with the theme, "Jesuit Values: From Vision to Action."
  • Loyola Week Opening Mass, 9 p.m., Marquette Horseshoe
    The mass will be presided by Rev. Ted Dziak, S.J.

Monday, Nov. 3

  • Iggy-Gram, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., One Loyola Room, Danna Student Center
    The Loyola community is invited to come by One Loyola Room to show how they bring "Jesuit values from vision to action" for a chance to land a spot on Iggy's Instagram.
  • Men and Sexual Violence Panel, 7 p.m., (Location TBA)
    Join the men of Loyola as they discuss why they are taking a stand against sexual assault.

Tuesday, Nov. 4

  • Ignatian Carnival, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., Peace Quad
    The carnival features music, food, games, a graffiti wall and the Iggy 5 Race, a fun three-legged race around the Iggy statute, with many twists and obstacles. This event is co-sponosred by the Student Government Assocation. Rain site will be in the St. Charles Room.
  • Dinner with the Jesuits, 6 to 7 p.m, Orleans Room
    Share a formal dinner with members of the Loyola University Jesuit community.
  • Policing in America, 7:30 p.m., St. Charles Room
    Loyola professor Ronal Serpas, Ph.D., former superintendent of the New Orleans Police Department and professor of practice of criminal justice at Loyola will hold a discussion on police brutality and its prevention.

Wednesday, Nov. 5

  • Interfaith Praise and Worship Concert, 7 to 8 p.m., Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall
    The Loyola Community is invited to share in an interfaith celebration of praise and worship. Each musical performance will be followed by a Q-and-A session.

Thursday, Nov. 6

  • Yoga and Chair Massages, 12:30 to 4 p.m., One Loyola Room, Danna Student Center

Friday, Nov. 7

  • Loyola Week Closing Reception, 12:30 p.m., Danna Student Center Courtyard
    Window painting contest winners will be announced, and light refreshments will be served.