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Loyola University New Orleans Celebrates the Spirituality of Pope Francis with “Year of Mercy” Lenten Series

Loyola press release - January 27, 2016

Five-week series begins Feb. 15 with Lenten Prayer Breakfast for campus community.

It’s safe to say that Loyola University New Orleans, a Jesuit institution, loves to celebrate our first Jesuit Pope. For many students, second-lining a cardboard cutout of Pope Francis across campus during Pope-a-Palooza, an on-campus celebration of the pope’s first visit to the U.S., stands as a moment that defines the Loyola experience.

The real Pope Francis is no stranger to celebrations. Last year, he called an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy to last from December 8, 2015 (the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of Vatican II) to November 20, 2016 (the Solemnity of Christ the King).

A jubilee year in the Catholic Church is a special year in which we celebrate the reception of special graces and emphasize the forgiveness of sins granted by the Sacrament of Reconciliation. We share the same graces that Catholics have received since the first jubilee year in 1300 A.D.

And at Loyola, we plan to celebrate this remarkable time by holding a five-week Lenten Series featuring lectures about the Spirituality of Pope Francis by our community and religious leaders. The lecture series is free and open to the public. All talks begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave.

"Joy of the Gospel" – February 17
By Fr. Fred Kammer, S.J., Director, Jesuit Social Research Institute
Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall

"Living Mercy: The Path of Pope Francis" – February 24
By Fr. Jeremy Zipple, SJ, Executive Editor, America Films
Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall

"Pope Francis's Spirituality of Encounter" – March 2
By Thomas Ryan, Ph.D., Professor and Director, Loyola Institute for Ministry
Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall

Movie: "The Francis Effect": A critical and in-depth look at how the Church is rapidly changing under the leadership and vision of Pope Francis. – March 9
Location to be determined.

"Pope Francis and Ignatius" – March 16
By Fr. Ted Dziak, S.J., University Chaplain
Ignatius Chapel in Bobet Hall

The five-week series kicks off with a Lenten Prayer Breakfast on the first Monday of Lent (February 15) at 7:30 a.m. in the Audubon Room of the Danna Center at Loyola University, 6363 St. Charles Ave. Loyola alumnus Ansel Augustine, director of the Office of Black Catholic Ministries of the Archdiocese of New Orleans, will lead a short Lenten reflection. The lecture and buffet breakfast is open to all faculty, staff and WFF Facilities employees on campus.