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Kayla M. August: 2016 Ignatian Award for Outstanding Graduate Student

Loyola announcement - May 20, 2016

Kayla August, a 2010 alumna, graduates from Loyola University New Orleans with a Masters of Pastoral Studies degree from the Loyola Institute for Ministry. Her concentration is in pastoral care and counseling. Kayla holds the singular distinction of also receiving the 2010 Ignatian Award for Outstanding Senior Woman as an undergraduate.

While completing her degree, Kayla served in the Office of Mission and Ministry for the last three years as an intern with the retreat and Christian Life Community programs. Additionally, she served as a Resident Minister in Cabra Hall. Before returning to Loyola for graduate studies, Kayla served as a City Year member with two local schools. She also worked as the Boys Hope Girls Hope Academic Success Coordinator. For two years, she served as the Catholic campus minister at the University of New Orleans while also serving as president of the Louisiana Association of Catholic Campus Ministers.

Since 2006, Kayla has been director of activities for summer programs for children with Cystic Fibrosis and pulmonary disease (Camp Pelican) and cancer and sickle cell (Camp Challenge). She is a regular volunteer at Crescent City Café in New Orleans. Kayla enjoys acting and is an active member of the Cherry Bomb Dance Team, choreographing performances for Mardi Gras parades and fundraising events.

“Every single person that has the pleasure of meeting Kayla immediately feels included and loved. Kayla’s self-described mission as an ‘includer motivated by love’ is manifested through the countless hours in the Magis lounge, working on making a book of affirmations for someone who was having a hard week or baking until 2 in the morning for a bake sale to raise money for a school in Haiti. I have had the honor to work with her and be inspired daily by her faith clearly manifested into the action of loving those around her,” a student nominator writes.

“Life is a process of ongoing discernment and discovering God’s will and as we travel the path we do not walk alone. God is with us. Wherever I go next, my daily mission would be the same. It is to wake up each day and ask myself how can I be a representation of Christ’s love and mercy today,” said Kayla.

Kayla is currently discerning several job offers in campus ministry including a position at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana.