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Prayers for peace in the Middle East

Dear Loyola community,

I am sure that many of you watched with deep sadness the events that have been unfolding in the Middle East recently. Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, and Behavioral Intervention Team members are reaching out directly to individuals who may have been affected to offer support.

For any student in need of assistance at this difficult time, please know that there are resources available to you if you would like to talk to someone. 

  • The University Counseling Center (UCC) offers same-day appointments during regular business hours, Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., and can be reached by calling 504.865.3835 or visiting the office on the second floor of the Danna Center, directly above the Orleans Room. Additionally, the UCC counselor on-call can be reached 24/7 by calling 504.865.3835, press 1 if after business hours.  
  • Students can also email or call 504.865.3622 to be put in touch with a university minister for pastoral counseling or spiritual companionship.
  • If you are interested in learning how to care for your mental health during this difficult time, you can visit JED Mental Health Resources, the American Psychological Association, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), or Mental Health America.

Employees who may need a listening ear or emotional support can utilize resources through the Employee Assistance Program.

  • For faculty and staff covered by the Loyola Medical Plan through UnitedHealthCare, the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provides confidential support for everyday challenges or assistance with more serious concerns. To reach the UHC EAP, please call 1-888-887-4114 or visit and use the company access code: uhc.
  • For faculty and staff who do not participate in Loyola's medical insurance, you may access Employee Assistance Program (EAP) benefits through Aetna/Horizon Health at 1-800-955-6422 or
    Username: Loyola
    Password: eap
    This service is available 24/7/365.

Student Life and Ministry is organizing a prayer vigil for early next week. We will send an update as soon as the details are set.

Loyola University New Orleans is committed to creating an inclusive environment that is welcoming to all viewpoints. This is the essence of our Catholic charism and makes Loyola the special place that it is. When talking about the crisis in the Middle East, I urge you to be slow to speak and to listen intently. Also seek the truth in what the other person is saying. We can learn much from each other with respectful dialog.


Dr. Xavier Cole

John D. Cunningham, S. J.
Vice President for Mission & Identity