The Year of Faith is a "summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to the Lord, the One Savior of the world (Porta Fidei 6). In other words, the Year of Faith is an opportunity for Catholics to experience a conversion - to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him.
Opportunities to enter into a deeper relationship with Christ here at Loyola:
- Liturgy - Mass is celebrated every Sunday at 11am, 6pm, and 8pm. Daily mass is celebrated at 12:10 p.m.
- Koinonia - Small, faith-based, groups meet weekly to build relationships and discuss topics relevant to college students.
- Retreats - Campus Ministry offers a wide variety of weekend retreats at our retreat house Rising Phoenix in western Maryland.
- Evensong - Every Thursday evening at 5 p.m. in Alumni Chapel, Loyola students gather in song and prayer. Afterwards, pizza is served to the community.
- Lent - Campus Ministry is offering different opportunities for prayer and reflection during lent.
- RCIA - The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults meets every Thursday at 7:30pm in Campus Ministry to discuss various topics and questions of the faith. All are welcome, no matter where you are in your spiritual journey.
- Sacrament of Reconciliation - Reconciliation is celebrated Monday-Friday in Alumni Chapel before the 12:10pm Mass.
Saint of the Month:
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, S.C.
St. Elizabeth was the first American Catholic to be beatified. She married the wealthy William Magee Seton and together than had five children. Ten years later, William's business went bankrupt and he soon after died of tuberculosis. St. Elizabeth, a poor widow, was left alone to support and raise her children. She converted to Catholicism and began the Sisters of Charity of St. Joseph, the first female American religious order.
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne, R.S.C.J.
St. Rose Philippine Duchesne was known as "The Woman who Prays" to the Pottawatomie Indians. She was a member of the Society of the Sacred Heart and in 1818 went west to bring Catholicism to Native Americans and help those facing hardships and hunger. She opened a free school for girls and the first Catholic school for Native Americans.
St. Katharine Drexel, S.B.S.
St. Katharine was born into a wealthy family from Pennsylvania and was the niece of the founder of Drexel University in Philadelphia. In 1887, St. Katharine asked Pope Leo XIII to send missionaries to serve American Indians. He suggested that she become a missionary. As a young woman, St. Katharine gave up everything to be a missionary to Indians and African Americans. She joined the religious life and established the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament. She founded schools for African Americans, missionary centers, and rural schools.