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Faculty Development and Diversity

Ignatian Pilgrimage

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An annual summertime pilgrimage for faculty at Jesuit schools nationwide to visit important sites representative of the life of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuits. The itinerary begins in Bilbao, Spain, and ends in Rome, Italy. More information about the program run through Holy Cross available here.

Loyola typically sponsors two faculty each year, covering all arrangements for a ten-day pilgrimage in early summer. If you are thinking of applying to participate, consider having a conversation with one of your colleagues who has gone in the past (see list below). Each participating colleague comes away with distinct experiences and reflections on their own place in the Jesuit tradition, though all find the program universally rewarding.

2017 Ignatian Pilgrimage: May 28 - June 7, 2017

All full-time, returning faculty are eligible. To apply, complete and submit the brief application by November 18, 2016 to the Office of Academic Affairs (acadaffairs@loyola.edu)

2017 Ignatian Pilgrimage Participants

Congratulations to the colleagues selected for the 2017 pilgrimage:

Christy DeVader, Management and International Business

Jesse Fox, Pastoral Counseling

 

Past Ignatian Pilgrimage Participants

 Name  Department
Jeff Barnett Psychology/Loyola College Dean's Office
Brian Barr
 Chemistry
Frederick Bauerschmidt
Theology
David Belz
Writing
Carolyn McNamara Barry
Psychology
Charles Borges, S.J.
History
John Breihan
History
Mary Jo Coiro
Psychology
Angela Christman
Theology
Russell Cook
Communication
Francis Cunningham
Philosophy
Dipa Sarkar-Dey
Mathematics
Bill Donovan
History
Susan Donovan Executive Vice President's Office
Christy DeVader Management and International Business
Juniper Ellis
English
Mickey Fenzel
Pastoral Counseling
Andrew Futterman Psychology (Holy Cross)
Jesse Fox Pastoral Counseling
Cinthia Gannett Writing
Raymond Jones
Management and International Business
Suzanne Keilson
Dean's Office / Engineering
Marie Kerins
Academic Affairs / Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Heather Lyons
Psychology
George Miller Campus Ministry
Cheryl Moore-Thomas
Teacher Education
Christopher Murphy
Staff Council
Peggy O'Neill
Writing
Rodney Parker
Student Development / ALANA Services
Donna Pitts
Speech-Language-Hearing Sciences
Robert Pomplun
Theology
Thomas Rodgerson
Pastoral Counseling
Camika Royal Teacher Education
Catherine Savell
Modern Languages and Literatures
Diana Schaub
Political Science
Charles Scott
Economics
Robert Simmons
Teacher Education
Wendy Smith
Teacher Education
Jill Snodgrass

Pastoral Counseling

Amanda Thomas
Academic Affairs / Psychology
Karsonya Wise Whitehead
Communication
Amy Wolfson Psychology (Holy Cross)
Gloria Phillips-Wren
Information Systems and Operations Management

Thoughts from past participants

"The pilgrimage has allowed me to gain greater clarity in my own moments of consolation and desolation to date, which in turn have re-energized me not only for the coming year, but in setting meaningful professional and personal goals for the many years to come. I am so very grateful to have been given this significant opportunity for incorporating Ignatian spirituality further into my own life both professionally and personally."

-- Carolyn McNamara Barry, Psychology, 2015 Ignatian Pilgrimage. See her full reflection and other highlights from the 2015 experience.

"The 2014 Ignatian Pilgrimage was a wonderful opportunity to enhance my understanding of the Jesuit mission by following in the footsteps of St. Ignatius Loyola. The camaraderie with my fellow 'pilgrims' and the awe-inspiring natural beauty of Spain made an already deeply spiritual experience even more profound."
"Having been involved in Jesuit education as a student for eight years and a faculty member for twenty-five, I found the Ignatian Pilgrimage to be a deeply rewarding capstone experience."

    -- Mary Jo Coiro, Psychology, 2014 Ignatian Pilgrimage

“I am deeply appreciative of having the opportunity to go on the Ignatian Pilgrimmage.  It was a growth experience for me in many ways.  Being in Spain and Rome I came away with a deeper sense of the origins and spirituality of Catholicism, but also the art, architecture, natural beauty and environment, difficult current issues layered on top of long history, you could feel it all.”

 -- Suzanne Keilson, Engineering, 2013 Ignatian Pilgrimage

View Dr. Keilson's slide show!

"Having been involved in Jesuit education as a student for eight years and a faculty member for twenty-five, I found the Ignatian Pilgrimage to be a deeply rewarding capstone experience."

-- Anthony Villa, Fine Arts, 2009 Ignatian Pilgrimage

Writings from past participants

"Reflections on the Ignatian Pilgrimage Experience" (2015)

by Carolyn McNamara Barry, Psychology, 2015 Ignatian Pilgrimage

"I Stood in the Founder's Cave," Conversations 41.1 (2011)

by Karsonya Wise Whitehead, Communication, 2011 Ignatian Pilgrimage

"Report on Ignatian Pilgrimage"

by Frank Cunningham, Philosophy, 2006 Ignatian Pilgrimage