A message from Susan M. Donovan, Ph.D., acting president of Loyola University Maryland:
Three years ago when Jorge Bergoglio was elected pope, the world had many questions about what he would bring to this key leadership role not just for the Catholic Church, but also for the world.
Here at Loyola University Maryland, we were unfamiliar with this cardinal from Argentina—but we knew he was a Jesuit. And, as a university with values based in those of the Society of Jesus, many of us discussed the impact Jesuit principles might have on his papacy.
This week, as Pope Francis visits our nation for the first time, we look forward to hearing his message, and seeing how he challenges us as individuals, as a Catholic university, as a nation. Our campus community will be watching and listening, as some of our students and other members will participate in his visit. On campus we will take time to reflect on his message and celebrate this historic moment with a series of events beginning Wednesday.
I invite you to join me and our president, Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., who is on sabbatical this semester, in prayer for a safe, healthy, and fruitful visit for the Pope and for all those traveling to hear his message.
Even those of us who are unable to see Pope Francis in person in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York will be listening with open minds and hearts, seeking ways to join the Holy Father in his work toward a more peaceful world.