The following is an email that was sent to Loyola alumni on Friday, March 20, 2020.
Subject: A message from Loyola during this difficult time
Dear Loyola Alumni,
This is a difficult and anxious time for us all, and I hope and pray that you and your family are navigating this time with faith and hope. I often say that our Loyola family is at its best during the most challenging moments. I can assure you that is exactly what is happening within our community now. I must tell you that I am simply in awe of how our students, parents, faculty, staff, and administrators have stepped forward as people for and with others. I’m also so grateful for our alumni, many of whom have reached out to check on our university and offer their assistance and prayers.
As a graduate of Loyola, you may be wondering how your alma mater is weathering this storm.
Along with colleges and universities across the nation, we have transitioned to online-only instruction through the end of the semester. While this was clearly the right thing to do, it was also heartbreaking—particularly for our seniors. It is hard to imagine a spring on Evergreen without all the traditions that we treasure and enjoy: Loyolapalooza; Senior 50s; Senior Gala; warm afternoons on the Humanities Porch; Saturday lacrosse games; and of course, Commencement and Baccalaureate Mass. I have promised our seniors that we will find a way to celebrate them and ensure that they get a proper Loyola send-off.
We are keeping a close eye on the students and other members of our community who are the most vulnerable—physically, emotionally, and economically. This is at the heart of who we are as a Jesuit Catholic university. We have been working hard to mitigate the financial impact these sudden circumstances have had on our students, helping with travel, housing, and technology needs. I ask you to keep them—and our entire community—in your prayers. Many of you have asked how you can help members of the Loyola community most in need, and I am humbled by your outreach and concern. If you feel inspired to make a gift to Loyola in this moment, please consider making a gift to our Emergency Relief Fund. I assure you we will use it to aid one of our community members who most needs your assistance.
An Eye on the Future
When we emerge from this crisis—and we will—our students, our graduates, and our university will be poised for the next chapter.
In the days and weeks ahead, please know that you and your loved ones are in my prayers. If you have a specific intention, please let me know how I can be praying for and with you. Also, please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. You are always part of the Loyola family and we are here for you. Feel free to reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
God bless you and your loved ones and know that I hope to see you at Loyola sometime soon.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.