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Campus Ministry

Continuing Connection, Reflection & Prayer

Resources for our community during the COVID-19 Response

Campus Ministry will continue to be here to accompany you and we will continue to offer resources and opportunities for connection, prayer, reflection, and community through our website, online meetings and social media pages. Just because we are apart doesn't mean we can't stay connected!

Continuing Connection

Campus Ministry staff is available remotely for support and spiritual conversations during weekdays 9am - 5pm. To reach out to specific staff members, you can find their contact information under About Us.

We will be providing avenues to connect with the communities you’ve built during this year, including the possibility of zoom virtual meetings with some of our small group programs.  We’ll reach out with details on these meetings to individual program participants. 

We’ll stay in touch! 

  • Our staff will reach out to individual program participants via email 
  • Campus Ministry InstagramFacebook and Twitter
  • Look out for our Newsletters in your inbox and archived under About Us.
  • We will continue to update this page with resources. 

Continuing Reflection

Reading List

The Campus Ministry Staff are sharing the books that are on our bookshelves throughout the summer on our social media accounts.  The following books are some of our favorite or most meaningful books or ones we’re planning to read this summer.

  • How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson
  • Racial Justice and the Catholic Church by Bryan Massingale
  • White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo 
  • Christ Divided: Antiblackness as Corporate Vice by Katie Walker Grimes
  • The Shanghai Free Taxi by Frank Langfitt
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance 
  • Barking at the Choir by Gregory J. Boyle, S.J. 
  • Vatican I by John W. O’Malley, S.J.  
  • Paul: A Biography by N. T. Wright 
  • Dying to Live: Stories from Refugees on the Way to Freedom by Danielle Vella
  • Bible
  • Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius
  • Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell
  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy
  • The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr
  • The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr
  • The Spiritual Exercises, edited & annotated by Fr. Sean Salai, SJ
  • Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen by Jose Antonio Vargas

Reflect using Ignatian Tools to navigate this time of uncertainty.      

Take care of your mental health. Utilize the online resources of the Loyola Counseling Center. 

Continuing Prayer

Livestream Sunday Mass at 5pm

Even if we're apart, we can still worship together. We will be live-streaming Mass from Alumni Memorial Chapel each Sunday at a new time, 5pm.  View the Livestream Mass below or on the Campus Ministry Facebook each week. Each Sunday's Mass will be available here for one week after it airs.   

 We will pray especially for all those who have lost their lives or are struggling with illness related to COVID-19. To submit Mass intentions for your loved ones, please send their names to campusministry@loyola.edu. The names will be placed on the altar during Mass. 

Loyola University Maryland Prayer Wall

Campus Ministry invites all members of the Loyola community to offer prayer intentions for loved ones, joys, hopes, griefs and anxieties during the COVID-19 pandemic on our Loyola University Prayer Wall. We also encourage members of the community to visit and add the intentions of others to your own daily prayer.  

To submit an intention, visit our Loyola University Prayer Wall and click on the pink plus symbol in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.  Please consider the privacy needs of individuals when submitting your prayers.

Weekly Prayers from the Campus Ministry Team

Members of the Campus Ministry team will be recording Weekly Prayers and Reflections for our community each week.  They can be found here and will be shared on our social media pages.

Prayer Resources

Loyola's Green and Grey Prayer Book
 
Prayer for These Uncertain Times

Let us pray for all those impacted by the virus and this disruption.  Let us be most generous towards those most vulnerable around us.  Let us pray for healthcare workers and first responders in their service to us all.

- Seán Bray, Director of Campus Ministry 

Prayer for Our Students

In these unprecedented times, may God bless us.   

Bless us with smooth and easy travels.   
Bless us with the trust that God is working in this moment.   
Bless us with the freedom to offer God any of our frustration and our anxieties.

Bless us with the courage to reach out when in need to family, friends, faculty, and administrators.

Bless us with hope and faith to be our steady companions. 

Bless us with gratitude to be ever present in our hearts and minds.

And may God's grace be apparent to us each step of the way.

May our prayers and actions be with and for the most vulnerable among us.

May we pray and be grateful for the leaders who make difficult decisions in these unprecedented times.

And may we prayer for the health workers and first responders caring for the sick.

May our loving and generous responses continue to be a light in this world. 

And may we continuously be reminded that we are loved by God, our families, our friends, and our Loyola family. 

Ignatius of Loyola once said, "whoever carries God in their heart bares heaven with them wherever they go".

And I know you do. 

And I prayer that you bare Loyola in your heart, as we here at Loyola hold you in ours hearts and our prayers. 

God Bless.

- Seán Bray, Director of Campus Ministry 

A Prayer For Uncertain Times

God of infinite mercy, hear our prayer!

In this time of bewilderment and fear, we ask you to give us the courage to take care of one another as Jesus did. For those who are ill, especially those who are frightened and alone, for those who cannot access healthcare, for those who are homeless and lost, hear our prayer! 

In the midst of our sadness and grief, we ask you to give us words to comfort one another. For those who are dying, and for those who have already died from this virus, for those who tend them and for those with no one to tend them, hear our prayer!

In the midst of our own anxiety we ask you to give us the courage to support one another as you would. For those who are unexpectedly unemployed, for employers who share what they can, for our government and financial institutions and those who lead them, hear our prayer!In the midst of our struggle to ensure a healthy future for all who live on this planet, we ask you to give us the hope that surpasses our current understanding. For healthcare workers, spiritual leaders and our faith communities, for artists and poets, for prophets and teachers, hear our prayer!In the midst of our growing awareness that all life on Earth is connected, we ask for the heart to respect and cherish all life. That all peoples recognize that we are all your children, hear our prayer!

We trust in you and your power working in us. Please hear and answer our prayers.

Amen!

Amen!

-Sister Cynthia Serja, Sisters of Mercy

 

Prayer for Work

 

Creator God,

thank you for providing us

with the gift to share our talents.

 

Provide our community, our nation, our world

the fortitude to provide work for all

which is decent and fair.

 

Make us faithful stewards

    of your creation

    to enhance the human dignity

    of our global family.

 

We ask this in the name of Jesus,

who lives and reigns

with you and the Holy Spirit

now and forever.

Amen

(From Being Neighbor: The Catechism and Social Justice, USCCB, April 1998)

 

Coronavirus Prayer

 

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.

-Kerry Weber, America Magazine

Printable version of the Coronavirus Prayer from America Magazine

 

Additional Online Prayer Resources 

Prayers During the Coronavirus Pandemic (jestuitresource.com)