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First Annual Lenten Ignatian Family Retreat

Palm Sunday weekend, 65 friends and colleagues of the eight Baltimore area Jesuit-affiliated institutions (Loyola University Maryland, Loyola Blakefield, St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, the Loyola School, St. Ignatius Parish, St. Alphonsus Parish and Innovation Works) gathered at Loyola on the Potomac Retreat House, Faulkner, MD for prayer and formation on the First Annual Lenten Ignatian Family Weekend Retreat  The retreat was sponsored by Loyola University Maryland's Office of Mission Integration under the direction of Fr. Tim Brown, S.J.,  Sue Cesare, and Fr. Steve Spahn, S.J. The retreat theme was Nothing is Impossible for God, drawing from Gabriel's reassurance to the Blessed Mother and her model for our own Christian discipleship. Next year's retreat will be March 21-23, 2025 at Loyola on the Potomac.

A group photo of retreat participants and leaders, gathered together in the front of a church

Sustainability Retreat

In May of 2024, Father Timothy Brown, S.J. assisted Dr. Tracy Harvey and Dr. Elizabeth Dahl in leading a retreat to develop momentum and shared meaning as we work to build a culture of sustainability on and off campus. Retreat participants learned about the state of sustainability at Loyola and ongoing, continuous efforts to adopt and invest in sustainable practices.

Retreat participants watched The Letter, which tells the story of Pope Francis's call to care for our planet. In 2015, Pope Francis wrote Laudato Si’ (The Letter); an encyclical letter about the environmental crisis to every single person in the world.  A few years later, four voices that had gone unheard in global conversations had been invited to an unprecedented dialogue with the Pope. Hailing from Senegal, the Amazon, India, and Hawai’i, they brought perspective and solutions from the poor, the indigenous, the youth, and wildlife into a conversation with Pope Francis himself. This documentary follows their journey to Rome and the extraordinary experiences that took place there, and is packed with powerfully moving personal stories alongside the latest information about the planetary crisis and the toll it’s taking on nature and people. The full documentary is available on Youtube: The Letter: Laudato Si Film

For more information on sustainability, use the links below:

Sustainability Tracking Assessment & Rating System (STARS) webpage

Loyola's Office of Sustainability website