Each October Loyola celebrates the life’s work of St. Francis of Assisi and Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si at the Francis Feast and Learn. The Feast is a fun and sensory sustainability teach in and local foods dinner intended to engage students in the many perspectives and disciplines that exist within the topic of sustainability-on campus, locally and globally. The event is hosted in collaboration with student and staff representatives from Campus Ministry, Environmental Action Club, Environmental and Sustainability Studies, Student Government Association, Residence Hall Association and Loyola Dining.
Each year Francis Feast invites students, faculty and staff from across the university to host teach in activities for our guests. Francis Feast facilitators design a table activity for 6-8 guests related to sustainability within their academic discipline or personal interests. The activity can be artistic, tangible, or simply an engaging roundtable discussion. Former activities have included titles such as Environmental Activist Artists, Reflecting in Nature, Cooking to Reduce Food Waste, Creative Upcycling, Communicating Climate Change and many more.
Loyola Dining helps us celebrate the life of St. Francis of Assisi by creating a sustainable menu packed with local ingredients from Loyola's partner farms and producers. The Feast showcases the Loyola Dining's creativity and facilitates interesting conversations about the impact of local and sustainable food. Loyola Dining is committed to supporting environmental sustainability and justice at Loyola. You can learn more about their inititatives on Loyola Dining's sustainability website.