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Mission Week

Mission Week

Mission Week Events Canceled

Due to an abundance of caution surrounding COVID-19, Loyola's Mission Week events have been canceled.

Mission Week celebrates the University’s Jesuit and Maryland heritage from March 15-22, 2020. The creation of Loyola’s Mission Week was inspired by the strategic plan, The Ignatian Compass, which calls the Loyola community to engage more fully with the University’s Ignatian mission. The week will be celebrated with events and activities related to Loyola’s mission.

Sunday, March 15 Mission Week Mass 
6 p.m., Alumni Memorial Chapel
Monday, March 16 Virtual Experiences of the Spiritual Exercises 
10 a.m., virtual experience takes place on the Mission Integration website
Tuesday, March 17 Interfaith Panel Discussion: Finding Common Ground Towards Cultivating Beloved Community 
12 noon-1 p.m., Sellinger, VIP Lounge
Religious diversity is ascending to unprecedented levels in American history. Consequently, there exists a pressing need to respond to the increasing challenges associated with this cultural shift, as many members of society find themselves dealing with greater isolation, marginalization, and segregation because they do not identify with the Christian beliefs and practices of the vast majority. In this panel discussion, Dr. Heather Miller Rubens and Dr. Matthew D. Taylor, scholars from the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies (ICJS), will discuss the importance of creating interfaith spaces of dialogue and collaboration, and why these spaces are essential for cultivating a shared sense of belonging found in Beloved Community.

Ignite the Mission: Advocacy Night in Annapolis 
4-8:30 p.m., Meet at Maryland Hall 
Join York Road resident leaders to advocate for quality schools, housing, and environmental justice to our State elected officials. Buses will leave from behind Maryland Hall at 4 p.m., and return back to campus by 8:30 p.m. Dinner will be provided.
Wednesday, March 18 Festival Sing! 
7:30 p.m., Alumni Memorial Chapel 
Ever wish you could hear the Belles, Chimes, Greysounds, Chapel Choir, Gospel Choir, Repertory Choir, and Loyola Singers all in one place? Here's your chance! Join us in the chapel for the annual Festival Sing!
Thursday, March 19 Campus Ministry Café honors First Magis Mentors 
9-11 a.m., Campus Ministry common space (Cohn Hall under the chapel) 
Join Campus Ministry in recognizing our first Magis Mentors. Magis Mentors is a new initiative to express gratitude for the members of our community who live into the Magis, which Fr. Bryan Massingale describes as an inner longing; the sacred, holy restlessness for that which is always out of our reach, but that which beckons us and allures us and entices us to reach beyond where we are now. We invite you to come celebrate these mentors in our community!

The Examen 
5 p.m., Alumni Memorial Chapel 
Often called the quintessential Ignatian prayer, the Examen is a priceless tool of self-awareness and a crucial aid to discernment. Ignatius was convinced that even a few minutes of prayerful reflection on the events of one's day could open our eyes to the action of God in our daily lives and open our hearts to respond in humility and gratitude. Join us for an Examen of your day led by members of the Loyola community.

Messina Welcomes Sarah Smarsh 
7 p.m., McGuire Hall 
Sarah Smarsh is the author of the 2019-20 Common Text, Heartland: A Memoir of Working Hard and Being Broke in the Richest Country on Earth, which became an instant New York Times bestseller and was a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award. She has covered socioeconomic class, politics, and public policy for the Guardian, the New York Times, the Texas Observer, Pacific Standard, the Economic Hardship Reporting Project, and many other publications. A 2018 Joan Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government and a former professor of nonfiction writing, Smarsh is a frequent speaker and media commentator on economic inequality. She lives in Kansas.
Friday, March 20 Maryland Day
See the full schedule of Maryland Day events
Saturday, March 21 York Road Community Day
9:30 a.m.-12 noon, Meet at 5104 York Road 
Join CCSJ for a morning of community building and care for our common community. Meeting location is 5104 York Road and all tools will be provided. To register, contact communitydays@loyola.edu.
Sunday, March 22 Men's Lacrosse vs. Army 
12 noon, Ridley Athletic Complex

Mass with Rev. Pat Nolan, S.J., '01 
6 p.m., Alumni Memorial Chapel
Rev. Patrick C. Nolan, S.J., '01, grew up in Massapequa Park, N.Y. Jesuits were always a part of his life as Pat’s favorite uncle, Fr. James Dolan, and close cousin, Fr. Donald Devine, were both Jesuits. After graduating from Massapequa High School, he attended Loyola, where he was inspired by the Jesuits and their care for students. He played club lacrosse, studied abroad in Australia, served as senior class president and took part in a retreat where he had a deep experience of God’s love. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history in 2001, Pat moved to New York City to work in sports marketing. He entered the Society in 2008 and, as a novice, taught in Micronesia at the Jesuits’ Xavier High School and the local parochial school, St. Cecilia’s. He preaches and assists at mass in South Boston and on campus at Boston College. He also volunteers at Nativity Prep, a Jesuit middle school in Jamaica Plain, where he plans retreats and coaches lacrosse.