Message from Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Loyola’s president: We are Baltimore
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J., president of Loyola University Maryland, sent the following message to Loyola community on July 30, 2019:
Dear Members of the Loyola Community:
In recent days, the national conversation has focused on Baltimore, as many of us have seen disheartening comments from President Donald Trump. Those words do not reflect the city I know and love.
Loyola University Maryland is proud to be an anchor institution in Baltimore. Our city has a rich history, a vibrant blend of diverse cultures, and some of the best health care and educational institutions in the country, as well as thriving businesses. Baltimore also has its challenges, as every city—every community—does. Particularly as a Jesuit, Catholic university that is invested in supporting and advancing our city, we join our local leaders in naming those issues and working together to create solutions. Loyola is grateful to partner with organizations and businesses and institutions across this city to work together to strengthen Baltimore—and our students are a key part of that success.
It is not just the future, however, that is bright. Right now, we are seeing tremendous growth and opportunity for our city. Baltimore is a place that inspires and cultivates innovation and entrepreneurship. It is a city full of optimism. Those outside the city may not be able to appreciate fully the progress that is happening within Baltimore, but it is well underway—and we have great hope for the future.
Each fall when our new students arrive at Loyola, we begin to introduce them to Baltimore—not just the dynamic theater and cuisine and professional athletic events, but also some of the challenges that every city faces. Throughout their time on our campus and in the community, our students gain a fuller appreciation for how to be persons for and with others. As they serve in internships and volunteer throughout the city, our students receive a more complete educational experience because they are residents of Baltimore. I’m pleased that nearly 50% of our Loyola graduates make Baltimore their home after graduation. They see the opportunity that exists here—and they want to be part of it. Earlier this week, Visit Baltimore shared this compelling graphic that shows just a few of the reasons we can be proud of Baltimore.
The Society of Jesus has traditionally established schools and churches in urban environments, and Loyola was founded specifically to serve the people of Baltimore. This week, as we celebrate the Feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola—the founder of the Jesuits and our university’s namesake and patron saint—I can think of no more fitting time for us to renew our commitment to our city. As St. Ignatius said, “If you promise anything for tomorrow, do it today rather than put it off.”
May God bless our city of Baltimore and all those who believe in its extraordinarily bright future.
Rev. Brian F. Linnane, S.J.