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Congratulations to our recent graduating class of 2024! Four students passed their comprehensive exam with distinction and those are: Madison Bates, Maddy Kolker, Shanique Harrison, and Hope Walls. In addition, multiple students were honored with awards. The Regina Matthews Oehmig Award went to Ivy Kate Fitzgerald. The Counseling Clinical Excellence Award went to Aidan A. Morda and Madison Marie Bates. The Counseling Excellence in Scholarship Award went to Lindy A. Disman. The Mimi Heebe Excellence in Play Therapy Award went to Hope Walls.

On May 17, 2024, Claire Gallagher, Associate Director of "Flourishing Sisterhood: Nourishing Communities in the Gulf South," was interviewed by Gaby Smith of Catholic Community Media. During the engaging conversation, Claire shared her inspiring vocation story and the profound journey that led her to become a consecrated virgin for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. Listen to the interview»

Dr. Emily Jendzejec received the Faculty Award of Excellence at the College of Nursing and Health Awards Convocation on May 10, 2024. Dr. Jendzejec was recognized for her excellence in teaching and scholarship, as well as her service as the Coordinator of the Loyola Institute for Ministry's FIELD Project. The FIELD Project engages with ministry leaders in parishes to design a renewed way of being Church marked by synodality, or journeying together on the walk of faith by engaging young adults, listening to them, and discerning with them pastoral responses. 

Ansel Augustine, M.P.S., D.Min., will deliver the Commencement address at Saint Michael’s College to the Class of 2024. Dr. Augustine is a member of the Saint Michael’s Board of Trustees. He will speak during the College’s 117th Commencement Ceremony on May 12, 2024.

In March 2024, LIM adjunct professor Deborah Wilhelm, D.Min., participated in a significant gathering of preachers and theologians from across North America, Europe, and Asia. The synodal symposium, titled "The Pastoral Charge for Lay Catholic Eucharistic Preaching," took place in St. Louis from March 11–14 and aimed to generate recommendations regarding lay preaching at Mass.

The Loyola University Play Therapy Center proudly hosted this year's Louisiana Association for Play Therapy Conference in March.

The Loyola University Play Therapy Center proudly hosted this year's Louisiana Association for Play Therapy Conference in March.

Skya Abbate, DBe (Loyola, Chicago 2020), DOM (1984), earned her Master's and Post-Master's in Pastoral Studies at the Loyola Institute for Ministry. The Linacre Quarterly, the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association, recently published her article, "Reimagining the Discipleship of Marriage Through the Lens of Mark: A Theological Reflection for Bioethical Decision-Making on Contraception in Catholic Healthcare and Marital Life." Skya told emeriti professor Barbara Fleischer that the article had its genesis in a paper written for her first class at LIM, which Dr.

The Diocese of Orlando recently celebrated a remarkable achievement by five dedicated members of St. Joseph Parish. Louis Canter, Aimee Holzer, Leon Holzer, Nancy J. McLaughlin, and Nydia Rivera-Rivera have earned their Certificate in Theology and Ministry, demonstrating their unwavering commitment to deepening their faith and serving their community. They completed their certificates through the Institute for Ministry's Extension Program, which has been active in the Diocese of Orlando for over 35 years.

Dr. Tracey Lamont was a featured speaker at the Leadership Roundtable's 2024 Catholic Partnership Summit held February 28–March 1, 2024 in Arlington, VA. This year's theme was "Expanding the Tent: Young Adult Leadership and Co-Responsibility in the Catholic Church." Dr. Lamont particpated in Session 3, "The Church We Want to Be: An Authentic Place for All to Belong." This session delved into belonging and trust concerns, as well as how the Church can ensure the leadership tables of its parishes, communities, and ministries are spaces where all young adults truly belong.

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