Diana Hancharenko (MPS 2011) recently shared her experience of pivoting during the pandemic from in-person young adult activities to virtual and socially distanced ones at St. Angela Merici’s in Youngstown, Ohio, In the article "Challenging 2020 Provides Opportunities for Innovation in Young-Adult Ministry," Diana is interviewed along with a group of other young adult ministry leaders who share how they have embraced the limitations imposed by the pandemic by creating new ways of carrying out their ministries to young adults.
LIM MPS graduate Ansel Augustine's reflections on Advent (and Congo Square, Tremé, and Mardi Gras Indians). "Christ is already there!"
Sr. Jackline Mwikali Mwongela highlights her work with the Bosco Boys Centre in Nairobi, Kenya, in an article in the Global Sisters Report. The centre gives boys who lived on the streets a safe home and informal education. In her article, Sr. Jackline explains how she created a Catholic social teaching workshop for the boys' parents and guardians, an undertaking inspired by her studies at LIM. In this way, Sr. Jackline lives the charism of her religious community, the Loreto Sisters of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, in freedom, justice, and integrity.
Sr. Anne Wandia, a member of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, is currently residing in Wau, South Sudan, where her primary ministry is teacher development. In an article entitled "Our Call in South Sudan" for the Global Sisters Report, she explains how her studies at LIM helped her to partner with local leaders and international organizations to serve displaced families in the Wau Diocese and to lead an effort to develop and implement the Child Safeguarding Policy for the Catholic Diocese of Wau.
Dr. Tracey Lamont’s article “Ministry with Young Adults: Toward a New Ecclesiological Imagination” has been published in a special issue of Religions, an open access journal. The special issue focuses on "Catholic Youth & Young Adult Ministry." To read the article or download it, GO»
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Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM) graduate student Ashley Elisar has been named lead researcher for a project funded by a grant from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). The Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors received the CCHD grant and selected LIM as its education partner for implementation. The project involves studying how the Catholic Church in the United States can be more effective in promoting and acting on the powerful and inspiring tradition of Catholic Social Teaching.
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Dr. Deborah Wilhelm, who lives in Oregon, has penned an article for The Christian Century, entitled "When the Wildfires Came to My House, I Remembered the Garden of Eden." It places the recent wildfires in the context of exile and consequences as it mourns the loss and devastation resulting from the fires. Read it now GO»
Dallas Lawry, DNP student, was acknowledged in the October 2020 American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s GNSA bulletin as an “Emerging Leader.” Dallas has been active in student governance at Loyola and a leader in Loyola University New Orleans, School of Nursing’s Doctor of Nursing Practice Program. Dallas has helped organize and participated in medical mission trips with Louisiana-Himalaya Association, and worked to get other Loyola graduate students involved in a mission trip.
Flossie Bourg, Ph.D., recently reviewed Between Life and Death: From Despair to Hope by Kashyap Patel, M.D. (Penguin Random House India, 2020). Dr. Patel, an oncologist, tells the story of his patient Harry, who has terminal cancer and must come to grips with his diagnosis and eventual death. Professor Bourg's review in the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC) explores how the engaging narrative raises important questions about the education and support patients need if they are to exercise meaningful informed consent, as well as what training and support medical professionals need if they are to support their terminal patients and care for themselves. To read the review GO»
Sr. Charity Bbalo, Religious Sister of the Holy Spirit, earned the Certificate in Catholic Social Teaching through the project “Catholic Sisters in Partnership for Sustainability,” funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and is continuing her Loyola studies in our new project, “Living Charisms for Sustainable Human Development." In July, the Global Sisters Report published her article, "Preserving Trees by Making Charcoal from Paper Litter." Read it»
Additionally, Sr. Charity led her college in a tree planting as part of its first ever “Environment Day.” Coverage of the event by a local radio station prompted several schools to contact Sr. Charity to learn how they could host a similar event.