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Recently, Religious Education, the official publication of the Religious Education Association, published faculty member Tracey Lamont’s article, “Catholic Schools as Spaces for Transformative Encounter.” It explores how Catholic secondary school curriculums on “Ecumenical and Interreligious Issues” can unfold through intentional pedagogical methods that help religious educators teach about religious pluralism in a way that nurtures the developmental needs of adolescents, deepens their religious and moral identity, and develops habits of mind committed to the common good.

Alumna Lorraine Hess (MPS 2018) presented a workshop titled “Eucharistic Adoration: A Communal Invitation to Mission” with Fr. Rick Hilgartner at the 2018 convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. A podcast of the presentation is now available. In it, Lorraine and Fr. Rick offer suggestions regarding how worshiping communities might enhance their members’ experience of Adoration. 

Alloys Nyakundi came from Kenya to study at the Institute for Ministry in New Orleans because of his passion for leading and promoting Youth Small Christian Communities, or YSCCs. At Kenyatta University in Nairobi, he gained valuable insight into the needs of East African youth and how they can be met through YSCCs. In a recent trio of publications, he shares that insight as it has been informed by his experiences and his studies. 

Dr. Tom Ryan is a featured guest columnist in The Clarion Herald, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. In "A Catholic Response to Disturbing Climate Report," Dr. Ryan considers the findings detailed by the United Nations's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and how Catholics can respond to the challenges we face.
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From left to right: Oriel Romano and Ida Ansell pictured with Vinetta Frie (LCA president) after receiving the Graduate Student Award at the Louisiana Counseling Association Conference for their development of Students Addressing Race and Privilege (SARP) at Loyola University New Orleans, research efforts and receipts of grant funding, commitment to multicultural issues, and overall dedication to their profession.

Graduate student Ida Ansell and Professor Kevin Foose lead a discussion at the Louisiana Counseling Association's (LCA) annual conference on the forgotten legacy of Alfred Adler’s theory of the Masculine Protest and the implications of our field’s collective amnesia. They gave an introduction to the historical context in which Adler came to his ideas about the debilitating consequences of Western society’s construction of the gender binary and its preference for aggression and exploitation.

First year graduate student Sarah Hollows will be attending CULTURE///SHIFT 2018 from November 1-3 in Albuquerque, NM. Put on by the U.S. Department of Arts and Culture, a grassroots action network, Culture///SHIFT is a national convening of artists, organizers, healers, policy-makers, students, dreamers and allies joining to incite creativity and social imagination to shape a culture of empathy, equity, and belonging.

 

More information on this convening and the USDAC can be found at https://usdac.us/about/

Second year counseling student, Sarah Zoghbi, has been named Director of Care for Creatives. Care for Creatives represents a unique partnership between Southern Rep Theatre and the New Orleans Musicians’ Clinic. The programs unite New Orleans’ creative community with mental health practitioners in a sanctuary space to promote resilience through enriching workshops and engaging events.

New Orleans, LA—The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC), recently selected Oriel Romano of New Orleans, Louisiana, for the NBCC Minority Fellowship Program-Youth (MFP-Y). As an NBCC MFP-Y Fellow, Romano will receive funding and training to support her education and facilitate her service to underserved minority populations, with a specific focus on transition-age youth (ages 16–25).

Rev. Ayo Efodigbue, MSP, PhD, has just published a book Charisms for Ministry: An Exploration of How the Manifest Charisms in the Early Church Can Be Recovered and Restored for Ministry in the Catholic Church Today (Xulon Press, 2018). Father Ayo is a LIM alumnus (MPS '12); during his studies at LIM, he developed his focus on charism in his coursework. 

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