Faculty member Thomas Ryan, Ph.D., was interviewed for an article in Northwest Catholic regarding a report he wrote about perceptions of Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and perceptions of diocesan commitment to CST and social action. The report was the result of a collaboration between the Loyola Institute for Ministry and the Roundtable Association of Catholic Diocesan Social Action Directors.
In December 2023, Pope Francis formally approved letting Catholic priests bless same-sex couples, as long as they do not appear to endorse their marriage. WWL Radio interviewed Professor Tom Ryan about the Pope's declaration, which is formaly titled "Fiducia Supplicans: On the Pastoral Meaning of Blessings." Listen to Dr. Ryan's explanation of the meaning and limits of the declaration here.
Alumna Louise Locke has dedicated her career to serving others. Holding dual Master's degrees in Pastoral Studies and Counseling, Louise currently ministers as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner in Bolivia. She recently shared her experiences as a missionary on the Go Forth podcast, reflecting on Matthew 10:39 ("Whoever finds his life will lose it, whoever loses his life will find it.") and giving witness to her faith. Listen to the podcast here.
Loyola University New Orleans has received a $1.25 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support a project with the Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM), in partnership with the National Community of Catechetical Leadership (NCCL) entitled “Becoming a Missionary Synodal Parish Community.”
LIM Professor Tom Ryan collaborated with LIM adjunct faculty Deborah Wilhelm and Gilberto Ruiz of Saint Anselm College to co-author GIA Publications' Living the Word: Scripture Reflections and Commentaries for Sundays and Holy Days for Year B, starting on the First Sunday of Advent on December 3, 2023.
Ivy Fitzgerald and Lindy Disman both presented at the Louisiana Counseling Association’s (LCA) conference this year in Baton Rouge. Lindy and Ivy are both inter third year in the master’s program. Lindy placed 3rd in the masters level poster board contest. Congratulations to Lindy and Ivy!
Dr. Christine Ebrahim (Associate Professor) and Dr. Joey Pistorius (Adjunct Professor) from the counseling department, along with other board members of the Louisiana Association for Counselor Educators and Supervisors (LACES), presented on the topic of LPC supervision. Dr. Ebrahim is the past President of LACES and Dr. Pistosius is the President Elect.
Dr. Sarah Stillwell, our newest professor, is being honored with the Solomonson Social Justice Leadership award in November. This award recognizes social justice advocates in the state of Texas and within TxCSJ who exhibit leadership skills. She has demonstrated social justice action which is aimed at making the lives of others and/or communities better. She is engaged in the empowerment of marginalized individuals and/or communities. She has show leadership in community organizing and systems change that promote human rights and social justice action.
In September 2023, LIM Director Tracey Lamont traveled to the Archdiocese of Louisville to give a talk to alumni of the LIM extension program. In her keynote address at the Archdiocese of Louisville’s annual Faith Formation Celebration, she explored the relationship between synodality, listening, and revitalizing faith formation.
Read an article about Dr. Lamont's address and visit in The Record, the Archdiocesan newspaper.
The Archdiocese of Louisville celebrated its most recent group of students in the LIM Extension Program who earned their Certificate in Theology and Ministry.
Pictured in the photo (l-r) are LIM liaison and facilitator Art Turner, Dawn Hueglin, LIM director Tracey Lamont, Kathy Holderbaum, Paula Silliman, Tim Tallent, Beth Freeman, Lynn McDaniel. Doug Wolz was unable to attend.