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The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) have selected Dr. Jennifer Wright, Chief Nursing Officer of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing and DNP alumna, as a 2019 Fellow. She joins a group of leaders whose scholarly and forward thinking contributions have led to meaningful improvements to healthcare and the Nurse Practitioner role. The purpose of the AANP Fellows is to impact national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioner’s to lead new initiatives and support the AANP mission.

Diana is the Young Adult Minister at St. Angela Merici Parish in Youngstown, Ohio, where she has been serving for the last 3 1/2 years. She earned a master’s degree in Pastoral Studies from LIM and has worked in parish young adult ministry and evangelization for the past 10 years.

This National Advisory Team provides ongoing input and feedback on young adult ministry to the bishops, offers pastoral support to parish and diocesan leaders in the field, and develops a national coalition of young adult ministry leaders.

Michael A. Cowan, Ph.D., will be engaged in a collaborative project in the Centre for the Study of Social Cohesion (CSSC) in the School of Anthropology & Museum Ethnography at Oxford University which has recently appointed him a Research Affiliate. This project will build upon his study of how communities facing deep conflict—which is characterized by distrust and power imbalances and structured along racial, ethnic, religious, national, and class divides—are able to cross group boundaries to address chronic conflict.

Sarah DeMarais, graduating this spring, and Dr. John Dewell were both published in the fall 2018 Louisiana Journal for Counseling. Practicing What We Preach: Faculty Level Factors Impact on Service Learning, by John A. Dewell and Yu-Yun Liu, and Shaping Trauma-Responsive Schools with Relational-Cultural Theory, by Sarah C. DeMarais, can be found at


LIM Director Tom Ryan, project manager Sarah DeMarais, and student Sr. Mary Dolores Urassa, CDNK recently presented at the University of Notre Dame’s Catholic Social Tradition conference in South Bend, IN.

The presentation “Forming Women Religious as Agents of the Catholic Social Tradition” highlighted learnings and successes of LIM’s project “Catholic Sisters in Partnership for Sustainability,” funded by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

LIM graduate and adjunct faculty member Dr. Deborah Wilhelm has authored a chapter in the new book Effective Preaching: Bringing People into an Encounter with God. The book grew out of presentations at the 2017 Marten Preaching Conference at Notre Dame. Her contribution is entitled "'Murder Your Darlings': How to Edit for Effective Preaching." The quotation in the title is a reference to the writing advice Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch delivered in a lecture at Cambridge University. 

Two Loyola students are Franciscan Missionary Sisters for Africa, Kenyan natives currently ministering to internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Wau, South Sudan. Sr. Anne Mbithi Wandia and Sr. Leonidah Mokua, along with many other women religious serving in South Sudan, foster hope for survivors of tremendous violence, trauma, and disruption. See the Global Sisters' Report story on their congregation's work. 

Congratulations to Brent Bencel, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC on his recent publication in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP)!

Congratulations to Brent Bencel, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC on his recent publication in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (JAANP)!

LIM graduate Tony Melito appeared recently in an article and photos in the local New Orleans Advocate newspaper because of his work as the defensive spotter for the Superdome's announcing crew at New Orleans Saints football games.  Tony received an MRE from the Loyola Institute for Ministry and now teaches Religion at Brother Martin High School in New Orleans.


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