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Loyola Institute for Ministry

Make A Difference in the Church and World

At the Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM), we offer graduate degrees and certificates that are transformative and affordable. Our goal is to promote our students’ passionate commitment to the promise of God's Reign and to the mission of sharing the Good News.  We  believe our best shot is in the combination of theology and spirituality and a focus on practical implications.

We take your future seriously, and we have a broad vision of ministry. It is practiced within Church settings and beyond--wherever people of faith live and work. We offer degrees that will help you reach your goals and advance your career, whether you work in a in a church or religious school or are answering the call to holiness in everyday life by seeking a deeper connection between faith and work in the world.   

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Study Options

We believe in flexible higher education that suits the needs of adult learners, and we offer a variety of programs designed to meet you where you are:


We offer many valueable resources that will support your coursework. Here are just a few:

Faculty Success

Professor Emeritus Named Oxford Research Affiliate

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.

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Student Success

Scholar Award Winner Mary Cranstoun

Congratulations to Mary E. Cranstoun, MPS ’19, for receiving the Loyola Institute for Ministry Scholar Award! 

The Loyola Institute for Ministry Scholar Award recognizes excellence in Scholarship, Leadership and Service in a graduate from the Loyola Institute for Ministry.

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Christus Vivit Workshop

Join the Loyola Institute for Ministry and Paul Jarezembowski, USCCB Coordinator of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, on December 14, 2019, for a workshop about Pope Francis' Christus Vivit and its practical implications for youth and young adult ministry. To learn more and to RSVP, click on the image above.

Young Adult Ministry Webinar

Join us on November 14th at 1 pm CT to participate in the "National Young Adult Ministry Webinar on Pastoral Care for Young Adults." This presentation and conversation hosted by LIM professor Tracey Lamont features professionals ministering to youth and young adults who will be discussingmental health and ministry with young adults. Click on the image above for more information and to RSVP.