Ursuline Academy student Natalie Garner attended the FaithActs Summer Youth Theology Institute in June of 2022. Her experiences there prompted her to write an article which was published in the Clarion Herald, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. In it, she explains how the presentations she attended and activities she participated in allowed her to connect her Catholic faith's teaching on creation to her spirituality and her actions in the world. Read the article»
Loyola University New Orleans’ Institute for Ministry (LIM) has been awarded a fourth grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation’s Catholic Sisters Initiative. This new three-year grant, totaling $545,000, provides transformative support for the leadership and well-being of Catholic sisters in the greater New Orleans community and beyond.
In July 2022, the Journal of Moral Theology (JMT) published a symposium entitled "Teaching Catholic Social Thought" which features articles by three Catholic sisters who studied with LIM thanks to grants from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, as well as an article by the grant manager, Sarah DeMarais.
Amanda Livermore, MPS, has recently been selected as the Feasibility Study Director of a Cristo Rey High School proposed for the Orlando area. Of this new venture, Amanda has said, "My LIMEX education will serve me well as I continue to build the Kingdom of God in central Florida. The Cristo Rey model will serve our community well, and I am excited to see how the Lord works through it all."
In the spring of 2022, Loyola alumnus Ansel Augustine (BA, MPS) has seen the fruits of his many labors recognized by others. These labors include serving as the Director of the Offic of Black Catholic Ministres for the Archdiocese of New Orleans, participating in the work of the Knights of Columbus and Knights of Peter Claver, teaching at Loyola and Xavier Universities in New Orleans, and engaging in youth and young adult ministry. Ansel channels his experiences into creative projects as well.
Loyola University New Orleans is pleased to announce the award in April 2022 of a $1.5 million-dollar grant to support the development of a new project, “F.I.E.L.D.: Faithful Innovation through Encountering, Listening, and Discerning: Practicing Synodality in Ministry with Young Adults.” LIM faculty member Tracey Lamont (pictured center) is the project director, who will develop LIM to become an innovation hub that educates and supports parish ministry teams to create innovative ministries with young adults and become more synodal, co-responsible communities of faith.
In March 2022, Global Sisters Report published alumna Jean Martinez's article "At a Nursing Home, I Find Hopeful Ministry in a Time of Change." In it, she shares her emotional and spiritual journey ushered in by the Covid-19 epidemic as she adapted her ministry of pastoral care to the residents at the Chateau de Notre Dame, a nursing home and apartments in the New Orleans area. Read the article»
Since January 2022, Louise Locke, MPS, has been serving in Bolivia as a Maryknoll Lay Missioner. She completed her training and in a Sending Ceremony in Dec. 2021 was sent into mission. Louise most recently worked as a pastoral associate for a parish serving a large retirement community and faced a tough discernment related to her call to be a lay missionary. In the end, she said, “I very much feel that God is inviting me into this experience.
LIM alumnus Mr. Grant Tregre, MPS, reflects on his experience of being a Black Catholic man and on the implications of that experience for social justice ministry in the Archdiocese of New Orleans' video series Sankofa Sages: Stories of the Black Catholic Experience, created for Black History Month 2022. Through his ministry at St. Joseph the Worker Church, Grant lives out his belief that one must act on one's Christianity. To watch the video GO»
Dr. Tracey Lamont is passionate about the powerful effects deep communication can have on individuals and organizations, and she is equally committed to the importance of effective ministry with young adults. These two areas of concern come together in her OSV Talk “Building a Church That Listens,” published online in February 2022. To watch GO»