Ansel Augustine, D.Min, recently shared his thoughts on the readings for the fourth Sunday of Easter (April 30, 2023) with the audience of US Catholic. By asking the question, "How can we be church in the world?", Ansel opens a reflection on being truly present to those around us, sharing their struggles, and living our faith in the process. Read the article and watch the video here.
Fr. Joseph Onyait, who has studied at LIM focused on Small Christian Communities, embarked on an ambitious plan to train facilitators in the Diocese of Soroti in Uganda so that they might lead Small Christian Communities in their parishes. He helped to create a plan to train catechists, Parish Council members, and parish priests, among others, and presented it to the Bishop of Soroti, Rev. Dr. Joseph Eciru Oliach.
On March 14, 2023, Loyola Institute for Ministry Interim Director Tracey Lamont received notice from Loyola Provost Dr. Tanuja Singh that her application for promotion in rank and tenure has been accepted. As of August 1 of this year, she will be a tenured Associate Professor of Religious Education and Young Adult Ministry. Congratulations Dr. Lamont!
On March 19, 2023 in the Diocese of Portland, ME, Daniel Maloney, C.P.S., was ordained by Bishop Robert Deeley in a ceremony held at St. Martha Church in Kennebunk. Read about Daniel's journey and his ministry helping people overcome substance use here.
When sharing the news of his ordination with LIM faculty member Dr. Tom Ryan, Daniel noted that LIM "empowered me to complete the academic task and ultimately formation for the Diaconate."
Below is a video of Daniel's ordination.
The International Journal of Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement published "The Transformative Potential of Service-Learning in an African Religious Context," co-authored by Sarah DeMarais (LIM Associate Project Director), Dr. Steve Mumford (University of New Orleans), and Dr. Tom Ryan (Loyola's Interim VP of Mission and Identity and Professor of Theology and Ministry). The article explores insights from LIM's recent Conrad N.
Karen Brady, M.R.E., pictured on the far right with her Confirmation class, introduced them to a new way of preparing to experience the sacrament. In the Diocese of Tucson, she partnered with Fr. Emanuel “Manu” Franco-Gomez, O.Carm., to offer Confirmation candidates an experience of sacramental preparation that transformed traditional formation by pairing it with Kairos retreats at which adult mentors joined the candidates to support their spiritual growth. An article about this program appeared in the Diocese of Tucson's New Outlook.
Ms. Sheri Salvagio, M.R.E., was named permanent president and CEO of Cabrini High School by the Board of Trustees in late December 2022. Previous to that, she had been serving as interim president since June 2022. Sheri joined the Cabrini High School staff in 2019 as director of institutional advancement and alumnae relations. She has more than 25 years of Catholic educational and administrative experience and brings many gift and talents to her new position. LIM wishes her great success in leading Cabrini High School and its students!
Interim LIM Director Tracey Lamont, Ph.D., received the University Senate Excellence Award in Service at the Spring 2023 President's Convocation for Faculty & Staff held on January 20. Isabel Medina, J.D., presented the award. In her remarks, she noted that the University Senate Award is selected by faculty alone who chose to recognize Dr. Lamont's work at the national, regional, and local levels.
On Nov. 10, 2022, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., presented Dr. Ansel Augustine (MPS) with the ARTIE Award for Literature. The award recognizes Ansel’s latest book, Leveling the Praying Field: Can the Church we Love, Love Us Back?, which received a Pulitzer Prize Nomination for general nonfiction.
Alumna Sr. Erin McDonald, CSJ, MPS, is excited about the November 2022 launch of her podcast Beyond the Habit, which she co-hosts with fellow Sister of St Joseph Colleen Gibson, SSJ. Beyond the Habit invites listeners to move beyond everyday assumptions of what it means to be Catholic, find common ground, and create unity by talking with special guests about real life issues. Sister Erin studied at LIM through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation titled Communicating Charism.