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FaithActs 2020


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Through immersion in Southeast Louisiana, engagement with the relevant sciences, and an exploration of Christianity's rich biblical and theological traditions, participants will discern how their faith can help make them leaders in support of creation and environmental justice. They can also earn 3 college credits or 40 hours of service.  This event made possible by a grant from the Lilly Foundation takes place Monday-Friday June 15-19 and is for rising high school juniors and seniors to

  • explore faith's implications for creation
  • have immersion experiences in local wetlands and neighborhoods
  • learn social analysis and theological reflection
  • collaborate with high school students from across South Louisiana
  • undertake community service

Faith Acts invites students to think theologically and explore answers to questions such as:

  • What does faith require of us with regard to creation and environmental justice?
  • What is God's will with and for us?
  • What am I called to create?

We invite you to share in the great work of strengthening your faith, exploring your true self, asking big questions, and leading the future! 

For Parents

Current high school sophomores and juniors may apply.

The cost to attend is $100. Students are housed in one of the Loyola University residence halls with dedicated student mentors staying on the same floor. Transportation throughout the week of the institute, housing, and all meals are included in this cost.

Students will receive instruction from Loyola University faculty members and reflect in small groups led by Loyola undergraduate student mentors. All Loyola faculty, staff, and undergraduate student mentors are Safe Environment trained and are cleared through background checks in order to work with minors.

Students can earn either 40 service hours or 3 college credits by participating in the FaithActs Institute.

For High School Students

  • Apply ​Today!  
  • Earn 40 service hours or 3 college credits! Indicate which option you choose on the application.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich environmental, historical, and religious context of south Louisiana
  • Explore questions about God, your faith, and its implications for how you live
  • Discover God's call for your life
  • Delight in the wonder of creation
  • Pray and reflect with small groups
  • Draw on the wisdom of Pope Francis
  • Study the intersection of faith and science
  • Analyze environmental threats and work for environmental justice
  • Develop actions for sustainability
  • Experience living on campus for 4 nights

For Religious Educators

  • Students can earn either 40 service hours or 3 college credits by participating in the FaithActs Institute
  • To nominate participants who are ready to explore questions about their faith, purpose, and call to ministry in the world. 

What To Bring

  • Bible
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat or visor
  • Rainjacket
  • Shower slippers
  • T-shirts and shorts for outdoor service activities
  • Long-sleeved shirts and pants for protection against insects on evening excursions
  • Tennis shoes or work boots you don’t mind getting dirty or muddy
  • Nice informal wear for closing service on Friday, June 19

What Not To Bring

For fire safety, personal safety, and pest control reasons, the following items are prohibited in all residence halls:

  • Explosives and fireworks
  • Pets
  • Knives and weapons
  • Illegal substances (absolutely no drugs or alcohol)
  • Halogen lamps (floor or desk)
  • Microwave ovens
  • Candles, oil lamps, incense, and other burning devices
  • Extension cords
  • Space heaters
  • Combustible materials
  • Open coil appliances such as hot plates, skillets, toasters, or toaster ovens

For more information, please contact Diane Blair at 504-865-3399 or email