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Welcome to the Pack!

The faculty and staff of the Institute for Ministry welcome our new students to a community of learners that spans the globe! We have tailored our new student orientation to the program in which they are enrolled. Find out more below.

Online Program

Orientation for online students occurs in two parts.  All new students first are assisted by LIM staff with registering for their first semester classes.  Then students are given access to the LIM Resource Module, which is an online, self-paced orientation session that new students are to complete before the first class session of the semester. The module is available on the Canvas learning management system on which students will be taking classes. The orientation features tutorials designed specifically  to provide new students with the tools and skills needed to access university resources and services and to practice using Blackboard. During this orientation, university and LIM academic and administrative policies are also reviewed and students are given access to the LIM Guide to Written Theological Reflection which will be used throughout the program.

On-Campus Program

LIM staff meets with students individually before the first week of classes to handle administrative matters, to register them for their first semester, and to discuss material in the orientation booklet. A welcome session with the faculty is arranged each semester as well.

Extension Program

LIM extension students will attend a 3-hour Orientation Session scheduled by their local sponsoring agency. During the Orientation Session, students will receive instructions for accessing the following resources to be used throughout the program:  

  • The LIM Policy Manual and Guide to Written Theological Reflection are available in Canvas, Loyola's  learning management system; students will receive a user name and password from their facilitator to access, download, and print these documents.
  • A Video Guide to  Writing the Reflective Essay is available in Canvas; students will receive a user name and password from their facilitator to view these videos.

For Additional Information

Orientation questions for any of the programs can be directed to LIM Director Tom Ryan at

University Web Pages

Below are helpful links for you to review prior to beginning your coursework.