Holiday Greetings

Holiday Greetings

Dear Friends,

As the Christian community moves through the season of Advent every December, so too the university community at Loyola draws to a close of what might be called a season of exams and final papers!   In the midst of this, I am grateful for the many people who support our programs.   Of the 12 events of the fall semester, I would single out four of them that illustrate to me the diverse interests that the Hank Center promotes in its endeavor to communicate, research, and connect to the Roman Catholic intellectual heritage.  

First, as a way to promote inter-religious conversation at Loyola, our Catholicism in Dialogue Series discussed the role that pilgrimage plays in the Abrahamic faiths with scholars of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Second, as a way to deepen Loyola's understanding of the Catholic tradition's commitment to the plight of refugees around the world, we dedicated our Catholic Minds, Catholic Matters series to a symposium on the challenges of Jesuit education in light of global poverty and the displacement of peoples. Third, as a way to celebrate the university's Jesuit heritage, we continued our campus-wide conversation leading up to the bicentennial of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus, 1814-2014, and discussed both why the Jesuits were suppressed by the Church in the first place and what lead to their eventual restoration.  Finally, as a way to connect to the roots of Catholic life and culture in Chicago, we hosted the first in a series of conferences on Chicago immigration and the Catholic Church, starting with the Italian American community.  This two-day conference brought together historians, literary critics, artists, and leaders in the Italian American community of Chicago to celebrate this rich heritage. To see the video for any of these events, visit our website or contact us at to get a DVD edition of it.

We also look forward to the great programming we will offer in the spring:our annual Cardinal Newman Lecture in February invites a scholar to reflect with us on his or her intellectual journey toward Catholicism; our Catholicism and the Arts Series in March celebrates the poetry of the Jesuit, Gerard Manley Hopkins; and put on your calendars March 27 for our full day papal symposium, Habemus Papam +1:  The First Year of Pope Francis.

Stay tuned for more information. 


From all of us at the Joan and Bill Hank Center, a Merry Christmas to you and a happy new year,


Fr. Mark Bosco, S.J.