Loyola University Chicago

Ignatian Heritage Month

A celebration of St. Ignatius and his legacy

St. Ignatius of Loyola encouraged his followers to seek God in all things, to serve those in need, and to become people for others. His mission can be seen in everything we do at Loyola—and it’s this living legacy that we celebrate throughout Ignatian Heritage Month. This year’s events carry special meaning because it is the 25th anniversary of the deaths of the Salvadoran martyrs. READ MORE

Calendar of events

Ignatian Heritage Month features more than a dozen events throughout November. Open the panels below for more information.

Ignatian Heritage Month Photography Contest

November 1–8

This year’s contest seeks photos that capture “living radically” in an Ignatian way. The top picture will be featured on Loyola’s social media accounts—plus the winner will receive a $200 gift card. CONTEST RULES

Blessing of the Bells

November 2 • 10:30 a.m.
Madonna della Strada Chapel

Come join us for the blessing of the new bells of Madonna della Strada at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Celebrate with coffee in Palm Court immediately after the blessing.


Mass of Remembrance

November 2 • 5 p.m.
Madonna della Strada Chapel

Join us for Mass in Madonna della Strada, with a reception to follow.


Hunger Week

November 3–9
Various times and locations

Help educate, advocate, and raise money to end hunger. This year’s beneficiaries include A Just Harvest, the Society of St. Andrew, and The Hunger Project. EVENT SCHEDULE

Women and Leadership:
Church and World

November 4 • 4:30–6 p.m.
Kasbeer Hall • Corboy Law Center

Panelists Carol Fowler, Shirl Giacomi, Sheila O'Brien, and May Ann Smith will discuss their reflections on the Church—and challenge us all to be agents of social change. LEARN MORE

Chicago Catholic Immigrants
Conference: The Mexicans

November 7, 8 • 9 a.m.–6 p.m.
McCormick Lounge • Coffey Hall

The Hank Center offers the second in a series of conferences that focuses on the historical, cultural, and religious roles that Roman Catholicism played in the lives of Chicago immigrants. CONFERENCE DETAILS

Jesuits on Tap

November 9 • 8:30 p.m.
Lu’s Deli • Baumhart Hall

Come share drinks, food, and stimulating conversations with some of Loyola’s finest—the Jesuits.

Movie screening: ‘Hit & Stay’

November 11 • 4:15 p.m.
Damen Student Center Cinema

Join filmmaker Joe Tropea for a screening of his award-winning 2013 documentary “Hit & Stay,” about Vietnam-era raids on draft board offices by Catholic radicals protesting the war. WATCH TRAILER

Movie screening: ‘Romero’

November 11 • 6 p.m.
Loyola University Museum of Art

“Romero” is a 1989 American biopic depicting the life of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, who organized peaceful protests against the violent military regime—protests that eventually cost him his life.

Ignatian Heritage Month
Book Club

November 12 • noon–1 p.m.
Corboy Law Center • Room 727

Come discuss “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” by Gregory Boyle, S.J.

Finding Go(o)d in All Art

November 12 • 6–8 p.m.
The Den • Damen Student Center

This gallery event stems from the Jesuit value of finding God in all things, or finding the good in all things. The event will explore how and where students may find God (or good) and translate that into their art. LEARN MORE

Ignatian Heritage Month
Book Club

November 14 • noon–1 p.m.
Stritch School of Medicine • Room 250

Come discuss “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” by Gregory Boyle, S.J.

Ringing of the Bells

November 16 • 10:30 a.m.
Madonna della Strada Chapel

After Mass, the new bells of Madonna della Strada will be rung for the first time in honor of the 25th anniversary of the deaths of the Salvadoran martyrs.

Ignatian Heritage Month
Book Club

November 19 • noon–1 p.m.
Piper Hall • Room 201

Come discuss “Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion,” by Gregory Boyle, S.J.

The Ellacuría Tapes:
A Martyr at Loyola

November 19 • 12:30–2 p.m
Crown Center • Room 530

In 1986 Loyola awarded an honorary doctorate to Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J., rector of the University of Central America. Three years later he was one of the eight martyrs slain in El Salvador. Come to a launch party of an online exhibit about Ellacuría and his time at Loyola.

RACE Lecture Series

November 19 • 4–5:30 p.m.
Information Commons • 4th floor

Hear Juan Perea and Steven Ramirez of the Loyola University Chicago School of Law discuss “Race and Racial Inequality: Through a Legal Lens.” LEARN MORE

Salvadoran Martyrs:
Memorial Liturgy

November 20 • Noon–1 p.m
Madonna della Strada Chapel

This liturgy—with special presider Jon Sobrino, S.J.—will honor the lives of the six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper, and her daughter who were killed 25 years ago in El Salvador.

Salvadoran Martyrs:
Address by Jon Sobrino, S.J.

November 20 • 6 p.m
Mundelein Center • Mundelein Auditorium

Loyola is honored to host Jon Sobrino, S.J., for an address commemorating the 25th anniversary of the deaths of the Salvadoran martyrs. Sobrino will discuss “A Community of Blood: Jesuits, University Professors, and Worker Martyrs.” REGISTER NOW

Salvadoran Martyrs:
Academic Roundtable

November 21 • 9:30 a.m.–noon
Information Commons • 4th floor

A panel of experts will discuss “Memory and Hope: The Salvadoran Martyrs, Prophetic Witness, and the Future of Jesuit Higher Education.” Jon Sobrino, S.J., will provide responses. LEARN MORE

Remembering the Salvadoran martyrs

On November 16, 1989, members of the Salvadoran military murdered six Jesuit priests and two others at the University of Central America. Jon Sobrino, S.J., (right) who taught at the university but was out of town when the victims were killed, spoke about their legacy during his visit to Loyola. READ MORE

News coverage from 1989

The slayings occurred during a prolonged civil war between the Salvadoran government and leftist opposition groups. The war was controversial in the United States because the Reagan Administration gave aid to the Salvadoran military in an effort, it said, to stem the spread of communism.

VIDEO: Watch the ABC News coverage of the slayings from 25 years ago.

A closer look at the Martyrs Memorial

To honor the eight Salvadoran martyrs, Loyola built a memorial on campus in 2010. The structure, which curves along the sidewalk on the west side of Madonna della Strada Chapel, contains the names of each of the victims. These are the stories behind those names.

A ‘radical’ picture

Loyola student Sofia Gambini took home top honors—and a $200 gift card—in this year’s Ignatian Heritage Month photo contest with this picture. The contest, which ran from November 1–8, sought images that capture “living radically” in an Ignatian way. MORE PHOTOS

Men and women for others

These four Loyolans—two students, a professor, and an alum—are living examples of St. Ignatius’s mission to serve others.

Jacob Guise

Business student

“I want to accomplish something for other people. This community, the city, my family, my friends gave me so much. There’s no reason why I shouldn’t be able to give back and help others.”

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Michelle Lozano

Psychology student

“I’ve gained so much from my research (with the organization Girls in the Game). These girls need attention and support, and a lot of other resources that aren’t given to them.”

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Clifford Shultz, PhD

Marketing professor

“I asked myself, ‘What do I want to do with my life? Do I want to find ways to sell financial services on Wall Street? Or do I want to use my craft in ways that could help the human condition?’ ”

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Carmen Velásquez (BS ’63)

Founder of Alivio Medical Center

“We wanted access to health care for all, we wanted immigration reform, and we wanted to address the lack of bilingual and bicultural health professionals. … We wanted everything.”

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