Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies


Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry (AGPIM)

IPS is an active member of AGPIM, an organization of educators, theologians and administrators representing Roman Catholic institutions that offer graduate programs in ministry, founded to promote the quality of ministerial education in the service of church and society.

Through regular meetings and networking, AGPIM draws its strength from open dialogue and shared vision. Graduate programs in ministry and pastoral theology prepare students for various areas of service to the Church including parish and family life, pastoral care, and religious education.

Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Initiated through the INSPIRE program at Loyola University Chicago IPS and The CrossingOver Project at Ruhr-Universität Bochum, the two institutions have enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship which promotes international academic cooperation and the exchange of teaching and research experiences.

The most recent expression of this affiliation finds cooperation at The CrossingOver Congress in June 2015.

Project INSPIRE 2004–2013

IPS participated in the Lilly Endowment, Inc. Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program in a partnership initiative with the Archdiocese of Chicago and with the assistance of a $2 million grant from Lilly. Begun in 2004, the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program has established projects to enable ministers of many Christian traditions to create environments for ongoing biblical study, theological reflection and spiritual renewal, as well as for developing sustained friendships and mutual support opportunities. The three- to five-year awards ranged from $616,094 to $2 million. Grant awards for all 63 original projects in the program totaled $84 million.

This grant program was called INSPIRE (Identify, Nurture and Sustain Pastoral Imagination with Resources for Excellence). It focused on pastoral leadership teams in selected Archdiocese of Chicago parishes. In its first five years, INSPIRE launched a process that identified and served effective pastoral leadership teams. While nurturing and sustaining these teams' pastoral excellence, INSPIRE provided financial, learning, and consultant resources to grow their effectiveness as collaborative pastoral leaders. INSPIRE parishes were uniquely mission driven and vital communities of faith, service, and witness.

In 2008, INSPIRE was awarded a second grant from the Lilly Endowment, supported by equal contributions from Loyola University Chicago and the Archdiocese of Chicago. A $2 million program was in place to build sustained practice and services within and between each partnership institution. During 2009 to 2013, the project grew the capacity of both institutions to serve collaborative expressions of pastoral excellence in the Archdiocese of Chicago and beyond.

In 2013 the INSPIRE Project morphed into the Institute of Pastoral Studies Parish Leadership and Management Programs.

Visit the IPS Parish Leadership and Management Programs Website

Adult Spiritual Renewal & Empowerment

Adult Spiritual Renewal & Empowerment, Inc., a not-for-profit organization, was established for the purpose of providing opportunities for the on-going formation of adults within the context of spirituality, faith-in-life, updating in theology, scripture, Christology, ecclesiology and other related disciplines. Emphasis is on the creation of an adult, mature approach to concerns of faith and religion. Questions are encouraged and dialogue is fostered in an atmosphere of mutual respect. It is our belief that such a climate better fosters the development of an adult conscience. We exist to serve persons from a variety of faith traditions, being both ecumenical and inter-faith.

Currently, a primary instrument of the above is the Institute for Adult Spiritual Renewal, a two week program held each summer. This program brings together a faculty from across the globe - all experts in their various fields. The Institute is held on the campus of Loyola University Chicago, Lakeshore site (on the north side of Chicago). Adult Spiritual Renewal & Empowerment, Inc. functions, mainly through its website, to promote and foster other centers and programs sharing a similar vision and mission.

Go to asrenewal.org for a complete overview of the organization.

The Center for Ministry Development

sponsors national certificates in Youth Ministry Studies and Life-Long Adult Faith Formation. These programs are available on-campus as part of IPS courses and workshops. They also may be taken as part of IPS's master's degree programs.

Go to secure.cmdnet.org for more information.


The MA in Social Justice and Community Development is offered in partnership with the Seminary Consortium for Urban Pastoral Education (SCUPE). SCUPE was established in 1976 to address the need for urban pastors to become more effective agents of social change. Using experiential education, SCUPE programs are designed specifically for seminary students, grassroots community leaders and pastors. The partnership between IPS and SCUPE gives the MASJCD an ecumenical, multi-cultural and community-based foundation. For more information on SCUPE, click here.

The Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago

Currently under the leadership of Archbishop Blase J. Cupich. it was established in 1843 and made an Archdiocese in 1880. It has been the center of Catholic innovation and creativity for more than a century, comprising 1,400 square miles in Cook and Lake Counties, with a Catholic population of almost 2.5 million people (40% of the area's total population). There are 375 parishes, with diverse populations, including almost one million Latino/Hispanic people and about 100,000 each of African-American and Asian Catholics. The Archdiocese has the largest Catholic school system in the United States, with 242 elementary schools and 41 secondary schools. 800,000 people are served annually by the Archdiocese's Catholic Charities. Its 21 Catholic hospitals serve more than two million people annually.

The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions

The Council is headquartered in Chicago at 70 E. Lake Street, Suite 205, Chicago, IL 60601. CPWR started in 1988 when two monks from the Vivekananda Vedanta Society of Chicago suggested organizing a centennial celebration of the 1893 World's Parliament of Religions, held in Chicago in conjunction with the Columbian Exposition. The 1893 Parliament marked the first formal gathering of representatives of Eastern and Western spiritual traditions. Today, it is recognized as the occasion of the birth of formal interreligious dialogue worldwide. In 1993, the Parliament of the World's Religions was convened in Chicago, with 8,000 people from all over the world coming together to celebrate diversity and harmony, and to explore religious and spiritual responses to the critical issues which confront us all. Here in Chicago, the Council seeks to nurture and broaden interreligious dialogue through a wide variety of programs and activities that bring together people from diverse religious traditions.

The Gamaliel Foundation

A powerful national network of grassroots, interracial, multi-issue organizations working together to create a more just and democratic society, is located at:

203 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 808
Chicago, IL 60601
Phone: 312.357.2639

The Industrial Areas Foundation

Builds a political base within society's rich and complex third sector of voluntary institutions that includes religious congregations, labor locals, homeowner groups, recovery groups, parents associations, settlement houses, immigrant societies, schools, seminaries, orders of men and women religious, and others. It is located at:

220 West Kinzie Street
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312.245.9211

Other faith-based non-profits committed to service and justice, include the 8th Day Center for Justice, Night Ministry, Interfaith House and many others.