Campus Ministry nurtures Catholic life at Loyola through the celebration of the Mass and other sacraments as well as opportunities for communal prayer and Eucharistic Adoration. While Madonna della Strada Chapel is the center of Catholic Life on Loyola's Lake Shore Campus, Campus Ministry offers opportunities for Catholic liturgies, prayer, and reflection at Loyola's Water Tower Campus, and Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, IL.
Madonna della Strada Chapel is Loyola University Chicago's main chapel. Unlike diocesan parishes, Madonna della Strada Chapel is operated and maintained by the University, and it functions as an apostolic outreach of the Jesuits on campus, serving a diverse and transient congregation. Like all other Catholic churches, the chapel must adhere to guidelines and policies for Roman Catholic spaces of worship and liturgical celebrations, which are are promulgated by the Archdiocese of Chicago. In addition to liturgy, Madonna della Strada Chapel serves an educational purpose, giving students the opportunity to learn more about the liturgy and train to be liturgical ministers.
Spring Semester 2021
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Welcome back everyone and thank you to everyone who has joined us in-person or virtually since reopening in July 2020. We are grateful for those who have assisted us in volunteer roles to enhance our worship and to keep us safe and healthy. As we move into spring semester with more students living in university housing, we look forward to welcoming an increased presence of students to the chapel for prayer and worship. We will continue with health and safety protocols, including mask wearing, social distancing, and increased hygiene efforts. We will continue to ask people to sign-up to attend Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and Taizé Prayer. One change in particular that you will notice this coming semester is that the Sunday 5:00 p.m. Mass is reserved for student sign-ups only, to accommodate our wonderful community of students who make a conscious choice to attend Mass. We ask that those who sign-up for the 5:00 p.m. Sunday Mass do so with their LUC.edu email address, or else the reservation will be automatically cancelled. Thank you so much for your understanding and support.
Assistant Director of Campus Ministry
- 10:30 a.m. Community and Students Mass
- 3:30-4:30 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration
- 5:00 p.m. Students Mass
- 12:00 p.m. Mass
- 8:00 p.m. Taizé Prayer
- 12:00 p.m. Mass
The chapel will be closed at all other times.
You must be registered online to enter the chapel.
Taizé Prayer is filled with song, scripture, and silent meditation. It is based on Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours and is modeled on the style of prayer in the Taizé Community in France. The sanctuary is candlelit and the music is repetitive and chant-like. Those who attend regularly find a profound peace and tranquility in this style of prayer. This style of prayer began on our campus during the season of Lent in the year 2001. Everyone, regardless of one's faith tradition, is welcome to this ecumenical prayer service.
8:00 p.m. Central Time
The first Taizé prayer for the 2021 spring semester will be on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 8:00pm. We look forward to praying with you then. For those who enjoy the style of prayer from the Taizé community, you are invited to join them virtually from their community in France: https://www.taize.fr/en_article28227.html.
The Taizé brothers are live-streaming their evening prayer from France everyday on Facebook. In Chicago, this is general in the mid-afternoon and can be found at: https://www.facebook.com/taize/ You may also visit the website for the Taizé Community.
For more information, contact Steven Betancourt, Director of Music.
Click here for the Water Tower Campus Ministry Liturgy schedule and information page.