Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

60th Anniversary


The Institute of Pastoral Studies is turning 60!

IPS welcomed its first students in 1964. Over 140 students arrived for a summer residential experience that was at the cutting edge of discerning and integrating the developments of the Second Vatican Council into the ministry of religious education. Over the next 60 years, IPS evolved to include degrees, certificates, and continuing education programs in pastoral studies and divinity, spirituality and spiritual direction, counseling, social justice, and more. The Institute was founded by Jesuits and resided in the School of Education, then moved to The Graduate School, eventually became a fully independent academic unit, and now, beginning in Summer 2024, lives administratively inside the College of Arts and Sciences. Evolution is in the DNA of IPS and during this Anniversary year we will look back, take stock of the present, and plan together for the future!

We invite you to journey with us at events throughout the 2024-25 academic year to Celebrate our Past, Enact the Present, and Envision the Future. 

Scheduled Events

Co-led by Emeritus faculty member and current faculty member on a book they choose. Held online and possibly in person.  Anticipate 2 a semester.IPS Emeriti Faculty are designing and scheduling a book discussion series! We aim to host 2 to 3 meetings in Fall 2024 and again in Spring 2025. We anticipate these will be hybrid gatherings (in person and online) and invite everyone to join us! Check back here for updates, which are coming soon!

5:00 to 8:00pm (light food and drinks included)
Regents Hall (16th floor, Lewis Towers; 111 E Pearson)
We invite all current and incoming IPS students to gather with IPS faculty past and present to welcome alumni from across the decades! The focus of this Anniversary kickoff event is a panel discussion with IPS Alumni from across the decades. What was their IPS experience? What have they been doing in the years since? What wisdom can they share and what are their hopes now?We will invite other alumni present also to share their experiences, wisdom, and hopes!

Loyola Phoenix - July 30, 1964 (p. 4)

Celebrating Graduates Who Continue to Minister

Schrieber Center, Quinlan School of Business (16 E Pearson)
Join us during Loyola’s Alumni Weekend! On Friday night, Dr. Mark Reed (University President) will welcome alumni to a reception and award ceremony. When this concludes, the reception will continue and IPS will host an IPS Reunion and Award Ceremony (in the same building), presenting the “IPS Alumni Award for Leadership and Justice” and celebrating everyone’s accomplishments. Please plan to join us on Friday night! Visit LUC’s Alumni Weekend webpage (link coming soon) for a schedule of events for the weekend.


Loyola Phoenix – May 21, 1971 (p. 6)

11:00am to 1:00pm Memorial Service with a luncheon to follow
-    11:00am: St James Chapel, Quigley Center, 835 N Rush St, Chicago, IL 60611
-    12:00pm: Regent’s Hall, Lewis Towers, 111 E Pearson, Chicago, IL 60611
Many incredible people helped to shape the Institute of Pastoral Studies throughout the last 60 years. Please join us to remember and honor some of these individuals who have transitioned into the arms of their creator and whose legacies remained imprinted on IPS. We will host a prayer service followed by a luncheon or reception.


Check back here for event details!