Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Welcome Message

Media can help us to feel closer to one another, creating a sense of the unity of the human family, which can in turn inspire solidarity and serious efforts to ensure a more dignified life for all. Good communication helps us to grow closer, to know one another better, and ultimately, to grow in unity.

—Pope Francis, Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter

Welcome to Loyola University Chicago’s Institute of Pastoral Studies (IPS), one of the leading programs of its kind in the United States.

In 2014, we celebrated our 50th anniversary, a milestone that coincided with anniversary celebrations of Vatican II, serving as a reminder that we are firmly and deeply rooted in a rich history of theological education for ministry.

With an alumni network of thousands, developed over decades and spanning the globe, we continue to combine strong Jesuit values of service and responsibility with the pursuit of academic excellence and spiritual development.

Our students value our interdisciplinary curriculum, rich experiential opportunities, and convenient course options including online, Chicago, and even Rome, Italy. Our diverse student body is a strong asset as is our leading faculty, who bring lived experience in and outside the classroom to the benefit of our students. At IPS we live the Jesuit Catholic identity of Loyola University Chicago by educating individuals for spiritual and ministerial leadership.

Whether you are a student, alumni, or friend, we look forward to seeing you on campus. Feel free to stop by our offices at Lewis Towers. Your ideas and suggestions are most welcome. We’ll have fresh coffee or a soft drink for you and you’ll likely see someone you know.


Brian Schmisek, PhD
Dean, Institute of Pastoral Studies