Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

IPS Summer Scripture Conference

Welcome to the new ‘home’ of the Summer Scripture Conference!

Loyola University has taken the reins to continue this tradition launched in 1974 out of the encouragement of Vatican II, to bring understanding and study of Scripture into the forefront of a wider Catholic audience.

What will be the same?

  • High Quality Scripture Scholars
  • Beautiful Liturgies
  • Social and other informal community gatherings
  • Beautiful Grounds and Environment
  • Free time for prayer, reflection, relaxation with optional activities and interesting sessions available
  • Optional overnight stay

What will be different?

  • Location will alternate between Loyola Campus in Chicago to traditional University of St. Mary of the Lake grounds in Mundelein.
  • A slightly shorter event, Tuesday or Wednesday to Saturday


Wednesday June 5th - Saturday June 8th

Scripture Scholars include:

Thomas Wetzel, PhD  - Associate Professor of Hebrew Bible/Old Testament, Core emphasis Hebrew Bible
Maria Barga, PhD – Assistant Professor of Biblical Studies at University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary

Clare Rothschild, PhD – Professor of Scripture Studies at Lewis University, Professor Extraordinary, Department of Ancient Studies at Stellenbasch University, S. Africa

Todd Williamson, Director for the Office of Divine Worship, Archdiocese of Chicago

LOCATION – First time at Loyola’s beautiful Lake Shore Campus!
Meeting rooms and sleeping rooms with stunning Lake Michigan Views.
Multiple options for sleeping rooms all with private bath and on campus.



$499 EARLY BIRD SPECIAL - Available through May 20th!

NEW - ONLINE ONLY option, Lectures only $229


(Separate Registration for Lodging Provided Below)

Every evening includes a lecture, Night Prayer and Social (a Summer Scripture signature offering!) as well as a bilingual (English & Spanish) closing Mass for IPS Scripture School / Escuela de Sagrada Escritura Graduation: Saturday, June 8, 5:00 PM with reception to follow. Mornings begin with Morning Prayer, breakfast and 2 lectures. We hope you will stay on campus to enjoy the full experience of Summer Scripture! The multiple sleeping room options, reasonably priced all include the 17.4% Chicago tax.

On-Campus Lodging Information For Summer Scripture at Loyola Lake Shore Campus

There will be 2 building options for overnight stay available to Summer Scripture attendees, Santa Clara and Francis Hall.

Most of the presentations will be in McCormick Lounge located in Coffee Hall. Socials will be in Mundelein/Palm Court. Liturgies will be at Madonna della Strada Chapel.

Here is a link to a campus map: LSC_MAP

ALL of the prices below include Chicago’s 17.4% room tax   

Fuller descriptions of accommodations available on website when registering.

Santa Clara Options (located right on Lake Michigan!) – 3 Options

All options include ability to share a bedroom or apartment, however only one person can register for the apartment and pays in full for all companions.

#1) 2 Bedroom (2 beds each)/2 Bath Apartment  2-4 guests  $257.10/night ($64.27 each if split between 4 people)

Includes Living Area & Kitchen
#2) 2 Bedroom (1 bed each)/2 Bath Apartment 1-2 guests $257.10/night ($128.55 each if split between 2 people)

Includes Living Area & Kitchen
#3) Lock Off 1 Bedroom with 2 beds/1 Bath 1-2 guests $158.49/night ($79.25 each if split between 2 people)   

Living Area & Kitchen shared with occupants of other Bedroom/Bath – separate and unidentified Summer Scripture registrant(s)


1 Bedroom/1 Private Bath – Single occupancy or married couple only $117.40/night
    Floor has Common Area for Living Space and Kitchen – the Floor will be exclusive to Summer Scripture guests in Francis Hall

-    Go to lodging.luc.edu – go to the “Start Your Booking” row and fill out each of the options below to Search:
-    Enter the correct Arrival and Departure Date
-    For “How Many Rooms”, select 1 (this is asking how many whole apartments, not individual rooms)
-    For “Location”, select “Lake Shore”
-    For “Promotion Code”, type “IPS2024”

Loyola Campus prioritizes the safety and security of students and guests. See the link below for details on safety measures.
-   Campus Safety: Loyola University Chicago (luc.edu)

Hampton Inn at Loyola Station is adjacent to the Campus and gives Loyola special pricing upon request. Please notify mdeichl@luc.edu if interested.

Keep watching for updates or contact: mdeichl@luc.edu if you have any questions.


“Celebrating 50 Years of the Summer Scripture Conference”

SAVE THE DATES: JULY 8th – 12th, 2025

LOCATION: University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein

PRESENTERS: we have secured Dr. Amy Jill-Levine!
She was to present at the 2020 that was canceled. We are delighted she has agreed to do 2025!

Also presenting for 2025, Dr. Ahida E. Pilarski!

We have so much planned for this huge celebration.

Summer Scripture – 50 Years and Beyond! We can’t wait to tell you more details as they become available.