Loyola University Chicago

Institute of Pastoral Studies

Spiritual Formation

Growth in Personal Faith, Emotional Maturity, Moral Integrity, And Public Witness


Welcome to the Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies Spiritual Formation site.  On this site you will have access to formation opportunities structured around your personal growth goals, and/or recommended by your advisor or professors. Included here you will find an array of activities retreats/workshops, facilitation/personal growth resources, such as, counseling, spiritual direction/spiritual companioning.

What is Formation?

The personal and spiritual formation program at IPS is an ongoing process. The goal of the program is to continuously incorporate what is already available to the students in terms of personal and spiritual growth opportunities with additional innovative resources. The development and implementation of this program is a collaborative effort between the students and faculty to ensure that the program addresses the needs of the students and correlates with what they are learning. It is intended to assist the students in converting what they are learning in their classes into a collective whole life experience, helping them to understand how what they are learning fits into their everyday life. “The program shall provide opportunities through which the student may grow in personal faith, emotional maturity, moral integrity (including personal, professional, and ethical standards), and public witness” (ATS Standard B.2.4). The program will help the students to assess their personal and spiritual growth by setting and achieving personal goals, which include their human qualities, their prayer practices, and their pastoral abilities. 

What does this mean for the IPS Students?

Each student may chose from a variety of activities offered by Student Development/Campus Ministries and occasional IPS offerings (refer to: “Spiritual Formation Events” and “Links”) that assists them in their personal, human, spiritual and ministerial goals. It is recommended that each student participate in at least two events per academic year. Financial Assistance is available, for more information see Contact below. As the formation program is ever evolving it is further recommended that students visit this website frequently for future developments.

Refer to the following links for additional formation opportunities:

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Which is right for me?

Spiritual Directors

Campus Ministry

Student Development

Office of the Dean of Students

The Hanks Center for the Catholic Intellectual Heritage

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Loyola University Chicago/Muslim Student Association

Hindu Student Organization


Protestant Ministry