Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Celebrate the Feast Day of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Dear Loyola Faculty and Staff,

Saint Ignatius of Loyola encouraged his followers to seek God in all things, to serve those in need, and to become persons for others. His spiritual and educational legacy are seen today at Loyola in the professionalism, compassion, and service of our faculty, staff, students, and alumni.

We invite you to honor our mission in celebration and service as the Loyola community comes together this summer to mark the Feast Day of Saint Ignatius.

The feast day is celebrated on July 31. On that Tuesday, we will hold the annual picnic, open to all faculty, staff, and retirees, on the East Quad at noon. Everyone is invited to take part in a feast day Mass preceding the picnic in Madonna della Strada Chapel at 11 a.m. Loyola will also remember Sister Ann Ida Gannon, BVM, as part of this Mass.

Saint Ignatius’s vision helps us to become closer to those marginalized by injustice through understanding, prayer, reflection, and action. As part of our celebration, we will come together for two Ignatian Service Days on Friday, July 27, and Saturday, August 4.

This is a special opportunity to join in person and in spirit to celebrate our mission. In the coming days and weeks, you will receive more details about the feast day celebration, service days, and related events. We hope you are having a wonderful summer.

As always we are deeply grateful for your work on behalf of Loyola and our students.


Dr. Jo Ann Rooney

Fr. Jim Prehn, S.J.
Rector of the Jesuit Community

Dr. Winifred Williams
Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer