Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Blossoms of Hope and Freedom

April 17, 2019

Dear Loyola Community,

During Easter week, Catholics and all Christians enter days designated as the holiest of the year. Christ’s ultimate victory over suffering and death inspires us to go deeper in our faith and renew our commitment to doing good for others. We learn from Jesus that no matter how terrible suffering may be, it is temporary. At Easter, our Greek Orthodox brothers and sisters joyfully proclaim the greeting Christos anesti! (Christ is risen!) It is this faith-filled hope that is at the heart of who we want to be in the world.

This year, Passover begins on April 19, the evening of Good Friday. We join together as communities of faith in celebrating God’s desire for human freedom and our respective paths to contribute to God’s work in the world. The foundational stories of faith, liberation, and reconciliation blossom with hope and a freedom given to us by a God who loves us. The stories teach us to engage in the hard work of education for social justice. It is this liberation and hope that empower us even when work seems daunting or even impossible.

As we (finally!) head into spring and the hectic conclusion of the academic year with final projects, final exams, grading, and Commencement, I hope you will find time to pause with friends and family to reflect appreciatively and to care for yourselves and those around you. At Loyola University Chicago, we strive for deeper knowledge and greater skill but also for a balance of mind, affect, and soul. Out of this balance we work to create deeper understanding and to build a community that embodies intellectual inquiry and compassion for the suffering and marginalized. Though we come from many backgrounds and faith traditions, we remain focused on creating a transformative environment and education that changes lives, families, and communities for the better.

At this special time of the year, I wish you and yours peace, health, and renewal. Thank you for your continuing commitment to our students and to this mission, which is needed more than ever in our world.



Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD