Loyola University Chicago

Office of the President


Giving Thanks--and Giving Back


November 20, 2018

Dear Loyola Community,

Thanksgiving is a time to pause and spend time in gratitude with friends, family, and those in need. Tracing its heritage to a harvest festival reminds us to give thanks for God’s abundant bounty and blessings. May we also reflect appreciatively on our lives and on our work that calls us to be women and men for and with others.

Gratitude forms the foundation of Ignatian spirituality, and the first step of the Daily Examen is to give thanks: What am I especially grateful to God for today?

As a community, we are grateful to be present and engaged at this moment. We give thanks for our vibrant learning community, for teachers and students, for alumni and colleagues, who bring their unique gifts to share from a multitude of backgrounds. We are grateful for challenges in the world that require our passion and attention and for the space to reflect upon the greater good and how we can best serve it.

At Loyola University Chicago, gratitude is giving thanks—and giving back. As we head into the holiday season, we are excited to collaborate once again with Catholic Charities for our Loyola Gives program. Each year this program helps hundreds of families across Chicago obtain winter clothing and other vital necessities. Information on the program and how you can contribute is available at Loyola Gives.

Each day, I am thankful for being part of our vibrant community: talented students, committed faculty, and dedicated staff from many backgrounds and faith traditions; Jesuits who enrich our intellectual and spiritual lives; and the supporters, donors, and friends whose shared commitment to our mission enlivens and extends our work.

I am immensely grateful for all that you do day in and day out for Loyola and in service of others. I wish you and yours a very happy Thanksgiving.


Jo Ann Rooney, JD, LLM, EdD