Concluding reflection

A university can be, and in many instances is, a mere composite of vastly different departments and conflicting perspectives. But a Jesuit, Catholic university hopes to move beyond these divisions into a vital interchange that constitutes an academic community of common question and purpose: What are we doing here for our students, our human community, and our world? What kind of contributions are we making with our research? How is our service making a difference in the world? How are we acting more for transformative justice? And, in the final analysis, how are we individually finding God in all things? These are the questions we want to ponder and continue to answer well into the future.

Still, we know this much for sure: that Loyola, as an academic community, aims to:

  • Educate in a manner that empowers its students to live moral lives in the world today, assuming responsibility for their own well-being and for that of their neighbor;
  • Conduct research that sheds light on the major problems facing our suffering world today, providing wisdom and insight into possible avenues of solution; and
  • Serve the city and beyond in order to build up the just and caring community—acting more for transformative justice.

In summary, Loyola challenges its students to move beyond their comfort zone, not only when initially entering the University but all throughout their experience here, in order to see more clearly where their own hungers and talents meet the urgent needs of our world. As Frederick Buechner says, "The place God calls us to is the place where our deep joy and the world's deep hunger meet."

Students who have completed their degree with us will not only have the skills appropriate to their training but also will be people of moral integrity, grounded in faith, and motivated to give back to society what they have generously received. They will be ready to face the enormous challenges of our times with faith, hope, and love: faith as a vital dimension of human life, hope as a realistic human stance toward the world, and love as the supreme mission of human life in this world. In short, they will be prepared to lead extraordinary lives.