Who he is and why it matters to
(in a nutshell)
Loyola University Chicago was founded in 1870 by Arnold
Damen, SJ, when the Catholic church saw a need to provide
education to marginalized and underserved Irish immigrants
on the West Side of the city.
St. Ignatius didn’t always live like a
Ignatius of Loyola was born to a family of nobility in Spain in 1491.
Ignatius aspired to be a knight
because of the notoriety it
provided. He also liked his good
looks, wine, and the ladies.
From Sinner to Saint
After being hit in the leg by a cannonball at the
Battle of Pamplona, Ignatius survived a gruesome
surgery and extensive recuperation.
While laid up in bed, he had access to two books
to pass the time. One of these books, Life of
Christ, inspired his conversion and conviction to
live his life in service to God and others.
The Society of Jesus
Ignatius realized he needed to go to college to be viewed
as legitimate by the Church. He began his studies at the
age of 33 (!), eventually completing his degree at the
University of Paris.
Post-conversion, Ignatius spent a year living in a cave (no joke!) in Northeast Spain.
During this time, he journaled his prayer life and developed the Spiritual Exercises, one
of his enduring legacies. Many of the LUC values are based on these traditions of
reflection and discernment.
[just your standard cave]
In Paris, Ignatius met other men who had a similar vision
of faith in action. Eventually 10 of them founded the
Society of Jesus, which was formally recognized by the
Pope in 1540. Two of his most notable companions were
St. Francis Xavier and the Blessed Peter Faber.
Source for images of Xavier and Faber
The Next Thing They Knew
• To increase their numbers, starting in 1548 the
small order began opening schools in Asia and
Europe to educate new recruits.
• The Jesuit approach to education stood out in its
quality, inclusivity, and service. Soon they were
receiving requests to open schools around the
• Although the original mission of the Jesuits was
not directly related to education, the order is now
best known for education.
There are now 28 Jesuit colleges and universities
in 19 states and Washington, DC.
Loyola Marymount University
Santa Clara University
University of San Francisco
St. Louis University
Loyola University Chicago
University of Detroit Mercy
John Carroll University
Loyola University (New Orleans)
Spring Hill College
Wheeling Jesuit University
Loyola University Maryland
College of the Holy Cross
University of Scranton
St. Joseph’s University
St. Peter’s College
Georgetown University was the first
Jesuit college in the USA, founded in
a.k.a. The Loyola Promise
Loyola University Chicago is the
largest of the 28 schools.
(sometimes bigger is better!)
The Jesuit legacy at LUC:
A Faith that Does Justice
Finding God (good) in All Things
The Magis = the more, the greater
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam = for the greater glory of God
Cura Personalis = care for the person
Men and Women for and with Others
Contemplation in Action
Embracing the Jesuit Identity
• In your pairs or trios, reflect on what we have
– What surprised you about St. Ignatius or the LUC
tradition and history?
– What is your favorite value and why?
– Who is a modern-day personification of that
• “The Olive,”
• “St. Ignatius College Prep”
• Images taken from luc.edu, unless otherwise noted.
• Teams of 4-6.
• 2 Rounds of 90 seconds.
• As a group, select 1 response for each category.
• Teams will share responses. Points are awarded
for unique answers.
• If more than one team has the same response, no
points are awarded.
• Mollly and Veronica reserve the right to make
final determinations regarding awarding points.
• The team with the most points, wins.
1. safe social habit
2. best on-campus study location
3. tool to help track your time management
4. student leader position on campus that is a
good resources for first-year students
5. academic resource to use when you’re
struggling in class
6. good study habit
1. example of not showing academic integrity
2. thing to include in an e-mail to a LUC staff or
3. difference between high school and college
4. Jesuit value
5. way to maximize learning new academic
6. habit to promote staying healthy