Keeping Catholicism in Our Classrooms

“This unique Catholic identity makes our Catholic elementary and secondary schools ‘schools for the human person’ and allows them to fill a critical role in the future life of our Church, our country and our world” (The Catholic School on the Threshold of the Third Millennium, 1997. Cited by Ozar and Weitzel-O’Neill). When I graduated…

The Living Legacy of the UCA Martyrs:

The Mission of Jesuit Catholic Higher Education A Blog by Annie Burns I didn’t like the Jesuits at first. I wasn’t impressed by their ‘poverty,’ — their beautiful residences, fancy gadgets, or smartphones. Coming from a Franciscan high school, I was used to a charism that took simplicity and poverty to heart. In the Jesuits,…

Finding Home in a Classroom

“I’ve been to church, I’ve read the book, I know He’s there, But I don’t look, near as often as I should, His fingerprints are everywhere, I just look down and stop and stare, open my eyes and then I swear, I Saw God Today” These lyrics are from the famous George Strait song, “I…

Rome and Its Facades

In Spring 2014, I spent the second half of my sophomore year at Loyola’s John Felice Rome Center. I knew from the day I committed to Loyola that I wanted to study abroad in Rome. The history, the food, the people, and the beauty of the country will move many hearts who visit Italy, and…

Preferring God: Being a Feminist in my Church

I am utterly and continually amazed by what my Loyola community is capable of; how we lift each other up in the darkest of times, and exalt and rejoice with one another in times of celebration.  I value community like I value the air that I breathe – sometimes I take it for granted, but…

Memory and Hope

Recuerdo y Esperanza A Lunctime Prayer Commemorating the 25th Anniversary of the UCA Martyrdom By Grayson Roach and the Fall 2014 All Things Ignatian Class In the name of the Father, Son, HS… Celina Ramos, Celina Ramos, Celina, Celina, your name is Celina and you’re walking down the street. Your footsteps are drowned out by the…

The Salvadoran Martyrs and Me

In November of last year, my All Things Ignatian class had the opportunity to create a prayer that commemorated the Salvadoran martyrs. It was both an assignment and an opportunity. We were not just writing a prayer that would be turned in and forgotten; this prayer was to be delivered at a luncheon whose attendants…