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Undergraduate & Graduate Dates to Remember*

Fall Term 2009

August 26-30 Wolfpack Welcome
August 31 Classes begin
September 4
Add deadline
October 30 Last day to withdraw & last day
to apply for graduation
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-18 Final Exams

Spring Term 2010

January 8 New Student Orientation
January 11 Classes begin
January 15 Add deadline
March 12 Last day to withdraw & last day to apply for graduation
April 28 Last day of classes
April 30 - May 6 Final Exams
May 8 Commencement - all colleges

*College of Law dates on Law Bulletin


University Ministry within the Office of Mission and Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans serves the holistic education of our students by attending to the spiritual formation of the university community. In collaboration with student leaders, staff, faculty, and administrators, we promote a vision of the "way of proceeding" set forth by St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus. Embracing our common human dignity created in God’s image and likeness, we foster a greater respect for the truth, goodness, and grace to be found in a diversity of faith traditions and people of every culture, race, language, and economic status.

Our Christian, Catholic, and Jesuit traditions commission us to offer a welcoming environment and supportive services to all members of the university community. We assist the formation of our students as contemplatives-in-action: God’s spirit illuminating them with an ever deeper experience of the love of God and inspiring a more generous response to that love by their passionate commitment to service and justice as men and women with and for others.


University Ministry supports the spiritual formation and faith development of the entire Loyola community through:

Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Direction
University chaplains are trained and available to assist others with their spiritual formation and counseling needs. They offer a welcoming and trusting place to find a listening ear, an understanding heart, and a companioning mentor. Contact the University Ministry office or a university chaplain of your choice to inquire about pastoral counseling and spiritual direction.

Worship and Communal Prayer
All faith communities are strengthened and missioned by their worship and prayer. University Ministry is dedicated to providing quality liturgies where community members actively participate in prayer, word, and sacrament. We offer a variety of worship opportunities and encourage students to share their gifts as a liturgical minister or volunteer.

Mass is celebrated on the main campus in Ignatius Chapel, Bobet Hall,  Monday through Friday at noon, Monday through Thursday at 9 p.m., and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. On the Broadway campus, Mass is celebrated weekly in the Martha and Mary Chapel in Greenville Hall. Contact Arlene Wiltz, 504-861-5494, for the weekly Broadway Campus schedule.

The sacrament of Reconciliation is celebrated on the main campus by appointment with any priest.  Contact the University Ministry office at 504-865-3226 to schedule an appointment. 

Sacramental Preparation
In addition to regularly administering the sacraments of Eucharist and Reconciliation, University Ministry provides instruction and guidance for students who are preparing for Confirmation and/or Marriage in the Catholic Church.  For students considering joining or learning more about the Catholic Church, the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) process will help them discern their decision and prepare them for the sacraments of Baptism, Holy Eucharist, and/or Confirmation. We also provide Anointing of the Sick as needed. Contact the University Ministry office for details about the formation process for any of the above mentioned sacraments.

University Ministry provides a variety of opportunities for retreats, discernment and days of reflection. This can be a time to experience God’s love more profoundly and intimately, to find rest and renewal, and to reflect upon God’s active presence in all the experiences of your life.  For a complete list of retreat opportunities, please visit the retreat page at

Christian and Spiritual Life Communities
Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuit vision of education include: prayer, community, service, and working for peace and justice in the world. This tradition serves as a model for small groups of women and men who come together in a more intimate community for faith sharing. Christian Life Community (CLC) members meet on a regular basis to break open the word and to support and encourage each other in living out the gospel. Members also form a supportive community that socializes together and engages in works of social justice outreach. For people who would prefer to be involved with an interfaith community, there are opportunities to join a Spiritual Life Community (SLC) which centers their faith sharing on a rich diversity of spiritual resources. For further information on CLC, please visit the CLC page at
Interfaith and Ecumenical Opportunities
University Ministry provides many ecumenical and interfaith opportunities for students to celebrate their diverse faith and cultural traditions. We provide training for lay ministry and encourage involvement in a diversity of prayer experiences. We also facilitate relationships with local ministry offices from other faith traditions. Through our shared ownership and prayer, we seek enrichment through our differences while working to create community.

Faith Doing Justice
From the belief in the power of the Gospel to transform the world, University Ministry provides a variety of opportunities for a student to live a reflective life of action for service, justice, and peace.  For more information, visit our web page at

LUCAP (Loyola University Community Action Program)
LUCAP provides numerous opportunities to serve, educate, and advocate for the poor and marginalized within the local community. LUCAP participants also meet weekly for reflection and mutual support. LUCAP provides the ideal environment for the integration of one’s deep motivational faith-based beliefs with their expression in action and world transformation. "Contemplation in Action" has long been a hallmark of Jesuit education. For more information, visit

Immersion Opportunities
University Ministry partners with programs around the country to provide opportunities for global outreach both foreign and domestic.  Additionally, alternative Spring Break trips are offered.

Ignacio Volunteers
In partnership with the Loyola Jesuit Center, University Ministry provides immersion opportunities in Jamaica and Belize with the Ignacio Volunteer Program.   Contact the Jesuit Center, 504-865-2304, for more details. For more information, visit

University Ministry Chaplains:

Vice President for Mission and Ministry:  Fr. Ted Dziak, SJ  
Director of University Ministry: Mr. Kurt Bindewald
Executive Assistant for Mission and Ministry: Mrs. Deborah LaMarca
Associate Chaplain/Community Service and Immersion Programs:  Mr. Joshua Daly
Associate Chaplain/Interfaith Ministry: Mr. George Gallien
Associate Chaplain/ Christian Life Communities and Retreats: Ms. Laura Quigley
Associate Chaplain/Liturgy and Music: Mr. Kenneth Weber
Associate Chaplain/College of Law Chaplain: Mrs. Arlene Wiltz
University Ministry Fellow:  Ms. Alexis Yankowski
Jesuit Center Fellow:  Mr. Scott Porot
Jesuit Center Fellow:  Dr. Judy Deshotels
Jesuit Center Intern:  Ms. Rebecca Gardner
Administrative Assistant: Vacant

Loyola University Ministry: Main Office, 104 Bobet Hall, 504-865-3226,