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Holiday Party at IPS on Dec 2nd
Christmas time is here so come celebrate it with the IPS family!

Join us for our annual holiday party on Wednesday, December 2nd from 2-4 pm in Kasbeer Hall  (15th Floor, Corboy Law Center). Students, staff, faculty, and friends of the IPS community alike are invited to celebrate the season. 

So come join in the fun as we enjoy good food, drinks, and music with members of our community. To make the holiday party a little extra sweet, we will have holiday desserts, mulled wine, and even some spiked eggnog! Yum! 

IPS to Host Senator Dick Durbin on Dec 4th 
On Friday, December 4th Senator Dick Durbin will speak on undocumented students, the challenges and opportunities they face, and how his own work for comprehensive immigration reform has been informed by his Catholic faith and his experience as a first-generation American.

If you are interested in hearing the talk sponsored by IPS titled "Undocumented Students: Perspectives from a US Senator informed by the tradition of Catholic Social Teaching and his own family’s story" by Senator Dick Durbin, please join us from 9:45 to 10:30 am in Kasbeer Hall, Corboy Law Center (15th floor) . 

See the flyer, here

LUC Finals Breakfast (at Night!)
Finals are upon us and you know what that means? Time for pancakes at night!

Join the LUC community for the end of semester Finals Breakfast on Monday, December 7th in Kasbeer Hall, Corboy Law Center from 9 to 10 pm. 

This late-night breakfast for students is a finals week tradition at Loyola. Finals Breakfast provides students a chance to take a study break, refuel, and catch up with their friends before the last stretch of final exams. Faculty and staff participate in serving students' meals to provide support and boost morale during this stressful time of the semester. 

Past menu items included: Vegan Oatmeal Bar, Pancakes, Bacon, pastries, Tater Tots, Fresh Fruit, and more.

Community Spotlight
Congratulations to MASJ student Daniel Guzman who has been named chair of the Graduate, Professional, and Adult Council (GPAC)!

GPAC is designed to represent the graduate, professional, and adult students of Loyola University Chicago, promote and encourage interaction among graduate students at the University, and  provide a voice for this population within the larger student body at the University.

Daniel notes that his "objective for the school year will be to lend a listening ear to the graduate student body and establish GPAC's presence as a sustainable, action-oriented council." As a Graduate student from IPS, you can contact him with your questions and concerns at

Spring 2016 Spanish Bible Study
The IPS Spring 2016 Spanish bible study courses are coming up in January. 
Module 2, Monday, Jan 11 – March 14, 2016.  Our Lady of Grace - Logan Square

Module 5, Tuesday, Jan 12 – March 15 2016.  The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Des Plaines
Module 5, Saturday, Jan 16 – March 19 2016.  The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe - Des Plaines
Any questions regarding the course, please contact Felipe Legarreta, PhD at 312-915-7414.  Any questions regarding the registration process, please Mirta Garcia at 312-915-7466.

Please see the attached flyers here, and here

Call for Papers: Biblical Ethics in the 21st Century 
The Department of Theology at Marquette University invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual Scripture Project Graduate Conference: Biblical Ethics in the 21st Century in memory of Fr. Yiu Sing Lucas Chan, SJ.  

The late Fr. Chan explored the intersection between Theological Ethics and Scriptural Ethics, and sought to build bridges between biblical scholars and moral theologians. To honor his legacy, this conference aims to explore and further his project by inviting students to submit papers that focus on the intersection between scripture and ethics.

Additional information, including submission dates, proposal guidelines, and conference speakers, can be found on the informational flyer.

External Scholarship Opportunity
The Scudder Association distributes a number of grants each year to students in the fields of medicine, divinity, social work, and helping professions.Qualified students must demonstrate scholarship and high standards in their field of study and financial need. Small grants ranging from $1000 to $2500 are available. Interested students should view the organization's website for additional information and to access the scholarship application.

CSMG Young Leaders Initiative 2016:
Jan 23-26, Washington, DC
This year IPS is helping sponsor the Catholic Social Ministry Gathering's Young Leadership Initiative. Each year the Gathering brings together almost 100 participants from 30 colleges and universities to:
  • Meet national Catholic social ministry and advocacy leaders
  • Build knowledge of current Catholic social ministry priorities and initiatives.
  • Develop advocacy skills to empower students to call for positive change.
  • Voice concerns with legislators on issues of human life and dignity in the U.S. and internationally.
  • Grow in faith, studies, and future work through Catholic social ministry and advocacy.
Consider attending this network- and knowledge-building event. IPS students will qualify for a discounted registration rate of $340 and will also have the option of requesting room-sharing arrangements with other CSMG participants to save even more on hotel expenses. Visit the CSMG website for more information.

Graduate Assistantships are Available
Are you interested in a Graduate Assistantship for the Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 academic year? Loyola University Chicago offers a number of graduate assistanships throughout the various department and offices in need. These positions are very competitive, but are a great way to learn skills during your time here, while gaining some great benefits towards tuition and a modest stipend. They do tpyically require 18 hours of work per week. Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year are due on January 4th. Take a look at the process, here and the available positions, here. If you have any questions about the positions, please email

Make Rome Your Summer Classroom
Join IPS in The Eternal City from June 15 - 25, 2016.  The graduate-level courses offered include visits to important sites and class time at the John Felice Rome Center. Evenings and weekends are free to explore Rome on your own . Rome 2016 course offerings include Church and Mission, taught by Dr. Canaris and The Rome of Peter and Paul, taught by Dr. Schmisek. 

For more on the program, check out

Job Opportunities

Members of the IPS Community often share job postings that may fit our students' needs. Take a few moments and check out the job opportunities listed below: 

Personal Assistant, Thresholds Client (Rogers Park, IL): Part to Full Time personal assistant needed for mental and physical healthcare.  Client needs assistance with daily tasks, making doctor's appointments, taking meds and organizing himself. Learning techniques to manage depression and feeling overwhelmed.  This is great experience for those interested in the mental health field. Requirements would include someone with counseling / social work background, interested in mental healthcare field, and able to be flexible with a wide variety of tasks and needs. A car is not required. Compensation is $13.00 / hr and the client has a voucher through Cigna Healthspring to hire a personal assistant up to 38 hours each week. Resume can be submitted to the clients caseworker, Matthew Lieser at or call 773-706-8277 for more information.

Assistant Principal for FormationSt. Ignatius College Prep (San Francisco, CA): St. Ignatius College Prep is looking for an Assistant Principal who will be responsible for the formation of students and adults consistent with the mission, ideals, philosophy and theology outlined by the school administration.  This includes direct support and supervision of the Campus Ministry Team, the Office of Community Service and Social Justice, the Office of Equity and Inclusion, and the Magis Program. For a detailed job description and application instructions, visit the school's website

Senior Pastor, New Hope Baptist Church (Bolingbrook, IL): New Hope Baptist Church is seeking a pastor dedicated to enhancing God's Kingdom while renewing and revitalizing New Hopes vision and mission. Among other responsibilities, the new pastor must provide solid spiritual leadership and church administration. Pastor expectations: spiritual growth, increased stewardship, and ministry renewal among the laity.Interested applicants can visit the New Hope Baptist Church website for more information about minimum qualifications, the church, the application and its ministries. 

Liturgy Director, St. Giles Family Mass Community (Oak Park, IL): The St. Giles Family Mass Community is a lay-based intentional Eucharistic community within the St. Giles Parish. They are looking for a Liturgy Director to advise and oversee the on-going liturgy and prayer that form the heart of the community, work collaboratively with other ministries at SGC, and maintain close contact with the clergy and staff of the larger parish. This position is part-time and is open immediately. Compensation is commensurate with experience, and a full job description will be provided upon request. For more information, please send an email to  
Please visit for other career related news and the job board, Ramblerlink

Upcoming Events
CURL Friday Morning Seminars - Friday, Ongoing, 10:30am to noon (Cuneo Hall 417, LSC)
Join CURL every Friday morning for seminars on various topics during the fall and spring semesters. Check out all the seminars here

Young Adult Mass  - Sunday, ongoing, 7 p.m (St. James Chapel, WTC) 
Join the LUC community for weekly Young Adult Mass at St. James Chapel in the Quigley Center located on the corner of Rush and Pearson. Frs. Steve Krupa, S.J. and Jerry Overbeck, S.J. share the presiding role at this weekly Mass at St. James. Sunday night services start at 7 pm and a social will follow afterwards. For more information about Mass at LUC, email Nicole Chmela at .

Giving Tuesday - Tuesday, December 1, 10:00am-2:00pm (WTC)
Join us on Giving Tuesday to celebrate the importance of philanthropy and giving amidst the consumerism of the holidays. From 10am-2pm in the Schreiber Center Lobby, stop by to make a holiday card for sick children in the hospital, take a photo in our #unselfie photobooth, and share why gifts from donors to Loyola is important to you!

Advent Calendar - Ongoing
Each day for the 25 days of advent, a new unique crèche image and text is featured. Check out under news to see the Calendar. LUMA has over 500 crèches from around the world. Through a generous gift from the James L. and Emilia Govan Collection, LUMA presents an annual exhibition at the holiday season. Over 100 unique crèches are in the 2016 exhibition.
Interested in learning about more University events? Simply take a look at the University Calendar for all the things going on, here

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