Because of her interaction with Passionist “Ecologian” Fr. Thomas Berry beginning in the early 1990s, LIM Professor Emerita Kathleen O’Gorman was a forerunner in highlighting the centrality of creation for practical theology, pastoral studies, and religious education. To honor his work at Loyola and her legacy in the Loyola Institute for Ministry, we have developed the Berry Project. For more information about the Berry Project, see http://gps.loyno.edu/lim/thomas-berry-project.
Congratulations to LIM graduate Kathy Smith who, as a result of her studies in Religion and Ecology at LIM, is the founder and Executive Director of Baptist Creation Care Initiative! Its mission is to offer a distinctly Baptist voice of faith, enriched by science and action, and empowered by biblical insight and a love of creation. She writes, "We strive to be a venue where Baptists of many different traditions can discuss the place of both the Bible and science in our shared understanding of God's wonderful creation.
Kathy Williams (MPS '15) was recently named Director of Communications for the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville.
Congratulations to Becky Eldredge (MPS '08 from Baton Rouge) who recently published Busy Lives and Restless Souls: How Prayer Can Help You Find the Missing Piece in Your Life (Loyola Press, 2017)!
Becky also writes a blog, speaks, and gives retreats. For more on her, see her website: https://beckyeldredge.com
The article explores the intersection of the study of materiality, a medieval instance of the sensus fidelium in the eucharistic Feast of Corpus Christi, and the paradox that the bodily senses other than taste and touch can be a means of encounter with the divine. In doing so, the article gestures toward implications for laity, spirituality, and theology today.
LIM encourages students to connect their studies to practical concerns, and Grant Tregre has done so in all his coursework. His study of the system of mass incarceration and its impact on African Americans led him to develop a New Jim Crow Ministry in St.
"It has been an exciting journey since I embarked on the MPS program with LIM. I enjoyed the robust discussions online and the exchange of experiences with my course mates and instructors. The program is flexible, and I am able to continue my full time work as a pastoral worker in the Archdiocese of Singapore. In fact, I am able to take what I have learned in the program and apply it to the work that I am doing straight away! I have also discovered that while we may be divided by time zones, some of our pastoral issues and concerns are very similar.
“LIM provided me with a fantastic learning experience and environment. I was energized and challenged by the curriculum, professors, and fellow LIM students. The online learning experience allowed me to pursue my desire for advanced learning related to my faith. This was an important step in my ongoing faith journey. I've taken my LIM experience and continue to apply it to my professional and personal life through ministering to those God places in my life.”
Loyola Institute for Ministry Professor Michael Cowan is a senior research fellow at the Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict (CRIC) in Harris Manchester College of the University of Oxford. CRIC fellows do research on conflict between groups based in religion, race, ethnicity and nationality. They also teach and serve as mentors and advisers to emerging leaders in divided communities around the world and professionals working in those communities.
Congratulations to LIM Professor Michael Cowan who is Visiting Fellow and Director of Stewardship of the Centre for Intractable Conflict in Harris Manchester College in the University of Oxford and Visiting Research Fellow of the Irish School of Ecumenics in the Confederal School of Religion, Peace Studies and Theology in Trinity College Dublin. In Dublin this April, he: