February 2018 E-Newsletter                          



  • Letter from the Executive Director


  • LIS Seeks New Executive Director


  • Upcoming Events


  • Hearts on Fire 2018


  • Praying with Pope Francis

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Love at the Heart of Lent


Dear Friends of Loyola Institute,


By happy coincidence St. Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday, which may serve as a favorable reminder that Lent is about love and gratitude.  Ash Wednesday urgently reminds us  that we are earth and to earth we shall return.  Simultaneously this blessing reminds us that we are brothers and sisters of the incarnate Lord, the body of Christ.  In the words of the Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner, “[By these words] "remember you are dust and to dust you shall return," we are told everything that we are:  nothingness that is filled with eternity; death that teems with life; futility that’s redeemed; dust that is God’s life forever”  (The Eternal Year, 62).  Love will have the last word. 

Long ago the Greek tragedian Aeschylus declared, “It is through suffering that learning comes.”  By that measure, we should all be super wise!  But it’s more than that:  it’s through suffering united with Christ that we become united as tendrils and branches to the vine that is Christ.  United with Christ, we are the Body of Christ and hence all children of the one God.  God has created us in Love, and so united as brothers and sisters our daily prayer can be “Thank you, thank you, thank You.” 

That’s what Lent is about.  It’s a deepening of Love that pours itself out in gratitude and thanksgiving.  These gifts align us with God so that our decisions are attuned with the divine heart.  Likewise, our own mission at Loyola Institute echoes this truth:  we are setting hearts on fire for the love of God, for the world and for others.

With blessings, 


Fr. Patrick Howell, S.J.

Executive Director, ad interim

Upcoming Events

Ash Wednesday

Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. 

“Fasting is the soul of prayer, mercy is the lifeblood of fasting. Let no one try to separate them… So if you pray, fast; if you fast, show mercy.”

– St. Peter Chrysologus, Doctor of the Church

SP1-04 Human Development & Spiritual Maturing

This course fosters deeper understanding of the impact of human growth and personal development on spiritual maturing.  We will consider how appropriation of our desires, affects and imagination promotes healing, inner freedom and wholeness.  Sessions will include opportunities for integrating the human and the holy through reflective exercises and practical applications.

This is the fourth class of our ISFP Program, but may be taken independently. 

Dates: Thursdays, Feb. 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22, April 5, 2018

Time:  7:00 – 9:30 pm

Instructor:  Mrs. Mary Cannon

Cost: $150.00


For more information or to register, please contact Br. Charlie Jackson, S.J., at  jackson@loyolainstitute.org

Ignatian Weekend Retreat:  I Am With You Always

Jesus reassured his friends that there was no need for fear and that he would remain with them until the end of time.  Join us for a weekend of rest, prayer, and reflection to explore the ways that Jesus invites us to move beyond fear in our every-day lives and in the world around us.  

Dates: Friday, March 2 – Sunday, March 4, 2018

Time:  7:00 pm Friday – 4:00 pm Sunday

Presented by:  LIS Staff and Associates

Cost: $225, single occupancy, $195 shared room, $150 commuter.  (Discount available for LIS Members)

Location: Pro-Sanctity Center, Fullerton, CA

Click here for a flyer with more information.


For more information or to register, please contact Mr. Bryce Deline, S.J., at  deline@loyolainstitute.org

Our 2018 Hearts on Fire Gala promises to be a memorable evening full of fun and surprises.  

Our celebration will be infused with the flavors, colors, sights, sounds, and festive atmosphere associated with Cinco de Mayo.    

You won't want to miss it!  

2018 Honorees

Jesuits West

Hearts on Fire Award

Fr. Dick Hauser, S.J.

Writer's Award in Spirituality

Tickets are $200 per person. 

Tables of ten are available for $2,000. 

For sponsorship and underwriting opportunities, Gala Dinner Program ads, table sponsorship information, and Silent Auction donations, please contact Raymond Uribe at uribe@loyolainstitute.org

Praying with Pope Francis

Pope Francis' Prayer Intention for February 2018


Say “No” to Corruption
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.

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