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Interfaith Ministries

Interfaith Ministry at Loyola is designed to support the spiritual growth of students from many faith backgrounds and to educate students about diverse faith traditions. Through partnerships with faith organizations in the Greater New Orleans area, our students and staff develop individual and ongoing programming that meets these ministry needs. 

 

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Interfaith Coalition

A body of "covenant partners" from on and off campus that, while ministering within their own distinctive traditions, cooperate through monthly meetings and occasional co-programming to serve the needs of all students. If you would like to hear from a particular faith community, complete this form.

Interfaith Prayer Room

Located on the lower level of the Danna Student Center, open to all for private prayer and spiritual time. Includes two chairs, lamps, a stencil “E” indicating the Eastern direction, Bibles, copies of the Qur’an, copies of the Tanakh and Mishkan, prayer rugs and hijabs, clock, prayer message board, and end table.

Guidelines for Use:

The Prayer Room is to be used for prayer/meditation and religious observances only, and not as a lounge, study room, meeting room, or for other purposes not involved with prayer/meditation. Please respect the requirement for a peaceful, quiet atmosphere.

  • Shoes are to be removed immediately upon entrance of the Prayer Room.
  • The Holy Qur'an is not to be handled with bare hands.
  • The use of fire, including lit candles or incense, is not permitted in the Prayer Room.
  • No food or beverages are allowed in the Prayer Room. Exceptions due to religious ceremony may be permitted, as approved by the Department of Student Life and Ministry.
  • Please keep the Prayer Room clean. All personal and group materials are to be removed from the space after use. Mats/carpets need be returned to the allotted location. Furniture must remain in the facility and restored to the original position.
  • Symbols of faith must be removed after each individual or group usage, and the overall tone of the room shall be religiously neutral.
  • Any damages to space or equipment must be promptly reported to the Department of Student Life and Ministry at getinvolved@loyno.edu

Resources:

If you would like to be contacted by a representative from one or more of the faith communities listed below, fill out this form.

Baptist Collegiate Ministry

Meagan Stedman: meagan.stedman901@gmail.com | 901.481.5704

Corey Olivier: nolabcm@gmail.com | 504.616.4216

Chi Alpha: Christian Fellowship

Joshua Byrd: jabyrd76@gmail.com | 415.724.3687

Jewish Student Community

Dr. Naomi Yavneh: yavneh@loyno.edu | 504.865.2396

Muslim Student Association

Dr. Adil Khan: ahkhan@loyno.edu | 504.865.3679

Wesley Foundation – United Methodist Campus Ministry

Zoë Garry: zoeagarry@gmail.com | 315.771.1135

Catholic Fellowship

Ken Weber: kweber@loyno.edu | 504.865.3167

Manresa Den (Bobet Hall, First Floor) and Magis Lounge (Danna Student Center, Lower Level)

Available for small prayer gatherings, including religious services, by reservation.

For university guidelines on requesting academic accommodations to observe a religious holy day, click here.

Holiday

Start Date

End Date

Tradition

Description

Holi

3/29/2021

 

3/29/2021

Hinduism

A religious spring festival celebrated by people throwing colorful powder and coloured water at each other. Holi is dedicated to Krishna or Kama.

Passover

3/27/2021

4/4/2021

Judaism

Passover commemorates the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt. It is the first of the three major festivals with both historical and agricultural significance (the other two are Shavuot and Sukkot).

Good Friday

4/2/2021

4/2/2021

Christianity

Good Friday commemorates the Passion of Jesus Christ, or his submission to death by crucifixion.

Easter

4/4/2021

4/4/2021

Christianity

Easter celebrates the resurrection of Jesus. It initiates the fifty-day period culminating in Pentecost.

Pascha

5/2/2021

5/2/2021

Eastern Orthodox Christianity

The main focus of Easter Sunday is on traditional Greek Easter foods. At dawn, the spits are set to work and grills are fired up. The customary main attraction of the day is whole roasted lamb or goat to represent the Lamb of God. Many prefer oven and stovetop lamb or kid dishes.

Ramadan

4/12/2021

5/11/2021

Islam

Ramadan is the month of fasting during which physically able Muslims do not eat or drink from the first sign of dawn until sunset. It is a time of self-examination and religious devotion.

Vesak

 

Ridvan

4/8/2021

 

4/20/2021

4/8/2021

 

5/1/2021

Buddhism

 

Baha'i

Coming on the full moon, Vesak commemorates the birth, awakening, and passing away (paranibbana) of the historical Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama.

Commemorates the announcement by Baha'u'llah in 1863 that He is the Promised One of all religions and the Manifestation of God for this era. Baha'u'llah's teachings, particularly the concept of the oneness of humanity, are the basis of the Baha'i Faith.

Eid-Al-Fitr

5/12/2021

5/13/2021

Islam

Literally the "Festival of Breaking the Fast," Eid al-Fitr is one of the two most important Islamic celebrations (the other occurs after the Hajj, or pilgrimage to Mecca).

Eid-Al-Adha

7/19/2021

7/20/2021

Islam

Also called the "Festival of Sacrifice," this day is the concluding act of pilgrimage and is observed even when not on pilgrimage. As Abraham offered his son, Ishmael, to God, Muslims offer sheep, goats and camels. They distribute the meat to the poor.

Diwali

11/14/2020

11/14/2020

Hinduism

Diwali is called the Festival of Lights and is celebrated to honor Rama-chandra, the seventh avatar (incarnation of the god Vishnu). It is believed that on this day Rama returned to his people after 14 years of exile during which he fought and won a battle against the demons and the demon king, Ravana.