Statement calling on U.S. Senate to Pass the Dream Act of 2019
We welcome today’s Supreme Court ruling on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which leaves in place protections for DACA recipients and other qualified immigrants at risk of deportation. However, this ruling does not prevent this or future administrations from ending the program, nor does it provide a permanent solution for those who arrived to the U.S. as children. For this reason, the Jesuit Provincials of the United States, the Ignatian Solidarity Network, the Jesuit Schools Network, and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities renew our call on the U.S. Senate to pass a clean Dream Act in order to provide DACA recipients with security and a pathway to citizenship.
A Call to Address Racism in Our Hearts and Community
The sin of racism continues to infect our country, our institutions and our own hearts. Events of the past few days have served to bring to the fore the pain, division and injustice that so many of our sisters and brothers live with every day of their lives. As the Catholic bishops of our country have written:
Conversion and Justice: A Message from Fr. McGrath
Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released the following statement in response to the killing of Mr. George Floyd. I encourage the Loyola Academy community to prayerfully reflect on their words as our nation and our communities continue to confront the deadly realities that continue to divide us. We share the bishops' outrage over this death. As they remind us, the sin of racism continues to plague our country and all of us are called to conversion. We pray that we might hear this call to conversion and greater love and respond generously and courageously. As our Church celebrates Pentecost this weekend, we beg the Holy Spirit to move us to healing, compassion and justice.
2020 Baccalaureate Mass Honors Senior Class Virtually
On Saturday, May 23, Loyola Academy celebrated a virtual Baccalaureate Mass to honor the graduating Class of 2020. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that state of Illinois’ stay-at-home order, the Mass was broadcast from Loyola’s Chapel and viewable to the Loyola community on goramblers.org and other streaming services like Boxcast and Youtube.
Intramurals Provide an Outlet for Engagement and Connection
Loyola Academy’s Intramurals Program experienced significant growth in the 2019-20 school year. Led by Head Baseball Coach and English Teacher Mr. Chris Ackels and a board of student leaders, the program offered three new sports as well as multiple online competitions during the e-learning phase of the ’19-’20 school year. Through May 1, a total of 937 students participated in a Loyola intramural activity, a 38% increase from last year.