Dear Loyola Parishioners and Visitors,
“Faith in Action: Social Outreach into our Parish Neighborhood and Community-At-Large” was one of the Visions of our Future formulated through our 2014 Discovering the Magis Strategic Discernment process. The Magis Leadership Team is charged with helping parishioners with forming teams, based upon parishioners’ expressed desires, to help bring about some specific statement about our future identified with each vision statement.
Two specific statements under our Faith in Action Vision are: “We coordinate our outreach efforts with other churches and organizations” and “We partner with Ignatian service organizations that exist nationally as a means of incorporating Ignatian Spirituality into our outreach efforts and help form the people we encounter in Catholic social doctrine.”
A few related events are happening September 11-13. On September 11, Ms. Mary Baudouin, Asst. for Social Ministries for our Jesuit Province, will be visiting Loyola and wishes to meet with individuals or groups doing or interested in social ministries in the parish. Mary’s areas of expertise include: socially responsible investing, social (policy/program) analysis, Jesuit social ministry, and advocacy. She has asked me to set up some meetings for her on Sunday and Monday, so if you are interested, let me know so I can schedule her with your organization or individually.
On September 12, Mary will meet with those who are interested in participating in a feasibility study for the formation of an Ignatian Volunteer Corps (IVC) in Denver. The IVC provides men and women, most age 50 or better, with substantive work to serve individuals who have slipped through this country’s safety net. By contributing their leadership skills and life experience into service, IVC volunteers improve their communities and create a more just society. Volunteers are strengthened in their Christian faith by IVC’s unique spiritual reflection program, which is rooted in the Jesuit tradition of Ignatian spirituality. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm in Brady Hall. Among the issues that will need to be addressed in feasibility study are potential for:
- 1) volunteer placements;
- 2) volunteers;
- 3) Ignatian reflectors; and,
- 4) fundraising to initiate and support the program.
On September 13, Together for Colorado, an affiliate of the PICO Network—a Jesuit founded community organizing organization, is hosting a public meeting from 6:30-8:00 pm at Montview Presbyterian Church. More information in the bulletin and on posters/flyers at our Church entrances. I plan to attend this all day meeting for faith leaders in the afternoon and parishioners in the evening. Celesté Martinez, a Loyola parishioner and Regis University graduate, is the Bilingual Organizer for Together Colorado, and we are in discussion about forming and organizing for justice/faith-based advocacy work at Loyola.
I invite all to attend one or more of these opportunities.