The Ignatian Fellows Program

Seeking to make the ideals of our mission statement a reality by educating faculty and staff in the rich traditions of Ignatius of Loyola, Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuit/Catholic mission of our school.

The Program:

The Ignatian Fellows Program seeks to bring faculty/staff together to experience a deeper understanding of the educational mission of Loyola University New Orleans and of the intellectual, spiritual, and social dimensions of Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit education. 

  • Each Fellow is asked to participate in a series of seminar-style meetings for 90 minutes on a weekday afternoon during the spring semester.  There will also be an introductory session and a closing meal.
  • The sessions will include:
    • The life of Ignatius and the early history of the Jesuits
    • Ignatian spirituality as expressed through the Spiritual Exercises
    • The educational mission of the Jesuits, the characteristics of Jesuit education, and features of Ignatian pedagogy
    • The recent emphasis in Jesuit higher education on social justice and diversity
    • Current topics or issue that relate to the Jesuit/Catholic mission of the university.
  • The seminars will meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3:30-5:00 p.m. during the spring semester.  The program requires 2-3 hours each week—including reading, reflection, and the actual seminar meetings.
  • Faculty and staff will usually meet together (i.e., on the life of Ignatius), but may also meet separately (i.e., Ignatian pedagogy for Faculty Fellows.)  These sessions will be interactive lectures, shared reflections, and talks by local guest experts who will share their experience and knowledge.  
  • The Ignatian Fellows will be limited to no more than eight (8) faculty (Ignatian Faculty Fellows) and eight (8) staff (Ignatian Staff Fellows).
  • RETREAT:  There will also be an Ignatian retreat offered to each Fellow at a local retreat center during Lent. 
  • SERVICE IMMERSION TRIP:  There will also be an 8-day service immersion trip (to Belize, Central America) offered to each Fellow after the academic year ends.  The 2019 Belize trip is May 18-26, 2019.  Cost of transportation to Belize and lodging is covered by the program. 
  • The 2019 Cohort of the IFP is now closed.  Recruitment for Cohort 2020 will begin in fall 2019.  


  • All full-time Loyola faculty and staff are eligible, including graduate and law faculty/ staff, regardless of position, discipline, years of service, or religious affiliation. 
  • The IFP Cohort 2019 is now closed.  Recruitment will begin again in fall 2019 for Cohort 2020.  For more information, contact Ted Dziak, S.J. at or Eric Walsh at or call (504) 865-2304