A Message from Fr. Wildes

Dear members of the Loyola community,

As we enter the season of advent and reflection, we are reminded of our Jesuit mission, which guides us to uphold the dignity of every person, to work for the common good of our nation, and to promote a living faith for justice.

In keeping with those beliefs, Loyola University New Orleans joins today with Jesuit and Catholic universities nationwide in reaffirming our Jesuit values and our commitments as Americans and educators to students of all backgrounds. We remember our commitment to embrace the entire human family, particularly those who are marginalized or in need.

Together with fellow members of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) and the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU), we have agreed that we will work:

  • To protect to the fullest extent of the law undocumented students on our campuses
  • To promote retention of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program (DACA)
  • To support and stand with our students, faculty and staff regardless of their faiths
  • To preserve the religious freedoms on which our nation was founded

These commitments, voiced here in statements issued by the AJCU and AACU, reflect our history, our mission, and our support of Catholic Social Teaching, as well as our commitment to cura personalis and service to others.

In the Year of Mercy, which just ended, we are called upon to “open doors” and look toward one another in solidarity and understanding. Let us strive to be respectful of one another, to promote civil discourse, and to create an atmosphere and spirit of welcome and inclusivity.

With prayers and best wishes,

Kevin Wm. Wildes, S.J., Ph.D.