The Pastoral Ministries Team at Loyola Blakefield includes the Director of Ignatian Mission and Identity, Director of Ignatian Service, Director of Campus Ministry, and the Chaplain. They work toward the spiritual formation and needs of the entire Blakefield Community. Deeply grounded in Roman Catholic tradition, all programs offered seek to foster spiritual growth for all constituencies including students, faculty, parents, and alumni.
The very name “ministry" should give you a hint as to our priorities and commitment. The word “minister” in Latin actually means “table server.” When one thinks of a good table server one thinks of someone whose interest is not just putting food on the table but also facilitating an interpersonal experience for the diners. Good table servers anticipate the needs of the diners. They are attentive but don’t intrude. This is what we feel a good “minister” does on the spiritual level.
Who are the ministers here at Loyola Blakefield? Although we have the titles, the real and vital ministers are the students, administrators, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and trustees of Loyola. We are all called to be facilitators of the spiritual experience of our Loyola Community. In other words, we are all called to be leaders. But this is not a leadership for the sake of power over others and self-aggrandizement. This is leadership of service, leadership as defined by Jesus Christ himself in his own ministering to others: “I have not come to be served but to serve.”