Chaplain

As a Catholic School, we strive to create an atmosphere of welcome and acceptance, based on our Gospel values. At St. Ignatius of Loyola High School we encourage all staff and students to develop as whole individuals: physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and spiritually.

We are a small but important part in our universe, we all have a part to play. We need one another.”      -Jean Vanier

Each of us is a wonderfully unique child of God and we all have a part to play.  We all have something to contribute that no one else can.  Do your part. Don’t be afraid to live your faith boldly knowing that God will be with you each step of the way.

There is so much happening in our chaplaincy program. I hope that you will participate in any way that you can.

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Sacramental Life – We have a very vibrant sacramental life here at Loyola. We celebrate Mass as a school 4 times a year, the sacrament of Reconciliation twice a year as well as various other liturgies. This is possible because of the great relationship we have with the clergy and staff at St. Matthew’s Church. They are part of our school community.

Retreats – We offer retreats to all of our grade 9 students at the beginning of the school year as we strive to welcome them to the community and family here at Loyola. Our grade 10 students also come on retreat in the semester that they have Religion class. These retreats give us an opportunity to step away from our regular routine and appreciate all the blessings God has given us and to find ways to use these blessings to the benefit of others.

Social Justice – Our Loyola Justice League is a very active group at Loyola. We meet once a week on Mondays at lunch (both periods 3 and 4).  We plan Service Projects like trips to Scott Mission in Toronto and Good Shepherd in Hamilton, Food Drives, our Angel Tree program at Christmas, Awareness Campaigns like Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve, Deliberate Acts of Kindness and Thinkfast. We are always looking for new ideas and new members are always welcome.

We are blessed this year with a beautiful new Chapel. It is a sacred place for personal prayer and reflection: a quiet place on a busy day or a space to come and place our troubles in the hands of our loving God.

My office is right next to the Chapel. My door is always open and all are welcome.

Come by and say hello, share your troubles, or tell me some great news.

I will be there with a helping hand, a shoulder to cry on or a mint if you just need a pick-me-up.

Marie O’Connell

Chaplaincy Leader
Did you miss our Chapel Blessing? Here’s a time lapse.

Here’s a student created video of our Chapel Blessing. Thank you to Christina M