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Loyola Institute for Ministry receives top honors

The Loyola University New Orleans Institute for Ministry (LIM) and its distance learning extension program, LIMEX, received the highest award from the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership (NCCL).

The Catechetical Award recognizes the Loyola Institute for Ministry’s outstanding contribution to religious education and the success its graduates have had in becoming leaders in the church’s catechetical ministry locally and around the globe. The honor was bestowed during the NCCL’s annual meeting.

“What an honor for Loyola and the Loyola Institute for Ministry to receive this national recognition,” said Tom Ryan, Ph.D., LIM director. “We’re only the fourth institutional recipient in the award’s 29-year history. It’s an affirmation of the contribution that the Loyola Institute for Ministry and its graduates have made to the church and its catechetical ministry nationally.”

LIM has great reputation
Leland Nagel, executive director of NCCL, said the Loyola Institute for Ministry’s reputation is longstanding with its organization.

“The number one reason the Loyola Institute for Ministry is receiving this award is the number of people it has served who were able to get a good professional education and then moved into diocesan leadership to continue the good work,” Nagel said.

The Loyola Institute for Ministry’s distance education program, LIMEX, allows people from all over the world and all walks of life to take advantage of its award-winning religious education.

Ryan, along with faculty and Loyola Institute for Ministry students and graduates from New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Mississippi and Tennessee, recently visited seven LIMEX students who are inmates at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. They spent time with the prisoners in conversation and prayer, followed by a Mass.

“The Loyola Institute for Ministry’s efforts in continuing to provide people options without having to move or spend a summer away on campus is critical in terms of their willingness to respond to needs of people in the catechetical field,” Nagel said.

Ryan and the Loyola Institute for Ministry also offer numerous free opportunities to the public, cosponsoring the Spirituality in the City Series, which brings in local leaders to initiate conversations about their spiritual traditions, as well as webinars and Taizé community prayer services.

The National Conference for Catechetical Leadership has been a leader in Catholic religious education in the U.S. since 1967. It is dedicated to bringing the teaching ministry of Jesus to every Catholic child, youth and adult.

LIM will host on Online Open House July 22 at 8 p.m. to introduce its online programs, which are Ignatian, practical, transformative and affordable. The public is welcome.

To attend the Online Open House, go to house/

Select “Enter as a Guest”; type in your name and click “Enter Room.” If you log in before the starting time, you will need to wait until the start time before being invited in.

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