Archbishop Gregory Aymond will be the first speaker Sept. 20 at 7 p.m.  to kick off Loyola University’s Presidential Centennial Guest Series. His topic will be, “Catholic Education: Gifts and Challenges in 2012 and Beyond.” The presentation will be held in the Louis J. Roussel Performance Hall, located in the Communications/Music Complex, on Loyola’s main campus.

Archbishop Aymond will explore issues facing Catholic education today and invite response and commentary from an esteemed panel of Catholic higher education leaders, including Loyola University President Kevin Wildes, S.J., Ph.D., Xavier University of Louisiana President Norman Francis, J.D. ’55, H ’82, and Our Lady of Holy Cross College President Ronald Ambrosetti, Ph.D. The event is free and open to the public.

For those unable to attend in person, the presentation will be made available via live streaming on Loyola’s website at

The centennial celebration continues at Loyola throughout the year. Call the Office of Public Affairs at 861-5888.