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Shaping history This year marks the 200th anniver-

sary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. Approved as a religious order by Pope Paul III in 1540, the Society of Jesus grew rapidly, and by 1750 there were 23,000 Jesuits worldwide. In 1773, Pope Clement XIV suppressed the Jesuit order. In 1814, after events that reshaped the world—including the French and American revolutions, as well as the Napoleonic Wars—Pope Pius VII restored the Jesuits. After the Restoration, Jesuits be-

came a crucial part of 19th-century America, particularly in the Midwest, as Chicago and St. Louis grew from small outposts into the booming cities they became. The Jesuits brought to these expanding cities their 250-year-old educational tradi- tion and modified it for the needs of 19th-century urban immigrants. Along with women religious, they established schools and universities across the country. This commitment to educating an urban, diverse com- munity lives on at Loyola today. Loyola, along with the Society of

Jesus, honors the bicentennial of the Restoration this year. This summer’s Crossings and Dwellings exhibition at LUMA charted 200 years of Jesuits in the Midwest through historical maps, books, objects, and textiles. “The exhibition illustrated the

perseverance and innovation of the brave Jesuit Fathers and religious women who came to the Midwest,” says Pamela Ambrose, director of cultural affairs. “Chicago particularly enjoys the fruits of these stalwarts whose vision for faith, education, and health care contributed so much in bringing an immigrant population into the mainstream.” In October, Loyola is holding a

conference at which scholars from Europe and the US will discuss the role that Jesuits and women religious played in shaping a new nation.


The bells of Madonna della Strada

pel, thus completing the vision of James Mertz, S.J. Each of the bells will be inscribed with a dedication to an individual or group who is an important part of the history of the chapel. The first and largest bell, the Ignatius Bell, is a gift


from Charles A. Whittingham, a 1951 graduate of Loyola (read about him on page 13). The Cecilia Bell is a gift from those who will celebrate their wedding at Madonna della Strada. The Joseph Bell is a gift from Loyola’s Jesuit community and is dedicated to Saint Joseph Mary Pignatelli, S.J., on the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Society of Jesus. Loyola is seeking support from the Madonna della

Strada community for the James Bell, which will be dedicated to the leader behind the original construc- tion of this iconic chapel, Father Mertz. These bells will forever enhance Madonna della Strada, recently voted one of the most beautiful college chapels in the world.

he Lake Shore Campus is about to get more musical. Loyola is having four bells cast and installed in the Madonna della Strada Cha-


Meet Father Prehn

James Prehn, S.J., joined Loyola this summer as the new rector. Here’s a short introduction.

Where are you coming from? • Prior to being appointed a rector, I was vocation director, and before that, assistant for secondary and middle schools, for the Chicago- Detroit and Wisconsin Jesuits. Before that, I was dean of student development at John Carroll University.

Fr. Prehn

What is the role of a rector? • A rector is the religious superior for all the Jesuits on campus. I’ll be checking in with the Jesuits to find out how they’re doing. There will be some committee work; I’m on the Jesuit Identity Committee of the Board of Trustees. I hope to teach at some point. I have a

doctorate in educational admin- istration, and I’d also be open to teaching Ignatian spirituality.

Why did you choose to follow the Jesuit path? • I was, as an un- dergraduate, very taken with the spirituality of the Society—I liked how practical it was. I wanted to live for something larger than myself. It just seemed like a great way to serve and try to make a significant difference.



Anything else we should know? • I’m very grateful to be here and to be contributing to a university with such a great mission.


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