Loyola Productions Launches INN and Innovative Lent Program
Fr. Edward Siebert, SJ, and Loyola Productions Inc. (LPI), a Jesuit-sponsored film production house in Culver City, California, recently launched the Ignatian News Network (INN). In collaboration with provinces and works across the country, INN identifies and highlights Jesuits and Jesuit ministries through brief, punchy videos. Segments are distributed through the INN YouTube channel and the Jesuit network.
This Lent, LPI also has offered viewers a one-of-a-kind Lenten experience, 40: The Series. A “post-apocalyptic drama,” 40 follows seven strangers attempting to make sense of a mysterious event. Available exclusively on the web, two new episodes air each week during Lent on the series’ original website— 40theseries.com—as well as on YouTube, Vimeo, and Facebook with updates available through Twitter. 40 has been promoted extensively through the Jesuit network, news media, and social media and has garnered more than 15,000 viewers.
Chicago Jesuit High Schools Participate in Day of Service
For the first time ever, four Chicago-area Jesuit High Schools have joined together to participate in a day of service. On Presidents’ Day 2012, students and faculty from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, Christ the King Jesuit College Prep, Saint Ignatius College Prep, and Loyola Academy traveled to various neighborhoods around the city of Chicago in an effort to more fully live St. Ignatius’s motto to “go where the need is greatest.” Their projects ranged from painting a homeless shelter, to working in a preschool, to walking door-to-door encouraging residents to register to vote.
Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice
Since 1997 the Ignatian Solidarity Network has offered members of Jesuit institutions an opportunity to gather together for learning, prayer, networking, and legislative advocacy on Capitol Hill. On November 12–14, 2011, more than 1,100 students, teachers, parish members, and others passionate about faith-inspired social justice gathered together in Washington, DC. Keynote speakers included Rev. A. E. Orobator, SJ, provincial of the Eastern Africa Province, as well as activists, journalists, and other leaders in hopes of engaging and inspiring young minds.
Homeless Persons’ Memorial Hosted