Spark is a Themed Living Community sponsored by the Office of Mission & Ministry. It is designed to let first year students experience all that Mission & Ministry has to offer while building lasting relationships with each other.
'Sparkers' live together on their own floor in Buddig Hall. The Spark community begins with a service project and mini-retreat to kick off the year. Then, Spark students are offered an ongoing program of monthly events, including a mid-year service project and retreat in January.
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Spark 2014 Opening Weekend: August 23rd & 24th, 2014
Saturday begins bright and early with a volunteer project in New Orelans. We will leave campus, complete our service work, and return for a community meal and guided reflection.
On Sunday, we will depart for a day-long retreat at an off-campus retreat center. During the retreat, Spark students will hear talks from Loyola student leaders and build community with each other. Sparkers will have an opportunity to share their goals for the upcoming year. The retreat will end with a closing mass to celebrate the new community.
A typical opening Satuday schedule:
|8:00AM||Depart for volunteer work|
|12:00PM||Lunch break (on-site)|
|3:00PM||Return to Loyola|
|3:00PM - 4:30PM||Group reflection and teambuilding|
|8:00PM - 10:00PM||Group presentation/excursion|
Spark 2014 Opening Weekend Community Partner
The 2014 community partner agency will be announced soon! Past partner agencies have included:
- Hike for KaTREEna, a non-profit that seeks to replace the thousands of trees that were lost during Hurricane Katrina
- St. Paul's Homecoming Center, an agency that provides relief to homeowners whose property is damaged or destroyed
- Second Harvest Food Bank, the largest food bank in Louisiana
- Green Light New Orleans, a nonprofit that distributes free energy-efficient light bulbs to reduce CO2 emissions
Photos and Video of Past Spark Events
Click here for photo galleries of past Spark volunteer projects:
Check out the video of Spark 2013 students rebuilding facilities on scenic Lakeshore Drive.
Spark 2014 Ongoing Events
Each month, Sparkers will be invited to attend special programs put on by Mission & Ministry. In January 2015, we will renew our community with a mid-year service project and mini-retreat to kick off the Spring Semester.
Spark participants are invited to participate in any and all of the ongoing, student-led volunteer service projects of the Loyola University Community Action Program (LUCAP). Past Spark communities have also initiated their own projects in the New Orleans area.
In addition to the opening weekend retreat and January mini-retreat, Sparkers will have the opportunity to experience University Ministry Retreats, or to join a small faith-sharing group, known as a Christian Life Community (CLC).
Spark students live together on their own floor of Buddig Hall, sharing experiences and a sense of purpose. Consider this reflection, written by a member of the Spark floor in 2012-2013:
"This is obviously the closest floor at Loyola. I feel as though I am always welcome in anyone's room. This program completely eased my transition to college and made me feel comfortable even before classes started. I've always had a hard time becoming comfortable with people and making a connection, so this will be one of he best decisions I made in college."
Spark Mid-Year Project
The first weekend of January (after Winter Break), the whole community will come together for service project and day of reflection to renew and reset for the Spring semester.
In January 2014, the Spark community helped take down decorations from Celebration in the Oaks, a large community fundraiser event. Participants appear in the photo on the left, posing by a huge statue of the New Orleans Christmas mascot "Mr. Bingle."
Spark 2014 is open to all incoming, first year residential students. If you're interested, fill out our application by clicking the link below, and also indicate your interest in Spark on your Residential Life Housing Application. The priority deadline for all Themed Living Community applciations is June 1st, 2014.
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Selected students will be asked to pay a one-time fee of $100. This fee covers all transportation, meals, special events, housing, and service work for the program. Scholarships are available for those who need them.