Set the World on Fire

“Set the World on Fire” – The Reverend Brian F. Linnane, S.J., Ph.D.

Graduation Day!! I had looked forward to that day since my very first class at Loyola and what a glorious day it was! Sharing that celebration with so many of my classmates added to the joy. Even with such great emotions there was also a sense of uncertainty. What happens next?

President Brian F. Linnane had a suggestion: Set the world on fire!

He made this statement during his closing remarks and those words still resonate with me. As graduating students our time at Loyola has been an incredible and enlightening experience. Yet if it only remains an experience, a moment in time, then I believe that we have not fully embraced what has been taught. We went through this experience so that we could change ourselves and also assist others in the process of positive change. Whatever theory you use, from CBT to Adlerian, positive change for the client is the goal. Well your client is the world and it is in need of some positive change!

Many of us will move on to different parts of the country and in some cases, even the world. I hope that we resolve to do our part to make the world a better place. It may sound like a cliche’ or a song lyric, but that is the goal. It may be through an incredible counseling session with a client or sharing an encouraging word with a stranger. Whatever the case, know that, as graduates, we are being sent out into the world to make a change. And I am confident that we will. (You can contact Dr. Ralph Piedmont for the exact probability within one standard deviation, but trust me it is high!) We have endured reading the equivalent of the Library of Congress, we have used United Nations level cooperation to make group presentations, we have written papers of biblical proportions, and have meticulously prepared APA citations. In addition to all of that, we have also completed years of clinical internships. And we have not only survived; we have thrived.

The world needs our hope, our faith, our service and our presence. It has been my honor to have shared this journey with you, my fellow classmates. I have been enlightened by your conversations and encouraged by your lives. You are truly wonderful and exceptional and I am excited about the great impact that you will have on others. So to echo the words of President Linnane: Set the world on fire!

May – What’s Happening Blog

by Nicole Snyder

Happy Tuesday Meaning Making Readers!

Continuing this month in Meaning Making we have included the summaries of a few events you might have missed in April and a list of events coming up in May. If you have something you would like included for June’s addition, please let us know!  Enjoy and thanks for reading!

What you might have missed in April:

April 2nd: at 9am Ph.D. Candidate Latoya Moss had her Final Defense titled: Survivors of Personal and Professional Trauma: Exploring the Lived Experience and Continuous Career Decision of Female Clergy Diagnosed with Cancer.  If you’d like to learn more about her work, she can be reached at: lsmoss@loyola.edu

April 3: at 2pm Ph.D. Candidate Paul Deal had his final defense.  His dissertation was titled: Sanctification Within the Middle Ground: Narrative Phenomenology of How Nature Becomes Sacred.  If you’d like to know more about his work, he can be reached at: pjdeal@loyola.edu

May 1: Dr. Christine Berger led a discussion about the interplay between counseling and complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).  Some CAM modalities mentioned were healing touch, Reiki, body scanning, and meditation.  If you are interested on this topic and unable to make it, Dr. Berger has some suggested readings.  She can be reached at: ccberger@loyola.edu.

Coming up:

May 2: Jeffreys Institute for the Study of Loss and Bereavement in co-sponsorship with The Maryland Psychological Association are offering 2 workshops (one morning and one afternoon) for CEs at Loyola Columbia Campus (questions: Dr. Shep Jeffreys 443-956-9480/  jeffreys3@verizon.net)

May 16: Loyola Pastoral Counseling Department will host the Pastoral Counselors Graduate Reception at the Columbia Sheraton Hotel from 6-8pm. (Registration: register online http://alumni.loyola.edu/pc_grad_reception; questions: Brenda Helsing (bhelsing@loyola.edu).

May 17: GRADUATION! – Loyola’s 162nd Commencement Ceremony will be held at Baltimore Arena (201 W. Baltimore Street) on Saturday, May 17th. Doors will open at 9 a.m. and the processional will begin at 10:45 a.m. The Commencement program begins promptly at 11 a.m. A live stream of the Commencement Exercises will be available at the following link: www.loyola.edu/commencement. Congratulations to all graduates!