A Prayer for the New Academic Year

Loras faculty and staff kicked off the new academic year on Thursday, August 20 with and safely-distanced in-person and virtual gathering to celebrate Opening Day.

As part of the event, Chaplain Fr. Dustin Vu offered the following prayer to ask for God’s guidance through the ensuing days, weeks and months ahead:

God of the Universe,

We gather together as one family bringing to You all our anxieties, fears and personal struggles.

We lay them before You. We ask for Your guidance and protection upon us in this new academic year especially with many unknowns.

Please keep our faculty, staff and students well and safe. Help us to see Your presence daily in our midst and anchor us in Your peace and hope, knowing you are near.

As one purple and gold family, help us to continue supporting one another. Transform us into instruments of your peace so we can serve each other and serve our students well.

Trusting in your goodness, we pray.


About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2019, Loras was the second-highest ranked Catholic college in the state of Iowa according to College Consensus, the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the third consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 10th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).