Spiritual Life Offering Campus an “Anchor” This Lenten Season

The Loras College Spiritual Life Office will host a series of events aimed at helping others stay anchored through Lenten reflection and action over the next 40 days. The theme, “Anchoring in Lent,” invites us to use God’s love as a means to find stability through turbulent and uncertain times. 

“Anchored has been our theme for the 2020-2021 academic year,” Stacia McDermott (’03), director of spiritual life and peace & justice, said. “In a time where we all feel out-of-control, isolated, and divided, we recognized the importance of anchoring ourselves in the love of God. Lent expands on our theme and incorporates the three traditional observances of prayer, almsgiving and fasting into our offerings.”

Among the events offered will be a fast-a-thon hosted by the student organization Better Together. The virtual event allows everyone to gather online to share what fasting means to them and how fasting is important in their respective faith traditions. Better Together is a national student organization that plans events, dialogues, and service opportunities for interfaith action and leadership.

The Spiritual Life Office will also provide a series of discussions on staying anchored through our relationships, whether they are friendships, romantic interests or with ourselves. 

Scheduled Events include:

Ash Wednesday Ecumenical Prayer Service and Masses – Wednesday, February 17 (The prayer service at 11 a.m and the first mass at 5 p.m. will be livestreamed on the Spiritual Life Facebook and YouTube pages).

Better Together Fast-a-thon – Thursday, February 18

Lenten Reflection Series: Anchoring in Healthy Relationships  – February 26-28

Antioch Retreat – March 5-7

24-hour Adoration – March 30-31

In addition to the events, all monetary donations will go to support organizations in Dubuque helping with food insecurity.

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 2020, Loras was ranked 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 fourth 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 12th 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).