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Loyola University New Orleans

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The Church considers the call of all the baptized to ministry “a cause for rejoicing.“ At the Loyola Institute for Ministry (LIM), we agree.

Our programs are affordable and take seriously the hopes and experience you bring to your studies. We promote a broad vision of ministry, which holds that it is practiced in explicitly ecclesial contexts–in churches, schools and dioceses–and beyond wherever people of faith live and work.

We teach a method called “practical theology.”  Built on the best in biblical and theological scholarship, it seeks to discern implications for the individual, Church and world. It fosters personal, spiritual, and professional growth while you’re here–and after you graduate.


The Loyola Institute for Ministry at Loyola University New Orleans, a Catholic and Jesuit institution, educates, prepares, and empowers diverse learners through the method of practical theology so that they may serve their faith communities and the world. We do this by offering contextualized educational and spiritual formation opportunities in the forms of graduate and undergraduate studies and continuing education programs.

Qualifying Programs for NACC Certification

The following programs satisfy the academic prerequisites for initial certification.

Board Certified Chaplain (BCC, BCC-VA)

Certified Associate Chaplain (CAC)


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