Making a Commitment to Social Justice - Robert Osterman ‘20

In the hot August sun, five Loyola students hiked along a rocky dirt trail in Mexico, just a few miles from the US border.  We walked in the same footsteps as a migrant man or woman desperate to get to the United States.  I was one of those students.  This experience was part of a KINO Club immersion trip that allowed us to see what was happening on the border from the viewpoints of an undocumented migrant, a patrol agent, and a rancher living along the border.  But, it wasn't until the arduous hike along that trail where we saw the remnants of migrants that had been there before us, that we began to grasp what it takes for someone to start a new life in the United States.

    As we walked through the desert bushes where migrants sometimes hide from Border Patrol, the temperature was above 90 degrees.  Most migrants don’t have anything but the clothes on their back.  They do not have the backpacks, hiking boots or sun hats that we used.  Along the trail we saw empty water bottles painted black,  tossed on the road after migrants had finished the water. Migrants paint the water bottles black so searchlights from Border Patrol agents won't reflect off the plastic and give them away.  There were diapers from mothers carrying babies, and clothes they were forced to abandon when a smuggler told them there was no room in the vehicle crossing the border. We found identification papers and family photos, once important and valued, blown under bushes and covered with dirt because some smuggler forced the desperate owner to throw them away.  You can only imagine what it must be like for a 20-something man to throw away the only picture he has of his mom, dad or girlfriend.  

    Our expert guide was Fr. Pete Neeley, SJ.  He was once a teacher at Loyola in the 1960’s, but has since made his life-work offering food, clean showers and a place out of the sun to migrants crossing the border.  This safe place is called The Commodore and it is a 20-minute walk on the Mexico side from the border.  At the Commodore we served them food and helped them understand the risks of crossing the border, including being arrested.  But more importantly, we had a chance to see that most migrants are scared and nervous about what will happen to them. Fr. Pete, who led us on this hike, gave us a first-hand account of the risk these people are taking to get into the United States -- jail, deportation, homelessness and sometimes, even violence at the hands of smugglers.  Fr. Pete also explained that many had family or friends in the United States, and the risk of a better life and a better job was worth it to them.

As a student, when Loyola talks about being “ men for and with others” one doesn’t always understand the concrete meaning of that lofty goal.  It sounds good, but how do I accomplish it? The KINO Club is dedicated to social justice and the rights of human decency.  KINO shows you directly where social justice is being denied and where Loyola students can use their voice and good will to help.    Loyola has taught me that making a commitment to social justice is a real contribution to making our society better.

 

The Senior Project

One of the hallmarks of Loyola is our commitment to service and justice.  The Senior Project is one of the most unique things about our school and a defining moment for our students.  We take great pride in this program and the formational experience that transpires during the three-week process.  Men for and with Others is not just a motto for us, but a guiding principle.     

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Go Cubs!

Mr. Utley

 

8th Grade Visit Day

One of my favorite things about this time of year is going out on the road to meet prospective Cubs.  Loyola is a very special place that I am so proud to call home!  In that spirit of pride, I hope that you will join us on Friday, November 10th for the 8th Grade Student and Parent Visitors' Day.  

Register today by clicking here:  

http://www.loyolahs.edu/8th-grade-student-and-parent/

Go Cubs!

Mr. Utley

Dates to Remember: 2017-2018

Welcome to our Admissions Blog!  Thank you so much for your interest in Loyola.  It is our privilege to minister to you and your family throughout this process.  Please note the following key dates in our admissions process:

Thursday, November 2        Parent Night

Friday, November 10           8th Grade Visitors' Day

Sunday, December 10          OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, January 10       Deadline: Applications

Saturday, January 13           Entrance Exam

Saturday, January 20           Entrance Exam

Saturday, January 27           Deadline: Financial Aid 

 

If I or anyone else on my team can be of assistance to you, please don't hesitate to reach out.  We're only a phone call away.

Go Cubs!

Mr. Utley

Self-Growth

"While both of my boys had great years at Loyola, they joke that I graduated from Loyola too! I experienced a great deal of self-growth during those eight years thanks to involvement in Mothers' Guild activities, by attending 7:30 a.m. daily masses, by volunteering in Community Service and Campus Ministry events and as a team parent to the sports team my boys played on. I also cherish and regularly see the new mom friends I made during my boys' time at Loyola. We live all over Los Angeles but are bound to each other thanks to our Cubs. I will always be grateful to Loyola for what it gave my boys and me!" 

Ms. Jan Clifford

(Michael '04 & Brian '08)

Navigating Loyola

“I am deeply grateful that my son is navigating this critical stage of life as a Loyola High School student. LHS cultivates and celebrates faith, scholarship, service and leadership, inspiring its students to become the best versions of themselves— true “Men for and with others.” The spiritual, intellectual, and emotional growth during his first two years has been a joy to behold. As a family, we feel so blessed and proud to be members of this wonderful learning community. Thank you Loyola!” 

—Mrs. Mona Schlater-Hewlett, President, Loyola Mothers' Guild (2017-2018)

Blessings & Lessons - Sean Lee '17

 

Being at Loyola has provided me with many blessings and lessons that I will carry to college and many years beyond.

The Community Service program has opened my eyes to things I never would have experienced at any other school and also brings a warmth to my heart every time I volunteer. My involvement with the office has taught me to become selfless, appreciative, and understanding to what happens to millions of other people.  It has allowed me time to reflect on how blessed I really am to be attending such an amazing institution and living an amazing life. Loyola has taught me to genuinely love and appreciate the people around me, whether it be family or friends through the teachings of Ignatius and real Catholic values.   

The school has also taught me to become a great student athlete, as I learned to love both my sport and the education I received here at Loyola. As a fourth year varsity athlete, I had to learn extremely fast how to juggle the rigorous educational standards that the school implies, while also trying to keep up the athletic standards both the coaches and I hold. The time management skills I have acquired from spending time here at Loyola will also be an exceptional tool I will use for the future.

Perhaps the most important trait I learned here at the school is appreciation for everything in your life and not taking things for granted. Through the community service and theology classes, I learned how incredibly blessed both myself and the other students at Loyola really are and I have learned to appreciate everything in life. Also, the teachers at this school truly want and push for student success, and as a young freshman I did not learn to appreciate this until recently. The teachers always emphasize the importance of hard work and giving everything you have to your commitments. Before coming to Loyola I took my family, life, and God all for granted and spending my time at Loyola taught me to appreciate everything in life and to seize every opportunity and to make great use of it.