Loyola University celebrates Sister Jean’s 104th birthday

Students, staff and alumni from Loyola University Chicago wished Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Jean Dolores Schmidt a happy 104th birthday during a block party at the Water Tower Campus on Aug. 31, 2023. Sister Jean turned 104 on Aug. 21 and, as part of the celebration, threw out the first pitch at the Chicago Cubs vs. Milwaukee Brewers game on Aug. 28. The Loyola University Museum of Art also opened a special exhibit, highlighting her accomplishments and her international celebrity. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cardinal Cupich and Mark Reed, president of Loyola University Chicago, wish Sister Jean a happy birthday at the Water Tower Campus Block Party on Aug. 31, 2023. (Lukas Keapproth/Loyola University Chicago)
Students and staff pose for a photo with Sister Jean. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Students take turns taking photos with Sister Jean. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
A well-wisher poses for a photo with Sister Jean. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Members of the media interview Sister Jean while she takes a break from pictures. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Sister Jean sports a big smile as reporters ask her questions. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Loyola President Mark Reed presents Sister Jean with a cake. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Cheerleaders cheer on Sister Jean. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)
Loyola’s mascot, Lu Wolf, dances with students at the celebration. Lu Wolf was inspired by the coat-of-arms of St. Ignatius of Loyola, from whom Loyola derives its name, which depicts two wolves standing over a kettle. (Karen Callaway/Chicago Catholic)