Those four letters are packed with meaning and inspiration. It's an abbreviation of the Latin phrase Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (or Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam), which means “For the greater glory of God.”
The phrase serves as the motto for the Society of Jesus, the order of priests that founded Loyola. St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, is credited with coining the phrase now represented with AMDG throughout our campus—and Web site.
Loyola University Maryland is in good company. The late Pope John Paul II often included “AMDG” when he signed his name, Johann Sebastian Bach wrote it on musical compositions, and students at some Jesuit schools mark their work with the initials. No matter where we see it, the motto constantly reminds our community—and other Jesuit institutions throughout the world—that the work we do is for the greater glory of God.