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Calendar of Events for Faculty and Staff
2015 - 2016

Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for Busy Persons

Learn about personally adapted Ignatian spiritual exercises for faculty and staff.

"Exercise" The Ignatian Way

All Faculty and Staff are welcome to attend one of three information sessions
and to hear from colleagues who found peace through The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for Busy Persons.

• Wednesday September 9, 8-9am in the Collins Center (Continental Breakfast provided).
• Wednesday September 9, 11:30am - 12:30pmpm in Conference Room 3014 of University Hall (Snacks and water provided)
• Thursday September 10, 1:30am - 12:30pmpm in The Center for Ignatian Spirituality (Snacks and water provided)

If you wish to learn more about the practical and personal options available for engaging in Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, please stop by one of our information sessions or contact us for a private meeting: 310.338.1806 or

At any time during the year, if you are interested in exploring the possibility of making Ignatian exercises, please call the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at 8-1806, or contact either Anne Hennessy, CSJ or Randy Roche, SJ

For more information about Ignatian spiritual exercises, please visit our introductory page: Spiritual Exercises.

The Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for Busy Persons is available to all faculty and staff at LMU, and usually takes 30+ weeks to complete.


Lean Healthcare

October 21, 12:00pm to 1pm

(lunch included)

 Professor of Systems Engineering, Bohdan “Bo” Oppenheim Ph. D., will show us how he and LMU colleagues have cooperated with Kaiser Healthcare in applying the very practical process of “Lean Thinking” to reduce costs without diminishing physician services. He will begin with an extraordinary example from the auto industry, and move on to specific examples of significant successes achieved from using Lean in Kaiser Permanente laboratories.  

Bo is a Professor of Systems Engineering, founder and co-chair of INCOSE Lean Systems Engineering Working Group, and is regarded as a leading expert in the application of Lean in healthcare and other systems.  He is author and co-author of many books and journal articles and the recipient of several awards. He earned his Ph.D. from Southampton, U.K., preceded by a Graduate Engineer’s Degree from MIT. His credits include $2.5 million in externally funded grants. 

 To register, or for further information, please email or call 310.338.1806.

"Touching the Real: Reflections on Our Two Years in Argentina"

November 5, 1pm- 2:30pm (Lunch Provided)

What can a commitment towards touching what feels most real (what Salvadoran Jesuit Jon Sobrino calls "honesty to the real") do to transform the self, one's relationships with others, and one's orientation towards the world? This includes confronting not only the gritty realities of poverty, discrimination, and injustice, but also seeing beauty, practicing vulnerability, and being present to one's life. The structure and rhythm of the Casa de La Mateada program facilitated these processes of learning and growth, but they can also be practiced anywhere and by anyone. Find out more about LMU's Casa de la Mateada program in Argentina, specifically what it means for students and staff to practice solidarity and accompaniment with each other and members of the surrounding community.

Jennifer Abe, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology Department, and Douglas E. Christie, Ph. D., is Professor of Theological Studies. In 2013, Dr. Abe and Dr. Christie moved to Córdoba, Argentina for two years as faculty co-directors for LMU’s Casa Argentina study abroad program. Dr. Abe conducts research related to help-seeking and cultural competence in mental health service delivery, as well as related to culture, spirituality, place, and mental health issues. Dr. Christie is the author of The Word in the Desert: Scripture and the Quest for Early Christian Monasticism and The Blue Sapphire of the Mind: Notes for a Contemplative Ecology.

To register, or for further information, please email or call 310.338.1806.

Ignatian Decision-Making (for Busy Persons)

Monday, November 9, 2:00 - 4:00pm

Randy Roche, S.J. will lead a session in which participants learn about some of the practical applications of Ignatian decision-making that Pope Francis uses, and also gain experience in identifying their own "best practices" in making decisions.

Years before he became a priest and founded the Jesuits, Ignatius of Loyola was teaching busy women and men about the decision-making practices he had learned through reflection on his own experience.

The workshop is sponsored by Learning and Development /Human Resources, and will be held in the Human Resources meeting room.

You are welcome to register directly with HR through their mylmu pages, or by calling the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at 88695 or sending an email to

“The Contemplative Life Today: The Witness of the Monks of Atlas"

November 10, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Lunch Provided)

Kathy DeVico, OCSO, is the Abbess of Redwoods Monastery, a small community of Roman Catholic women monastics founded in 1962 from the Cistercian Monastery of Nazareth in Belgium. Nestled among the majestic redwoods and Douglas Fir of the Lost Coast of Northern California, bordered on one side by the salmon-bearing Mattole River, the sisters of Our Lady of the Redwoods live a simple monastic life in continuity with a tradition that stretches back to the year 1098 in Europe. Sr. Kathy will share some reflections on the witness of the Cistercian monks of Atlas in Algeria, seven of whom were killed in the civil war in 1996. 

To register, or for further information, please email or call 310.338.1806.

“The Power of Boundless Compassion”

November 19, 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (Lunch Provided) 

Gregory Boyle, SJ, is founder of Homeboy Industries in east Los Angeles, home to the largest and most successful gang intervention in the country. He is the author of Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion. Homeboy Industries traces its roots back to 1988 when in an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth, Fr. Greg and many community members developed positive alternatives, including establishing an elementary school, a day care program and finding legitimate employment for young people. Fr. Greg will share some reflections on his ongoing work at Homeboy Industries.

To register, or for further information, please email or call 310.338.1806.

Two Musical Pre-Christmas Luncheons

Tuesday, December 1 and Tuesday, December 8 from 12:00 to 1:15 p.m.

Faculty and Staff are welcome to join a select group of LMU musicians under the direction of John Flaherty and Chris de Silva for a pre-Christmas meal. The luncheon will include an ambience of music and offer an experience of prayer, song, and Scripture that provides excellent community preparation for the upcoming holidays.

Each of these luncheons is a separate event; both will include music, prayer, and reflection.

To make a reservation, please call 8-1806, or send an email to We will send an email reminder, and the location, on the day before the luncheon.

Seasonal Organ Music in Sacred Heart Chapel

Friday, December 4 and Friday, December 11 from 3:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

During the last two weeks of class, the LMU Community has two Friday afternoon opportunities  to leave stress outside, and enter Sacred Heart Chapel while seasonal organ music is being played.

Walk in, sit down or wander the aisles to view the stained glass windows, while Associate Provosts Branden Grimmett or Rae Linda Brown provide beautiful organ music.

All are welcome – students, faculty, staff and friends - to quietly come and go during these special times for reflection.

Please click here to see the programs for December 4 and 11. 

LMU History: Diversity for a Hundred Years and More

Tuesday, January 26 (upper campus location) and Wednesday, January 27 (lower campus location), from 3:00 to 4:00pm

Diversity is not a new concept at LMU, nor are other significant human relations issues. Fr. Randy Roche, SJ, will present to interested faculty and staff members the story and images that cover more than 100 years of our history.

To register for either of the presentations, please send an email to or call 81806.

Faculty Staff Weekend Retreat: Ignatian Themes for Reflection and Prayer

Friday evening February 5 - Sunday February 7, 1pm at the Mary and Joseph Retreat Center in Palos Verdes

Fr. Randy Roche, SJ and Sr. Anne Hennessey, CSJ will guide the retreat, which will include silent time for personal prayer and reflection, and experiences of group sharing.

The Center for Ignatian Spirituality sponsors the retreat at no cost to participants. Spouses or partners are welcome to attend.

Due to the limited number of spaces available, priority will be given to those who have not yet had an opportunity to have the experience of the faculty staff weekend retreat.

To register, or for further information, please email or call 310.338.1806.

“Subversive Habits”

February 11, 12 p.m -1:30 p.m. with luncheon

Dr. Shannen Dee Williams of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, will give a brief talk, and engage in dialog with faculty and staff about her experiences as a University faculty member who, as a lifelong Catholic, has done significant research on racism in the Catholic Church, especially regarding African American Catholic Sisters.

Dr. Williams’ book, Subversive Habits: Black Nuns and the Long Struggle to Desegregate Catholic America, speaks to issues of racism that Black women religious have encountered from the church, other nuns, and the communities in which they lived.

To register for the luncheon event, please send an email to or call 81806.

Lenten Musical Luncheon

Tuesday, February 16, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Faculty and Staff are welcome to a luncheon that will offer a peaceful, communal experience of music, reflection and prayer during the Lenten journey to Easter.

The season of Lent begins on February 10. To those who register for the luncheon before that date, we will send a booklet: “Daily Reflections for Lent.” Copies will be available at the luncheon, as well.

To register, or for further information, please email or call 310.338.1806.

Jubilee Year of Mercy Lecture Series

Wednesdays February 17 (Sacred Heart Chapel), February 24, March 16, March 30 (Von der Ahe Suite in the Hannon Library) 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

The University Community is warmly invited to participate in the church-wide response to Pope Francis' call to celebrate this special Jubilee Year by reflecting on the theme of Divine Mercy.

Bishop Gordon Bennett, S.J. will offer the following lectures: 

February 17: "Mercy: The Name of God" 
February 24: "Mercy: Why we Need it and Why God wants to Bestow it" 
March 16: "Mercy: Attending to the Needs of the Neighbor" 
March 30: "Mercy: My Vocation as a Christian"

The Most Rev. Gordon Bennett, S.J. is the Peter Faber, S.J. Fellow in Pastoral Theology and Ignatian Spirituality at Loyola Marymount University. One of the few African-American bishops of the United States, Bishop Bennett has served as Auxiliary to the Archbishop of Baltimore and later as Diocesan Bishop of Mandeville, Jamaica.
Please RSVP for each presentation you plan to attend to

Lenten Organ Music in Sacred Heart Chapel

Everyone is welcome to enter the chapel for quiet reflection between Noon and 12:30pm on Wednesdays, 2/24, with Rae Linda Brown at the organ, and 3/16, with Branden Grimmett playing.

Psalm 51: A Paradigm for Lent and Easter Spirituality

Wednesday, March 2, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with luncheon

Fr. Bill Fulco, SJ not only has great familiarity with all the languages and dialects of the Scriptures, but also possesses a gift for uniting knowledge and faith in relating Scriptures to our active, busy lives.

Fr. Fulco is Professor of Classics and Archaeology at LMU, as well as the chair of the Archaeology Committee of the Catholic Biblical Association, and Curator of the Pontifical Biblical Institute’s Archaeology Museum in Jerusalem. He is also a recipient of the 2007 President's Fritz B. Burns Distinguished Teaching Award.

To register for the luncheon event, please send an email to or call 81806.


Urban Ecology and Care for Creation: A Tour of Ballona Discovery Park

Friday, April 8, 12:00 – 2:00pm (Lunch Included)

Presidential Professor Eric Strauss, Executive Director of the Center for Urban Resilience, and Lisa Fimiani, Executive Director of Friends of Ballona Wetlands, will guide LMU faculty and staff on a tour of Ballona Discovery Park. The Park is a two-acre native garden and wildlife habitat directly below the LMU Tonga Memorial that serves as an outdoor laboratory, a space for communal gatherings, and a place for reflection. For more information about the Discovery Park please click here.

To register, or for further information, please email or call 310.338.1806.

The Life and Spirituality of St. Peter Faber

Wednesday, April 13, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. with luncheon

Sr. Anne Hennessy, CSJ, will offer a presentation on the life and spirituality of St. Peter Faber, one of St. Ignatius of Loyola’s first companions and co-founder of the Society of Jesus. Prior to canonizing Faber in 2013, Pope Francis articulated that he has been particularly moved by the early Jesuit’s “ability to dialogue with all, even the most remote and even with his opponents; his simple piety, a certain naïveté perhaps, his being available straightaway, his careful interior discernment, the fact that he was a man capable of great and strong decisions but also capable of being so gentle and loving.”

Sr. Anne Hennessy, Assistant Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, has a Ph.D. from The Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She has served as Assistant Director of "Living Water," a Jesuit-run Scripture and Prayer Center near Tiberias, Israel, and was assistant professor of Spiritual Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. She published The Galilee of Jesus and numerous articles.

To register for the luncheon event, please send an email to or call 81806.



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