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Coming Events for Faculty and Staff
2014 - 2015

Ignatian Spiritual Exercises for Busy Persons

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

If you wish to learn more about the practical and personal options available for engaging in Ignatian Spiritual Exercises, please 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 Anne Hennessy, CSJ at or Randy Roche, SJ at

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.

Ballona Wetlands  
Randy Roche, S.J. 

Ignatian Decision-Making (for Busy Persons)

Wednesday, October 15, 9:00 - 11:00am

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.

To register for the presentation, or to obtain more information, please call 81806 or send an email to

This event will be held in UNH 1900, with Human Resources as sponsor

A Sponsored Event

The Madonna Della Strada Celebration of the Ignatian Volunteer Corps, honoring Wayne Negrete, SJ and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Sunday, October 26, 4-7pm. For more information please click here. To RSVP please click here.  


They Come Back Singing: Caring for Sudanese Refugees

Tuesday, November 11, Noon - 1:30pm, in VDA 190 with luncheon

A presentation by Gary Smith, S.J., who has recently returned from 12 years serving the poor in African refugee camps, where he worked with both Catholic and Muslim refugees from the Sudan and other East African countries. His book, They Come Back Singing: Finding God with the Refugees, is based on his experiences of years with Jesuit Refugee Services, and is filled with human stories of beauty that were found in the midst of every form of poverty.

Fr. Smith worked with several young students while he was at Kakuma Refugee camp, including Luul, a Muslim from Somalia. (The photo)

“The Spirit works in all cultures, and the Church discovers who she is in the presence of the poor.” (Gary Smith, S.J.)

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

 Gary Smith, S.J.

Lacrimae Rerum: The Tears of/for Things

Tuesday, November 18, Noon - 1:30pm, in VDA 190 with luncheon

Much philosophy and literature seems to suggest that life is a generally tragic affair, filled with suffering and loss, and without any real meaning. Much of 20th century philosophy is obsessed with death, absurdity, tragedy, loss, angst, and similar subject, which reaches an apotheosis of sorts in “anti-natalist” philosophies that suggest it is better not to be born.

Against this backdrop, Brian Treanor, Ph.D., Professor of Philosophy and Director of Environmental Studies, will speak about the nature of joy in this life, and its relationship to tragedy and sorrow. The focus of his current work is to articulate a philosophy capable of a full-throated affirmation of life, the world, and being, while recognizing the inescapable tragedies of existence as tragedies, and retaining the prerogative to reject injustice, cruelty, and evil.

To read more about this event please click here.

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

Two Musical Pre-Christmas Luncheons

Tuesday, December 2nd Tuesday, December 9 from 12:00 to 1:15 pm.

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.

Faculty Staff Weekend Retreat: Ignatian Themes for Reflection and Prayer

Evening of Feb. 6th to 1pm on Feb. 8th 
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.

Finding God through The Good Wife, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, Modern Family, NCIS, Big Bang Theory, Scandal (and Everything Else You Can't Stop Watching)

Tuesday, February 10th, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm (Luncheon Provided)

What if our favorite TV shows and characters are not only great television, but offer signs as to things that we want in our own lives, or even where God might be inviting us? In this talk, Fr. Jim McDermott will suggest how watching television might be a lot more like prayer than we think, and offer some ideas and exercises that might help us get even more from the stories we love.

Jim McDermott, SJ is a screenwriter currently writing a pilot for a network. Before coming to Los Angeles he spent four years as an Associate Editor of America Magazine. He hails from Chicago, loves everything from Modern Family to the Flash to Scandal, and spends way too much time watching it.

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


Lenten Musical Luncheon 

Tuesday,  March 3, Noon - 1:30pm 

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 18. 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.

Environmental Justice: An Atmospheric Chemist's Perspective

Thursday, March 12, Noon - 1:15pm

Assistant Professor Nicole Bouvier-Brown (Chemistry and Bio-Chemistry) has a strong interest in the subject of the forthcoming Encyclical of Pope Francis about the environment. She will offer her well-informed insights to help us understand issues related to the air we breathe and the climate that supports all life.

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

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

Friday, March 20 Noon - 2:00pm (Lunch Provided) 

Presidential Professor Eric Strauss, Executive Director of the Discovery Park, will guide LMU faculty and staff on a tour of Ballona Discovery Park. The Park is a two-acre native garden and wildlife habitat 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 make a reservation, please call 8-1806, or send an email to We will send an email reminder and further details on Thursday, March 19.


"Ignatian Decision- Making"

Thursday, April 9, 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Fr. Randy Roche, SJ will guide discussion with faculty and staff who are interested in practical means for improving or enhancing daily decisions.
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



El Salvador, 2014: A Luncheon Presentation for Faculty and Staff

Tuesday, March 24, Noon – 1:30pm

“First, it breaks your heart, then you fall in love, then you’re ruined for life….” Dean Brackley, S.J.

Fr. Tom Rausch, SJ and LMU student, Joaquin Loustau, will share their experiences of their student immersion trip to El Salvador. The two presenters will make use of a number of on-screen images to share the impact of their interactions with people and places that have changed the lives of those who participated. Fr. Rausch and Joaquin will emphasize how various aspects of Jesuit education came together during this trip. They will discuss some of the most meaningful highlights of their trip including their experiences at the UCA, at the Casa de la Solidaridad, the Casa Romero, the crypt of the cathedral and the Fe y Alegría school.

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


“Seeking Peace” – A Tour of Campus Sites 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Noon- 1:30pm

Faculty and Staff are invited a guided tour, on VIP carts - with a bit of walking involved - to seven of the locations for reflection and prayer that are pictured and described in the Seeking Peace booklet that was sent to all towards the end of last semester. The tour will conclude with a boxed lunch.

Fr. Randy Roche will briefly narrate each of the locations that we visit.

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


Cancer Mentors

LMU is blessed with a number of faculty and staff members who make themselves available to talk about cancer with any members of the LMU Community who find themselves facing the medical condition. The Cancer Mentors “live with cancer” themselves or have experience as care-givers for loved ones who have been diagnosed with cancer. A listing of their names can be obtained through the Center for Ignatian Spirituality website at Any faculty, staff or student who has experience of cancer, and would like to join the Cancer Mentors is welcome to contact John Carfora, the chair of the group, or Fr. Randy Roche, SJ.

 Last updated: 1/23/2015