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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 Brandon 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. 

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.

 Last updated: 11/16/2015