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Coming Events

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


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.

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.

"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



“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