Initiatives + Programs

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Mission and Ministry, an organizational unit within the President’s Division, includes Campus Ministry and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.  These thriving offices share the riches of LMU’s spiritual heritage with, respectively, undergraduate/graduate students and faculty/ staff.  The Mission and Ministry Office itself works with faculty, staff, and university leadership and reaches out to student, alumni, and trustee groups to promote an informed understanding of LMU’s distinctive character as a Catholic, Jesuit-Marymount university.  Initiatives and programs offered or coordinated by the Mission and Ministry Office include:

Colloquy on Faith and the Intellectual Life – Week-long summer seminar sponsored by Collegium, a national consortium of Catholic colleges and universities.  Especially helpful for faculty first entering mainstream Catholic higher education.  More information at www.collegium.org, or contact Nicholas.Islas@lmu.edu.  

Companions in Mission – A year-long program for mid-level faculty and exempt staff to gain a greater appreciation of LMU’s Ignatian heritage.  The program consists of an on-campus retreat day in September, four presentations on Ignatian history, pedagogy, and spirituality in the fall semester; a week-end, off-campus retreat in February, and a spring service experience.  More information at mission.lmu.edu/companionsinmission or contact Nicholas.Islas@lmu.edu.

Faculty-Staff Immersion Trip – Introduced in 2015.  Faculty-Staff Immersion Trips provide an opportunity for participants to experience a developing country vis-à-vis the U.S., with particular attention to the needs of the poor and to gain a heightened awareness of the international dimension of Jesuit higher education and the opportunities it affords for global solidarity.  The 2017 immersion will find 12 colleagues traveling to Nicaragua, May 13-20.  For more information contact Nicholas.Islas@lmu.edu.

Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP) - An 18-month program sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities for senior administrators and faculty leaders.  It involves online workshops on Catholic, Jesuit identity and Ignatian themes, an immersion trip, and a six-day experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.  LMU sends two participants to each cohort.  More information at http://ignatiancolleagues.org or contact Nicholas.Islas@lmu.edu.

Mission Day – Major event in early spring bringing together participants from the entire campus community.  It features a prominent speaker and reception and has often included breakout sessions and other follow-up activities.  Mission Day topics have included “Education of the Whole Person,” “Jesuit Education in a Broken World,” “Ethnic Diversity and Religious Identity,” “Service of Faith,” “Companions in Mission.”  Mission Day 2017, on Wednesday, Feb. 22, will feature Fr. Steve Privett, S.J., former president of the University of San Francisco.  His topic will be, “Diversity, the Common Good, and Catholic Social Teaching.”

Western Conversations – A weekend conference, mainly for faculty, at which colleagues from six western Jesuit universities gather at a host campus for talks and discussions on topics related to Jesuit identity.  This year’s Western Conversations will be replaced by a larger gathering of faculty from Jesuit universities throughout the U.S. at Creighton University in Omaha, Feb. 24-26, 2017.