At LMU we take pride in our outstanding academic programs, while at the same time find our distinctive niche among southern California’s many public and private higher education institutions as the area’s only Catholic, Jesuit-Marymount university.
As a Catholic university, we are committed to the pursuit of truth and share in an intellectual tradition that promotes dialogue between reason and faith and places a high premium on beauty and the creative arts.
As a Jesuit-Marymount university, we cherish the wisdom embedded in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola and understand ourselves as inheritors of a centuries-old pedagogical tradition that honors academic rigor, the education of the whole person, professional competence, and engagement with the wider culture.
We believe that our faith tradition—with roots in the Hebrew scriptures and Christian gospels—requires us to work for justice in ways appropriate to a university, with respect for the dignity of all human beings and special concern for those living on the margins of society.
To encourage a deepened understanding of LMU’s special character as a Catholic, Jesuit-Marymount university, the Office of Mission and Ministry was established in 2006. Among other activities, the office hosts LMU’s annual Mission Day; recruits participants for a week-long Colloquy on Faith and the Intellectual Life; coordinates LMU’s participation in the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP), an 18-month on-line and on-site leadership-training program targeting administrators and faculty leaders from the nation’s 28 Jesuit colleges and universities; and, closer to home, sponsors Companions in Mission, an offshoot of ICP designed to provide larger groups of faculty and staff with a basic experience of Ignatian spirituality and pedagogy. In 2015, the Mission and Ministry office will launch its newest initiative, a faculty-staff immersion trip to El Salvador. The office also works with the Office of Intercultural Affairs in presenting search committee workshops on recruiting and hiring for mission and diversity.
Campus Ministry (with its outreach to students) and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality (serving faculty and staff) report to the Office of Mission and Ministry. In addition, the Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture, and the Arts and the CSJ Center for Reconciliation and Justice (recently established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange) organize programs that keep alive the spirit of LMU’s two women’s religious communities.
I invite you to learn more about the Office of Mission and Ministry and the programs we organize or coordinate in support of LMU’s identity and mission as a Catholic, Jesuit-Marymount university. Contact us at 310.338-2987 or visit other links on our website.
Robert V. Caro, S.J.