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Message from Fr Caro

Dear Friends,

Loyola Marymount, formed in the 1973 merger of its proud predecessor institutions, cherishes its role as a post-Vatican II university where Catholic identity and the rich heritage of the Jesuits, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange are vitally present and make a difference in the academic and co-curricular life of the campus.

To further this vision, the Office of Mission and Ministry was established within the President’s Division 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 participation in the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP), an 18-month on-line and on-site leadership training exercise targeting administrators and faculty from the 28 U.S. 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 pedagogy and spirituality.  The Office also works with the Faculty and Student Affairs Mission and Identity Committees in their various initiatives and collaborates with the Office of Intercultural Affairs in presenting search-committee workshops on recruiting and hiring for mission/diversity.

Campus Ministry (with its outreach to students) and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality (serving faculty and staff) both report to the Office of Mission and Ministry.  In addition, the Marymount Institute for Faith, Culture, and the Arts and the 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.

Our aim at the Office of Mission and Ministry is to promote LMU’s distinctive character as a Catholic and Jesuit-Marymount university.  To learn more about what we do, contact us at 310.338-2987 or visit    



Robert V. Caro, S.J.
Vice President for Mission and Ministry


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