Fr. Michael Engh SJ, then professor of history at LMU, visits the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Marquette University to learn more about its ministry of giving the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola to faculty and staff. The vibrancy of the program showed how Ignatian spirituality can be a helpful resource for a whole campus community. He proposes to the LMU Jesuit Community the possibility of a similar center on our campus.
Fr. Tom Rausch, Rector of the LMU Jesuit Community, and Fr. Engh discusss with faculty and staff possible ways of respond to a growing desire for Ignatian formation. Fr. Clancey Wallen SJ, emeritus professor of mathematics, begins guiding LMU faculty and staff in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Fr. Engh and LMU President Fr. Tom O'Malley SJ, sign an agreement establishing the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at LMU with an endowment from the LMU Jesuit Community and a matching gift from the University Hill Foundation.
Fr. Tom Powers SJ, the first director of the Center, launches its work, with a base in the LMU Jesuit Residence. Then-President, Fr. Robert B. Lawton SJ, says, "The Center will strengthen the Ignatian tradition here at LMU. It will integrate academic pursuits with personal and religious formation."
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality moved to its next home, in Leavey Faculty Center, and opens officially.
Fr. Randy Roche, SJ, is appointed to succeed Fr. Power. An Advisory Board of faculty and staff is set up to help focus the Center’s work.
Sr. Frances Gussenhoven RSHM, Sr. Anne Hennessy CSJ, and Fr. Wayne Negrete SJ serve consecutively as associate directors.
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality relocates to Xavier Hall, as part of an enlarged division of Mission and Ministry under LMU vice-president John Sebastian.
Fr. Roche was appointed as University Chaplain, and Fr. Dorian Llywelyn SJ becomes the Center’s third director.