Companions in Mission

St. Ignatius statue




A program for faculty and staff to learn more about who we are: our history, mission, and identity



WHO? All full time faculty and staff

WHAT? A year-long program that helps participants grow in their understanding of LMU's mission and identity

WHY? You want to learn more about our university's history, values, and mission, and get to know some of your colleagues across campus along the way!



Companions in Mission and colleagues at the 2020 Faculty/Staff Retreat

Companions in Mission is a year-long program that aims to develop a group of faculty and staff who are (1) well grounded in the Ignatian heritage shared by the Jesuits, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange and (2) capable of communicating its meaning and adapting its implementation in the everyday life of the University.‌

Sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry, Companions in Mission launched in 2012 and recruits new cohorts each year. Cohort members gather throughout the year to learn about the history of LMU and Ignatian education, engage in communal reflection and service, and explore what the university's mission means to and for them. All programming is designed to help participants grow in their understanding of LMU’s rich heritage and deepen their commitment to its mission as a Catholic and Jesuit, Marymount university.‌‌ 


Companions Day of Service, 2019

A typical year in Companions in Mission includes:*

  • an on-campus retreat (weekend half-day) in early September
  • four luncheon presentations during the fall on various aspects of LMU's history and mission, Ignatian spirituality, and Ignatian pedagogy
  • an off-campus weekend retreat in February
  • a weekend service experience in the spring (one-day or overnight)
  • a concluding spring luncheon 

All reading materials and participation costs are sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry. 


*Local and university health and safety guidelines may impact programming content and format for 2020-2021. Where possible, programs will be adapted for greatest accessibility while preserving health and safety of participants.


Companions in Mission may serve as a follow-up experience for those who have made the Busy Persons Retreat or participated in the President’s Institute, Western Conversations, or similar programs. But we also encourage those who have not yet had an opportunity to take part in other mission and identity programs to apply for Companions in Mission. All are welcome to participate.




Ready to join the Companions in Mission?
Applications open for the 20-21 academic year


A letter for staff to share with their supervisors is available for download here: 

Companions in Mission Letter to Supervisors


 Contact Katherine Brown, Director of Mission and Identity Programs, at or 310-338-5707.




Companions in Mission Alumni


  • Bernadette Crawford

    Mark Houlemarde

    Rosemary Kim

    Jenny Manriquez

    Monique Mansour

    Gianna McMillan

    Stephanie Mejia

    Christopher Murillo

    Laura Poladian

    Karen Rapp

    Justine Saquilayan

    Daphnie Sicre


  • Alejandra Alarcon

    Hawley Almstedt

    Nataly Blas

    Chelsea Brown

    Stacey Cabaj

    Deanna Cooke

    Gabriela De Anda

    Leticia Duenas

    Rebecca Hong

    Linh Hua

    Layla Karst

    Yu Li

    Darnise Martin

    Jin Mims

    Grace Paz

    Alyssa Perez

    Carissa Phillips-Garrett

    Emilou Reyes

    Diane Sant

    Yvonne Wehrmann

    Sarah Yoshikawa

  • Freddie Armijo

    Rosa Calderon

    Eva Cruz-Aedo

    Artemio Diaz

    Kierstin LaSalle

    Lisa Mitchell

    Giannina Nurena

    Christine Palau

    John Paul Ramirez

    Katie Styles

  • Sharon Elenbaas

    Sara Espinoza

    Jessica Frazier

    Amie Gonzalez

    Nirinjan Khalsa-Baker

    Alice Martini Doyle

    Mugdha Yeolekar

    Sharmila Narayan

    Laura Rodi

    Csilla Samay

    Jose Santiago

    Allison Soeller

  • Nadya Balabanova

    Arnab Banerji

    Ann Cortez

    Ruby Cruz

    Denise Folga

    John Jackson

    Katie Jones

    Lisha Maddox

    Amiya Powell-Hodge

    Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet

  • Gary Bolton

    Kristine Bunikiewicz

    Debbie Cavanagh

    Eileen De Alva-Gonzalez

    Rick Elmasian

    Jamie Hazlitt

    Joshua Hege

    Kelly Nelson

    Kat Saturne

    John Skidmore

    Adam Stafford

    Margo Thole

    Louisa Vakili

  • Samii Hartman

    Maureen Herbert

    Chris Hill

    Maryann Krikorian

    Shawn Lamb

    Tiffany Markarian

    Christine Parra

    Fred Puza

    Sandra Seisdedos

    Kyle Studebaker

    Shannon Taylor

    Kerry Toolan

    Leon Weibers

  • Alicia Amador

    Nicole Bouvier-Brown

    Seranda Bray

    Christine Chavez

    Chris de Silva

    Maruth Figueroa

    Tom Gutto

    Briana Maturi

    Susie McDaniel

    William McKinney

    Judy Park

    Shannon Pascual

    Gustavo Vejarano

  • Lydia Ammossow

    Stephanie August

    Matthew Bazar

    Jill Bickett

    Rob Burchfield

    Maria Cano

    Renee Florsheim

    Alice Gandara

    Lorianne Harrison-Reyes

    Matthew Jauregui

    Chake Kouyoumjian

    Sandra Luca

    Kevin Wetmore