COMPANIONS IN MISSION
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, whether new to LMU or long-serving
WHAT? A year-long program that helps participants grow in their understanding of LMU's mission and identity as it relates to their own experiences and roles
WHY? You want to learn more about our university's history, values, and mission, and build relationships and community with colleagues across campus along the way!
Companions in Mission is a year-long program that accompanies a group of faculty and staff in a journey to become (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 understanding and adapting its implementation in the everyday life of the University in their own specific roles.
Sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry, Companions in Mission launched in 2012 and accompanies one cohort each year. Cohort members gather throughout the academic 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, Ignatian, Marymount university.
A typical year in Companions in Mission includes:*
- an on-campus retreat (weekend half-day) in September facilitated in partnership with the Center for Ignatian Spirituality
- six luncheon presentations, roughly once a month, over the fall and spring semesters on various aspects of LMU's history and mission, Ignatian spirituality, and Ignatian pedagogy
- an off-campus weekend retreat in February
- a weekend service-learning immersion in the spring (one-day, LA-based)
All meals, materials, and participation costs are fully sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry. There is no cost to participants.
*Local and university health and safety guidelines may impact programming content and format for 2021-2022. Programming will be constantly evaluated and, if necessary, 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, whether you are new to LMU or have worked here for decades, and whatever your area or role at the university. Whoever you are, our mission belongs to you.
A letter for staff to share with their supervisors is available for download here:
QUESTIONS? Contact Kat Brown, Director of Mission and Identity Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Companions in Mission Alumni
Gabriela De Anda
John Paul Ramirez
Alice Martini Doyle
Eileen De Alva-Gonzalez
Chris de Silva