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? Full time faculty and staff

WHAT? A year-long program that helps participants grow in their understanding of LMU's Ignatian heritage

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



Companions in Mission and colleagues at the 2017 Faculty/Staff Retreat

Companions in Mission is a year-long program that aims to develop a cadre of faculty, administrators, and other exempt 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 spring. 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 Ignatian history, pedagogy, and spirituality
  • an off-campus weekend retreat in February
  • a weekend service experience in the spring (one-day or overnight)
  • a concluding luncheon 

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


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.




Become a Companion in Mission!
Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 cohort of Companions in Mission.
Applications due Friday, April 26 at 5:00 pm

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