Initiatives + Programs

Mission and Ministry: Initiatives and Programs

Mission and Ministry, an organizational unit within the President's Division, includes Campus Ministry and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. These thriving offices share the riches of LMU's spiritual heritage with, respectively, undergraduate and graduate students, and faculty and staff. The Office of the Vice President for Mission and Ministry itself works with faculty, staff, and university leadership and reaches out to student, alumni, and trustee groups to promote an informed understanding of LMU's distinctive character as a Catholic, Jesuit-Marymount university. The many initiatives and programs offered or coordinated by the Mission and Ministry Office include:


Colloquy on Faith and the Intellectual Life

Week-long summer seminar sponsored by Collegium, a national consortium of Catholic colleges and universities. Especially helpful for faculty first entering mainstream Catholic higher education. More information at, or contact


Companions in Mission

A year-long program for mid-level faculty and exempt staff to gain a greater appreciation of LMU's Ignatian heritage. The program consists of an on-campus retreat day in September, four presentations on Ignatian history, pedagogy, and spirituality in the fall semester; a week-end, off-campus retreat in February, and a spring service experience. More information here.


Faculty-Staff Immersion Trip

Introduced in 2015. Faculty-Staff Immersion Trips provide an opportunity for participants to experience a developing country vis-à-vis the U.S., with particular attention to the needs of the poor and to gain a heightened awareness of the international dimension of Jesuit higher education and the opportunities it affords for global solidarity. The 2019 immersion will find 11 colleagues traveling to Costa Rica, May 18-25. For more information, contact


Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP)

An 18-month program sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities for senior administrators and faculty leaders. It involves online workshops on Catholic, Jesuit identity and Ignatian themes, an immersion trip, and a six-day experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. LMU sends two participants to each cohort. More information at or contact


Jesuit Leadership Seminar

The goal of the Jesuit Leadership Seminar is to contribute to the formation of administrators in Jesuit colleges and universities who will, in the words of St. Ignatius Loyola, “Go out and set the world on fire!” Participants are introduced to the foundations of Jesuit education and actively engage in discussions with peers from around the country on how the Jesuit educational tradition may be applied in the everyday work of university decision making. The Jesuit Leadership Seminar is ideal for leaders (presidents, provosts, deans, faculty, and senior administrators from all areas of university life) who:  1) may be new to their roles and/or Jesuit institutions; 2) may need a refresher as part of ongoing formation in a Jesuit institution; and/or 3) are identified by Presidents and Mission & Ministry Offices as having particular potential to contribute to the Jesuit character of the institution. Especially appropriate for administrators with limited leadership/administrative experience and/or those new to Jesuit higher education who cannot commit to the demands of the Ignatian Colleagues Program. For more information, visit or contact


Mission Day

Each year, the LMU community gathers to reflect upon our communal mission and identity through lectures, conversation, and/or workshops on a single theme. Past Mission Day topics have included "Education of the Whole Person," "Jesuit Education in a Broken World," "Ethnic Diversity and Religious Identity," "Service of Faith," "Companions in Mission." Mission Day 2019, on January 25, 2019, featured Dr. Julie Rubio, Professor of Social Ethics a the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara. More information about Mission Day 2019, "Finding Common Ground in a Polarized World," is available here.


Western Conversations

A weekend conference, primarily for faculty, at which colleagues from the six western Jesuit universities gather at a host campus for talks and discussions on topics related to Jesuit identity. Every three to four years, Western Conversations alternates with the Conference on Justice in Jesuit Higher Education. For more information, contact