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50th Anniversary of the Loyola Marymount Merger

The 2023 academic year kicked off the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the merger of Loyola University and Marymount College. Three sponsoring religious communities – the Jesuits, R.S.H.M., and C.S.J. – joined forces in 1973 to form our spectacular educational institution.

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Anima Mundi: The Soul of the World

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LMU celebrated the 50th anniversary of the merger of Loyola University and Marymount College with a multimedia presentation with Sacred Heart Chapel as the backdrop. “Anima Mundi: The Soul of the World” took place Dec. 3, 4, and 5, 2023.

Anima Mundi

Anima Mundi

Written, Designed and Directed by José García Moreno.
Producers, John Sebastian and José García Moreno
Associate Producer, Alex Thurnher
Original Music, LMU President Timothy Law Snyder, Ph.D
Animation, Andy Cepollina, Sheldon R. Williams, Adam Gailles, Moses Kent, Eloíse Kabbaz Szabo
Choir Conductor, John Flaherty
Vocals, LMU Choruses
Sacred Heart Chapel 3D Modeling, David Garden
Marketing and Promotion, Maureen Pacino, Jon Rou, Katie Jones, Raymundo Hernández-López, Christine Koehl
Videography Robert Macaisa, Milan Tangirala
Video Mapping Projection and Sound Engineering, Don't Wonder Productions
Event Planner, Claudia Borja
With the support of Campus Ministry, the College of Communication and Fine Arts, the School of Film and Television, and the LMU Advancement Services


Multimedia Presentation with Sacred Heart Chapel as Backdrop

The LMU Academy of Catholic Thought and Imagination is creating a live multimedia show to celebrate the 50thanniversary of the merger of Loyola University and Marymount College, which will also honor the richness of our heritage and mission grounded on the goals, mission, and wisdom of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, and the Society of Jesus.

The process of creating "Anima Mundi / Soul of the World" required mathematical procedural models, 2D/3D animation, photogrammetry, 3D printing, and high-definition video mapping projection. For the creation of "Anima Mundi / Soul of the World" original music has been composed by LMU President Law Snyder, Ph.D and includes the participation of a live choir.

We celebrate a sacred space honored by the Tongva people hundreds of years ago and a sacred space, framed today by beautiful grounds, by bringing life to the walls of the Sacred Heart Chapel with a multi-faith show entirely unique to our university.

"Anima Mundi / The Soul of the World" will take place Dec. 3, 4, and 5 at 7 p.m. and is open to everyone. Join us at one of our three shows and celebrate a vibrant community's legacy and future. For more information contact Alexander Thurnher, Alexander.thurnher@lmu.edu

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LMU on Location: Merger Edition

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In honor of the 50th anniversary of the merger of Loyola University and Marymount College, President Snyder interviewed Rev. Bob Caro, S.J., Sr. Mary Genino, R.S.H.M., and Sr. Mary Beth Ingham, C.S.J. to discuss this union and how the distinct charisms, histories, and educational philosophies of our sponsoring orders (the Society of Jesus, the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange) came together and continue to thrive as one LMU.

Cabinet Corner

John Sebastian

Vice President for Mission and Ministry

I have a habit around this time of year of greeting people I see on campus with a boisterous “happy new year!” While my salutation might seem out of season elsewhere — 2024 is still more than four months away, after all — here on the bluff the new year formally begins with the arrival of first-year and transfer students at the end of August. The sudden appearance of duffle bags and plastic bins and microfridges strewn about residence hall entrances heralds the revivification of campus following the languid quiet of the warm summer months.



Edward Siebert

Edward Siebert S.J.

Rector of the Jesuit Community Reflects on the 50th Anniversary of Loyola and Marymount

In 1553 St. Ignatius Loyola, whose feast we celebrate today, wrote a letter to the Jesuits in Lisbon Portugal. Let’s just say this wasn’t a happy letter. The Jesuit Order was 13 years old and if any of you lived with or know any 13-year-olds, they’re not quite ready for adulthood.

Growing pains are part of any new organization and whether those are in adolescence, or an institution still awaiting its silver jubilee, growth does not come easily.