Dear Students, 

These are unprecedented times in which we are currently living.  The LMU Campus Ministry Team wants you to know that we care deeply for your health and well-being - physical, mental and spiritual. The days we’ve lived and weeks yet to come are filled with much uncertainty.  And yet, it is precisely at this time and in these moments that we are invited to rely on the God who loves each one of us in our own uniqueness.  St. Ignatius, like the prophets who came before him, found God in the moments that seemed the darkest. These were times when he was most vulnerable and filled with questions and even doubt. It is important to remember now more than ever that the scriptures remind us that our God is a loving God.

Please know that the Campus Ministry Team is open and available to you should you find yourself in need of conversation, support or prayer.  Feel free to email any of us.  In the meantime, please continue to follow LMU Campus Ministry via our social media outlets on Instagram and Facebook. And, visit our website for resources to assist you in your prayer life and journey of faith in these uncertain times. 

Let’s keep our community of faith together and strong despite distance and so many circumstances beyond our control.  

In prayer for each and every one of you,

Fr. James D. Erps, S.J., Director

John Flaherty, Associate Director & Director of Liturgy and Music

Christine Koehl, Associate Director

Jacob Blicharz, Campus Minister for Leadership Formation

Jonas Bognar, Associate Director of Liturgy

Sr. Joanna Carroll, C.S.J., Campus Minister for Spiritual Direction

Chris de Silva, Associate Director of Music

Sr. Maria Lai, C.S.J, Campus Minister for Graduate Student Ministry

Joshua Mayfield, Campus Minister for Faith and Justice

Fr. Lan Ngo, S.J., Campus Minister

Flor Ordoñez, Coordinator of Liturgy and Worship

John Paul Ramirez, Campus Minister for Regional Service

Sylvia Rincon, Administrative Assistant

Fr. Eddie Siebert, S.J., Campus Minister

Victoria Zobrist, Campus Minister for Christian Life Communities

 

We offer you this prayer written by Kerry Weber that appears in the Jesuit publication, America:

Loving and merciful God, Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace. Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace. Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth. Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace. Jesus Christ, heal us.

A Letter of Care from Campus Ministry