Graduate Student Ministry

Welcome to Graduate Ministry at LMU

Our Mission

The encouragement of learning
The education of the whole person
The service of faith and the promotion of justice

Believe. Belong. Become.

About Sister Maria Lai, Campus Minister for Graduate Student Ministry

Sister Maria is called to journey with our graduate students at LMU. She is also a spiritual director, a resident minister, and adjunct instructor for the Theology of Ignatian Leadership course at LMU. as well as for the Catechist Certification Course for the Dioces of Orange. Sister Maria is originally from Hong Kong. She earned an M.A. in Pastoral Theology from LMU, and Learning Technologies from Pepperdine, and and M.S. in Family Consumer Sciences from Cal State University Northridge. She enjoys being a mentor for and learning from the survivors of human trafficking. She loves people and organizes pilgrimages.

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Faith Formation

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Video: RCIA

Student testimony from RCIA class 2021

Confirmation 2022


Slideshow of Confirmation 2022

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Our Faith

Catechism of the Catholic Church

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Book Studies

What is Ignatian Spirituality?

Spiritual Growth

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Discernment Retreat

What is Discernment?

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Take A Break

2022: Refocus. Reflect. Renew.

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Mass at LMU

Join us for liturgy!

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Online Lenten Retreat

View the 2022 Program

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Half Day Retreat

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LMU Food Pantry

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LMU Blood Drive

All you need is your One Card! Click above for more information!

Spiritual Direction


Spiritual Direction gives graduate students the opportunity to share their faith journeys with a spiritual companion one-on-one or in a small group. Regularly scheduled visits enable students' ongoing attentiveness to their personal experience, thus uncovering the way God speaks to them and invites them into a deeper union with God and others. Graduate Students Ministry provides spiritual direction to foster students' growth in becoming more fully alive and transformed in faith. A variety of spiritual companions are available.

Please contact Sister Maria Lai, CSJ.

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Graduate Ministry Flyer 2021-22