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

Video: RCIA

A student discusses her experiences with RCIA.


Photo slideshow of Confirmation.

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Our Faith

An Catholic informational resource from the Vatican.

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About Grief

A book for those dealing with grief, co-written by LMU Professor Ron Marasco.

Spiritual Growth

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Spiritual Direction

Please contact Sister Maria Lai, CSJ

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.


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