Fall 2016 Newsletter

Message from the VP

Dear Friends,

I hope you will join members of the campus community for the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Thurs., Sept. 15, at 12 noon in Sacred Heart Chapel and for the luncheon afterwards in the Sculpture Garden hosted by President Snyder.

Fr Caro
Fr. Caro, Vice President of the Office of Mission and Ministry

We’ll be following a time-honored custom in Catholic universities by marking the start of the academic year with a liturgical celebration invoking the Spirit’s guidance on the creative and intellectual pursuits—and all the challenges—that lie ahead. The Mass serves as a reminder that wisdom, understanding, and knowledge are among the gifts of the Holy Spirit. And it’s difficult to think of the Holy Spirit without recalling the Pentecost miracle whereby visitors from many lands all heard the inspired preaching of the apostles in their own languages (Acts 2:4-12). The miracle highlights the gift of unity in the midst of diversity—one of the cherished ideals we seek to cultivate at LMU. The Mass of the Holy Spirit is a welcome opportunity to pray for the grace to move beyond racial, ethnic, or cultural differences that may separate us in order to find a deeper appreciation of the common humanity all of us share as daughters and sons of God.

Campus Ministry’s liturgy team is busy preparing for the Mass of the Holy Spirit. The musical program will reportedly rival that of Commencement Mass and other major campus liturgies The presiding celebrant will be Allan Deck, S.J., Rector of the Jesuit Community, and the homilist will be Sean Dempsey, S.J., Assistant Professor of History.

Hope to see you there,

Robert V. Caro, S.J.
Vice president for Mission and Ministry

World Youth Day Delegation

Members of LMU’s 2016 WYD Delegation: Jimmy Vivar, Jake Blicharz, Matthew Calcanas, Jaclyn Ross, Kelly Hunter, Micaela Plummer, Cristina Pintor, Facundo Gonzalez, Luis Cacho, and Maria Lai, C.S.J.

LMU’s delegation, organized by Campus Ministry, travelled to Poland in time to arrive for the Magis experience, a week-long program for students from Jesuit schools leading up to WYD. The delegations converged in the city of Lodz on July 16, got acquainted with their Jesuit university peers—2000 in all—from around the world, and then fanned out to other parts of Poland, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, and Lithuania for five days of service projects and other Ignatian experiences. As one of our students reported, “I had the blessing of spending five days hiking in the Tatry Mountains of southern Poland with people from six countries. We walked six to nine hours a day, finding God in the incredible nature around us and in the company we shared.” The Magis program concluded with a pilgrimage to the Polish national shrine of the Black Madonna at Czestochowa.

It was then on to Kraków for WYD itself, July 25-31. Occurring during the Holy Year of Mercy, the central focus of the week was love that leads to forgiveness. Themes from Pope Francis’ support for immigrants and from Laudato Si, his encyclical on the environment, also echoed throughout the week. For LMU’s delegation and the throngs of young people gathered in Kraków, the culminating events of WYD were the great vigil with Pope Francis on Saturday evening (during which he urged them not to be couch potatoes, but to put on their walking shoes and blaze new trails as change agents in society) and the thrill of being present at the vast, open-air Mass he celebrated on Sunday morning.

Heartland-Delta Conference

Since Western Conversations began in the mid 1990's, this popular program has attracted over 200 LMU faculty — 10 at a time — to weekend conferences held most years in the fall at one of the six western Jesuit universities — Regis University (Denver), Gonzaga University (Spokane), Seattle University, University of San Francisco, Santa Clara University, and Loyola Marymount. The weekends provide an opportunity to hear presentations, interact with colleagues, and reflect on topics of mutual concern to faculty in Jesuit colleges and universities.

Because Seattle U., which was scheduled to host Western Conversations in 2016, is in the midst of preparations for a national conference on the broad implications of the Jesuit commitment to faith doing justice (see below), Western Conversations will not convene this year. Instead, LMU and the other western Jesuit universities are invited to send small delegations of faculty and professional staff to the Heartland-Delta Conference (serving Jesuit universities in the midwest and south), which will take place at Creighton University in Omaha the weekend of February 24-26, 2017. The focus will be "difficult conversations" on campus and in the wider culture. If you are interested in being part of LMU's delegation to the Creighton Conference, contact Professor Cathy McGrath, chair of the Faculty Mission and Identity Committee (cmcgrath@lmu.edu).

Mission Day 2017

Steve Privett, S.J., former president of the University of San Francisco, will give this year’s Mission Day presentation on Wed., Feb. 22, 2017. SAVE THE DATE!

Fr Privett Mission Day 2017
Steve Privett, S.J.

Mission Day traditionally focuses attention on an aspect of LMU’s Catholic, Jesuit-Marymount mission and identity. Fr. Privett’s topic, timely in in an era of heightened racial and ethnic tensions, will be Diversity, the Common Good, and Catholic Social Teaching. The Feb. 22 presentation will take place in the Life Sciences Auditorium at 4 p.m.

Ignatian Colleagues Program Welcomes Ninth Cohort

Magaret Kasimatis and Herbert Medina, pictured here, are LMU’s participants in the ninth cohort of the Ignatian Colleagues Program (ICP). Dr. Kasimatis, Vice Provost for Strategic Academic Planning and Educational Effectiveness, and Dr. Medina, Professor of Math (currently serving as an Associate Dean in Seaver College of Science and Engineering), traveled to Chicago in July for a three-day ICP orientation session with the 50+ other ninth cohort participants. The group represents nearly all 28 U.S. Jesuit colleges and universities.

Ignatian Colleagues Program Welcomes Ninth Cohort
Ignatian Colleagues Program Welcomes Ninth Cohort

Under the sponsorship of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) and coordinated at LMU through the Mission and Ministry Office, ICP was launched in 2008. The 18-month training program in Ignatian leadership targets senior administrators and faculty leaders. Participants, nominated by cabinet members or deans, engage in a series of online workshops on Catholic identity and Ignatian themes, travel to a developing country for a week-long immersion trip, make a six-day directed silent retreat (or other experience of the Spiritual Exercises), and develop an action plan for intentionally implementing Ignatian principles in their daily work.

Besides Drs. Kasimatis and Medina, LMU participants in IC P have included Jennifer Abe, Robbin Crabtree, Patrick Frontiera, Joe Hellige, Kristin Linden, Steve Mailloux, Andrea Niemi, John Parrish, Abbie Robinson-Armstrong, Rich Rocheleau, Jonathan Rothchild, Dennis Slon, Steve Ujlaki, Caroline Wilhelm, Jeffrey Wilson, and Carolyn Viviano. As the number of ICP alumni grows, national and local leaders are addressing the question of how best to move beyond the program’s benefits for individual participants to its collective impact on the Jesuit character of participating campuses.

"Los Valientes"

On Mon., Oct. 3, at 8 p.m. in Murphy Recital Hall, the College of Communication and Fine Arts will sponsor a one-night performance by the touring group Core Ensemble of their exciting new chamber music/theatre work entitled “Los Valientes” (“The Courageous Ones”). The performance features a music trio (cello, piano, and percussion) and solo actor exploring the artistic and political passions of Mexican painter Diego Rivera, the unwavering commitment to human rights of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, and the social justice pursuits of Mexican desperado Joaquin Murrieta.

The performance is free and open to the public and may prove of special interest to those who have visited the tomb and other sites in El Salvador sacred to the memory of Blessed Oscar Romero.

Companions in Mission

Pictured here, l-r, are Katie Jones (BCLA Communications Coordinator), Arnab Banerji (Assistant Professor, Theatre Arts), John Jackson (Outreach Librarian), Desirae Zingarelli-Sweet (Reference Librarian) and Ann Cortez (Accounting Manager, Controller’s Office). The five are members of the 2016-17 cohort of Companions in Mission and were one of the small groups that gathered to discuss the cohort’s summer reading assignment, "A Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything" by Jim Martin,S.J.

Companions in Mission
Companions in Mission

Companions in Mission is a year-long program pitched to faculty and mid-level staff and designed to help them deepen their appreciation of LMU’s Ignatian heritage. Besides their summer reading, participants enjoy a series of luncheon lectures in the fall, participate in the weekend faculty-staff retreat in February, and engage in a service project in the spring. Since its inception in 2012, more than 75 faculty and staff have participated in Companions in Mission. To learn more about the program, call the Mission and Ministry Office at x82987.

Through the Eye of the Needle

With the biblically intriguing title “Through the Eye of the Needle” (cf. Mt. 19:24), Seattle University will host a major conference Aug. 10-13, 2017, focusing on Commitment to Justice in Jesuit Higher Education. It will be the fourth in a series of such conferences since the watershed event at Santa Clara University in 2000 when Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, S.J., then the Jesuit Superior General, spelled out in great detail the link between the service of faith and the promotion of justice.

Commitment To Justice in Jesuit Higher Education
Commitment To Justice in Jesuit Higher Education

Organizers of the Seattle conference welcome people from every area of Jesuit higher education. They indicate that the aim of the conference is to establish a full and humane conversation among those who encounter one another at the intersections of global engagement, interreligious dialogue, collaboration, and social justice work.

LMU faculty and staff have submitted five proposals for presenting papers or organizing panels and will learn in October which have been accepted. Others who would like to attend the Commitment to Justice conference should contact the Mission and Ministry Office (x82987) for further information.

Fall 2016 Mass/Liturgy Schedule

10:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m.

10:00 p.m.

Sacred Heart Aisle
Sacred Heart Chapel

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday
7:30 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

7:30 a.m.

12:00 p.m.

9:00-10:00 p.m.