Spring 2016 Newsletter

Message of the Vice President of the Office of Mission and Ministry

Lent: A Season of Grace

Lent comes very early this year, with Ash Wednesday, Feb. 10, nearly upon us.  Lent is the traditional Christian season for prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  What better time to seek out one of the five chapels or many other campus venues for quiet reflection and opening your mind and heart to God?  And fasting?  Think of it as simplifying your life, getting in shape, practicing personal discipline.  Almsgiving includes feeding the hungry, as students do every Tuesday; it also includes the many programs in which members of the campus community engage in the ongoing struggle for racial equality, work to end human trafficking, take up the cause of migrants and refugees, and in so many other ways seek to address endemic social problems.  LMU offers many opportunities to enter into the spirit of Lent, including the liturgical opportunities listed below and Bishop Gordon Bennett’s “Year of Mercy” series of talks, also highlighted below.

I hope you will make the most of this Lenten season of grace,

Robert V. Caro, S.J.

Vice President for Mission and Ministry  

Faculty-Staff Immersion Trip: A Week in El Salvador

The 2016 faculty-staff immersion trip saw a group of seven faculty and five administrative staff travel to El Salvador during the first week of January. The trip was part pilgrimage to the site of the 1989 assassination of six Jesuits, along with their housekeeper and her daughter, at the University of Central America (UCA) and to the tomb of Archbishop (now Blessed) Oscar Romero.

Faculty-Staff Immersion Trip: A Week in El Salvador

Through visits to a rural village and an art and peace center and in meetings with artisans and representatives of the major political parties, our group learned about the social-political, cultural-religious, and economic reality of El Salvador in the aftermath of the country’s civil war of the 1980’s. Although the war ended with Peace Accords in 1992, polarization remains, reflected in divergent attitudes between those who venerate Romero and the assassinated Jesuits as martyrs of faith, and those who, during the war years, branded them as communists for their strong adherence to Gospel values in their commitment to the poor.

The immersion trip also provided an opportunity for participants to look at El Salvador’s contemporary problems of emigration and gang violence and, in this context, to consider the impact of current and past U.S. policies on a developing country. The global dimension of the trip was enhanced by a daylong visit to the UCA, where the group enjoyed the hospitality of the president, Andreu Oliva, S.J., compared notes with UCA faculty and staff on the common mission yet distinctive features of Jesuit universities, and explored areas of collaboration between our two institutions.

Faculty-Staff Immersion Trip: A Week in El Salvador

Faculty-staff immersion trips, sponsored by the Mission and Ministry Office, cut across campus silos. The 2016 participants (pictured above with UCA colleagues) included Bryant Alexander, Matt Bazar, Bob Caro, S.J., Branden Grimmett, Jamie Hazlitt, Emily Jarvis, Ivan Montiel, Anna Muraco, Jeanne Ortiz, Andy Rohm, Greg Ruzzin and Tom Ward. In his swansong as director of Global Ignatian Academic Initiatives, Patrick Furlong guided the group as logistics coordinator; Katie North was student assistant.

Participants in the 2017 Faculty-Staff Immersion Trip will travel to Nicaragua May 13-20.

Photos courtesy of: Matt Bazar, ITS Manager.

Presidents Institute - Faith & Reason in Catholic Higher Education

"The Pursuit of Faith and Reason in a 21st Century Catholic University" will be the theme for this year's President's Institute, May 9-13, 2016. Invitations to apply for a spot in the week-long faculty seminar have gone out to tenured, tenure-track, and clinical faculty, with applications due Feb. 26.

An annual event sponsored since 1996 by the President, the Institute provides a collegial setting in which to explore an aspect of LMU's ethos as a Catholic, Jesuit-Marymount university. The program is organized by the Faculty Mission and Identity Committee, with this year's planning under the direction of Committee Chair Cathy McGrath, associate professor of Management, assisted by Elizabeth Reilly, professor of Educational Leadership.

The planners have recently announced that Mark W. Roche, holder of a distinguished chair in German Language and Literature at the University of Notre Dame, with a concurrent appointment as Professor of Philosophy, has agreed to give a keynote lecture. Roche's books in English include Why Choose the Liberal Arts (2010), Why Literature Matters in the 21st Century (2004), and The Intellectual Appeal of Catholicism and the Idea of a Catholic University (2003). Roche is also a former dean of the College of Arts and Letters at Notre Dame.

Easter Liturgy Schedule

Holy Week

Passion/Palm Sunday, Sunday April 13

  • 10:00 a.m., SHC
  • 8:00 p.m., SHC
  • 10:00 p.m., Huesman Chapel

Monday, April 14- Wednesday, April 16

  • 7:30 a.m. M-W, Leavey Chapel
  • 12:10 p.m. M-T, Mary Chapel
  • 12:10 p.m. W., Marymount Institute

Easter Triduum: April 17-19

Holy Thursday, April 17, Mass of the Lord's Supper
8:00 p.m. SHC

Good Friday, April 18, Liturgy of the Lord's Passion
3:00 p.m. SHC

Holy Saturday, April 19, Easter Vigil
7:30 p.m. SHC

Easter Sunday, April 20

  • 10:00 a.m., Sacred Heart Chapel
  • 8:00 p.m., Sacred Heart Chapel
  • 10:00 p.m., Huesman Chapel

Sacrament of Reconciliation during Holy Week:

Good Friday, April 18
4:00-5:00pm SHC

Sunday Masses Spring Semester Schedule

  • 10:00 a.m., Sacred Heart Chapel
  • 8:00 p.m., Sacred Heart Chapel
  • 10:00 p.m., Huesman Chapel

Daily Mass Spring Semester Schedule

  • 7:30 a.m. M-F, Leavey Chapel
  • 12:10 p.m. M,T,R,F, Mary Chapel
  • 12:10 p.m. Wed, Marymount Inst.
  • 5:15 p.m. Wed, Huesman Chapel

Sacrament of Reconciliation

9:00 – 10:00 p.m Wednesdays, Sacred Heart Chapel