As a staff member, you are invited and encouraged to participate in Mission and Ministry’s programs, events, and enrichment opportunities. Some of our offerings that are particularly well-suited to faculty members are listed below. They are roughly grouped under the categories of Formation in the Ignatian Tradition, Spiritual Development, and Service of Faith and Promotion of Justice, though most programs contain elements of all three. For more information about any of these programs or to learn more about mission engagement for staff, please contact Katherine Brown, Director of Mission and Identity Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Formation in the Ignatian Tradition
Companions in Mission
Annual year-long, on-campus program for faculty and staff to learn about the history of LMU and Ignatian education, engage in communal reflection and service, and explore the significance of the university’s mission and heritage as a Catholic, Jesuit, Marymount institution. This program is open to all faculty and staff, at any point in their employment at LMU, and engages topics ranging from Ignatian spirituality to solidarity and social justice. Visit the Companions in Mission page for more information and application materials.
Ignatian Colleagues Program
An 18-month program sponsored by the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities for senior administrators and faculty leaders. It involves online workshops on Catholic, Jesuit identity and Ignatian themes, an immersion trip, and a six-day experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. More information and application materials are available at the Ignatian Colleagues Program page.
Jesuit Leadership Seminar
Annual week-long summer conference for university leaders (faculty and staff) focused on the foundations of Jesuit education, including active engagement in discussions with peers from around the country on how the Jesuit educational tradition may be applied in the everyday work of university decision-making. The JLS is especially appropriate for administrators with limited leadership/administrative experience and/or those new to Jesuit higher education who cannot commit to the demands of the Ignatian Colleagues Program. Visit the Jesuit Leadership Seminar page for more information about the Seminar and how to participate.
Advent and Lenten luncheons
Peaceful, communal experiences of music, reflection and prayer in the seasons preparing for Christmas and Easter. For more details, contact Fr. Randy Roche, Director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality, at email@example.com.
Chaplain Services and Pastoral Care
The Center for Ignatian Spirituality offers many forms of pastoral care and accompaniment to faculty and staff of any faith tradition. For more information, visit the Center for Ignatian Spirituality or contact Fr. Randy Roche, Director of CIS, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ignatian Spiritual Exercises and Retreats
A variety of opportunities to engage with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius Loyola, from directed retreats to reflection/meditation programs shared with small groups or prayer partners. Program durations range from one week to year-long. Examples include:
- Challenge/Desafío, a 36-week daily reflection program by Mark Link, SJ, based upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Participants commit 10 minutes daily to do the assigned reflection exercise and to journal their thoughts, as well as to periodically sharing their experience of the prayer with a prayer partner or a small group of other participants. The program begins Sunday, September 22, 2019 and is available in Spanish or English.
- Meeting Christ in Prayer, an 8-week daily meditation and reflection program based upon the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. Participants commit 20 minutes to the daily scripture meditation and reflection, to journal their reflection, and to share their experience of prayer with a small group of other participants in a weekly Zoom session. The program begins March 1, 2020. It serves as a helpful renewal during Lent and Easter.
Serve at campus liturgies as a lector, extraordinary minister of Holy Communion, or music minister. Visit the Campus Ministry website for more details.
Weekend Retreat for Faculty and Staff
Annual weekend spring retreat focused on personal time for reflection, with supporting presentations on Ignatian perspectives and shared insights from participants. No cost to current LMU employees. To sign up, visit the or contact Fr. Randy Roche, Director of CIS, at email@example.com.
Service of Faith and Promotion of Justice
Monthly faith-based service-immersion weekends to Tijuana, Mexico with students, grounded in the values of accompaniment, solidarity and community. For more information, visit the De Colores website or contact John Paul Ramirez, Campus Minister for Regional Service, at JohnPaul.Ramirez@lmu.edu.
Faculty and Staff Learning Community: Racial Justice and Catholicism
In this yearlong learning community, faculty and staff will explore the Church’s complicated and often contradictory engagement with race and racism in the United States, both historically and in the present, amidst renewed calls for racial justice in the wake of police killings of unarmed Black people. An honest analysis of LMU’s values demands that we engage critically with our Catholic culture, which has both contributed to and condoned systems of anti-Black and other forms of racism in the United States and promoted a vision of racial justice grounded in a belief in the inalienable dignity of all human beings understood as created in the image and likeness of God. Participants will also consider and develop their own anti-racist attitudes and behaviors. Sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry, Office of Intercultural Affairs, and Center for Teaching Excellence. For more information and to apply, click here.
Annual weeklong international immersion trip, with particular focus on the needs of the poor and gaining a greater awareness of the global dimension of Jesuit higher education and opportunities for global solidarity. For more information and to apply for upcoming immersions, visit the page or contact Katherine Brown, Director of Mission and Identity Programs, at Katherine.Brown@lmu.edu.
Feed the Hungry
Weekly opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to assemble lunches on campus and deliver them to our neighbors experiencing homelessness in Santa Monica. For more information, visit the Feed the Hungry website or contact John Paul Ramirez, Campus Minister for Regional Service, at JohnPaul.Ramirez@lmu.edu.
Ignacio Companions Trips
International immersion trips with students focused on three core values: community, solidarity, and faith and justice. For more information, visit the Ignacio Companions website or contact Christine Nangle-Koehl, Associate Director of Campus Ministry, at Christine.Koehl@lmu.edu.