How to Grow Spiritually
Here in Campus Ministry, we take great pride in embodying the "education of the whole person," one of the pillars of the LMU mission. In daily interactions with fellow students and other personnel on campus, we strive to equip our students with a well rounded experience in what it means to be men and women with and for others. From our renowned Christian Life Communities to Spiritual Direction, we also offer students opportunities beyond the bluff, such as participation in the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in Anaheim to a variety of pro-life options locally and nationally. We welcome your interest about our spiritual programs and speaking with you about Ignatian spirituality, the heart of our formation.
About Ignatian Spirituality
For Ignatius of Loyola, our human journey is grounded in eternity, in the mystery of God. This fundamental truth of human life permeates much of what occurs at Loyola Marymount. This truth professes that God always cares for a woman or a man, even when God’s love may be forgotten.
By honoring the dignity and uniqueness of each person and the sacredness of each one’s journey, we invite students into healthy living, into wholeness and holiness, into being their best selves. In this way, Loyola Marymount helps to shape individuals with character and compassion who serve and lead our complex world.
Each CLC group consists of 5-10 members who meet once a week for prayer, reflection, and sharing. We support each other on our unique faith journeys and seek God's presence and action in our lives by embodying the charism of St. Ignatius of Loyola.
Spiritual Direction focuses on the person’s deepening relationship with the Sacred. It is a unique service, which can be a vital part of one's spiritual formation. The focus is not on programs and activities. The method is one-to-one interaction with a spiritual director.
LAREC is a unique opportunity to grow in faith, take part in formational workshops, inspiring liturgies and connect with the wider church. Congress offers nearly 200 speakers presenting 300 sessions, from personal growth to music to spiritual topics – in English, Spanish and Vietnamese as well as a number of liturgies of different characters including African/Black Culture, Contemplative, Spanish, Vietnamese, Celtic, Jazz, and Young Adult.
Every two years, pilgrims from around the world gather in one city to celebrate their faith in communion with each other and with the Church, including the participation of the Holy Father, His Holiness Benedict XVI. This year, World Youth Day will be celebrated in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from July 25-July 28. Prior to this event, Jesuit institutions from across the globe will congregate in Salvador, Brazil for a ten day immersion experience.
Following Catholic social teaching, Campus Ministry actively promotes the dignity and worth of every human being. We support a consistent ethic of life that opposes abortion, capital punishment, assisted suicide, economic injustice, and euthanasia. Students and staff participate in the annual events that support a culture of life scheduled around the anniversary of the Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade (January 22). We offer students the opportunity to travel to such events both locally and nationally, including the Walk 4 Life event in Southern California and the annual March For Life in Washington, D.C. If you are interested in learning more, please stop by Campus Ministry.