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Mission Day to Highlight Service of Faith


Mission Day to Highlight Service of Faith

Most people would agree that articulating what “service of faith” means can be complex. The goal of this year’s Mission Day on January 30, will be to explore the various ways the phrase is understood at LMU. The celebration comes as the highpoint of LMU’s Heritage Week.

According to Robert V. Caro, S.J., vice president for mission and ministry and chair of the planning committee for Mission Day, the “service of faith” encompasses all those ways in which the university engages its Catholic intellectual, cultural and religious heritage, while actively engaging those of other faiths. It is also closely linked with the promotion of justice. “We cannot be true to our faith tradition,” Caro explained, “unless we are concerned about unjust social structures that leave many people living on the margins of society.”

Examples of the service of faith at LMU include theology and philosophy requirements, Catholic Studies, the emerging Jewish Studies program, Christian Life Communities, Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, retreats and liturgies, ecumenical and interfaith services, resident ministry; immersions and community-based learning, De Colores trips, outreach of service organizations to families in need, and programs for faculty and staff sponsored by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.

“On Mission Day we will be exploring all the ways in which we live the ‘service of faith,’” Caro said.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. with Margaret O’Brien Steinfels’ keynote address, "Service of Faith: What's It All About?" Steinfels is co-director of the Fordham Center on Religion and Culture and former editor of Commonweal magazine.

Three concurrent response panels will take place at 2 p.m. to give LMU panelists and special guests the opportunity to comment on the keynote. They will also discuss the service of faith and its tie-in with the promotion of justice as well as in relation to academic life and co-curricular life.

Mission Day comes as the highpoint of LMU Heritage Week. Other activities planned as part of the program include an opening mass (Jan. 27) and a Leadership Symposium (Jan. 28). The President’s Office and the Associated Students of Loyola Marymount University (ASLMU) Social Justice are co-sponsoring the Lion’s Code Convocation (Jan 29). The newly created Lion’s Code is an ethos statement that captures values and ethics that are unique to LMU and will be unveiled at the convocation.

To learn more about the program and to RSVP for its various events, go to www.lmu.edu/missionday. Click here for a Heritage Week calendar.