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New Staff Members Hope to Extend Reach of LMU’s Campus Ministry

Loyola Marymount University’s Campus Ministry is always looking for more ways to reach more people. This fall, four new staff members are filling vacancies and tackling their new assignments. Campus Ministry also has a new director, Jim Erps, S.J.

A 1972 alumnus, Erps returns campus from Boston College, where he was director of Campus Ministry for nearly nine years. Before his tenure at Boston College, Erps was a minister at LMU and prefect of Sacred Heart Chapel from 1983 to 1992. From 1996 to 2000, he was chaplain at Loyola Law School. Before his law school post, Erps served as director of Catholic campus ministry at Stanford University. “It is wonderful to be back,” said Erps. “I have sensed a lot enthusiasm from the students and the staff.”

The new members of Campus Ministry are:

• Lindy Wynne, who works with LMU’s Christian Life Community chapter.

• Marc Reeves, S.J., a 1993 alumnus who oversees with the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and serves in liturgy. Reeves also teaches theological studies.

• John Galvan, S.J., who oversees baptisms, marriages, confirmation, Chicano/Latino ministry and spiritual outreach to athletes.

• Rabbi Carrie Benveniste, adviser to the LMU chapter of Hillel, the national Jewish campus group, who focuses on outreach to Jewish students.

The restructured and expanded Campus Ministry has five offices in the lower level of Sacred Heart Chapel, in addition to the offices in the Malone Student Center.

To kick off a new year of outreach, Campus Ministry staff published “The Lion Prayerbook,” a collection of prayers with Ignatian themes, many by students, alumni and staff. The book was given to every first-year student.  To learn more Campus Ministry and its programs and events, click here.

Posted Sept. 21, 2009