MISSION AND MINISTRY | Over the course of the past year, Loyola Marymount University participated in a Mission Priority Examen at the request of the superior general of the Society of Jesus and with the support of the Jesuit provincials in the United States and the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities.
The Examen invites the LMU community to engage in institutional reflection on the mission and to commit to a set of priorities for faithfully and creatively promoting our Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount identity and values in the years to come.
After months of reflection and consultation with students, staff, faculty, administrators, trustees, and alumni, LMU proposed two priorities for future mission activity:
- Formation for Mission: Enhance, coordinate, and integrate mission formation throughout the university in order to strengthen and sustain a community able and eager to communicate and promote Loyola Marymount University’s distinctive vision of a Catholic, Jesuit, and Marymount education.
- The Service of Faith and the Promotion of Justice: Deepen the university community’s engagement with a faith that does justice by developing a common framework for articulating the “service of faith and promotion of justice” pillar of the mission, advancing a conception of justice that extends beyond service, and promoting decision-making practices throughout the university that are inspired by Ignatian discernment and that produce results consistent with LMU’s institutional values.
Each of these priorities, along with several associated action items, are described in depth in LMU’s Mission Priority Examen Self-Study. This document, along with the report from the visiting team of external evaluators who were present on campus in February to meet with a wide range of stakeholders to discuss these priorities, is now available for the LMU community to consult here.
Faculty and staff are encouraged to use these documents as the basis for conversation and reflection within their divisions and departments and to look for opportunities in the coming months to continue the conversation through programs sponsored by the Office of Mission and Ministry.
Please contact John Sebastian, vice president for mission and ministry, at John.Sebastian@lmu.edu with questions or requests for more information about the Mission Priority Examen.