Loyola Marymount University: Tradition, Heritage and Values

By Coach Trish   Perched atop a hill overlooking west Los Angeles sits a college draped in Catholic tradition and global missions. Loyola Marymount University has a rich heritage that blends the traditions of the Jesuits, Marymount Sisters, and the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Here, students are encouraged to learn about themselves, the world around them, and how to serve others. With this unique fusion of values, Loyola Marymount continues to set itself apart from other colleges. In this blog, I will unpack how each sect contributes to what makes LMU a great place to learn.

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The Jesuits The Society of Jesus (The Jesuits) is the largest all-male Catholic religious group, comprised of 17,000 --and counting -- priests and brothers. They live a minimalistic lifestyle that reflects their vows – poverty, chastity, obedience, and a fourth vow of obedience in regard to worldwide mission. These men seek to find meaning, value, and purpose in all things. So does that affect what you learn at LMU? You bet it does. This university’s pulse is driven by liberal arts – education, economics, humanities, ethics, law, philosophy, and theological studies -- yet there is an undercurrent of self-awareness, purpose exploration, and service in each program offered.   Marymount Sisters The Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (Marymount Sisters) is an international female Catholic congregation that is dedicated to serving the women and children who are “most in need of justice.” They focus of lot of their efforts on women and children in Brazil, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Mozambique, Portugal, Scotland, USA, Wales, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Their ministries center on education, social/legal services, pastoral work, justice (think United Nations), and the preservation of culture. Do you think their priorities go unnoticed at LMU? Negative. Programs like women’s and gender studies, international relations, urban studies, Catholic studies, European studies (including Irish studies, Jewish studies, and the following languages: French, Italian, German, Spanish, and Modern Greek) all speak to RSHM’s call to serve others beyond the borders of this nation. Study abroad is also a big deal here.   Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange The Sisters of St. Joseph is a female Catholic congregation whose sole purpose is to meet the needs of the community through collaboration and integration of available resources. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange fulfill their mission by establishing schools, hospitals, shelters, partnering with universities, assisting immigrants, feeding the hungry, and continuously identifying the needs of their neighbors. They tirelessly provide these services with the hope of fostering spiritual growth everywhere they go. Are you wondering how they fit in to LMU’s mission? Through LMU’s core curriculum (required classes throughout your undergrad years that are separate from your major), students are called on to question their place in this world and the importance of contributing. The influence of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange spurs students to challenge societal norms, issues, and perspectives.   With roots this deep, Loyola Marymount University has a lot of tradition to uphold and live up to. Because of its history, it continues to be an academic community that draws students of the Catholic faith and other beliefs. If you are looking to learn and serve, LMU may be the place for you. Got questions? Give your College Admissions Assistance coaches a call! In the meantime, strive to be a fountain, not a drain. PIC CREDIT: https://flic.kr/p/5hm8DA