I came to LMU almost eight years ago from a career in secular higher education and out of another faith tradition. Almost immediately upon arriving on campus, I knew that I was in a very different place. Banners quoting St. Irenaeus’ “The Glory of God Is a Human Being Fully Alive” hung from the lamp posts, and everyone on my team could quote the university’s mission committing the institution to the encouragement of learning, education of the whole person, the service of faith and the promotion of justice. What I could not have known then was the impact that the Ignatian tradition would have on me and every aspect of my work. Years after my arrival, I was fortunate enough to be selected for the Ignatian Colleagues Program, which dramatically deepened my understanding of the Jesuit way of proceeding. The Jesuit rigor regarding self-awareness, the importance of contemplation as an integral part of action, and the centrality of understanding the “other” are all components of Ignatian spirituality that have informed my practice of my profession and my life.
Dennis Slon, Senior Vice President for University Relations