Each semester, our University Chaplain visits the residential communities to convey blessings on the houses.
Known to everyone as “Father Mark,” Reverend Villano also serves as director of Mission and Ministry and chairs the Mission and Catholic Identity Council.
Rev. Mark Villano
Before coming to Marymount California University, Fr. Mark Villano was no stranger to the world of Campus Ministry. In Austin, Texas he served in an urban parish and with students from the University of Texas. In Los Angeles, he worked at parishes and the Campus Ministry centers at USC and UCLA. After that, he served as associate director of Campus Ministry at the Newman Center at Ohio State University in Columbus; associate chaplain at St. Thomas More Catholic Center at Yale; and as director of Campus Ministry at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, Connecticut.
While in Los Angeles, he also was director of creative development at Paulist Productions, a film and television production company, working with writers and producers on various media projects. He was also documentary director for the “Humanitas Prize,” an annual series of awards given to television and film writers who show “humanizing achievement in writing.” At Ohio State, Fr. Mark taught screenwriting as an adjunct in the Department of Theatre. At Yale, he taught as a visiting lecturer in religion and the arts at the Yale Divinity School. He maintains a strong interest in media and in filmmaking as a contemporary way of expressing faith and spirituality.
Fr. Mark holds a bachelor's degree in social work and a Master of Divinity degree, both from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. He also earned a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Besides his role as University chaplain, Fr. Mark serves as director of Mission and Ministry. He chairs the Mission and Catholic Identity Council, which fosters communal and academic awareness of the Catholic intellectual and faith traditions.
Shannon is originally from Stockton California but has spent the last 16 winters in Chicago. She received her Master of Science in Human Resources and her Master of Divinity degrees from Loyola University Chicago. She completed her undergraduate studies in Sociology at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to Marymount California University, Shannon served as Director of University Ministry at Dominican University, Associate Director for Ministry at Loyola University Chicago and as the Executive Director of Dominican Volunteers USA. Shannon brings together nearly two decades of experience in ministry with college students and young adults with a passion for building hospitable communities rooted in our faith tradition. She is excited to return to California to be closer to family and farther from snow and ice.
Alejandra Angel graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology from Mount St. Mary's College. She has been involved in Campus Ministry at Mount St. Mary's for the past four years and is skilled in coordinating liturgies, training liturgical ministers and preparing Confirmation candidates. Alejandra hopes to one day pursue a master's degree in pastoral theology at Loyola Marymount University. Her ultimate goal is to be involved in youth ministry and to encourage young people to take a more active role in the Church. Alejandra has served as liturgical minister coordinator and Spanish lector during the annual L.A. Religious Education Congress. She has been a co-presenter at the San Fernando and San Gabriel Regional Congresses, where she spoke on the topic of youth involvement and how it affects the future of the Church. She also serves as resident minister for the Doheny campus at Mount St. Mary's College. In her spare time, Alejandra enjoys attending concerts, playing with her dachshunds and putting her Disneyland annual passport to good use.
Music Director Kevin Babuder inspires our community through his compositions, musical skills and liturgical leadership. Besides directing liturgical music at Marymount, Kevin is music director at St. James Church in Redondo Beach, where he leads the music ministry and teaches. Born and reared in Cleveland, Ohio, he received a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Miami, Florida and followed up with post-graduate studies at the E’cole Normale de Musique in Paris, France. Kevin has conducted orchestras and numerous vocal ensembles at home and abroad. His music has been performed and recorded by the London Symphony Orchestra, the Prague Symphony, the Bratislava Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony and the finest Hollywood film orchestras. His orchestrations have been heard in feature films, television (including Emmy award winning music), stage and concert productions. Kevin lives in San Pedro with his lovely wife, Annie, and their Siberian cat, Gus.
Sr. Ban Thi Phung and
Sr. Ban and Sr. Tuyet are guests in the English as a Second Language Program (FLS). They come to us from the Hung Hao diocese, which is north of Hanoi in Vietnam, and are part of our continued partnership with this diocese. Besides sharing their joyful presence with us, they assist Campus Ministry as chapel sacristans and leaders of prayer, especially during Friday Adoration.
Our institution was originally established as a two-year college by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM) – an international congregation of Catholic women who serve in diverse ministries in 13 countries. Although the University is no longer formally affiliated with the RSHM, we remain a Catholic institution, and the charism and education standard of these amazing women continue to inspire our mission.
Marymount California University Core Values Tradition – Rooted in the Catholic intellectual and faith tradition, we educate and challenge students to think critically and to grow spiritually. Openness – We welcome freedom of inquiry and diversity of experience within a community of educators and learners who seek truth, moral wisdom and global understanding.
Integrity – We strive for academic and professional excellence in an educational experience that builds character and values the whole person.
Service – We encourage our students to seek a more just world and to lead lives of compassionate service to others.
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