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.
Catholic Mass is celebrated in the Oceanview campus Chapel every Wednesday at C-hour, noon to 1 p.m. All are welcome! Join the students, faculty and staff who come together to worship and to strengthen our community bonds in faith. No other programs are held throughout the University during Mass as a sign of the centrality of our spiritual life and its connection to all our work, study and endeavors. Students, especially, are invited to help lead the service through various roles: Lectors proclaim the word of God; Eucharistic Ministers help distribute communion; choir members and musicians lead the congregation in song. Those who attend are nourished by word and sacrament, and help to nourish the wider community through witness and prayer.
Wednesday Mass also is integrated into the educational life of the campus. Very often, themes from University life and activities are examined through a spiritual lens. Some of the cultural and educational topics that have been shared include: Hispanic Heritage, Black History Month, Alcohol Awareness Week and Earth Day. Our awareness of cultural and religious diversity have been broadened through a Native American Liturgy or Mass with the Deaf community. Bishop Joseph Sartoris and regional Bishop Oscar Solis join us at different times of the year, strengthening our bonds with the universal Church.
Other Chapel services include Midday Meditation on weekdays at C-hour, Reconciliation services and prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays.
To foster an understanding and appreciation of the religious pluralism in our community, Campus Ministry sponsors the Student Interfaith Council to advise and plan events. Members of different faith traditions on campus come together to share and celebrate the richness of their religious heritages. The "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity" is observed in late January. An annual “Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer Service” is celebrated, as is “The National Day of Prayer.” At these services, students representing Islam, Judaism, Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Sikhism and Native American traditions have shared sacred passages, reflections and prayers. We also have celebrated Jewish and Islamic holidays and welcome new initiatives from other religious traditions.
So that students may maintain a connection to their own religious tradition, Campus Ministry makes referrals to local faith communities that worship in our area:
For locations of specific churches or religious centers, please contact Campus Ministry.
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.
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