More than 200 “adult learners” will be honored at a certificate graduation ceremony Wednesday, May 28th, at Loyola Marymount University (LMU) after completing courses with the Center for Religion and Spirituality in LMU Extension.
The Rev. Joseph Sartoris, retired auxiliary bishop for the San Pedro Pastoral Region, is among the dignitaries scheduled to attend the ceremony, along with LMU’s new provost, David Burcham, former dean of the Loyola Law School.
The graduates finished coursework in one of four fields — African American Ministry, Parish Business Administration, or Pastoral Care in English or Spanish. Lay workers often work toward the certifications in order to perform their work in parishes, but the center is open to all and offers a multitude of opportunities for spiritual or theological study, retreat, and workshops, as well as study in yoga and world religions, according to LMU.
Each adult learner will be recognized at the graduation, which will include song and meditation. Also presiding will be Shirl Giacomi, chancellor of the Diocese of Orange.
“The Center for Religion and Spirituality seeks to work in cooperation with local Catholic dioceses,” director Robert Hurteau said. “We endeavor to support the mission of the church by providing specialized training for pastoral ministry.”
For more information on the courses open this summer and fall at the Center for Religion and Spirituality, http://extension.lmu .edu/crs/, or (310) 338-2799.