The SCU community has been a dear home to me for the last decade, and it is my sincere hope that this community offers that sense of belonging to you as well.
It is my great privilege to serve as the Campus Minister for Retreats. In this capacity, I'm given the opportunity to develop and serve our university community through a variety of retreat offerings, all of which hope to foster a spiritual growth that is personal, communal, vocational and faith centered. The inclusive nature and beauty of a retreat is such that it seeks to cultivate a unique, personal transformation, and yet, is a transformation which sends us forth into our respective communities, so as to expand what Jesuit, Greg Boyle, calls a "circle of compassion... [in which] we imagine no one standing outside that circle..."
While much of our interaction with one another might be of the virtual or distant nature at this time, I encourage you to take heart. Anytime there is a "disruption" to our perceived "normal", there exists the seeds for growth in ways we cannot yet know. Our retreats this year, in particular, will seek to be both nourishing and challenging, such that we might allow life to reveal to us, what is alive in us.
A bit about who I am: I'm originally from Guatemala, having mostly grown up in Los Angeles, and am the youngest son of Victor and Miriam Lemus. My older siblings are Karen and Alan. I'm a graduate of Loyola Marymount University, having studied Graphic Design during my undergraduate days. Thereafter, my career path took its various twists and turns, including: commercial real estate development, brokerage and the non-profit sector. My time in the non-profit sector, particularly serving within the organization Homeboy Industries (a gang intervention program based in Los Angeles), led me towards my graduate work in SCU's Pastoral Ministry program, and ultimately, my current ministry.
Some fun facts about me: I feel most at home at the beach, my pace of life is rather slow (i.e. my grandmother eats faster than I), I enjoy airports and planes, and have a food recommendation for most places!
Welcome to Campus Ministry!
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