Worship and Religious Celebrations


Community Mass

Catholic Mass is celebrated in the Oceanview campus Chapel several days during the week. All are welcome to join the students, faculty, and staff who come together to worship and to strengthen our community bonds in faith. Students are especially invited to help lead the service through various roles: Lectors proclaim the word of God; Eucharistic Ministers help to 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.

Our Community Mass, celebrated on Tuesdays at 1 PM in the Chapel, is also integrated into the educational life of the campus. No other programs are held throughout the University at this time as a sign of the centrality of our spiritual life and its connection to all our work, study and endeavors. Very often, themes from campus 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 may be 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.

Every Sunday evening during the school year, the Marymount shuttle picks up students at the Residence Halls and takes them to Mass at Holy Trinity parish in San Pedro.

Ecumenical/interfaith understanding

To foster an appreciation of the religious pluralism on our campus, Campus Ministry sponsors the Student Interfaith Council to advise and plan events like the annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Prayer celebration. We encourage each person to celebrate their personal faith and to respect and learn from other people of faith within our community. We welcome initiatives to recognize and celebrate our diverse religious traditions.

Religious centers in the area

Campus Ministry is glad to provide referrals to local faith communities so that our students can connect to their own religious experiences.

Holy Trinity Church
1292 W. Santa Cruz St.
San Pedro, CA 90732
(310) 548-6535

St. John Fisher Catholic Church
5448 Crest Road
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90275
(310) 377-5571

Mary Star of the Sea Church
877 W. Seventh St.
San Pedro, CA  90731
(310) 833-3541

Community Christian Church
1903 Summerland St.
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  90275
(310) 832-7304

St. Katherine Greek Orthodox Church
722 Knob Hill Ave.
Redondo Beach, CA
(310) 540-2434

First Baptist Church of Palos Verdes
28 Moccasin Lane
Rolling Hills Estates, CA  90274
(310) 378-1253

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church
1648 W. Ninth St.
San Pedro, CA  90732
(310) 831-2361

First Presbyterian Church
731 S. Averill Ave.
San Pedro, CA
(310) 832-7597

Trinity Lutheran Church
1450 W. Seventh St.
San Pedro, CA  90732
(310) 832-1189

Temple Beth El 
1435 W. Seventh St.
San Pedro, CA  90732
(310) 833-2467

Buddhist Temple
2625 E. Third St.
Long Beach, CA  90814
(562) 434-4343

Islamic Center of the South Bay
25816 Walnut St.
Lomita, CA  90717
(310) 534-1363

For locations of specific churches or religious centers, please contact Campus Ministry.

Campus Ministry

Campus Chaplain
Fr. Paolo Garcia

Campus Ministry Liaison
Sister Antoine-Marie Baurier

Campus location
TDW 208