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CORE (Communities of Reflection)

Community. Faith. Justice.


Applications to be a CORE Student Leader are now closed. Email Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer, the Retreats Coordinator, at with any questions. 

CORE Mission and Vision Statement:

The CORE (“Communities of Reflection”) program is a foundational component of student engagement and connection through University Ministry at the University of San Francisco. University Ministry COREs are modeled after CLCs (Christian Life Communities) and are rooted in the three pillars of community, faith, and justice.

CORE Pillars:
  • Community - Connecting with others in our humanness to form community
  • Faith - Exploring topics of (inter)faith spirituality and Ignatian Spirituality
  • Justice - Discussing and engaging in volunteering and events rooted in justice

  • CORE Description: 

    CORE (Communities of Reflection) groups are composed of a small number of students led by trained Student Leaders. The CORE is based on three values: Community, Spirituality, and Service. The CORE groups give students opportunities to meet other students and make new friends, as well as afford ways to build community, share life experiences, support one another, explore and share spirituality and faith, and discuss and engage in issues of social justice. Each CORE group is open to all students of any faith background and year at USF. CORE participants and leaders will learn from and support one another in community through consistent weekly meetings on campus and monthly all-CORE gatherings. The CORE program is overseen by the Retreats Coordinator and coordinated by the Student Leaders and Resident Minister Support Leads. The Resident Ministers support and meet monthly with the Student Leaders and their COREs and report to the Retreats Coordinator, as well as attend and help coordinate the monthly all-CORE gatherings for the entire USF CORE community.

    For more information and to sign-up for a CORE, contact Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer at 415-422-6548 or

    For more information on Student Programs through University Ministry, please contact