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Faculty and Staff Programs

USF faculty and staff are ambassadors of USF’s Jesuit Catholic educational tradition. These programs are designed to help faculty and staff grow in understanding of the Jesuit mission, deepen one's spiritual practice, and enrich one's professional vocation as a scholar, researcher and educator. Our programs are open to people of all faiths and spiritual traditions.


Ignatian Half-Day Retreats

Fall: December 4, 2015, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Spring: May 6, 2016, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Maier Room, Fromm Hall

Half-day retreats include lunch, presentations on Ignatian Spirituality, and the opportunity for reflection and conversation with colleagues.

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Fr. Donal Godfrey at 

Faculty/Staff Retreat with Fr. Greg Boyle S.J.

August 28 - 30, 2015

El Retiro Retreat House, Los Altos, CA

$150.00 for USF Faculty & Staff

Kick off the academic year with a relaxing weekend away with colleagues at the beautiful El Retiro Retreat House in Los Altos. We are honored that Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboys and Homegirls Industries, will facilitate the weekend. He received an honorary doctorate degree from USF and is renowned for his work with former gang members in Los Angeles. There will be time for quiet prayer and reflection, discussion, and wine & cheese receptions with colleagues. Space is limited.

To register for the faculty/staff retreat with Fr. Greg Boyle S.J. please click here.

For more information contact Donal Godfrey, S.J. at

Immersion into Silence Ignatian Retreat

March 12 - 16, 2016

Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos, Los Altos, CA

$150.00 per person

The Spring Break Immersion into Silence Ignatian Retreat is a silent, individually-directed retreat based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola and will include such activities as liturgies, Spiritual Direction, personal time, morning and evening prayer, meditation, and speakers.

Retreatants must commit to the entire retreat. Transportation will be provided from USF to the retreat center on Saturday, March 12 and back to USF on Wednesday, March 16. The pricing includes meals, lodging, and transportation. To register and pay (online only), please e-mail University Ministry Retreats Coordinator Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer at

Personal Development

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is an ancient practice of meeting one-on-one with a trained person to discuss one’s spiritual life. Practiced by both lay and ordained women and men, spiritual direction is available to people of all faiths and spiritual traditions. Directors do not impose their own agendas or beliefs on others – rather they listen carefully to the unfolding of directees’ lives in order to help them discern the ways in which God or the holy is leading them.

For more information about spiritual direction at USF please contact Fr. Donal Godfrey SJ at

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (19th Annotation)

19th Annotation Luncheon

September 17, 2015, 11:30am - 1:00pm

University Ministry Office, Lower Phelan Hall

The 19th Annotation Luncheon is the start of an opportunity to complete the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius over the academic year through weekly meetings with a spiritual director. Past participants describe the experience as rewarding and transformative personally and professionally. A prior conversation is required before the exercises begin and the program begins with a luncheon. Fall 2015 retreat begins September 17 in Romero Room at noon. If you have any questions about this program please contact Donal Godfrey S.J. at

Applications are due by the end of August to Donal Godfrey S.J.

The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.

The Spiritual Exercises, which are at the center of Ignatian spirituality, grew out of Ignatius Loyola’s personal experience as a person seeking to grow in union with God and to discern God’s will. He kept a journal as he gained spiritual insight and deepened his spiritual experience. He added to these notes as he directed other people and discovered what “worked.” Eventually Ignatius gathered these prayers, meditations, reflections, and directions into a carefully designed framework of a retreat, which he called “spiritual exercises.” Ignatius believed that, just as one can use physical exercises to keep in good shape physically, one could use spiritual exercises to remain in shape spiritually.

One way to make these Exercises is in silence, full-time over one month. Another way to make is them over thirty weeks in a form known as the “19th annotation”.  While each person’s experience is unique, below is a reflection from Tom Grossman, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, School of Management faculty member:

Tom Grossman

Tom Grossman, Associate Dean of Faculty & Research

My experiences in the 30 weeks of the "19th Annotation" retreat were transformative. I came out of these exercises with a richer understanding of who I am and what drives me personally and professionally; increased capacity for gratitude and compassion; and a greater willingness to stand up for things I believe in. The program provided a sometimes-demanding structure of activities that taught me many things, including the meaning of my own resistance to the structure. I was wonderfully supported by a spiritual director who helped me see myself in richer and more compassionate ways, and to notice and appreciate things that I habitually skip past. The director was able to bring to me centuries of Ignatian teachings and wisdom, and to give me a personal understanding of the term "God" that is uncontaminated by the ranting’s of the religious right. There were periods of joy, hard slogging, relief, bafflement, and ultimately a lasting calm. I'm very grateful to have had this opportunity.

Weekly Meditation Group

The Faculty Staff Meditation Group takes place Monday through Friday in the University Ministry Romero Room from 12:00pm - 12:30pm.


Faculty Lecture Series

Fall 2015: December 8, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Spring 2016: May 10, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Speaker to be Determined
Location: Lone Mountain 100
All faculty and staff are welcome.

Click here to view past lectures.

Lunch with Fr. Greg Boyle S.J.

August 28, 2015

McLaren Center

Join Fr. Greg Boyle S.J. and other USF Faculty & Staff for lunch

For more information contact Donal Godfrey, S.J. at

Ignatian Book Club

Fall 2015: Mondays, September 21 - October 12, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Loyola House

The book for Fall 2015 is The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope by Austen Ivereigh. Our discussion will welcome the perspectives and experiences of women and men from all faith and spiritual traditions. For more information, or to register, please contact Fr. Donal Godfrey at

Loyola Luncheons

Fall 2015: Thursdays, September 24, October 22, November 17, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Loyola House

Join Donal Godfrey at the Loyola House Jesuit community for lunch and conversation. People of all faith traditions and none are welcome.

For more information, please contact Fr. Donal Godfrey at

UM/HR Book Discussion Group

Fall 2015: Tuesdays, Sept. 15 & 29, Oct. 13 & 27, Nov. 10 & 24, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Loyola House

Participate in a series of conversations and reflections exploring spirituality in our daily lives through the UM/HR Discussion Group. The book has yet to be determined. For more information, contact Fr. Donal Godfrey at

Spiritual Resources

Creighton University Online Ministries
Daily Scripture Meditations from the British Jesuits
Ignatian Spirituality
Busted Halo - An Online Magazine for Spiritual Seekers
Sacred Space - Daily Prayer in Many Languages
Interfaith Youth Corps
Online Journal of the British Jesuits
Californian Jesuit
Interfaith Radio - Nations Leading Religion News Magazine on Public Radio
BBC Religion and Ethics

Meet Father Donal, Associate Director for Faculty & Staff Spirituality at the University of San Francisco!