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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.

Retreats

Ignatian Half-Day Retreats

Fall: December 5, 2014, 10:00am - 2:00pm

Spring: May 1, 2015, 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.

Mary Romo is the retreat leader for the December retreat. Mary Romo is a long time adjunct in USF's College of Arts and Sciences where she received her Bachelor degree (English) and 2 Masters (English and Theology). A parishoner of St. Ignatius Church, Mary is the director of its RCIA program as well as lector, Eucharistic minister, and member of the leadership commission. Drawing upon her formation in Ignatian Spirituality, she serves as spiritual director for both the parish and USF communities. She regularly gives presentations on such topics as scripture, prayer, and women in the Catholic Church. This year, as in the past, Mary is scheduled to facilitate retreats in Marin, San Francisco, and the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos. Meanwhile, she is in the final stages of submitting her dissertation, " 'Aggiornamento' - American Catholic Women Post Vatican II," for her D.Min (Doctor of Ministry) to the San Francisco Theological Seminary of the GTU. She is married with three grown sons and lives in Tiburon in (almost) full view of her native San Francisco. 

For more information, or to sign up, please contact Resident Minister Isabel Cueva. 

Ignatian Weekend with Margaret Silf

August 29 - 31, 2014

Vallombrosa Center, Menlo Park, CA

$150.00 for USF Faculty & Staff

Kick off the academic year with a relaxing weekend away with colleagues at the beautiful Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park. We are honored that Margaret Silf, a well-known retreat leader and writer on Ignatian Spirituality, will facilitate the weekend. There will be time for quiet prayer and reflection, discussion, and wine & cheese receptions with colleagues. Space is limited. Submit your registration »

For more information or to sign up contact Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu.

Immersion into Silence Ignatian Retreat

March 14-18, 2015

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 14 and back to USF on Wednesday, March 18. The pricing includes meals, lodging, and transportation. To register and pay (online only), please e-mail University Ministry Retreats Coordinator Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer at eaczarnikneimeyer@usfca.edu.The deadline to register and pay online is Monday, March 2, 2015.


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 godfrey@usfca.edu.

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (19th Annotation)

19th Annotation Luncheon

September 10, 2014, 12:00 - 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 2014 retreat begins September 10 in Romero Room at noon. If you have any questions about this program please contact Donal Godfrey S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu.

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.


Programs

Faculty Lecture Series

Fall 2014: December 10, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Caring Dangerously
Speaker:
Janice Mirikitani, Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor
Location: LM 100
Come and listen to Janice Mirikatani, visionary, community activist, and poet laureate of San Francisco, speak about her personal faith journey over lunch. All faculty and staff are welcome. Click here to sign up »

Spring 2015: May 5, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Contact the University Ministry office for more information on the speaker for each lecture series. Faculty and staff of all faith traditions or none are welcome.

Click here to view past lectures.

Ignatian Book Club

Fall 2014: Wednesdays, September 24 - October 22, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Spring 2015: Wednesdays, February 4 - March 4, 12:00 - 1:00pm

University Ministry Office, Lower Phelan Hall

A reading and discussion group for faculty and staff on the rich and challenging intersections of faith, spirituality, feminism, and the feminine divine. The book, Dance of the Dissident Daughter by Sue Monk Kidd, is based on the experience of a Christian woman, but our discussion will welcome the perspectives and experiences of women and men from all faith and spiritual traditions. Discussion will be led by Julia Dowd, director of University Ministry. For more information, or to register, please contact Julia Dowd at dowd@usfca.edu.

Living the Mission: Discussion Series

The Legacy of the Salvadoran Martyrs

Thursday, October 16, 11:30 - 1:00pm

Panelists:

  • Almudena Bernabeu, Attorney, Center for Justice and Accountability, lead attorney on several human rights cases including the case on behalf of the UCA martyrs.
  • Chris Kerr, Executive Director, Ignatian Solidarity Network, a national organization that promotes leadership and advocacy among students, alumni, and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools, parishes, and ministries.
  • Kevin Yonkers-Talz, Co-Director, Casa de la Solidaridad, UCA, El Salvador, a semester-long immersion program focusing on community, spirituality, academics, and accompaniment of the poor.

On the 25th anniversary of the assassination of six Jesuit priests and their two coworkers at the University of Central America in El Salvador, the University Council for Jesuit Mission invites you to a panel discussion and conversation on how the legacy of the UCA martyrs continues to inspire our mission today. In particular, we will focus on national and international Ignatian networks that focus on education, advocacy, and global connections among all Jesuit Institutions.

Loyola Luncheons

Fall 2014: Thursdays, September 11, October 9, November 6, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Spring 2015: Thursdays, February 5, March 26, April 23, 12:00 - 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 Resident Minister Isabel Cueva at icueva@usfca.edu

UM/HR Discussion Group

More information on the UM/HR Discussion Group will be available soon.


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!