Faculty & 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.

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

Programs for Faculty and Staff

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

Ignatian Book Club

A book discussion group for people who are interested in our Jesuit mission and its underlying Ignatian spirituality.This semester's book selection is Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way he Leads by Chris Lowney. The book club is an opportunity for conversation, community building, and knowing faculty and staff across departments.  Participants must purchase their own copy of the book. Faculty and staff of all faith traditions or none are welcome.welcome.Meets Wednesdays at noon in the University Ministry office; light lunch is provided. Registration is required; to register, please contact Fr. Donal Godfrey SJ at

Spring: February 12 to March 19, 2014

Living the Mission: Discussion Series

In conjunction with the release of "Living the Mission: A Book of Meditations, Prayers and Insights from the University of San Francisco Community," the University Council on Jesuit Mission will sponsor a discussion series for faculty and staff. The discussions will cover a variety of topics related to USF's mission and its impact on our professional and personal lives. Meet in McLaren Conference Center 252.

September 4: Living the Mission: An Introduction to a Community Conversation

November 6: Gender, Sexuality, and the Mission

January 29: Living the Mission: What is Social Justice?

March 26: Living the Mission: Interfaith Inclusion

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (19th Annotation)

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 2013 retreat begins September 12. If you have any questions about this program please contact Donal Godfrey S.J. at

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. Here is the reflection of Tom Grossman, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, School of Management faculty member:

"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."

Faculty Lecture Series

A Personal Faith Journey

Spring: May 6, 2014
Time: 11:30am - 1pm
Location: McLaren 252

Join Stephen A. Privett, S.J. as he shares his "apologia pro vita sua" and discusses his personal faith journey over lunch. Sumbit your RSVP »

UM/HR Discussion Group

Six Sessions: February 4 through April 15, 2014
Time: 12:00 (noon) – 1 p.m.
Location: UC 503

Please consider participating in this special series of conversations and reflections exploring spirituality in our daily lives, sponsored jointly by University Ministry and Human Resources. People of any or no faith traditions are welcome. This semester, the group will read Immortal Diamond: The Search for our True Self, by Richard Rohr, a Franciscan priest. Rohr writes that grasping onto such superficial identities as job, social standing or accomplishments often keep us from being the loving and generous conduits of the Divine we are meant to be. While it is difficult shedding our false selves, Rohr proposes that it is a spiritual search well worth the effort. Donal Godfrey, S.J., from University Ministry, will facilitate our sessions. If interested in joining this group, please register soon, as space is limited.


Visit our retreats page to view the list of all programs.

The Ignatian Half-Day Retreats

Spring: April 25, 10am - 2pm
Location: Accolti Room, Fromm Hall

"Your God Is Too Small: Exploring The Challenge Of Faith In The 21st Century"

Led by Alan Jones

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

Faculty and Staff Ignatian Weekend with Margaret Silf

Fall: August 29, 5pm - 11:45 pm

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

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