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Reflection on Senior Retreat
Students in Colombia
Church & Tree

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

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.

Arturo Araujo, SJ. will lead the May Ignatian Half-Day Retreat. 

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

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 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 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

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

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

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

Opinder Bawa, Vice President and CIO, Information Technology Services
Location: LM 100
Come and listen to Opinder Bawa, our faculty lectorer for the Spring 2015 semester. All faculty and staff are welcome. Click here to sign up »

Click here to view past lectures.

Ignatian Book Club

Spring 2015: Wednesdays, February 25 - March 25, 12:00 - 1:00pm

University Ministry Office, Lower Phelan Hall

The book for Spring 2015 is Small Victories: Spotting Improbable Moments of Grace by Anne Lamott. 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

Living the Mission: Discussion Series

Synod on the Family

Monday, April 20, 2015, 11:30am - 1:15pm

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McLaren Conference Center, Room 252
University of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA 94117 
This event is free and open to the public. 


  • John Coleman, SJAssociate Pastor, St. Ignatius Parish
  • Lilian DubeAssociate Professor, Theology and Religious Studies
  • Frank Turner, SJ, LoSchiavo Chair, Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought
  • Janessa Rozal, Student/Faculty Services Coordinator, Registrar


  • Julia DowdDirector of University Ministry and Co-Chair, University Council for Jesuit Mission

A community conversation over lunch on what the Synod on the Family means and how Catholics understand the meaning of family in a pluralistic and global context. For more information regarding the Living the Mission Series, please click here.

Loyola Luncheons

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

UM/HR Book Discussion Group

Spring 2015: Tuesdays, Feb. 10 & 24, March 10 & 24, and April 7 & 21, 12:00 - 1:00pm

UC 503

Participate in a series of conversations and reflections exploring spirituality in our daily lives through the UM/HR Discussion Group. Donal Godfrey, S.J., from University Ministry, facilitates the sessions. People of any or no faith traditions are welcome.

This semester, we are happy to feature the book, God of Surprises, by the late Gerard W. Hughes, a Jesuit priest who sadly passed away late last year. In this work, Hughes takes us on a spiritual journey of self-discovery and change, and introduces us to the Ignatian Spiritual Exercises.

If you are interested, please register here: God of Surprises.

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!