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Retreats

University Ministry retreats are offered throughout the year and vary from one day to five days, depending on the nature and intent of the retreat. Most retreats take place over the weekend and offer time for reflection, rest and rejuvenation. The intention of the University Ministry Retreat Program is to develop spiritual leadership and create sacred spaces and opportunities for the USF and extended community to become reflective, spiritually attentive, engaged, rejuvenated, and active.


Fall 2014 Retreats

New Student Retreat

September 13, 2014, 7:30am-5:30pm

Presentation Center, Los Gatos, CA

$20.00 per person

Get to know other new USF students at the University Ministry New Student Retreat! This Welcome Weekend retreat event will provide time to get to know other students in small and large group settings, guided discussion and meditation, information about Ignatian Spirituality (the spirituality of the Jesuits), lunch and snacks, student speakers, and more. Transportation is provided to and from the Presentation Center retreat center, which is located in the beautiful wooded hills of Los Gatos.

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 Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

Chinese Student Retreat

September 28, 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm

University Ministry Office, Phelan Hall, Lower Level

$10.00 per person

Join other Chinese students at USF for the Chinese Student Retreat, which is open to USF undergraduate and graduate students from China. Retreat activities will include large and small group discussion, meditation, lunch and snacks, information about University Ministry and Ignatian Spirituality, USF support resources, and more. This retreat is a collaboration with CAPS (Counseling and Psychological Services) and CASA (Center for Academic and Student Achievement) and will be located in the University Ministry office.

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 Wednesday, September 24, 2014.

"Hearts on Fire" Graduate Student Retreat

October 4, 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm

University Ministry Office, Phelan Hall, Lower Level

$10.00 per person

The "Hearts on Fire" Graduate Student Retreat is rooted in the book, Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, which introduces retreatants to Ignatian Spirituality (which is the spirituality of the Jesuits). Each student will be provided with a copy of Hearts on Fire and will engage in discussion around passion and vocation, prayer, meditations, lunch, and student speakers. 

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 Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

Men's Retreat

October 5, 2014, 10:00am-5:00pm

St. Agnes Spiritual Life Center, San Francisco, CA

$10.00 per person

Take some time to step back and reflect at the University Ministry Men's Retreat. This retreat is an opportunity for USF graduate and undergraduate males to come together to discuss experiences of faith and the spiritual pilgrimage of St. Ignatius of Loyola, reflect on life experiences, spend time outside, and eat lunch together.

Participants will first meet at the University Ministry office before walking over as a group to the St. Agnes Spiritual Life Center house on Oak Street in San Francisco. 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 Wednesday, October 1, 2014.

identities: An LGBTQQ Undergraduate Student Retreat

October 18-19, 2014

Westminster Retreat Carriage House Lodge

$30.00 per person

identities is a retreat for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and queer identitified undergraduate students (ages 18-24) at the University of San Francisco. In this safe and affirming retreat space, undergraduate students will gather to share stories and build community with one another. identities sees to provide contemplative support for LGBTQQ students to reflect on their identities through topics of meaning, spirituality, and connection. This retreat is located at a Bay Area retreat house, and the cost covers transportation, lodging, linens, and meals.

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 Thursday, October 9, 2014.

Kairos & Fourth Day Retreats

November 14-16, 2014

Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra, Applegate, CA

$75.00 per person

The Kairos retreat is open to any student who has not made a previous Kairos retreat at USF and is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The weekend is a time to focus on relationships with self, others, and God through discussion, time outdoors, music, prayer, and more. The retreat is led by students who have previously made the Kairos retreat through USF. The cost of Kairos includes transportation, lodging, linens, and meals.

The Fourth Day retreat is an opportunity for juniors and seniors who have participated in Kairos through USF to experience a deeper understanding of the Kairos themes in their lives. Students will reflect on faith, friendship, and the future, with a focus on making the most of their remaining semesters at USF. The cost of Fourth Day includes transportation, lodging, linens, and meals.

To register and pay (online only) for Kairos or Fourth Day, please e-mail University Ministry Retreats Coordinator Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer at eaczarnikneimeyer@usfca.edu. The deadline to register and pay online is Wednesday, November 5, 2014.


Spring 2015 Retreats

L'Arche Retreat Immersion

January 11-15, 2015

L'Arche Tahoma Hope Community, Tacoma, Washington

L'Arche is an international organization and community, started by Jean Vanier in France, that focuses on daily living in community through relationship, transformation, and sign. This retreat immersion is an opportunity to engage in L'Arche community with people with and without intellectual disability through fellowship, farm work, reflection, spirituality, community meals, and more. This retreat immersion will take place on a small farm and at other community house in the L'Arche Tahoma Hope community in Tacoma, Washington. USF participants are required to attend four group meetings in Fall 2014 to prepare for this experience together.

For more information about this retreat immersion and associated costs, contact University Ministry Retreats Coordinator Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer at eaczarnikneimeyer@usfca.edu by Wednesday, September 17, 2014.

Senior Retreat

February 21, 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm

University Ministry Office

$10.00 per person

The Senior Retreat is a unique time for USF Seniors to come together in community in the University Ministry office to reflect on the past, present, and future through speakers, discussion, meditation, media, and lunch.

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 Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

International Student Retreat

February 22, 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm

University Ministry Office

$10.00 per person

Take a break and join fellow international students for a retreat on campus. The retreat time will be spent exploring meditation, Ignatian Spirituality, support resources at USF, and diversity in community via activities and conversation. This retreat includes lunch and is just for USF international students.

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 Wednesday, February 18, 2015.

Women's Retreat

March 8, 2015, 10:00am-5:00pm

St .Agnes Spiritual Life Center, San Francisco, CA

$10.00 per person

The Woman's Retreat is a space for all undergraduate and graduate female students at USF to come together in dialogue and activities about faith, mentorship, and international issues affecting women on the annual International Woman's Day, which is March 8. This retreat will focus on these topic areas through art, prayer, discussion, lunch, and time outdoors.

Participants will first meet at the University Ministry office before walking over as a group to the St. Agnes Spiritual Life Center house on Oak Street in San Francisco. 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 Wednesday, March 4, 2015.

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.

Kairos & Fourth Day Retreats

April 17-19, 2015

Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra, Applegate, CA

$75.00 per person

The Kairos retreat is open to any student who has not made a previous Kairos retreat at USF and is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The weekend is a time to focus on relationships with self, others, and God through discussion, time outdoors, music, prayer, and more. The retreat is led by students who have previously made the Kairos retreat through USF. The cost of Kairos includes transportation, lodging, linens, and meals.

The Fourth Day retreat is an opportunity for juniors and seniors who have participated in Kairos through USF to experience a deeper understanding of the Kairos themes in their lives. Students will reflect on faith, friendship, and the future, with a focus on making the most of their remaining semesters at USF. The cost of Fourth Day includes transportation, lodging, linens, and meals.

To register and pay (online only) for Kairos or Fourth Day, please e-mail University Ministry Retreats Coordinator Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer at eaczarnikneimeyer@usfca.edu. The deadline to register and pay online is Wednesday, April 8, 2015.

 

Retreat Reflections

 

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Retreat Experiences of a Recent Graduate

Retreats through University Ministry have shaped my college experience at USF. From Kairos, to Silent Retreat, to Women's Retreat and leading New Student Retreat, retreats provide me the opportunity to pause, see where I am, and where I am in relationship to God. They challenge me to carry out such experiences into my everyday interactions on campus. Retreats shaped who and where I am today and I am forever grateful. - Sarah Estrada, USF Alumnus

 

Listen to Alex Dizon, Junior at USF, reflect on his experiences with University Ministry sponsored retreats!