Programs for Students
Spiritual direction is an ancient practice of meeting one-on-one with a trained person to discuss one's spiritual life. Traditionally one would meet regularly (e.g. monthly) with a spiritual director to share their journey of faith or search for a deeper relationship with God. Spiritual direction is available to people of faith or no religious tradition. Both lay and ordained women and men practice this ministry. Directors do not impose their own agendas or religious beliefs on others. Rather, they listen carefully to the unfolding of directees' lives, so as to help them discern the ways in which God is leading them. For more information about spiritual direction at USF please contact Fr. Donal Godfrey SJ at email@example.com or though University Ministry.
CORE (Community of Reflection) groups are composed of a small number of students led by Resident Ministers. The groups give students opportunities to meet other students and make new friends, as well as afford ways to share with one another their life experiences, support one another, explore their spirituality, share their faith, and to do community service. The CORE groups are open to people of any faith and those without. People respect and learn from one another. CORE is based on three values: Community, Spirituality, and Service.
During the past academic year ninety- three students were involved in CORE. Most groups meet weekly and then many of the groups come together for special seasonal events such as the Community Holiday gathering and the "Waiting and Patience" program. CORE is open to all students. If you are interested in joining a group contact a Resident Minister in your hall.
Environmental Education (March 25-June 5) & Summer Camp Jobs (June 24-August 17): Are you looking for a fun and faith-filled fall, spring or summer job? The Catholic Youth Organization is currently seeking qualified staff members for our residential summer camps and environmental education programs in Western Washington. Staff members facilitate a unique ministry to youth and families in an outdoor setting rooted in Catholic teaching and the sacraments. For more information please visit: www.camping.seattleoyyam.org, call 206-382-4591.
A series of 2-credit courses with Professor Vincent Pizzuto will be offered in Fall 2013. These are the first and second classes in a series of four courses designed to introduce students to the Christian contemplative tradition. Each course in the series is two credits. In the fall of 2013, the experience-based course will take place during the first half of the semester, and the theology-based course will take place during the second half of the semester. Students are welcome to take either one or both of these courses. Sessions III and IV will be taught in Spring 2014. The courses are listed as follows:
THRS 341: Christian Contemplative Practice I: Experience. An introduction to form, method and technique in Christian meditation.
THRS 342: Christian Contemplative Practice II: Theology. An examination of the classical Christian theology behind contemplative prayer.
For more information please contact Professor Vincent Pizzuto at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This was an opportunity for 15 new students to meet other students and to be introduced to USF through discussions and nature activities in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Los Gatos. New student retreat Fall 2013 TBD.
University Ministry offers a retreat for men in the fall and for women in the spring. These retreats are an opportunity to share your experiences and explore your spirituality.
Men's Retreat: October 27, 2012, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, outdoor hike.
Women's Retreat: February 23, 2013, 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, in University Ministry Romero Room.
- The Kairos retreat is open to any student who has not made a previous Kairos retreat at USF. The retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The weekend is a time to explore one’s sense of self and of one’s relationships, as well as a time for growth, connection and transformation by reflecting on identity, relationship with God, the question of love, brokenness and healing and how to live after Kairos. The retreat is led by students who previously have made the Kairos retreat.
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- The Fourth Day retreat is an opportunity for junior and senior students who have previously attended Kairos to experience a deeper understanding of the Kairos themes. Students will reflect on awakening of the spirit of the Fourth Day and making the most of their remaining semesters at USF. Cost: $75
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Date & Time: Friday, April 5 (2:15 pm) to Sunday, April 7 (4:00 pm)
Location: Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra, Applegate, CA
An opportunity for members of the USF community to take time out of their busy schedule to reflect on the holiday season. Open to everyone - Date: TBA
A one-day retreat based on the book, Hearts on Fire, which introduces retreatants to Ignatian reflection and spirituality. Date: February 24 from 10 am to 1 pm.
A silent, individually-directed retreat over Spring Break, based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius. Sunday through Friday, March 10-15, 2013 at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, CA. Three, four or five days depending on your schedule. This retreat is open to students and faculty/staff. For students, the cost is $85, and University Ministry will offer partial scholarships for those in financial need. Pay for retreat here.
An opportunity for graduating seniors to look back at their USF experience as well as reflecting on the present and the future. Attendance will be capped at ten (10), including retreat staff.
Date & Time: Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm, meet at University Ministry.
To sign up or for more information regarding any of these retreats, please visit the University Ministry office, contact the office at 422-4463, or send us an email at email@example.com.
RETREAT PAYMENTS: To pay for an upcoming retreat, please click here. Select the Retreat you will attend, enter the payment amount, and then make your payment!
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