Resources for Faculty and Staff

The University Council on Jesuit Mission promotes opportunities for USF leadership to engage, discuss and explore the Jesuit Catholic mission and identity of the University of San Francisco (USF).

Following is a list of programs and activities currently available at USF for faculty, staff and administrators. These programs are coordinated by several different offices and departments at USF. They includeprograms in professional development, spirituality, leadership development, the Jesuit tradition, Catholic social thought, and immersion experiences.

Programs are open to faculty, staff and administrators of all religious and spiritual beliefs.  Past and current participants share a range of beliefs, religions and spiritual traditions all of which contribute to a broad, rich and inclusive understanding of the Jesuit Catholic mission and tradition at USF.

On Campus Drop-In Programs

It is recommended that faculty, staff and senior leadership attend one of these programs annually.

  • Living the Mission Discussion Series 2013-14
  • A four-part series of panel discussions led by members of the USF community and contributors to the book Living the Mission on the following topics:
        Sep. 4: Living the Mission: Introduction to a Community Conversation
        Nov. 6: Living the Mission: Gender & Sexuality
        Jan. 29: Living the Mission: Defining Social Justice
        Mar. 26: Living the Mission: Interfaith Inclusion
  • Ignatian Half-Day Retreats
  • December 6 and April 25, 10 am – 2 pm, Fromm Hall. Includes lunch, presentation on Ignatian spirituality, and the opportunity for reflection and conversation with colleagues.
  • Faculty Lecture Series
  • A lecture by USF faculty and staff on their personal faith journey. Buffet luncheon included. May 6, 2014, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm, Speaker: Fr. Stephen A. Privett, SJ, President.

Longer-Term Formation and Development Programs

It is recommended that the senior and emerging faculty and staff leaders complete one of these programs every 5 years.

  • Ignatian Weekend for Faculty and Staff: August 29-31, 2014 with MargaretSilf
    Held annually in September at the Jesuit Retreat House, Los Altos, CA. An introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, CA. $100 fee includes a private room, meals, and wine & cheese reception with colleagues.
  • Ignatian Spirituality Seminar
    6-week book club on some aspect of adult spirituality.Wednesdays at 12 noon in the UM office. Spring 2014 dates: Feb. 12-Mar. 26 on Pope Francis: Why He Leads the Way He Leads (by Chris Lowney)
  • Human Resources Ignatian Leadership Book Discussion Group
    Offered through HR on a different book each semester that explores Ignatian principles and spirituality.
  • Western Conversations
    Annual gathering of faculty and staff of the Jesuit universities of the Western region of the US to discuss Jesuit education. USF group organized by the Lane Center; participants selected by the Provost.
  • AJCU Leadership Seminar
    5-day conference in June at Loyola Chicago on issues facing current academic and administrative leaders and develop leaders who will guide Jesuit institutions into the 21st century.
  • Ignatian Faculty Forum (By invitation. Beginning Fall 2014.)
    Intensive seminar for small groups of faculty (12) facilitated by two faculty members.Four hour class once per month for reading, discussion, case study analysis, contemplation and reflection.

Intensive Leadership Formation Experiences

It is recommended for University Leadership Team to complete at least one of these programs in the first five years of their tenure.

  • El Salvador Immersion Program
    Held annually for 8-10 days in mid-June. Organized by the Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought. 10-12 participants selected by the Provost from nominations submitted by deans and vice presidents.
  • Leadership Team Immersion Program
    Organized approximately every two years by the President’s Office for the Leadership Team exclusively.
  • The 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.
  • Ignatian Camino
    2-week pilgrimage through the historical sites of Ignatius’ birth and upbringing in Northern Spain, organized and led by the Spanish Jesuits. Includes a 6-day walk. 8 USF faculty/staff participated in 2013.
  • Ignatian Colleagues Program
    An intensive 18-month AJCU program designed to educate and form administrators more deeply in the Jesuit tradition of higher education. 2-3 leaders per university may participate annually. Requirements:
    1. July 22-25, 2014: A four-day Orientation Experience outside of Chicago.
    2. A series of 6 online workshops, three of which are self-paced and three of which occur at the rate of one per semester. All workshops involve approximately ten to twelve hours of work and include reading articles, watching videos, participating in teleconference or in-person discussions, and writing a reflection paper.
    3. A series of monthly meetings with the campus coordinator.
    4. A weeklong international immersion experience to a developing country with peers.Typically: Early February to El Salvador and early June to Nicaragua.
    5. An approved experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.
    6. An overnight cohort gathering in Chicago approximately one-year into the process (early August).
    7. A “mission-project” that involves the application of program material to a project directly related to one’s work.
    8. A four-day Capstone Experience at the end of the program (early January).


Co-Chairs of University Council on Jesuit Mission |
Mike Duffy, Director, Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought 415-422-2404,
Julia Dowd, Director, University Ministry 415-422-2531,
Sonny Manuel, SJ, Director, St. Ignatius Institute 415-422-4705,