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.

  • Ignatian Half-Day Retreats
  • December 5, 2014, and May 1, 2015, 10:00am – 2:00pm located in Fromm Hall. Includes lunch, presentation on Ignatian spirituality, and the opportunity for reflection and conversation with colleagues.
  • Faculty Lecture Series
  • December 2, 2014, and May 5, 2015, 11:30am - 1:00pm. Contact the University Ministry office for more information on the speaker for each lecture series. Faculty and staff of all faith traditions or none are welcome.

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. $150 fee includes a private room, meals, and wine & cheese reception with colleagues.
  • 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 will be announced soon. 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. Meets Wednesdays at noon in the University Ministry office; light lunch is provided. Registration is required; to register, please contact Julia Dowd at

    Fall: September 24 to October 22, 2014 from 12:00-1:00 PM in Romero Room

  • 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 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,