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Upcoming Events

Faculty Lecture Series

Fall 2014: December 10, 11:30am - 1:00pm

Speaker: Janice Mirikitani, Diversity Scholar Visiting Professor
Location: LM 100
Come and listen to Janice Mirikatani, visionary, community activist, and poet laureate of San Francisco, speak about her personal faith journey over lunch. All faculty and staff are welcome. Click here to sign up »

Spring 2015: May 5, 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.

Ignatian Book Club

Fall 2014: Wednesdays, September 24 - October 22, 12:00 - 1:00pm

Spring 2015: Wednesdays, February 4 - March 4, 12:00 - 1:00pm

University Ministry Office, Lower Phelan Hall

Connect with faculty and staff through 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. Light lunch is provided. Registration is required. To register, please contact Julia Dowd at dowd@usfca.edu.

Living the Mission: Discussion Series

The Legacy of the Salvadoran Martyrs

Thursday, October 16, 11:30 - 1:00pm


  • Almudena Bernabeu, Attorney, Center for Justice and Accountability, lead attorney on several human rights cases including the case on behalf of the UCA martyrs.
  • Chris Kerr, Executive Director, Ignatian Solidarity Network, a national organization that promotes leadership and advocacy among students, alumni, and other emerging leaders from Jesuit schools, parishes, and ministries.
  • Kevin Yonkers-Talz, Co-Director, Casa de la Solidaridad, UCA, El Salvador, a semester-long immersion program focusing on community, spirituality, academics, and accompaniment of the poor.

On the 25th anniversary of the assassination of six Jesuit priests and their two coworkers at the University of Central America in El Salvador, the University Council for Jesuit Mission invites you to a panel discussion and conversation on how the legacy of the UCA martyrs continues to inspire our mission today. In particular, we will focus on national and international Ignatian networks that focus on education, advocacy, and global connections among all Jesuit Institutions.

Living the Mission

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.

For more information or to sign up contact Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu.

Loyola Luncheons

Fall 2014: Thursdays, September 11, October 9, November 6, 12:00 - 1:00pm

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 Isabel Cueva at icueva@usfca.edu

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 godfrey@usfca.edu.

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.

UM/HR Discussion Group

More information on the UM/HR Discussion Group will be available soon.