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Student Programs

CORE (Community of Reflection)

The Communities of Reflection, or “CORE,” program is a foundational programming and community component of University Ministry at the University of San Francisco. University Ministry COREs are modeled after Christian Life Communities (CLCs). The following information further describes COREs:

CORE (Community of Reflection) groups are composed of a small number of students led by Resident Ministers. CORE is based on three values: Community, Spirituality, and Service. The CORE 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 do community service.  Each CORE group is open to all students of any (faith) background and any year at USF. CORE participants and leaders will learn from and support one another in community through consistent weekly meetings on campus. Additionally, CORE groups come together for special seasonal events, such as the CORE Community Potluck and CORE Holiday Gathering.

For more information and to sign-up for a CORE, contact Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer at 415-422-6548 or

Spiritual Direction

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 or though University Ministry.


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