Faculty and Staff Programs

University Ministry hosts a variety of programs that help faculty and staff of any faith tradition grow in understanding of the Jesuit mission, deepen their spiritual practice, and enrich their personal and professional lives.

Spiritual Direction

Spiritual direction is an ancient practice of meeting one-on-one with a trained person to discuss one’s spiritual life. Practiced by both lay and ordained women and men, spiritual direction is available to people of all faiths and spiritual traditions. Directors do not impose their own agendas or beliefs on others—rather they listen carefully in order to help others discern the ways in which God or the holy is leading them. Contact Donal Godfrey, S.J. directly if you are interested.

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius (19th Annotation)

The Spiritual Exercises are a compilation of meditations, prayers, and contemplative practices developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola to help people deepen their relationship with God. University Ministry offers faculty and staff the opportunity to complete the exercises over the course of 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 with Donal Godfrey, S.J. is needed.


Spring 2018

“To Redeem the Soul of America: King’s Vision and Its Challenge to U.S. Catholics” – a lecture by Fr. Bryan Massingale

Thursday, February 1, 2018, 5 – 6:30 p.m.

Xavier Chapel in Fromm Hall, University of San Francisco

Father Bryan Massingale, a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and a professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham, previously was a theology professor at Marquette University. In 2009, Marquette awarded him its highest distinction for teaching excellence. He is one of the world’s leading Catholic social ethicists and scholars of African American theological ethics, racial justice and liberation theology and holds two honorary doctorates.

He has served as president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and convenor of the Black Catholic Theological Symposium. His book Racial Justice and the Catholic Church (Orbis Books, 2010) won a first place book award from the Catholic Press Association.


Mountain Meditation Retreat

Saturday, March 24, 2018, 10am - 6pm

Mt. Tamalpais (Tam), Mill Valley, CA

$10.00 per person

The deadline to register and pay online is Friday, March 23, 2018.


The Mountain Meditation Retreat is an outdoor retreat located at Mount Tamalpais (Tam) and rooted in meditative awareness and practice. Join together with USF students, faculty and staff to focus on the Ignatian motto Cura Personalis (“care for the whole person”) and include various multi-faith meditation technique lessons and practices, hiking, and reflection time. The retreat cost includes round-trip transportation, lunch, and snacks.

Spiritual Exercises Silent Retreat

Spring Break: Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16, 2018

The Abbey of New Clairvaux, Vina, CA

$200.00 per person

The deadline to register and pay online is Thursday, March 1, 2018.


You are invited to immerse into silence on the Spring Break Spiritual Exercises Silent Retreat. This retreat is a silent, individually-directed retreat based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and includes such activities as one-on-one spiritual direction with a director, film showings, masses, and daily prayers and meditations.

Retreatants must commit to the entire duration of the retreat. Transportation will be provided from USF to the Abbey/Monastery the afternoon of Monday, March 12 and back to USF the afternoon of Friday, March 16. The pricing includes round-trip transportation, linens, all meals, and snacks. This retreat is open to all USF undergraduate and graduate students, staff, and faculty.  

Loyola Luncheons

Thursday: May 10; Tuesday: April 24, 2018

Loyola House – Ricci Room, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.


Join Donal Godfrey, S.J. and colleagues from across the university at the Loyola House Jesuit Community for lunch and conversation on various mission topics. Faculty and staff of all beliefs are welcomed and encouraged to attend. 

Spirituality Book Club

Fridays: February 16, March 2, 23, April 6, 20

Loyola House – Ricci Room, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

Register through MyLearning

Join Donal Godfrey, S.J., our facilitator for a book club at Loyola House, sponsored with Human Resources. Lunch is provided. Faculty and staff of all beliefs are welcomed and encouraged to attend. We invite you to participate in this special series of rich conversations and reflections exploring spirituality in our daily lives. This semester, we will read, A Country Between: Making a Home Where Both Sides of Jerusalem Collide, by Stephanie Saldaña. For more information, contact Michele Centrella at mcentrella@usfca.edu.

Ignatian Book Club

Tuesdays: February 6, 13, 20, & 27, 2018

Loyola House – Ricci Room, 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.


Connect with faculty and staff through a book discussion group for people who are interested in our Jesuit mission. Faculty and staff of all beliefs are welcomed and encouraged to attend. Lunch is provided.

Participants must purchase their own copy of the book, which will be available in the USF bookstore in January. "Barking to the Choir: The Power of Radical Kinship," by Gregory Boyle

Faculty Lecture Series

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Lone Mountain Main 100, 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.


The Spring Faculty Lecture will be given by Kim Connor, Ph.D. Kimberly Rae Connor is the author of "Conversions and Visions in the Writings of African American Women" (Tennessee, 1994) and "Imagining Grace: Liberating Theologies in the Slave Narrative Tradition" (Illinois, 2000), which was selected by Choice as an outstanding academic title for 2000. She has written extensively on African American religious life and cultural production and multicultural and Ignatian pedagogy. Connor has also been active as an editor for Oxford University Press and in service to the American Academy of Religion. She is a weekly field trip leader at 826 Valencia, an organization dedicated to helping children and young adults develop writing skills. Although trained in the humanities, Connor has brought to the School of Management an appreciation for how literary and philosophical inquiry can help develop the careers of students in management. She blogs for The Huffington Post on the same topic.

Past lecturers in this series have included Stephen Privett, S.J., and Dean Judith Karshmer discussing their own spiritual journeys. Join the USF community over lunch and engage in spiritual dialogue spurred by great USF speakers. Faculty and staff of all beliefs are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Ignatian Half-Day Retreat

Friday, May 4, 2018

Fromm Hall – Maier Room, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.


The spring half-day retreat will be led by Rabbi Carla Fenves of Temple Emanu-El. Rabbi Carla Fenves joined the clergy of Congregation Emanu-El after receiving ordination from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in New York. During rabbinical school, she served congregations as a student rabbi in Castro Valley, California; Wayland, Massachusetts; and High Point, North Carolina. An alumnus of the Wexner Graduate Fellowship, Rabbi Fenves also interned at Central Synagogue, DOROT, and the Union for Reform Judaism in New York. Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Rabbi Fenves graduated with honors from Stanford University with a degree in Religious Studies. She lives with her husband, Cantor David Frommer, their son Aaron and daughters Eliana and Talia.

Half-day retreats include lunch, presentations on Ignatian spirituality, and the opportunity for reflection and conversation with colleagues. Faculty and staff of all beliefs are welcomed and encouraged to attend.

Contact Info

University Ministry

Toler Hall, Lower Level
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-4463