Cara AnneseCara Annese

Assistant Director for Retreats


I came to USF in the Fall of 2017, all the way from Rhode Island. I graduated from Assumption College in Worcester, MA with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services and Rehabilitation Studies. While completing my degree I fell in love with Campus Ministry and all that it had to offer me in the growth of my spiritual life. After graduating in 2009 I spent a year of service at Capuchin Youth and Family Ministries in Garrison, NY where I spent a year leading retreats and experiencing Franciscan community. I then decided that after that year I wanted to gain some more knowledge about what I was sharing on retreats and why I loved them so much so I made the decision to apply and was accepted to the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry where I earned a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry in 2012. I knew throughout that time that I wanted to become a campus minister and be for others just what my campus ministers were for me.

After a few years of discernment and growth I became a campus minister at Merrimack College in North Andover, MA where I remained for 3 years working on retreats and spiritual formation programming. I love my work with students and journeying with them on their path to relationship with God.


Ali BalfantzAli Balfantz

Office Manager


I have been the Office Manager in University Ministry since the fall of 2016. I manage our website, events planning, marketing, and e-communications. Before joining University Ministry, I worked in Human Resources at USF for five years. I hold a bachelor’s degree in management and an MBA from Nicholls State University. I’m originally from South Louisiana, where I worked in higher education. I moved to San Francisco in 2011, after a successful Skype interview at USF. I didn’t see the campus (or my apartment!) until I arrived in San Francisco. The experience has been exciting and life changing. I met my husband, Joe, in San Francisco and he is from New Orleans! We were married in St. Ignatius church in the summer of 2015. USF has been such a welcoming community and truly feels like family. Joe and I live very close to campus and are parishioners at St. Ignatius church.

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with Joe and our cat, Nola. One of my favorite pastimes is improvisation! I am a student at BATS Improv in San Francisco, and I enjoy performing in improv shows.


Luis Enrique (Kique) BazánLuis Enrique (Kique) Bazán

Associate Director for Immersions


As the Associate Director for immersions, I am in charge of developing and supporting all University-sponsored immersion experiences (globally and domestically) for students, faculty, staff and alumni including both for-credit and non-credit programs. I serve as the University’s representative and host when interacting with international groups or institutions and when the Vice Provost requests it. As Associate Director, I collaborate with colleagues to create a supportive University community, that encourages student learning and development in the Jesuit Catholic tradition; recognize and celebrate the rich diversity of faith and culture on campus; and provide experiences that challenge students to develop the academic, cultural, spiritual and other skills needed to fashion a more humane and just world.

I earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the Pontifical Catholic University in Lima, Peru, a MA in Religious Studies and Theology, and a Ed.D. in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco. Before coming to the University of San Francisco, I worked in human rights organizations.


Mauricio Diaz de LeonMauricio Diaz de Leon



I graduated from USF in 2013 with a degree in Kinesiology and came back for a master’s degree in Sports Management. While a student at USF, I was a member of the USF men’s soccer team, and participated in various University Ministry programs. As a graduate student, I assisted Luis Bazán with immersion, social justice and community action programs. In addition to my role as Assistant Director for Immersions, Justice and Outreach, I’m also part of the men’s soccer coaching staff at USF and I work with the San Francisco Elite Academy.


Julie DowdJulie Dowd



On behalf of our staff, I welcome you to participate in the many programs and services UM has to offer. I am a product of Jesuit education and know first-hand the many benefits of being actively involved in University Ministry during college. I have served as director of University Ministry at USF since 2010. As director of UM, I am responsible for setting a strategic vision for UM at USF, and supporting our staff in creating and leading excellent programs that serve the spiritual, religious and pastoral needs of our community. My passion is women’s spirituality, and particularly the ways in which women engage with the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, founder of the Jesuits. As a Roman Catholic lay woman, I have been privileged to work alongside Jesuit priests for many years and have seen firsthand the liberating and empowering impact Ignatian spirituality can have, as well as the ways in which it supports our commitment to social justice and equity. In addition to my work in University Ministry, I serve as a one of four co-chairs of our University Council for Jesuit Mission, which works to foster a commitment to the Jesuit and Catholic identity of USF. Prior to working in University Ministry, I worked at the USF Lane Center for Catholic Studies and Social Thought, the Leo T. McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good, and St. Ignatius Parish.

I was a Jesuit Volunteer in San Francisco from 1994-95 where I worked as a case manager at the Hamilton Family Center. My education has been focused in religious studies and theology. I have a BA from the College of the Holy Cross in religious studies, an MA in theology from USF, an MNA in nonprofit administration from USF, and a doctorate of ministry (D.Min.) degree from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA. From 2004-2012 I served as a board member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a national Jesuit social justice advocacy organization, and currently serve as an executive board member of the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU) Campus Ministry Directors’ Conference.

I live in San Francisco with my spouse Tim Freundlich and our two sons, Milo and Gus.


Brian DuSellBrian DuSell

Associate Director for Liturgy, Music and Interfaith Programs


As Associate Director for Liturgy, Music and Interfaith programs, I am privileged to work with a dedicated team who oversee not only Catholic liturgies on the USF campus but also coordinate with the ministries of our Interfaith partners (the Jewish Student Organization, the Muslim Student Association, the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, and the InterVarsity Christian Fellowship).

I coordinate liturgy and music for the Sunday 7 p.m. USF Student liturgy in St. Ignatius Church and also direct the USF Liturgical choir which sings for the student liturgy.

Before coming to USF, I ministered for over two decades in both a parish and seminary in Chicago. Through my seminary work, I am blessed to have been part of the formation of several priests ordained for the archdioceses of Chicago, IL, Milwaukee, WI, and San Bernardino, CA.

The son of artists, I grew up on a farm in an idyllic location in Central New York state. My lovely wife Teresa is the director of music at St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco. We are blessed to have two sons, Brian and Severin.


Donal Godfrey, S.J.Donal Godfrey, S.J.

Associate Director for Faculty & Staff Spirituality


I run Ignatian spirituality programs for faculty and staff. These include book clubs, the spiritual exercises of Ignatius in daily life, retreats, the Faculty Lecture, and the Ignatian Faculty Forum. I was born in Liverpool, England. I was educated at Stonyhurst College and at University College, Cork. I’m a member of the Irish Bar, and an Irish Jesuit priest of the Society of Jesus. I hold degrees in philosophy from the Milltown Institute of Dublin, a Master’s in theology from Regis College at the University of Toronto, a Licentiate in Sacred Theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, and a Doctorate in Ministry from the Church Divinity School of the Pacific in Berkeley, CA.

I am the author of the book, Gays and Grays: The Story of the Gay Community at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church (Lexington, 2007).


Angélica QuiñónezAngélica Quiñónez

Associate Director for Resident Ministry


I am a native San Franciscan and passionate about Ignatian spirituality since my high school days at St. Ignatius College Preparatory. Prior to joining the USF University Ministry team, I spent nearly six years at Mercy High School San Francisco as Associate Head of School, Religious Studies Department Chair, and a teacher in the Religious Studies and English Departments. I also have a background in corporate public relations. 

I am a proud Don having earned two Master's degrees (Theology and Catholic School Teaching) at USF. I hold a BA in English from Santa Clara University and am currently a doctoral student at the University of Southern California. 

In my spare time I like to read, spend time with friends and family, watch musicals, and I'm an avid fountain pen collector! 

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