Faculty & Staff Spirituality

University Ministry is here for you during this difficult time. We want everyone to be safe, healthy, and informed. Please continue to check the USF Coronavirus Updates and Resources page. We invite you to use our online Prayers and Devotional Tools, to share a prayer intention, and to share a story of hopeUM staff are available by email, phone, and Zoom. Please reach out at any time for support or with questions about specific programs.

Living the Mission at USF

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. Register for 19th Annotation online.


Spring 2020

OFF-CAMPUS IGNATIAN RETREAT OPPORTUNITIES »

SILENT IGNATIAN RETREAT - SPRING 2020
Wednesday, Jan 8, 2020, 4:00pm - Sunday, Jan 12, 2020, 2:00pm | El Retiro Jesuit Retreat House, Los Altos
This Ignatian retreat offers an experience of meditation and silence, with personal spiritual direction. Each retreatant will have a spiritual director and must commit to the entirety of the retreat. This retreat is open to USF students, faculty, and staff.
Cost: $100 for students; $200 for faculty/staff
Registration Deadline: Monday, December 9, 2019
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For more information on this retreat, please email Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu.

LOYOLA LUNCHEONS - SPRING 2020
Fridays: February 7, March 6, 2020
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Loyola House - Ricci Room

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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. For more information, please email Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu.

IGNATIAN BOOK CLUB - SPRING 2020
Thursdays: February 6, 20, March 5, 19, 26, April 2, 2020
12 p.m. - 1 p.m. | Loyola House - Ricci Room

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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, The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor, which will be available in the USF bookstore in late January. For more information, please email Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu.

FACULTY LECTURE - SPRING 2020
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 (Postponed until December 1, 2020)
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. | Lone Mountain Main 100

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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. Past lecturers in this series include Dr. Shabnam Koirala-Azad and Dr. Sonja Martin Pool, discussing their own spiritual journeys. The Spring 2020 Faculty Lecture will be given by Professor Lara Bazelon of USF's School of Law. Professor Bazelon is renowned in the field of restorative justice. For more information, please email Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu.

HALF DAY RETREAT - SPRING 2020
Friday, May 8, 2020
10 a.m. - 2 p.m. | Zoom

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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. Our spring retreat will be Ignatian Yoga led by Bobby Karle, S.J. For more information, please email Donal Godfrey, S.J. at godfrey@usfca.edu.