Faculty & Staff Spirituality

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 2019

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES SILENT RETREAT

Tuesday, January 9, 2019 - Saturday, January 12, 2019
The Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos
$200 per person
The deadline to register and pay online is December 5, 2018.
Register for the Spiritual Exercises Silent Retreat
You are invited to immerse into silence 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. This retreat is open to USF students, faculty, and staff. For more information, please email Cara Annese.

SPIRITUAL EXERCISES CONTINUED

Spring 2019: February 13, March 20, April 10, May 8
Wednesdays, 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m.
University Ministry Romero Room
Register for Spiritual Exercises Continued
A program for faculty and staff members who have completed the Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life (19th Annotation Program or similar) and would like to continue discussing, sharing and learning about the deeper dynamics of Ignatian spirituality and its relevance to our lives and work. We will have a short article to read together for each session in order to focus the conversation. Participants are asked to commit to each session insofar as possible in order to provide continuity within the group. The conversations will be facilitated by Julie Dowd, director of University Ministry. For more information, please email Julie Dowd.

LOYOLA LUNCHEONS

Fridays: February 8, March 8, April 5, 2019, 12 p.m. - 1 p.m.
Loyola House – Ricci Room
Register for February 8
Register for March 8
Register for April 5
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.

SPIRITUALITY BOOK CLUB

The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective

Tuesdays: Feb 5 and 19, Mar 5 and 19, and Apr 2, 2019, 12 p.m.–1 p.m.
Loyola House – Ricci Room
Register for the Spirituality Book Club
We invite you to participate in this series of rich conversations and reflections exploring the Jesuit mission and spirituality in our daily lives, sponsored jointly by University Ministry and Human Resources. People of any or no faith traditions are welcome. We will read, The Enneagram: A Christian Perspective by Richard Rohr & Andreas Ebert. The Enneagram is a powerful tool for personal and spiritual growth. It’s often said that the Enneagram won’t put you in a box; it will help you figure out which box you’re already in and show you the way out. This book and its authors explores the symbolic representations of the Enneagram’s nine types and provides examples of each in Scripture. Each person who registers will receive a book prior to the first session, courtesy of Human Resources. Donal Godfrey, S.J., from University Ministry, will facilitate. For more information, please email Donal Godfrey, S.J.

MOUNTAIN MEDITATION RETREAT

Saturday, April 6, 2019
Mt. Tam, Mill Valley, CA
$10 per person
The deadline to register and pay online is April 4, 2019.
Register for the Mountain Meditation Retreat
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. This retreat is open to USF students, faculty, and staff. For more information, please email Cara Annese

FACULTY LECTURE SERIES

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lone Mountain Main 100
Register for the May Faculty Lecture Series
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 2019 Faculty Lecture will be given by Vincent Pizzuto, PhD, Professor of New Testament in our Department of Theology and Religious Studies. For more information, please email Donal Godfrey, S.J.

IGNATIAN HALF-DAY RETREAT

Friday, May 10, 2019, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Lone Mountain Main 100
Register for the May Ignatian Half-Day Retreat
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. The Spring 2019 Half-Day Retreat, Contemplation and Conversation with Dorothy Day, will be led by Michael Harank, R.N., an activist nurse who works with patients who are living with HIV. For more information, please email Donal Godfrey, S.J.


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