University Ministry Staff

University Ministry Staff

Angélica Quiñónez
Interim Director

Angelica Quinonez

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! 

Camille Shira Angel
Rabbi in Residence

Rabbi Camille

I am the first Rabbi-in-Residence for Jewish life and multi-faith LGBTQIA+ spiritual life on campus. 

I teach a course entitled Queering Religion in the Theology and Religious Studies department, for the Swig program of Jewish Studies and Social Justice. Students who've taken this course are helping me create a co-curricula component within campus ministry, including our weekly and monthly programming and an annual Prism retreat. Starting this summer 2020, I will be offering a Community Engaged Learning course, Saging Our LGBT Elders and partnering with off-campus organizations including Open House, a senior residential community for our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender elders. 

I earned my Bachelor's degree in Philosophy from UCLA, my Master's Degree in Hebrew Letters and Education from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion as well as my Ordination from HUC-JIR. This spring, I will be receiving my honorary doctorate for 25 years of service as a Reform rabbi.

I've written widely on creative liturgy, Judaism and LGBTQ issues. My work has been published in the Journal of Psychology and Judaism, CCAR Press, Walt Disney/Ideal Books, and other Jewish and women’s magazines, as well as academic journals and books. My favorite contribution in this regard is a prayerbook, that even includes prayers for non-believers, Siddur Sha'ar Zahav. 

I began my rabbinate as Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Rodeph Sholom on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. From 2000-2015, I served as the spiritual leader of San Francisco’s Congregation Sha’ar Zahav. Before coming to USF, I taught eighth grade at our local San Francisco Jewish Day School.

I'm blessed to be a parent, an ima - ("mother" in Hebrew) and a beloved partner. I love reading poetry, kayaking, and hanging out with my dogs and my family. Everyone needs a rabbi - let me be yours!

Ali Balfantz
Office Manager

Ali Balfantz

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.

Luis Enrique (Kique) Bazán
Associate Director for Immersions

Kique Bazan

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 Leon
Assistant Director for Immersions, Justice and Outreach

Mauricio 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 like Solidarity-in-Action, April Action, October Outreach. 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 am also a doctoral student in the School of Education at USF.

Brian DuSell
Associate Director for Liturgy, Music, and Interfaith Programs

Brian DuSell

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.
University Chaplain
Associate Director for Faculty and Staff Spirituality

Donal Godfrey, S.J.

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).