University Ministry Staff
Rabbi in Residence
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!
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.
One of my favorite pastimes is improvisation, and I enjoy performing in improv shows in San Francisco!
Luis 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 Leon
Assistant Director for Immersions, Justice and Outreach
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.
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.
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.
Associate Director for Faculty and 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).
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!