University Ministry

I am Jesuit Educated...

You are encouraged to participate in any activities that may interest you

Go on a Spiritual Quest Learn about Diverse Faiths and Spiritual Traditions Immerse & Engage Develop an Active Life of Prayer & Reflection Explore your Vocation Advocate for Justice Live the Mission
Attend a retreat Attend the Mass of the Holy Spirit Go on an immersion trip Learn about the history of St. Ignatius and Ignatian spirituality Take the "Listen to Your Life" Class Participate in Solidarity in Action Take USF101
Articulate how you are spiritual and/or religious Learn a prayer from a religion other than your own Become a tutor Learn how to do the Examen Ask a mentor about his or her vocational path Articulate how your faith calls you to work for peace and justice Invite a friend to a UM program, like a retreat or immersion trip
Name your personal values system Attend a worship service from a tradition other than your own Take an extra service-learning (SL) class Attend a meditation or prayer group List your strengths Identify a social justice issue about which you are passionate Consider a year of full-time service after graduation
Become a liturgical minister Write your spiritual/religious autobiography Become an ACE (in the McCarthy Center) Take a class on contemplative spirituality Identify a social, economic, civic, political issue about which you are passionate Join the Peace & Justice Coalition Join a USF club or organization
Join the liturgical choir Attend an event at the Intercultural Centers Examine how your background and experiences influence your values and assumptions Attend the monthly UM Interfaith Prayer Service Choose a major or minor that corresponds to your passion Attend an event about a social justice issue Attend the USF Magis Retreat
Meet your resident minister Take an extra Theology or Religious Studies course   Attend the USF student liturgy on Sundays at 7 p.m.   Go to the Ignation Family Teach-In for Justice Attend the SLE Leadership Institute


Mission Statement

University Ministry (UM) supports the spiritual, religious and pastoral needs of the University of San Francisco (USF) community. We enrich the USF experience by creating communities grounded in Ignatian spirituality and the Jesuit Catholic mission of USF. UM programs and services encourage USF students, faculty, staff and alumni of all religious backgrounds or none, to connect their faith, spirituality and values with an active engagement in the world, especially with economically poor and systematically oppressed communities, in order to realize the fullness of their humanity, and lead lives of meaning and purpose.

Lenten Programs

Beginning on Ash Wednesday, March 6, Lent is a 40-day period of preparation for Easter. For Christians, it is a season of intentional spiritual renewal that calls individuals and communities to draw closer to God, and to concentrate more fully on prayer, reflection, service, and transformation. You might have heard the phrase, "What am I giving up for Lent?" Another way to engage the season of Lent is to ask "What am I doing for Lent?" Lent is an invitation to a renewed spiritual journey to discover new and deeper ways of living with integrity and purpose. Students, faculty, and staff of all faiths, or of no particular religious tradition, are invited to join University Ministry in these opportunities to deepen a spiritual practice, explore the richness of the Ignatian tradition, and discover new ways to be of service to our larger community.

This year, Ash Wednesday begins on March 6 and marks the beginning of the Lenten season. Below are University Ministry's upcoming Lenten programs: 

♦ Taizé-style mediation services will be offered each Tuesday over Lent. Taizé prayer is offered in the style of the Taizé community in France. It includes simple songs, readings, prayers, and time for silent meditation.
March 19 and 26, April 2 and 9 | 6 p.m. | St. Ignatius Church

♦ The sacrament of reconciliation is also available during Lent. It is very possible to come at 6 p.m. for the Taizé prayer and have time for the sacrament of reconciliation afterwards. Please email Brian with any specific questions. 
Tuesdays during Lent | 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m. | St. Ignatius Church

♦ Student Mass
Wednesday, March 6 | 7 p.m. | St. Ignatius Church

♦ Additional Ash Wednesday Masses
Wednesday, March 6 | 8 a.m., 12:05 p.m., and 5:30 p.m. | St. Ignatius Church

♦ Ashes available to receive
Wednesday, March 6 | 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | University Ministry (Lower Toler)

♦ Join fellow students and colleagues for a moving guided procession of the Stations of the Cross across campus. These stations will have a particular focus on themes of social justice and peace, and will be led by Donal Godfrey, SJ.
Monday, April 15 | 12 p.m. | Fulton Street entrance of St. Ignatius Church

♦ Interfaith Meditation Room
Open to all USF community members, this space is available 24/7 for quiet prayer and meditation. Located on the ground floor of Toler Hall, next to the University Ministry office. Accessible by swiping your OneCard. 

♦ Ignatian Solidarity Lenten Website: Breaking Forth


Check in with your Resident Ministers to discover even more Lenten Events in the Residence Halls.

#MeToo, #ChurchToo: Sexual Violence and Social Justice

THURSDAY, APRIL 25 4:30 – 6 p.m.
McLaren 250
Please register to attend this lecture

The #MeToo movement, which took off in fall 2017, has changed the conversation on sexual violence. Catholics have not been major contributors so far, but Catholic Social Thought and feminist theology offer important resources for diagnosing the problem and moving forward. Julie Hanlon Rubio, PhD, Professor of Social Ethics at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, will explain how.

This event is sponsored by University Council for Jesuit Mission. Co-sponsors include The Joan and Ralph Lane Center for Catholic Social Thought and the Ignatian Tradition, Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach (DECO), the President's Advisory Council on the Status of Women (PACSW), University Ministry (UM), and The Cultural Centers.

We Are Here For You

Campus Ministers

Cara Annese, ext. 6548
Julie Dowd, ext. 2531
Donal Godfrey, S.J., ext. 2760
Angélica Quiñónez, ext. 6796
Koko Winandoko, S.J., ext. 4463

Looking for someone to talk to?

University Ministry has campus ministers available to meet 1-on-1 with students who would like someone to talk to. These ministers are not psychologists, but on-campus professional staff who are trained to be mentors and advocates to support students on a variety of topics.

Need a mentor in your life to offer a listening ear?

UM is open to students of all faiths, students who are spiritual but not religious, and students who do not have any religious/spiritual involvement. If you’d like to find out more, please stop by our office or contact one of the campus ministers.

No one from CAPS available to talk right now?

Don’t worry. Our campus ministers are located in University Ministry (lower Toler, right near the entrance to the residence hall) and are waiting with open ears.

Someone for everyone...

Not sure who to chat with? Each individual has a varied range of experiences that they bring to offer you. With two Jesuit priests, our retreat director, director of resident ministry, and the director of UM available to you, we assure you that you’ll find someone capable of meeting your needs.

USF Yoga Club - Weekly Contemplative Meditation

Mondays (January 28 - May 13, 2019)
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Multi-Faith Meditation Room (Located in Toler 123, adjacent to the University Ministry office)
USF students, faculty, and staff can access the room with their USF ID card
Please email Mara Nadeau for more information.

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