USF faculty and staff are ambassadors of USF’s Jesuit Catholic educational tradition. These programs are designed to help faculty and staff grow in understanding of the Jesuit mission, deepen one's spiritual practice, and enrich one's professional vocation as a scholar, researcher and educator. Our programs are open to people of all faiths and spiritual traditions.
Meet Father Donal, Associate Director for Faculty & Staff Spirituality at the University of San Francisco!
Programs for Faculty and Staff
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 to the unfolding of directees’ lives in order to help them discern the ways in which God or the holy is leading them.
For more information about spiritual direction at USF please contact Fr. Donal Godfrey SJ at firstname.lastname@example.org
A book discussion group for people who are interested in our Jesuit mission and its underlying Ignatian spirituality.
Fall: September 11 - October 16, 2013
Spring: February 5 - March 19, 2014
In conjunction with the release of "Living the Mission: A Book of Meditations, Prayers and Insights from the University of San Francisco Community," we will explore this new book through the lens of Ignatian Spirituality. Meets Wednesdays at noon in the University Ministry office; light lunch is providedRegistration is required; to register, please contact Fr. Donal Godfrey SJ at email@example.com
Fall : September 4 & November 6, 2013
Spring: January 29 & March 26, 2014
In conjunction with the release of "Living the Mission: A Book of Meditations, Prayers and Insights from the University of San Francisco Community," the University Council on Jesuit Mission will sponsor a discussion series for faculty and staff. The discussions will cover a variety of topics related to USF's mission and its impact on our professional and personal lives. Meet in McLaren Conference Center 252.
September 4: Living the Mission: An Introduction to a Community Conversation
November 6: Gender, Sexuality, and the Mission
January 29: Living the Mission: What is Social Justice?
March 26: Living the Mission: Interfaith Inclusion
An opportunity to complete the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius over 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 is required before the exercises begin and the program begins with a luncheon. Fall 2013 retreat begins September 12. If you have any questions about this program please contact Donal Godfrey S.J. at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The Spiritual Exercises, which are at the center of Ignatian spirituality, grew out of Ignatius Loyola’s personal experience as a person seeking to grow in union with God and to discern God’s will. He kept a journal as he gained spiritual insight and deepened his spiritual experience. He added to these notes as he directed other people and discovered what “worked.” Eventually Ignatius gathered these prayers, meditations, reflections, and directions into a carefully designed framework of a retreat, which he called “spiritual exercises.” Ignatius believed that, just as one can use physical exercises to keep in good shape physically, one could use spiritual exercises to remain in shape spiritually.
One way to make these Exercises is in silence, full-time over one month. Another way to make is them over thirty weeks in a form known as the “19th annotation”. While each person’s experience is unique. Here is the reflection of Tom Grossman, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, School of Management faculty member:
"My experiences in the 30 weeks of the "19th Annotation" retreat were transformative. I came out of these exercises with a richer understanding of who I am and what drives me personally and professionally; increased capacity for gratitude and compassion; and a greater willingness to stand up for things I believe in. The program provided a sometimes-demanding structure of activities that taught me many things, including the meaning of my own resistance to the structure. I was wonderfully supported by a spiritual director who helped me see myself in richer and more compassionate ways, and to notice and appreciate things that I habitually skip past. The director was able to bring to me centuries of Ignatian teachings and wisdom, and to give me a personal understanding of the term "God" that is uncontaminated by the ranting’s of the religious right. There were periods of joy, hard slogging, relief, bafflement, and ultimately a lasting calm. I'm very grateful to have had this opportunity."
Fall: December 3, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., LM100 with Judith Karshmer, Dean of the School of Nursing and Health Professions, Spring: TBD. A lecture by USF faculty or staff on their personal faith journey.
Six Sessions:September 10 & 24, October 8 & 22, November 12 & December 4
Time: 12:00 (noon) – 1 p.m.
Location: UC 503
In collaboration with University Ministry, Human Resources is pleased to offer this special discussion-group series to explore contemplative prayer in our daily lives. We welcome all faith and no faith traditions to participate. To begin our conversations, we will use the book Armchair Mystic: Easing into Contemplative Prayer by Mark E. Thibodeaux, S.J., an acknowledged expert on prayer and discernment. Father Thibodeaux draws from the experiences in his prayer life to illustrate how we may improve and deepen our own. (Courtesy of HR, this book will be given free to each group member.) The sessions will incorporate contemplative meditation practices that are Ignatian as well as those from other faith traditions. Fr. Donal Godfrey, S.J., from University Ministry, will facilitate. If you are interested in joining this group, please register soon, as space is limited.
Dates for the Fall 2013: September 6 - September 8, Jesuit Retreat Center, Los Altos, CA
Begin the new year with a weekend away with colleagues and an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola at the beautiful Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, CA. Cost is $100, which includes a private room and all meals. Begins with dinner on Friday September 6th and ends with lunch on Sunday, September 8. Priority is given to those making an Ignatian retreat for the first time.
If you have questions about the retreat, please contact Donal Godfrey S.J. at email@example.com
A silent, individually-directed retreat over Spring Break, based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius. Sunday through Friday, March 9-14, 2014 at the Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, CA. Three, four or five days depending on your schedule. This retreat qualifies as professional development per supervisor’s approval. University Ministry will cover half of the cost; remainder must be covered by retreatant or professional development funds. The retreatant must pay $100 for 2 nights, and $150 for 3 or more nights. For more information or to sign up contact Donal Godfrey, S.J. at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please pay at this link: Retreat Payments. Select "Faculty/Staff" and "Spring Immersion into Silence Retreat"; enter the amount that corresponds to the number of days you will attend the retreat.
Fall: December 6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Accolti Room, Fromm Hall, led by Julia Dowd. Spring: April 25, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., Accolti Room, Fromm Hall. Half-day retreats include lunch, presentations on Ignatian Spirituality, and the opportunity for reflection and conversation with colleagues.
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