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Retreat Program

University Ministry Retreats are offered throughout the year and vary from one day to one weekend depending on the nature and intent of the retreat. Most retreats take place during a weekend and offer time for reflection, rest, and rejuvenation. The intention of the University Ministry Retreat Program is to develop spiritual leadership and create sacred spaces and opportunities for the USF and extended community to become reflective, spiritually attentive, engaged, rejuvenated, and active.

Retreats:



New Student Retreat: A San Francisco Getaway

This was an opportunity for 15 new students to meet other students and to be introduced to USF through discussions and nature activities in the Santa Cruz Mountains near Los Gatos. The retreat is on September 8, 2012.
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Men’s Retreat and Women’s Retreat

University Ministry offers a retreat for men in the fall and for women in the spring. These retreats are an opportunity to share your experiences and explore your spirituality.
Program Date/time/location:
Men's Retreat: October 27, 2012 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, outdoor hike.
Women's Retreat: February 23, 2013 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, in Spiritual Life Center - St. Agnes
Cost: $20.

Kairos & Fourth Day Retreats

- The Kairos retreat is open to any student who has not made a previous Kairos retreat at USF. The retreat is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The weekend is a time to explore one’s sense of self and of one’s relationships, as well as a time for growth, connection and transformation by reflecting on identity, relationship with God, the question of love, brokenness and healing and how to live after Kairos. The retreat is led by students who previously have made the Kairos retreat.
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- The Fourth Day retreat is an opportunity for junior and senior students who have previously attended Kairos to experience a deeper understanding of the Kairos themes. Students will reflect on awakening of the spirit of the Fourth Day and making the most of their remaining semesters at USF. Cost: $75

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Date & Time: Friday, November 9 (1:30 pm) to Sunday November 11 (4:00 pm), Friday, April 5 (1:45 pm) to Sunday, April 7 (4:00 pm)
Location: Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra, Applegate, CA

Advent Evening Retreat

An opportunity for members of the USF community to take time out of their busy schedule to reflect on the holiday season. Open to everyone - Date: TBA

Hearts on Fire Retreat for Graduate Students

A one-day retreat based on the book, Hearts on Fire, which introduces retreatants to Ignatian reflection and spirituality. Date: February 3 from 10 am to 1 pm.

Spring Break Immersion into Silence Ignatian Retreat

A silent, individually-directed retreat over Spring Break, based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius. Sunday through Friday, March 10-15, 2013 at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, CA. Three, four or five days depending on your schedule. This retreat qualifies as professional development per supervisor’s approval. $150/day. University Ministry will cover half of the cost; remainder must be covered by retreatant or professional development funds. For students, the cost is $85, and University Ministry will offer partial scholarships for those in financial need.

Senior Retreat

An opportunity for graduating seniors to look back at their USF experience as well as reflecting on the present and the future. Attendance will be capped at ten (10), including retreat staff.
Date & Time: Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Loyola House


 To sign up or for more information regarding any of these retreats, please visit the University Ministry office, contact the office at 422-4463, or send us an email at retreats@usfca.edu.