Programs for Students
Spiritual direction is an ancient practice of meeting one-on-one with a trained person to discuss one's spiritual life. Traditionally one would meet regularly (e.g. monthly) with a spiritual director to share their journey of faith or search for a deeper relationship with God. Spiritual direction is available to people of faith or no religious tradition. Both lay and ordained women and men practice this ministry. Directors do not impose their own agendas or religious beliefs on others. Rather, they listen carefully to the unfolding of directees' lives, so as to help them discern the ways in which God is leading them. For more information about spiritual direction at USF please contact Fr. Donal Godfrey SJ at email@example.com or though University Ministry.
The Communities of Reflection, or “CORE,” program is a foundational programming and community component of University Ministry at the University of San Francisco. University Ministry COREs are modeled after Christian Life Communities (CLCs). The following information further describes COREs:
CORE (Community of Reflection) groups are composed of a small number of students led by Resident Ministers. CORE is based on three values: Community, Spirituality, and Service. The CORE groups give students opportunities to meet other students and make new friends, as well as afford ways to share with one another their life experiences, support one another, explore their spirituality, share their faith, and do community service. Each CORE group is open to all students of any (faith) background and any year at USF. CORE participants and leaders will learn from and support one another in community through consistent weekly meetings on campus. Additionally, CORE groups come together for special seasonal events, such as the CORE Community Potluck and CORE Holiday Gathering.
For more information and to sign-up for a CORE, contact Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer at 415-422-6548 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The women’s retreat is a space for all undergraduate and graduate female students at USF to come together in dialogue and activities about daily life and faith as women, engaging these topics in relation to self and society. This retreat will include lunch, mediation, prayer, discussion, music, and time outdoors.Participants will first meet at the University Ministry office before walking over as a group to the Spiritual Life Center house on Oak Street. The Women’s Retreat cost is $20.00 per person. To register, please e-mail University Ministry Retreats Coordinator Emily Czarnik-Neimeyerand pay $20.00 with a card HERE. The deadline to register and pay online is the end of the day on Monday, February 24, 2014.
Women's Retreat: Saturday, March 1, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, St. Agnes Spiritual Life Center. Meet at the UM Office at 10:00 am.
The Kairos retreat is open to any student who has not made a previous Kairos retreat at USF and is based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. The weekend is a time to focus on Christ, community, and one’s core 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 through USF. The cost of Kairos is $75.00 per person and includes transportation, lodging, linens, and meals. To register for Kairos, please fill out the application HERE and pay $75.00 with a card online HERE. The deadline to register and pay online is the end of the day on Friday, March 21, 2014.
The Fourth Day retreat is an opportunity for juniors and seniors who have participated in Kairos through USF to experience a deeper understanding of the Kairos themes in their lives. Students will reflect on faith, friendship, and the future, with a focus on making the most of their remaining semesters at USF. The cost of Fourth Day is $75.00 per person and includes transportation, lodging, linens, and meals. To register for Fourth Day, please e-mail University Ministry Retreats Coordinator Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer and pay $75.00 with a card online HERE. The deadline to register and pay online is the end of the day on Friday, March 21, 2014.
Date & Time:Friday, April 4, 2014 - Sunday, April 6 2014
Location: Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra, Applegate, CA (Students should first meet at the University Ministry office.)
Click here to hear a students perspective on the Kairo's Retreat
The Spring Break Immersion into Silence Ignatian Retreat is a silent, individually-directed retreat based on the spirituality of St. Ignatius and will include such activities as Liturgy, Spiritual Direction, and speakers. The retreat will run from Sunday, March 9 through Friday, March 14, 2014 at the Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, CA, and retreatants may participate for three, four, or five days. To register, please e-mail University Ministry Retreats Coordinator Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer and pay with a card online HERE. The retreatant must pay $100.00 for two nights and $150.00 for three or more nights; the pricing includes meals, lodging, and transportation to Vallombrosa Center on Sunday, March 9 and back to USF on Friday, March 14. The deadline to register and pay online is the end of the day on Friday, February 21.
This Graduate Student Retreat is based on the book, Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, which introduces retreatants to Ignatian Spirituality. Each student will be provided with a copy of Hearts on Fire and will engage in discussion, prayer, meditation, and lunch. This retreat is free to all USF graduate students. To register, please e-mail University Ministry Retreats Coordinator Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer The deadline to register is the end of the day on February 20, 2014. Date: Sunday, February 23, 2014 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, UM Office.
Connect in community, relax, and engage in reflection away from campus while learning about St. Ignatius and Ignatian Spirituality, as well as getting to know other Branch Campus students. The cost for each retreatant is $25.00, and this cost includes lunch on site. Retreatants must provide their own transportation to and from the retreat site. Saturday, September 14, 2013, 10:30 am - 1 pm at the Presentation Center in Los Gatos, CA & Saturday, April 5, 2014 ,10:30am-1pm.at the Jesuit Retreat Center of the Sierra in Applegate, CA.
Take a break to join with international students studying at USF in a half-day retreat. The time together will be spent exploring meditation, Ignatian Spirituality, and diversity in community in small and large group conversations. This retreat is free, includes lunch, and is just for international students. To register, please e-mail University Ministry Retreats Coordinator Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer. The deadline to register is the end of the day on Thursday, April 24, 2014. Date:Sunday, April 27, 2014, 10 am - 2 pm, UM Office
The Senior Retreat is a unique time for USF Seniors to come together to reflect on the past and to look toward the future through music, speakers, discussion, and lunch.
This retreat is free to all USF Seniors. To register, please e-mail University Ministry Retreats Coordinator Emily Czarnik-Neimeyer. The deadline to register is the end of the day on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Date: Sunday, March 2, 2014 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, UM Office.
To sign up or for more information regarding any of these retreats, please visit the University Ministry office, contact the office at 415-422-6548, or send us an email at email@example.com.
RETREAT PAYMENTS: To pay for an upcoming retreat, please click here. Select the Retreat you will attend, enter the payment amount, and then make your payment!
Listen to Jacqline Murillo, Sophomore at USF, reflect on her experiences with University Ministry sponsored retreats!
Listen to Alex Dizon, Junior at USF, reflect on his experiences with University Ministry sponsored retreats!