Dear Members of the USF Community,
Due to the university's precautions in light of COVID-19, all in-person University Ministry events are canceled for the remainder of the spring semester. This includes weekly meditations, student gatherings, retreats, lectures, student mass, and faculty and staff programming.
University Ministry is here for you during this difficult time. We want everyone to be safe, healthy, and informed. Please continue to check the USF Coronavirus Updates and Resources
page. UM staff
are available for limited drop-in office hours, and by email, phone and Zoom. Please reach out at any time for support or with questions about specific programs.
Julie Dowd, Director
Ali Balfantz, Office Manager
Camille Angel, Rabbi-in-Residence
Kique Bazan, Immersions
Mauricio Diaz de Leon, Immersions, Tutoring & Social Justice
Katelyn Dixon, InterVarsity
Brian DuSell, Liturgy, Music & Interfaith Programs
Donal Godfrey, S.J., Faculty & Staff Spirituality
Angélica Quiñónez, Resident Ministry & Retreats
Kirill Sokolov, Orthodox Christian Fellowship
Naomi Zipursky, SF Hillel
We know that many members of our community are experiencing heightened stress and worry these days. We encourage you to keep in mind some basic spiritual practices to stay grounded during these uncertain times. When our schedules are interrupted, new space can emerge for prayer, meditation, walking, and journaling. Check out some online resources
for prayer and meditation. Practice good self-care and loving kindness toward one another. The Interfaith Meditation Room remains open (accessible by swiping your OneCard). We are working on new ways to stay connected to one another over these weeks and will be sending further information about virtual events and programs soon.
I find hope in the Jesuit tradition of communitas ad dispersionem
, or community in dispersion. From the earliest days of the Society of Jesus, Jesuits and their colleagues spread far and wide stayed connected to one another and their common mission through letter writing and prayer. Today we are members of a global network of Jesuit institutions with many more ways to stay connected across distances. Our shared mission of transformative education and promoting faith that does justice continues.
I thank Donal Godfrey, S.J. for sharing this quote with me by Thomas Merton:
You do not need to know precisely what is happening, or exactly where it is all going. What you need is to recognize the possibilities and challenges offered by the present moment, and to embrace them with courage, faith and hope.
We look forward to staying connected with you in the coming days and weeks, and wish you and your loved ones good health and well-being.
Director of University Ministry