This month is a sacred time for the three Abrahamic faith traditions; for Jews, Muslims, and Christians like myself. The question I have, how am I to celebrate Easter in this time of pain and suffering caused by the coronavirus? The coronavirus is forcing us to change the way that we do life. It often feels like death. It is difficult to speak of God in such a time. All of the pain and suffering we experience during this crisis is not suddenly going to disappear. Yet, as someone who professes to follow Jesus, now risen, I find hope in Jesus’s journey, which was not just a path to resurrection, but a way that included death and woundedness. And perhaps, just like the risen Jesus, it is possible for us to be wounded and resurrected at the same time. In his message for Holy Week our President Paul Fitzgerald, S.J. spoke of the ways people are reaching out in care to each other at USF and all around the world. This virus is opening us up to see how we are all connected, to appreciate our loved ones, to see our need for health care, equity, and justice for all — more than ever. Perhaps we are also understanding how we need to care for all creation. Perhaps we are learning to value life even more than before. Even if you don’t share my Easter faith in the Risen Christ, I invite us to come together in mutual respect and let this virus teach us our need to create a different world, a more humane and just world. I share this poem by Christine Rogers, a friend at St. Agnes which expresses my hope. Happy Easter!
What is the
and frenzied activity.
agony — the
the long, arduous
Can we face
with Christ —
a whole new
Join University Ministry for virtual multi-faith prayer services lifting up the voices and intentions of our community. All are welcome.
Tuesdays: April 14, April 28, May 5 | 12 p.m. | Zoom
Please register in advance for each prayer service. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the prayer service.
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For more information, please contact Porsia Tunzi or Brian DuSell.
It’s easy to forget that in unprecedented and uncertain moments like these, kindnesses abound. As we’ve learned time and again, strife can bring out the very best in ourselves and in our neighbors. We want to highlight that beautifully human tendency, and we’d love your help. Please share with us
what you’ve done or what you’ve witnessed, a story of hope, a community hero, or something or someone for which you are grateful, so that we may share it with our USF community
Ramadan is a holy season for Muslims of increased prayer and fasting to celebrate the revelation of the Qu’ran. Ramadan falls this year between April 23 and May 23. For all of our Muslim students and colleagues, we wish you a blessed Ramadan.
| |Gender Identity in Schools Roundtable
Friday, April 24 | 12–2 p.m. | Zoom
Dr. Lisa Fullman will speak from the lens of social ethics and theology and Dr. Jane Bleasdale will share research on Trans students in Catholic education.
Please RSVP for Zoom link »
Sponsored by the McGrath Institute and the Catholic Educational Leadership Program
Step into an unforgettable year of service and community! Jesuit volunteers serve communities throughout the US and internationally. It’s your chance to make an impact in the lives of others while developing new skills and gaining a fresh perspective on what it means to be part of a community. While we are currently taking extra precautions to ensure the safety of our volunteers, we are still accepting applications
and placing volunteers for Jesuit Volunteer/AmeriCorps service beginning this August. More info: JVC: Northwest
and JVC: US & International
UM provides a list of many more domestic and international post-graduate service opportunities. Many programs offer loan deferment and/or scholarships for graduate school. Visit here for more ideas or contact a member of the UM staff for more information.
National Catholic Reporter (NCR) offers a year-long paid internship designed to provide recent college graduates with firsthand newspaper experience. lnterns gain firsthand experience in a fast-paced virtual newsroom, reporting for print and web, helping with newspaper production, and maintaining NCRonline.org
including social media and multimedia.
Deadline to apply is May 15, 2020.
| |Faculty and Staff: Staying Connected
Are you looking for ways to connect during this difficult time? Would you like to have a group chat session, discuss faith and spirituality, or just vent one-on-one? Reach out to any of our UM staff and we would be happy to schedule a Zoom meeting/phone call with you individually, or for a group of your colleagues! University Ministry staff
is here for you!
Reach out to Julie, Ali, Camille, Kique, Mauricio, Brian, Donal, or Angélica!
| |Ignatian Yoga
Friday, May 8 | 10 a.m.–12 p.m. | Zoom
Ignatian spirituality and yoga can complement each other. Ignatian yoga includes a distinctive way of connecting with the divine and with one’s self. Bobby Karle, S.J.
will offer this program on-line.
For more information, please contact Donal Godfrey, S.J.
| |Eight-Week Spiritual Exercises
The Spiritual Exercises are a series of prayers and meditations developed by St. Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, to help individuals align their lives with God who is love, discover their life’s deeper purpose, and live with freedom and authenticity. As many of us are staying home these coming weeks, it could be the perfect time to do this short adapted version of the Spiritual Exercises. Click here
to learn about this eight-week program based on the book The Ignatian Adventure
by Kevin O’Brien, S.J. Online Zoom group spiritual direction will be offered weekly.
For more information, please contact Donal Godfrey, S.J.
|Tuesday, May 5 | 9–10 a.m. | Zoom
Please join us for Virtual Bagels with USF's Rabbi-in-Residence. This event is open to all faculty and staff as an opportunity to meet Rabbi Camille Shira Angel. We hope to see you there. All faith traditions are welcome!
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bagels!)
Please register in advance. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
For more information, please contact Rabbi Camille Shira Angel.
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 by email, phone, and Zoom. Please reach out at any time for support or with questions about specific programs.
, Office Manager
Camille Shira Angel
Mauricio Diaz de Leon
, Immersions, Tutoring & Social Justice
, Liturgy, Music & Interfaith Programs
Donal Godfrey, S.J.
, Faculty & Staff Spirituality
, Resident Ministry & Retreats
, Orthodox Christian Fellowship
, SF Hillel
Ana Karen Barragan
Denise J. (Deejay) Garcia
Lourdu Mummadi, S.J.
Jean Pierre (Ubu) Ndagijimana
Erika Landa Sarmiento
Erik (Santi) Solorio
Samir Toppo, S.J.
Leonardus (Koko) Winandoko, S.J.
Jesuit Graduate Fellows
Germain Clerveau, S.J.
Chia-Yang (C-Y) Kao, S.J.
Olivier Kayitare, S.J.
Rodrigue B. Ntungu, S.J.
Laurien Nyiribakwe, S.J.
Vincent Pereppadan, S.J.
Barwende Sane, S.J.
Joaquin (Jonjee) Jose Mari Sumpaico III, S.J.