St. Francis of Assisi empowered his brothers and sisters by saying: “I have done what was mine to do. May Christ teach you what is yours.” University Ministry functions on the USF campus to spread forth the simple, powerful and joyful spirit of St. Francis to encourage all to discover and then claim what Christ has called us each to do. This is done through University Ministry’s cornerstones of LEITURGIA (Religious Programming); KOINONIA (Community Building); KERYGMA (Values Education); and DIAKONIA (Service). No matter where you are in your faith journey, the University Ministry staff welcome you!
Both daily and Sunday Liturgies are held in the St. Joseph Chapel, which is located on the third floor of the Motherhouse. The unique set-up of the chapel creates space for large worship communities on Sundays and special feast days, while the space behind the main altar allows for the intimacy of daily Mass with a smaller group.
Mass times are as follows:
Reconciliation is always offered before Mass on Sundays or by seeking out the chaplain during the week.
Adoration is offered on Wednesdays from 12:30 – 5pm (Please call for when we start this up each semester.)
Tau Music Ministry: Students are highly encouraged to offer their musical skills at Mass as cantors and by forming small choirs. The musical ‘feel’ of Sunday Masses may change according to student desires and abilities offered.
An ecumenical Reflection Space is across the hall from St. Jospeh Chapel for individuals seeking a quiet space to “be” at any time during one’s day. Listen to the sound of the waterfall and leave your concerns in the privacy of this space so you can let go and create some peace in your life.
Why retreat? You need time to get away from campus (or home). Immerse yourselves for 24 – 48 hours in a small community and allow a hefty dose of God to fill your life. Taken away from the demands of life, nurtured by the peace God provided in nature, in contemplation, through sharing, prayer and laughter, your soul (and your life) can be transformed.During any USF retreat, you will have the chance to hear about the faith of student leaders and share your experiences with other participants. If you are looking for a way to take a break from the typical stressful college life, consider “retreating” with your peers. You may just build friendships that will last a lifetime!
Our retreat program is both growing and changing. In Fall 2011, students experienced the first ILLUMINE retreat, a 24-hour getaway to pray and play in the style of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi. USF history also includes offering Koinonia. We are currently on hiatus at Koinonia 34 and will revive this opportunity as soon as we are able.
Peer Ministers in Residence Halls offer programs reflecting the cornerstones of Service, Values Education, Community Building and Religious Education. Each peer minister is required to offer one program a month.
Examples of Programs
Service Saturdays have included: