University Ministry

Welcome to University Ministry

As an integral part of our Catholic Franciscan University, University Ministry and its staff are here to serve and welcome each member of the USF community no matter your faith or religious background. Following the example of our patrons Ss. Francis and Clare, we challenge students to recognize God’s presence in all things. University Ministry at St. Francis is centered on our four cornerstones of leiturgia (Religious Programming); koinonia (Community Building); kerygma (Values Education); and diakonia (Service). All are invited to join in the faith life of this vibrant community.

Prayer and Sacraments

Located on the third floor of the Motherhouse, the St. Joseph Chapel was dedicated in 1893 and originally served as the spiritual home of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, the University’s sponsoring congregation. Today the chapel is used for University liturgies and prayer. The chapel is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week when school is in session and provides the University community with a space for quiet and prayer.

Mass times are as follows:

  • Sunday at 7 p.m. in the St. Joseph Chapel
  • Monday, Tuesday, and Friday at 12:15 p.m. in the St. Joseph Chapel
  • Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. in the Tower Hall Chapel
  • Thursday at 12:15 p.m. in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at the St. Clare campus
  • Feast Days and Holy Days of Obligation will be announced


Reconciliation is always offered before Mass on Sundays or anytime by appointment.

An Interfaith Reflection Space is available across the hall from the St. Joseph Chapel. It is a place for quiet reflection and prayer for people of all faiths.

Alumni and select other friends of St. Francis are eligible to use the St. Joseph Chapel for the celebration of their wedding ceremony. The wedding couple must include at least one alumnus/a and it must be a Catholic wedding ceremony approved by the Diocese of Joliet. If you are interested in getting married in the St. Joseph Chapel, please contact Jessica Peek, Director of University Ministry, at

University Ministry offers three retreats each year. Each semester, students have the opportunity to participate in an overnight retreat offered by University Ministry. Throughout the season of Lent, University Ministry will coordinate a Busy Person’s Retreat for all members of the USF community to engage in prayer and reflection. Students of all faiths and of no faith at all are welcome to participate in any of our retreats. Please contact Sr. Gayle Rusbasan, Assistant Director of University Ministry, at for more information.

Peer Ministry
University Ministry is comprised of professional full time staff and a group of student leaders called Peer Ministers. Peer Ministers organize programming in residence halls, help to lead retreats, serve as lectors and Eucharistic Ministers at Mass, plan service projects and much more. In the past Peer Ministers have put on programs like:

  • Franciscan Idol lip sync competition
  • Serving Friday breakfasts at Daybreak Shelter
  • Theology on Tap lecture series
  • Bible Studies
  • Arts and Crafts Meditation

For information on how to get involved, contact Jessica Peek, Director of University Ministry, at