We gather at the beginning of the spring semester for a USD tradition, the annual All Faith Service. This celebration brings together in prayer the leaders of faith communities, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends.
Integral to the Catholic identity of the University of San Diego is a respect for the individual religious traditions represented in its community. The Catholic Church acknowledges what is true and holy in these various religions, and though beliefs differ, the church realizes that these faith traditions reflect, through different lenses, truths that enlighten all peoples.
“Live, Love, Give: Our Rights and Responsibilities” is the theme of this year’s All Faith Service on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 12:15 p.m. in Shiley Theatre. This theme, a focus selected by the Council for the Advancement of Catholic Social Thought for the second semester, is pertinent for our times. In the living tradition of Catholic Social Thought all persons have basic rights and responsibilities that flow from their dignity as human persons regardless of any social or political structures.
They have the fundamental right to life and a right to those things required for human decency such as the right to freedom of conscience and worship, the right to raise a family, the right to immigrate, the right to live without discrimination and the right to have a share of earthly good sufficient for themselves and for their families.
At USD, faculty, staff and students endeavor to assure these rights in multiple ways. A slide presentation of the USD community highlights some of these. This effort is impressive and serves as a reminder to all of us. Though our faiths are diverse, may our prayer together today unite us in our responsibility to assure the rights of each human person.
— USD’s Mission and Ministry Welcome for the 19th annual All Faith Service
The All Faith Service showcases a USD campus community united and welcoming to all. Several members of USD’s international student community are participating in the ceremony as flagbearers. Inside USD selected five students to enlighten the community about their respective countries and thoughts about their USD experience. The five students are: Juniors Gergana Droumeva (Bulgaria), Rashmi Chugani (Peru) and Abdullah Al-Owisi (Kuwait), freshman Ana Soloviov (Moldova) and graduate student Innocent Rugaragu (Rwanda).