Multifaith Resources

All are welcome!

That’s not just a slogan for University Ministry, it is a fundamental aspect of the Catholic theological tradition.  The word “Catholic,” after all, means universal.  The great Catholic writer James Joyce once put it this way: “Catholic means here comes everybody!”

So, truly, everybody and everyone is warmly welcome to everything that we do.  Our Masses, retreats, faith sharing groups, immersion experiences, service projects, social events, everything.  All are welcome.  We are always better when we are together, and we always delight when new people feel comfortable joining us.

If you identify as Christian but not Catholic, you are welcome.  If you identify as a Muslim, Jew, Hindu or a member of some other tradition, you are welcome.  If you do not identify with a church or religious tradition, you are welcome.  If you are not sure what you believe or how you feel about God or religious people, you are welcome.  If you identify as LGBTQ and fear you might not be accepted, you are welcome (and you will be accepted).  No matter who you are, where you come from, or what your background, you are welcome on our campus and in all that University Ministry does.

Beyond welcoming people of all faith perspectives to all that we do, University Ministry works very closely with several organizations to ensure that the religious and spiritual needs of all our community members are met.  Toward that end, we have a long and fruitful partnership with InterVarsity Christian Fellowship.  InterVarsity, or IV as it is often known, offers weekly worship in the Protestant tradition.  Called “Encounter,” this dynamic worship takes place on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m. in the Manchester Auditorium.  InterVarsity also facilitates Bible study groups, sponsors retreats and organizes a range of fun, social events.  For more information about IV, please contact Jason Belcher at jason.belcher@intervarsity.org.

For those students who identify as Protestant Christians, we have worked with InterVarsity to create a list of local churches that would be happy to include USD students in their Sunday celebrations (please see the list below).  If you need a ride to get to these churches, or have other concerns, please contact University Ministry and we’ll happily do all we can to meet your needs.

Since the Catholic tradition is deeply committed to inter-faith dialogue and support, we also work closely with the USD Jewish Student Union / Hillel San Diego.  Hillel is active on our campus, supporting students who identify as Jewish and helping educate the entire campus community about the richness and beauty of the Jewish tradition.  Each fall, Hillel sponsors a Sukkah, an outdoor “hut” or temporary dwelling that commemorates the feast of the Tabernacles.  These tent-like structures represent the huts in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after escaping slavery in Egypt.

Hillel San Diego also sponsors an interfaith, social justice Passover Seder meal each spring.  This meal is an opportunity not only for Jewish students to celebrate but also a key educational opportunity for all students to learn about the shared history of Judaism and Christianity as well as grow in appreciation for the implications and meaning of Passover for today.  Likewise, Hillel San Diego offers regular opportunities for Jewish and non-Jewish students to enjoy fellowship as well as attend local synagogues (see list below).  Finally, Hillel sponsors a Birthright trips to Israel for students who identify as Jewish.  For more information about Hillel at USD, please contact Glenda Jaffe at gjaffe@hillelsd.org.

University Ministry also supports our Muslim students by partnering with the Muslim Student Association (MSA).  The purpose of the MSA is to provide a welcoming and inclusive environment for both Muslim and non-Muslim students through education, community and worship.  It is a social group for students on campus consisting of people from different origins, nationalities and cultures.  MSA is a vehicle by which people on campus can learn about Islam and its beauty as well as a voice for the Muslim students on campus and for Muslims worldwide.

USD’s commitment to honoring the religious diversity on our campus is perhaps best expressed through our annual All Faith Service.  This wonderful USD tradition brings together students, faculty and staff for a dynamic experience of interfaith prayer.  Leaders from the Buddhist, Christian, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim and Native American faith traditions bless us with their presence and lead us in prayer. 

Celebrated at the start of the spring semester, the All Faith Service complements the Mass of the Holy Spirit which is held at the beginning of each fall semester.  Together, these two university-wide celebrations embody in a special way our Catholic identity and our commitment, because we are Catholic, to supporting the spiritual lives of all our students.

Respect for the religious traditions represented in our community is a critical component of the Catholic identity of our university.  Because we are a university deeply grounded in the Catholic tradition, we welcome diversity and are committed to inclusion.  While we readily acknowledge the differences that exist among the world’s faith traditions, we also recognize the goodness and beauty characteristic of each.

A calendar of the holy dates for each of the world’s major religions is below.

 

Local Christian Churches

Flood Church
1954 Komet Way
San Diego, CA 92111
https://diveintoflood.com

Grace Church San Diego
4637 Oregon Ave.
San Diego, CA 92116
https://gracesd.com

Coast Vineyard
4133 Mt. Albertine Ave.
San Diego, CA 92111
https://coastvineyard.org

Mt. Soledad Presbyterian Church
6551 Soledad Mountain Rd.
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 459-3865
https://www.mountsoledad.or

Restored Church
3911 Kansas Street
San Diego, CA 92104
(805) 813-7123
http://www.restoreduptown.com/

Makers Church
2869 Historic Decatur
San Diego, CA 92106
http://makerschurch.org/

 

Local Jewish Synagogues

Congregation Beth Israel
9001 Towne Centre Drive
San Diego, CA 92122
(828) 535-1111
https://cbisd.org/

Congregation Beth El
8660 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92037
(858) 452-1734
https://www.cbe.org/

Adat Yeshurun
8625 La Jolla Scenic Drive
La Jolla, California 92037
(858) 535-1196
http://www.adatyeshurun.org/

Ohr Shalom9.231.1494
2512 Third Avenue
San Diego, CA 92103-6511
(619) 231-1456
http://ohrshalom.org

Chabad of Pacific Beach
4240 Gresham Street
San Diego, CA 92109
(619) 333-0344
http://www.chabadpb.org/

 

Local Mosques

Islamic Center of San Diego
7050 Eckstrom Ave
San Diego CA 92111
(858)278-5240
http://www.icsd.org/

Islamic Center of Lakeside
10390 Mountain View Lane
Lakeside, CA 92040
(619) 596-0020
Programs in English

Evecina Cultural and Educational Foundation (ECEF)
1550-A Rockfield Blvd.
Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 454-1555
http://www.ecef.org/
Programs in English and Farsi

 

Inter-Faith Calendar

(Coming soon)