In 1985, the University of San Diego, with a partial endowment from the Society of the Sacred Heart, founded the Institute for Christian Ministry, re-titled 16 years later the Center for Christian Spirituality (CCS).
The fundamental purpose was to establish an internal structure to perpetuate one form of USD’s outreach to serve the educational, pastoral, and spiritual needs of a culturally and racially diverse public by responding creatively to the needs of contemporary Christians. The character of the CCS embraces a wide variety of spiritual, biblical, ethical, theological and pastoral themes.
Initially assigned to the College of Arts and Sciences, CCS moved under the Division of Mission and Ministry in 2010.
The scope of CCS has been carried out variously reflecting the vision and expertise of different directors since its inception, but outreach to the wider community has always characterized CCS programs. Although designed with this outreach in mind, programs have also been accessible to USD personnel for the personal lives.
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
– Pierre Teilhard de Chardin