Center for Christian Spirituality

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CCS Events

Below is a listing of events directly sponsored or co-sponsored by CCS.


The Center for Christian Spirituality
Religious of the Sacred Heart Lecture
Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture
2015 Switgall Lecture

The Name of God is Relationship
with Daniel Horan, OFM

Monday, November 9, 2015, 7 p.m.

Shiley Theatre, Camino Hall
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Tickets $10
USD students and employees are FREE with USD ID card

While some philosophers claim that the name of God is “pure being” and some theologians claim that the primary name of God is “the good,” Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM suggests that the name of God is best understood as “relationship.” Beginning with the way that God reveals who God is to humanity throughout Scripture and moving to take a deeper look at what the wisdom of St. Francis of Assisi and the spiritual tradition that bears his name tells us about God, this lecture encourages contemporary women and men to reconsider how they imagine their Creator and renew their understanding of faith in the modern world.

Daniel P. Horan, OFM, is a Franciscan friar of Holy Name Province (The New York province), a columnist for America magazine, and the author of several books including, most recently, The Franciscan Heart of Thomas Merton: A New Look at the Spiritual Influence on his Life, Thought, and Writing (2014) and Dating God: Live and Love in the Way of St. Francis (2012). He is the author of dozens of scholarly and popular articles in journals and a frequent lecturer and retreat director around North America and Europe.

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Awaken to a New Way of Living Your Faith:
A Weekend Retreat
with Peter W. Gyves, SJ, MD

Friday, November 6, 2015 from 7 pm - 9 pm
and Saturday, November 7, 2015 from 9 am - 5 pm

French Parlor, Founders Hall, University of San Diego

COST:     $40 includes coffee on Friday, light breakfast on Saturday morning and lunch on Saturday
(financial assistance is available for young adults) 

St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits), developed the Spiritual Exercises to transform people’s lives through a personal experience of God in the ordinariness of their lives.

We invite you to a weekend retreat where your heart and mind will be transformed to an awakening that recognizes your personal salvation is interwoven into the fabric of God’s larger plan for the salvation of all humankind.

You will experience the Ignatian principles of gratitude for the giftedness of your life, the call to a discipleship with Jesus that engages reality, the hardships that such a commitment can evoke, and the joy of knowing the promise of eternal life in the fullness of God’s love. You will also discover that it is God’s love, compassion, and sense of justice that calls you to do your part to make more present the kingdom of God in our world today.

This retreat is open to all people of good will regardless of religious belief.

(A free will offering will be suggested at the end of the retreat for the work of A Faith that Does Justice at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish in San Diego.)

Faces of Spirituality: Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist and Hindu Perspectives

October 10, 2015, From 10am-12pm

Hahn University Center, Forum A
$20 General Admission, $10 members of SDSDA and USD employees, USD students are FREE

When do we get the opportunity to listen in on the spiritual journeys of those different from ourselves? This panel of members of the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist & Hindu communities in San Diego will share from their hearts about ways of prayer, meaningful spiritual practices, and what has helped and hindered their journeys of faith. 

The University of San Diego and the San Diego Spiritual Directors Association are excited to join forces in hosting this event, knowing that when we truly listen to one another compassion is awakened and “rays of truth” discovered.

The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it. Henri J.M. Nouwen