Mission Statement

University Ministry is committed to promoting the integration of personal and informed faith, the principles and practice of Catholic Social Thought, and the knowledge and experience of Christian living for the entire USD community.

We are:

Committed to the mission and core values of the University of San Diego; the vision of campus ministry articulated by the US Catholic Bishops in Empowered by the Spirit; and the living tradition of Catholic Social Thought.

Inspired by the Gospel, especially the teaching, preaching, and healing of Jesus; the interfaith and ecumenical orientation articulated by the Second Vatican Council; the vision of our founders, Bishop Charles Francis Buddy and Mother Rosalie Hill, R.S.C.J.; and the example of solidarity with the sick and the poor modeled by our patron, St. Didacus.

Dedicated to embodying the rich tradition of Catholic higher education by forming the USD community to be responsive to God’s Spirit; cultivating an inclusive campus community where all are encouraged to integrate faith and reason; accompanying students as they discern their vocation and are inspired to seek the fullest human potential for themselves and others in our globalized society.

In order to accomplish this mission, we offer:

  • Regular liturgical celebrations during which we experience the presence of God in the Eucharist, in the person of the presider, in the Word of God and in the people assembled.
  • Other Sacramental gatherings during which the university community is inspired by the presence of God to serve with compassion and joy, create peace, and promote the common good.
  • Faith formation programs that strive to share the wisdom of the Catholic Tradition and which are designed to help students develop a mature faith, characterized by a commitment to both prayer and action, which engages the modern world.
  • Service and immersion opportunities intentionally structured to foster students’ experience and practice of solidarity.
  • A robust retreat program which facilitates students’ spiritual growth, self-awareness and appropriation of their faith.
  • Leadership development opportunities through which students are formed and prepared to serve the Church and world.
  • Regularly scheduled faith sharing groups during which students are invited and encouraged to reflect deeply on their lives in light of Scripture and other sacred texts and to consider ways of living which align with their faith.
  • Educational and service initiatives designed to foster a wider and deeper appreciation for the inherent dignity of all life as well as a growing commitment to a consistent ethic of life.
  • Spiritual companioning and counseling during which we offer wisdom from the Catholic and other faith traditions and encourage students in the process of becoming the people they were created to be.
  • Accompaniment in daily life, helping undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, administrators and alumni recognize God’s movements in their lives.