Faith Formation and Spiritual Growth

Faith is a gift that leads us to deeper questions and discovery about life, relationships, and God. To assist students in this lifelong process, University Ministry offers many opportunities for spiritual and faith development individually and within the larger USD community.

Sacramental Preparation
University Ministry offers two sacramental preparation programs during the academic year: year-long Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) for those seeking Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation and a Spring-only Confirmation program. Each program enables an individual to grow in faith while becoming a full member of the Catholic Church.

UM Small Groups
UM Small Groups are faith sharing groups (particularly in residence halls) that meet once a week and provide a space for you to prayerfully reflect on where God is moving in your life, build authentic relationships, and develop a rich faith that engages the world.

Spirituality is Served
Spirituality is Served offers students the opportunity to come together over dinner to discuss a topic of faith and how it relates to daily life. These dinners are a great way to connect with friend old and new while growing in faith.

Pastoral Care and Counseling
University Ministry offers the opportunity for all students to seek spiritual guidance and/or to spend time reflecting with a wise companion on where God is moving in their lives. One time sessions to help manage a particularly stressful week, as well as regular meeting times (such as once or twice a month) are available. Contact us to setup an appointment.

Graduate Student Programs
Graduate Student Ministry seeks to enhance the spiritual life of graduate and law students. We offer many program to explore one's faith in the context of their education and career, to serve the local and international communities, and to develop community on campus.

Faculty and Staff Programs
Mission and Ministry is committed to supporting staff and faculty in their faith development. We ave numerous opportunities to reflect on and explore one's faith. Each semester there is a Faculty/Staff Prayer Breakfast, Twilight Retreat, and weekly Contemplative Living Group.