University of San Diego Celebrates 14th Annual All Faith Service

“Gathered in Light: Cultivating Peace” is the theme of the University of San Diego’s 14th annual All Faith Service Thursday, Feb. 8 in The Immaculata Church on the USD campus. The service begins at 12:15 p.m.

The service of prayer and song is an annual event which brings together in prayer the leaders of faith communities, faculty, staff, students, alumni and friends. “With divisions so evident in our world the need for peace is very great,” said Sister Virginia Rodee, assistant vice president of USD’s Office for Mission and Ministry.


“Prayer is a way for all religions to overcome divisions and to build peace,” she said. “At the World Day of Prayer for Peace in Assisi in 1986, Pope John Paul II welcomed leaders of all faiths to be together in prayer. In this same spirit we gather at USD today. We pray  that our minds may be filled with light, and our hearts be open to the call to peace.”


Lewis Lancaster, president of the University of the West and a Buddhist scholar, will give a reflection on the theme of this year’s service.


A Muslim call to prayer, a Christian hymn, a traditional Hindu dance and a closing Jewish prayer will all be part of this year’s celebration.


The service begins with a procession of students carrying flags from more than 50 countries.


Other principal participants in the service include Rev. Monsignor Daniel Dillabough, USD Vice President for Mission and Ministry; Rabbi Susan Freeman; Neha Patel, Zaki Zanaid and the USD Founders Chapel Choir.


The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The establishment of the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies will bring the University’s total number of schools and colleges to six. Other academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences and the schools of Business Administration, Leadership and Education Sciences, Law, and Nursing and Health Science.



About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Pamela Gray Payton
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