University of San Diego Celebrates 15th Annual All Faith Service

“Gathered in Prayer, Reverencing Creation” is the theme of the University of San Diego’s 15th annual All Faith Service Thursday, Feb. 7 in The Immaculata Church. The service begins at 12:15 p.m.

This year’s theme was chosen with USD’s current campus-wide initiative on sustainability and protecting the environment in mind, said Sister Virginia Rodee, RSCJ, assistant vice president of USD’s Office for Mission and Ministry. Through reflection, song, story telling and chanting, participants will highlight how various faith traditions seek to reverence creation.

This year’s service includes a Muslim call to prayer, a Buddhist chant, a Hindu reflection, an Orthodox Christian chant, American Indian story telling and a Jewish blessing.

This year’s prayer leaders include Luiseno storytellers Cathleen and Chaz Chilcote and Brandon Chilcote Wallace; Christopher Key Chapple, the Navin and Pratima Doshi Professor of Indic and Comparative Theology at Loyola Marymount University; Monsignor Daniel J. Dillabough, USD vice president of Mission and Ministry; Rabbi Susan Freeman, chaplain at VITAS Hospice; Alexander Khalil, an ethnomusicologist and chanter in the Greek Orthodox Church; Rev. Yushi Mukojima, an ordained Buddhist monk and resident minister at the Buddhist Temple of San Diego; and Zaki Zanaid, a businessman and longtime volunteer at the Islamic Center of San Diego.

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.

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 brings 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.