16th Annual All-Faith Service Marks Start of USD's 60th Anniversary

The University of San Diego’s annual All Faith Service this Thursday, Jan. 29, will mark the start of the university’s 60th anniversary celebration. The service begins at 12:15 p.m. in The Immaculata Church on the USD campus.

“Celebrating Religious Diversity” is the theme of this year’s 16th annual service that brings together students, staff and faculty from the USD community in prayer and song.

This year’s service also marks the start of the celebration of USD’s 60th anniversary. In 1949, the state of California granted official charters to the San Diego College for Men, the College for Women and the School of Law which were merged in 1972 to form the USD of today.

The year-long celebration will feature events throughout the year to honor the university’s six decades of unparalleled success in the advancement of education, intellectual development and community stewardship. The celebration culminates in November with the black-tie Founders Gala.

This year’s All Faith Service includes a Native American call to prayer, a Buddhist chant, a Hindu dance, a Christian hymn, a Jewish blessing and a reflection by a local imam. USD students also will offer prayers from their respective faiths.

“Each year the All-Faith Service is a wonderful occasion to gather the entire campus community in prayer and to welcome leaders of faith communities,” said Sister Virginia Rodee, assistant vice president for Mission and Ministry.  With this year’s theme of diversity, “we have the opportunity to appreciate these differences even more profoundly.”
The University of San Diego is a Catholic institution of higher learning chartered in 1949; the school enrolls approximately 7,500 undergraduate and graduate students and is known for its commitment to teaching, the liberal arts, the formation of values and community service. The inauguration 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, Law, Leadership and Education Sciences, 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.