USD Mass for Pope Francis and Panel Discussion

With the historic announcement of the election of the first pope from the Americas, the University of San Diego will celebrate a Mass of Thanksgiving for Pope Francis on Tuesday, March 19 at 12:15 p.m. in Founders Chapel. The Mass takes place the day of the formal installation of the Holy Father in Rome.

The media is welcome to attend the Mass.

Also on Wednesday, there will be a panel discussion, “Priorities for the New Pope: What Does the Church Today Need Most?” The discussion will take place from 12:15 to 2 p.m. in the Manchester Auditorium. Panelists will include: Todd Salzman, professor of ethics at Creighton University and a USD alumnus; Susie Babka, USD assistant professor of Theology and Religious Studies; Andrew McMillin, USD associate university minister; Bernard Kelly, a Spiritan priest and former missionary; Elizabeth Loomis, Sister in the Society of the Holy Child Jesus; and Thomas Reifer, USD associate professor of sociology.

The panel discussion is free and open to media and the public.

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.