2014 USD Fact Book

Catholic Identity As a Roman Catholic institution, the University of San Diego believes that faith and reason are compatible, and that true knowledge can only be cultivated in a community that values intellectual freedom, personal development and mutual respect. USD embraces the ecumenical and interfaith teaching of the Second Vatican Council and welcomes students, faculty and staff of every faith tradition, as well as those who don’t identify with a faith tradition. The university’s Catholic identity is manifest throughout the campus through the ongoing consideration of questions of vocation, meaning and purpose; the presence of an active faith community; and a commit- ment to serving others while advocating for a more just, humane and sustainable world. University Ministry provides daily Masses in Founders Chapel as well as a variety of retreats, immersion programs, faith-sharing groups and sacramental preparation opportunities. The Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture articulates the message of the Catholic intellectual tradition through thought-provoking lectures, programs and cultural events. The Center for Christian Spirituality, founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart, provides the greater San Diego community with opportunities to explore and deepen their faith and spirituality. And through the efforts of the Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace & Justice and Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, USD affirms its commitment to addressing issues of peace and justice. Throughout the academic year, University Ministry offers regular liturgical celebrations in Founders Chapel. These include: daily Mass and the Sacrament of Reconciliation; the Mass for Peace each Wednesday evening at 9 p.m.; and the student Masses each Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Additionally, celebrations are offered throughout the year to commemorate special events in the life of the USD community. These include the Mass of Welcome, Mass of the Holy Spirit, Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, Baccalaureate Mass and the All Faith Service. Additional information can be found at www.sandiego.edu/um.



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