University Ministry

The University Ministry Center strives to nourish, support and challenge the faith development of all members of the USD community. Through diverse partnerships across campus, University Ministry works to foster an intellectual environment in which USD students’ academic and social development is amplified through complementary spiritual growth.

Persons of all religious traditions and those still searching for their religious identity are invited to take part in University Ministry’s liturgies, programs, activities and services. In addition to a vibrant Roman Catholic sacramental life, University Ministry offers immersion trips, local service opportunities, retreats, small faith-sharing communities, pastoral counseling and companionship, scripture study and all-faith services.

All of the center’s programs are designed to empower students, staff, faculty and alumni to:

  • Build a faith community
  • Develop a mature faith
  • Educate and work for justice
  • Nurture personal development
  • Cultivate leadership for church and society
  • Form a Christian conscience

Those interested in learning more about the Catholic Church or preparing for the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Eucharist and Confirmation) may take part in programs presented from mid-September through May. Likewise, University Ministry staff members are available to assist in preparation for marriage in Founders Chapel, The Immaculata, or in another Catholic church.

The USD community gathers in prayer each Sunday evening for Eucharistic liturgies in Founders Chapel at 7 and 9 p.m. During these vibrant celebrations the campus community is renewed and refreshed for the on-going work of finding God in the midst of study, work and play.

For more information on our center, please visit us in the University Center, Room 238, call (619) 260-4735, or go to