Spring 2016 Newsletter
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Dear all,
I wish you a joyous and happy 2016 with this poem by Howard Thurman, an African-American theologian, educator and civil rights leader.  It is a reminder that the mystery of the Incarnation is a year round celebration and, in a way, that Christmas never ends.  The Center for Christian Spirituality at USD begins the work of Christmas with three programs this spring to engage the sacramental imagination, utilize the tools of Ignatian Spirituality to work for justice, and seek guidance from St. Francis and Mary on our Lenten journey.  I hope you can join us.
Erin Bishop
   Center for Christian Spirituality

Now the Work of Christmas Begins
When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among brothers,
To make music from the heart.

-Howard Thurman

"Seeing Into the Middle of Things: On Being a Catholic Writer"
Ron Hansen, Fiction Writer

Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00pm
The University of San Diego
Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall (MRH)
Free and open to the public.

Ron Hansen is a world renowned novelist, screenwriter and essayist.  His faith and his fiction are intimately tied together in a dual vocations of writer and ordained deacon in the Catholic church.   He will speak about how seeing into the middle of things is both the joy and obligation for all of us who consider ourselves attuned to the various signatures of God in the world.

Hansen is the author of numerous novels and short story collections, including Mariette in Ecstasy, Nebraska, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and most recently, A Wild Surge of Guilty Passion.  He is also the author of A Stay Against Confusion: Essays on Faith and Fiction.  


Co-sponsors include the Department of English, and the Frances G. Harpst Center for Catholic Thought and Culture.

Dessert reception and book signing to follow.

Additional event:
Cropper Reading with Ron Hansen
Friday, March 4, 2016 at 7pm
Warren Auditorium, Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
Free and open to the public


A Faith that Does Justice: A Series in Ignatian Spirituality
with Peter Gyves, SJ

March 21-May 2, 2016 (7 Sessions)
Mondays form 6pm-8:10pm
All sessions will be held in Maher Hall, Room 205
Cost: $50
Registration deadline is March 1st
Register online at

Explore this deep spiritual tradition with Peter Gyves, a Jesuit priest and pediatrician by training.  Learn the powerful tools of Ignatian discernment and prayer that can help you join in God's desire to transform the world into one that is more responsive to the needs of all of God's people.  People from all faith traditions, as well as those who claim no particular tradition, are welcome.


Mary and Francis of Assisi: Close Companions on a Lenten Journey

Michael Higgins, TOR  (Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside)

Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00pm
The University of San Diego
Salomon Hall, Maher Hall
Free and open to the public

The Center for Christian Spirituality is pleased to welcome The Franciscan Vision Series from their usual location at the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside.  This talk will present insights for your Lenten journey on the unique way St. Francis revered Mary.



The Center for Christian Spirituality is partially funded by an endowment established by the Society of the Sacred Heart.  If you, or someone you know, would like to contribute financially to our work and mission, please contact Erin Bishop
Have an idea for a speaker or event?  We welcome your suggestions on topics of importance to you, topics pertaining to the spiritual development of peoples and that meet the mission of the Center. We seek to program for the spiritual journey based on the needs and desires of our community at large.
Hospitality Volunteers:  If you are planning on coming to an event and would like to help offer hospitality, we are always in need of a few volunteers.  Please contact Sandee Gutiérrez

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5998 Alcalá Park, F186F
San Diego, CA 92110

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