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Spiritual Growth






Weekly Schedule of Prayer & Meditation:


Friends Meeting, 10 a.m., Veritas Interfaith Center

  • Silent Sitting-Friends believe that if they wait silently upon God there will be times when God will speak to them n the heart.  The silent Meeting of Friends is therefore the sacrament of communion with God during which Friends lay themselves open to the leading of the spirit.
  • Reconciliation, 7:00 p.m., Fr. Bob's Office
    • Anyone wishing to receive the sacrament of Penance is welcome to come (2nd Floor of Edgehill Mansion)
  • Catholic Mass, 7:30 p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel
    • All are welcome to raise your voices in songs of worship, listen to the scripture readings of the week and to participate in Eucharist.



    • Catholic Mass, 12:15 p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel
    • Dharma Eye Zen, 7:00 p.m., Veritas Interfaith Center
      • We begin a traditional Zen meditation lasting 35 minutes followed by a short Buddhist service.  Tea and meeting each other is then followed by a "dharma talk" by one of the teachers.  If you can come a few minutes early you can also receive instructions in meditation known as "zazen."  Our teacher is Steve Stucky who is the current Abbot of the San Francisco Zen Center. 


    • Catholic Mass, 12:15 p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel
    • Mindful Meditation Class, 4:30-6:30 p.m, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21., Veritas Interfaith Center
      • Mindfulness involves deliberately bringing our attention to the present moment, to gain an awareness of our thoughts and feelings in order to develop a sense of compassion for ourselves and others.  Developing Mindfulness helps us to find calm and tranquility in our relationships and a greater capacity for focus on study, work and leisure.  Registration is necessary for participation in this class.  Call Fr. Bob Haberman, 415.485.3207.


    • Catholic Mass, 12:15 p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel
    • San Rafael Meditation Group, 6:45 p.m., Veritas Interfaith Center
      • If you live in the San Francisco Bay Area and are interested in meditation, please consider this gathering led by Rick Hanson, PhD, along with occasional guest teachers.  There are usually 40 to 50 people, with a nice mixture of seasoned meditators and people with less experience, all in an atmosphere that is friendly and focused.  Newcomers are always welcome.  "Early-bird" meditation begins at 6:45 p.m., with formal instruction at 7:00, break at 7:30, and talk and discussion from 7:40 to 8:30 p.m.
      • Centering Prayer, 5:30 p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel
          • Centering Prayer is a method of silent prayer that prepares us to receive the gift of contemplative prayer: prayer in which we experience God's presence within us, closer than breathing, closer than thinking, closer than consciousness itself.
        • Ripple Bible Study, 8:00 p.m., Edgehill Village 122


          • Catholic Mass, 12:15 p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel
          • Ripple Effect Bible Study, 6:45, Siena Center
          • Sufi Zikr Circle, 8-10 p.m, 8/15, 9/19, 10/24, 11/14, 12/19, Veritas Interfaith Center
            • We come together to sing and dance our prases of Unity and Being and to experience our divine nature.  Through prayer in motion, cultivating joy, community, and peace, we seek to awaken our embodiment of the essence of the Only Being.  We share in circle dances, drawing from diverse religious traditions--including the practice of sufi zikrs--which support us in our quest for realization and service.  The Dances of Universal Peace and Zikr Circle are body centered spiritual practice using movement, sacred chant, and music.


          • Holy Hour for Peace, 11:30 P.M., Lourdes Convent Chapel
          • Catholic Mass, 12:15 p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel
          • Ripple Bible Study, 7:15, Siena Center


          • Green Sangha, 3rd Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Siena Center
            • Green Sangha is dedicated to restoring our sense of oneness--healing ourselves, our community and the earth through mindful practice and awakened action.  Our activities include environmental educational outreach to businesses, social organizations, and schools; advocacy to reduce plastic pollution, restorations projects such as clean-up and habitat repair, and the annual summer Teen Environmental Leadership Academy.  We begin with gentle yoga, followed by meditation, then read together a mindful, inspiring passage about social change, reflecting upon Green Sangha principles of activism.  Meetings often include a guest presentation, followed by earth-friendly potluck snacks and shared letter writing action.


          Fall Semester


          sunset.gifFreshman & New Student Get-Away Days: Sept. 6, 2014 

          Time for new, first year students to meet one another and learn about Dominican from continuing students. Issues covered:  relationships, peer pressure, roommates, making friends, developing your spirituality.


          Leadership Training Retreat:  Aug. 11-13, 2014

          Fall Retreat (Bolinas):  Annual Fall Retreat with at the Dominican Sisters' Retreat House, Bolinas, open to all members of the Dominican Community.  Sept. 12-14, 2014.

          Moon Light Walk:  Tennessee Valley, Sept. 9, 9:00 p.m.


          Spring Semester

          Freshmen and New Student Get Away Days:
          • Freshmen Get Away Day (TBA)

          Student Leadership Day:  Day for student leaders from Campus Ministry, ASDU, Residence Life, and Ambassadors to come together for goal setting for the second semester.  (TBA)

           Spring Retreat (Bolinas):  Annual Spring Retreat open to all members of the Dominican Community, held at the Dominican Sisters Beach House in Bolinas.  Feb. 6-8, 2015

          Senior Get Away Day:  Retreat for Seniors   May 2, 2015

          Busy Person's Retreat:  Apr. 13-17, 2015

          Ripple Effect: Small Faith Communities


           Faith Communities are small groups of students (from 3 to 7) who gather each week to read, reflect, and respond to the weekly scriptures from the upcoming Sunday Mass.  Although we use the Catholic Lectionary, students from all faiths are welcome to come together to share common values, concerns and support from fellow students.

          In reflecting on the gospel reading of the upcoming Sunday, we learn together how to incorporate gospel values into our lives as college students, young adults, and people of faith.

          Ripple Effect Bible Study--Wednesday--8:00 P.M., (TBD)

          Ripple Effect Bible Study--Thursday--6:45 P.M., Siena Center

          Ripple Effect Bible Study--Friday--7:15 P.M., Siena Center

          If interested, contact

            Bible Study


            Various opportunities are available for Bible study.  Study can be done in organized groups, or done individually.  The Campus Ministry Office provides material for those who are interested in scripture study.  Organized groups include:

            • ESL Bible Group: Mondays, 4:00 p.m., Siena Center
            • ROOTS Student Fellowship:  Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.--Veritas Room
              • Contact:  Twitter @RootsMarin
            • Ripples Bible Study:  See information above

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            Many students desire to receive the sacrament of Confirmation while they are attending the University.  Classes are held during the academic year which help to prepare the student for the reception of the sacrament.  At the end of the preparation, students can elect to receive Confirmation in their home parish, or at a special liturgy on Pentecost Sunday in the Cathedral of Mary our Queen, San Francisco.

            Classes:  Sunday, 6:00 p.m., Siena Center  Contact: Sr. Christina Atienza, OP

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