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Worship & Spiritual Growth



Weekly Schedule of Prayer & Meditation:


Reconciliation, 7:00 p.m., Fr. Bob's OfficeAnyone 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 ChapelAll 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

ELS Bible Study, 4:00 p.m., Siena Center

Dharma Eye Zen, 7:00 p.m., Veritas Interfaith CenterWe 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, 9/30, 10/7, 10/14, 10/21., Veritas Interfaith CenterMindfulness 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.

Ripple Effect,  8:00 p.m., Siena Center.  Join with other students to reflect on the gospel reading for the upcoming Sunday.  This is an opportunity for students to relate gospel stories to events that are happening in their own lives.


Catholic Mass, 12:15 p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel

Centering Prayer, 12:45 p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa ChapelCentering 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.

 San Rafael Meditation Group (Vippassana Buddhist Meditation), 7:00 p.m., Veritas Interfaith CenterIf 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.

ROOTS Bible Study Group, 8:30 p.m., Siena Center


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,10/24, 11/14, 12/19, Veritas Interfaith CenterWe 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


Green Sangha, 3rd Saturday of every month, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Siena CenterGreen 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.


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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.  Jan. 25, 2015

 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--Tuesday--8:00 P.M., Siena Center

If interested, contact Lianni Castro

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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The Liturgical Choir assists in the Eucharistic celebrations of the University. The choir meets on Sundays at 6:00 p.m. and sings during the 7:30 p.m.  Sunday celebration as well as special celebrations throughout the year.

Liturgical Ministries

Students, Faculty, and staff are encouraged to fully participate in liturgical and spiritual services. Shared ministries include:

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  • Lectors
  • Musicians/Cantors
  • Events Planning / Coordinating
  • Hospitality / Gatherings

If you are interested in assisting, please contact Lianni Castro

Mass of the Holy Spirit

The Mass of the Holy Spirit is the annual celebration to ask for the Spirit to bless the academic year. The Mass is celebrated at the beginning of the academic year, and is open to everyone of all faiths. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Board of Trustee members participate in this annual tradition. Mass of the Holy Spirit is held in the St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel. 


Rosh Hashana & Yom Kippur

Dominican celebrates Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, during the first semester. The services are led by Rabbi Henry Shreibman, and are open to all members of the Dominican community. Yom Kippur, the day of Atonement service.sketch6.gif

Kol Nidre: Oct. 3, 6-9p.m., Veritas Interfaith Center

Yom Kippur: Oct. 4, 10 a.m.-12:00 p.m., & 6-8 p.m., Veritas Interfaith Center

Alumni Christmas Mass

sketch8.gifA traditional Christmas celebration is the annual Alumni Christmas Mass. This Mass is celebrated during one of the Sundays of Advent. Alumni join together with students, with seniors as their special guests, to celebrate the season. Dec. 13, 3:00 p.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel



Alumni Reunion Mass

Alumni Reunion is traditionally held in April of each year. On the Saturday of Alumni Weekend, alumni gather with students to begin the day with a Mass of Remembrance. During the Mass, alumni who passed away over the last year are remembered in a special way. April 25, 2015, 10:00 a.m., St. Catherine Benincasa Chapel

Baccalaureate Mass

The Baccalaureate Mass opens the Commencement ceremonies at the end of the academic year. sketch4.gifThe Mass, planned and led by members of the graduating classes is held at St. Raphael's Church in downtown San Rafael. Graduates, families, faculty, and staff of the University join together in prayer to celebrate the completion of individuals' journeys and the resulting achievement of a long-sought goal. May 15, 2015, 3:00 p.m., St. Raphael's Church, San Rafael.

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