Spirituality

Office of Spirituality (Campus Ministry)

Julie Billiart

Sister Julie Billiart
Foundress of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

Mission Statement

Guided by the spirit of the Sisters of Notre Dame, the Office of Spirituality seeks to honor the many religious traditions and spiritual paths in our community by providing diverse opportunities for tending the sacredness in ourselves, each other and the world, and work and learn collaboratively with community partners to bring about a more just society and positive social change. We are a community of students, staff and faculty who work together to support this vision.

Liturgies and Programs

*All opportunities are open to all students. Students of all spiritual, religious and cultural backgrounds are welcome.

Sunday Student Mass

Masses are at 7 p.m. on Sundays in the chapel (next to the gym). We welcome student participation in all aspects of the liturgy. Students are invited to help plan liturgies and to serve as a Eucharistic Minister, lector, greeter or member of the music ministry team.

Retreats

The Office of Spirituality offers retreat programs for all students throughout the academic year. In the Fall, a Busy Person's Retreat and the Fall Student Retreat take place. The Busy Person's Retreat is on campus and students, faculty and staff can meet one time per day for a week with a spiritual director for retreat and reflection. The Fall Student Retreat takes place over a weekend with students going to a Bay Area retreat center for two nights for a time of prayer, reflection and building community with other NDNU students. A confirmation retreat takes place in the spring for students who will be confirmed and a retreat is also planned for students who are attending alternative spring break programs.

Volunteer/Service Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities are planned throughout the year. The Office of Spirituality typically offers one day opportunities for students to volunteer and engage with our community partners at the Half Moon Bay Catholic Worker, Habitat for Humanity, local schools, soup kitchens and more. Students have the opportunity to meet the people at these sites, be involved with the work of our community partners and reflect on their experiences.

Students in circle on groundIndividual Spiritual Direction

Individual Spiritual Direction is offered by the Office of Spirituality. This is a practice of sitting with another and making time and space in one’s life to talk about one’s life story, discerning how God is working in one’s life and/or where and how one is being called. Some people come for spiritual direction regularly on a monthly basis and others come for a shorter period of time if they have had a major change happen in their life or the life of a loved one, an important decision to make, or simply need a listening ear and safe space to share their story. Please contact Amy Jobin in the Office of Spirituality if you are interested in receiving spiritual direction at ajobin@ndnu.edu or call 650-508-3167.

Sacraments

Have you received some but not all of the sacraments? Have you thought about receiving the Sacraments of Eucharist or Confirmation? The Office of Spirituality will be offering sacramental preparation again in the Spring 2014 semester. At that time, there will be classes and retreats to prepare students who would like to receive the Sacraments. To register or for more information, contact Amy Jobin at ajobin@ndnu.edu.

Groups

Young Christian Students

This group meets weekly for Faith Sharing, Bible Study and Praise and Worship. This group is facilitated by students, for students, with students leading prayer, singing, music, reflection on scripture, and sharing about life in the context of the Christian Faith. If you would like to get involved, please contact Tricia Robateau at trobateau@student.ndnu.edu.

Center for Spirituality Interns

A team of six student interns works with the Office of Spirituality Staff to assist in meeting the spiritual needs of the NDNU community and creating opportunities for the students to engage in liturgy and prayer, social justice, spiritual growth programs, and foster a deeper understanding of the Notre Dame Hallmarks. Students on the team are asked to serve for a minimum of one year and to have a desire to grow spiritually in their own life. Persons of all faith and spiritual traditions are invited to apply to become a part of the team. To inquire about becoming an intern, contact Diana Enriquez at denriquez@ndnu.edu.

Upcoming Events

Events calendar

Contact

Office of Spirituality
Located in the Chapel Annex

Amy Jobin
Director of Spirituality
650-508-3761
ajobin@ndnu.edu

Amy Jobin is a lay Catholic chaplain and the director of the NDNU Office of Spirituality. Amy’s earliest roots are in the Micronesian Islands where she was born and following this, she grew up in Wisconsin and Illinois. Amy trained for ministry at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley, CA where she completed a master's degree in theological studies with a focus on Christian spirituality and the Beguine way of life. After finishing this degree, Amy completed three units of Clinical Pastoral Education Chaplaincy training at Sequoia Hospital in Redwood City, CA. In addition, Amy trained in spiritual direction for two years at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago, IL, and completed a certificate in this program.

From 1999-2001, Amy lived in Gros-Morne, Haiti in community with the Sisters of the Religious of Jesus and Mary, and worked with young adults for reforestation and with local community members to open a retreat and education center. Amy has a special interest in women’s issues around faith and spirituality, the process of discernment and understanding call, and how young adults understand their faith and spirituality and how this informs their life. Amy enjoys hiking California’s many amazing trails, making meals with friends and finding yet another used book store.