The University of Saint Francis encourage[s] a trustful, prayerful community of learners who integrate faith with life. As a Catholic, Franciscan university, this necessitates
providing opportunities to practice the faith through participation in Mass, the sacraments, and religious devotions. In recognizing the Eucharist as the most perfect act of
community worship, the university provides Sacred Time to ensure that both student and employee participation is practically feasible, given scheduling limitations and available
Sacred Time is observed between 11:00 am and 11:30 am on weekdays and between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm on Sundays, when Mass is celebrated in the St. Francis Chapel at the Main
Campus. During Sacred Time, on-campus university-sponsored activities – such as classes, labs, meetings with academic advisors or other personnel, co-curricular activities (including
athletic practices), and student leadership responsibilities — are not scheduled for or by students or employees so that all have the opportunity to participate in Sacred Time.
Exceptions for certain classes may be approved by the VPAA. Although University offices do not close during Sacred Time, departments should not schedule meetings and events during
this period of time. Students and employees who choose not to participate in Mass are encouraged to use Sacred Time for individual or communal spiritual, restorative practices. All
employees communicate with their supervisors about Sacred Time participation.