Sacred Time

The University of Saint Francis “encourage[s] a trustful, prayerful community of learners”[1] who “[integrate] faith with life.”[2] As a Catholic, Franciscan university, this necessitates providing “opportunities to practice the faith through participation in Mass, the sacraments, [and] religious devotions.”[3] In recognizing “the Eucharist as the most perfect act of community worship,”[4] the university provides Sacred Time to ensure that both student and employee participation is practically feasible, given scheduling limitations and available resources.[5]

Sacred Time occurs between 11:30 am and noon on weekdays and between 9 and 10 pm on Sundays, when Mass is celebrated in the St. Francis Chapel at the Main Campus. During Sacred Time, regardless of participation, no on-campus university-sponsored activities are scheduled for or by students or employees. This includes but is not limited to classes, labs, meetings with academic advisors or other personnel, co-curricular activities (including athletic practices), and student leadership responsibilities. Although University offices do not close during Sacred Time, departments should refrain from scheduling 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 personal spiritual practices, in keeping with their respective traditions.

[1] Franciscan Value no. 2 of the University of Saint Francis: http://www.sf.edu/about-usf/mission/
[2] St. John Paul II, Ex corde Ecclesiae: On Catholic Universities (Vatican City: Typis Polyglottis Vaticanis, 1990), sec. 38.
[3] United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, The Application of Ex corde Ecclesiae for the United States (Washington, DC: USCCB, 2000), art. 4, sec. 5.a. Also see: art. 6, sec. 2.
[4] St. John Paul II, Ex corde Ecclesiae, sec. 39.
[5] e.g., The University of Saint Francis employs one priest who celebrates one Mass daily and one Mass on Sundays during the fall and spring semesters.