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Upcoming Events

As one of the largest Catholic student organizations at USC, we offer a variety of intellectual programs, service opportunities, and fellowship activities for you to participate in. When you participate and share your talents with us, you become an integral part of our Trojan Catholic Family tapestry.

CC Night at the Grove!

Join us on Friday, February 22 at 6:00 p.m. (meet at the CC)! Sign up today to attend our CC Night at the Grove! We'll meet at the CC to carpool and then drive over to the Grove to explore and have dinner at Maggiano's Little Italy. If you can't meet to carpool, you can meet us at Maggiano's at 7:00 p.m. instead. This event is free and dinner is included! So grab a friend and register today. If you have questions, please contact Monica by email.

God in the Qur'an with Dr. Jack Miles & Dr. Amir Hussain

This event is on Thursday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m. in Newman Hall. Who is Allah? What makes him unique, and what does he ask of those who submit to his teachings? Pulitzer Prize-winning author and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and MacArthur Genius Grant, Jack Miles, has raised those questions and more in his latest book, God in the Qur’an (2018). Setting passages from the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament, and the Qur’an side by side, Miles points out what is unique about Allah, his teachings, and his temperament, and in doing so eliminates that which is false, distorted, or simply absent from popular conception of the heart of Islam. As part of the Tom and Julie Condon Lecture Series, Miles, a Christian scholar, and Dr. Amir Hussain, a Muslim scholar and professor of theological studies at Loyola Marymount University, will discuss the issues considered in God and the Qur’an. After their dialogue, they will take questions from the audience. Have questions? Visit the IACS website.

Savior Series - Restore: Beauty

At Our Savior Parish, we desire to restore what is true, good, and beautiful. In our first Savior Series we will explore how we are called to restore truth in the world, our church, and within ourselves. It's a night of praise and worship. We are going to hear inspired word by some amazing, impactful speakers. There will be traditional and contemporary prayer that will convict you to center your life on Christ. Wow! All are welcome. Michelle Benzinger will lead our second Savior Series: Restore evening. Have questions? Contact Tricia via email

"I wish to create a church so beautiful that it would move even the hardest heart to prayer." - The unknown architect of Glastonbury Abbey

Savior Series - Restore Dates:

  • Restore: Beauty - Thursday, February 21 - Speaker: Michelle Benzinger
  • Restore: Goodness - Thursday, February 28 - Speaker: Chika Anyanwu

Discipleship Spiritual Mentoring

The purpose of the spiritual mentoring program is to provide USC students and alumni with an experienced spiritual guide who can accompany them on their faith journey. If this sounds like something that interests you, please contact Sr. Kathy.

Catholic Women's Residence

The CC and the Order of the Company of Mary direct a residence for Catholic women, approximately a 10-minute walk from campus. Monthly rent will be around $900 and covers utilities and Wi-Fi! For more information, please contact Sr. Kathy.

Blessed Brunch

Ever heard of Blessed Is She? Blessed is She is a Catholic women’s community committed to deepening a life of prayer starting with daily scripture devotionals and supportive sisterhood. We begin with the word of God, and grow as sisters as we share our hearts. We believe in beauty pointing toward the divine, and we strive to live a Eucharistic life. At USC Caruso Catholic Center, we want to offer the female students an opportunity to gather for a monthly blessed brunch. A blessed brunch is a simple brunch that will be after the 10:00 a.m. Mass at Our Savior in the library. Bring an empty stomach, an open heart, your Bible, and a desire for female sisterhood. The rest God will provide. All are welcome to join us for our February blessed brunch on Sunday, February 24 at 11:00 a.m. Have questions? Contact Tricia.

Liturgy Training's

The liturgy team is hosting several training's throughout the months of January and February to train students and community members who want to engage further in Mass! This includes positions like lector, Eucharistic minister, and much more. They will be on select dates after 1:00 p.m. For more information, please email Paulina.

Catholic Success Coach

We have a new Catholic success coach at the CC, and her name is Kim Dalius! She will be leading three types of free programs with us beginning in spring of 2019:

  • One on Ones: Every Tuesday and Wednesday from 6:00–8:00 p.m., Kim will be meeting with students (by appointment only) to talk through any success coaching they might need.
  • Small Group: Every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. at the Catholic Center. There will be many topics, such as stress management, goal setting, and building self-esteem.
  • Coaches Corner: Do your friends come to you seeking advice on relationship issues? Do you notice that your friends are not eating right, not sleeping, and stressed out? Do you want to help them? Join us for Coaches Corner every Wednesday at 8:00 p.m. to learn some skills on success coaching.

For more information on any of these programs, please contact Kim via email. To sign up for any of the programs, visit this website.

E-Board Applications 

Want to serve God and the Catholic community at USC in a deeper way? Apply for the student executive leadership board! Applications will be available Sunday, February 3, 2019. Deadline for your application, resume, and cover letter is Sunday, February 24, 2019.

All are welcome to come out to one of our information sessions and find out more about the different positions on the board! The sessions will be on Sunday, February 3 at 11:30 a.m. after the 10:00 a.m. Mass, and Monday, February 4 at 7:30 p.m. Both sessions will be in the upstairs library. If you would like to go but cannot make it to one of the sessions, please contact Alexis or Angela.

For more information and to access the application, reach out to Rosie via email. If you want to apply but are not sure how your gifts fit the ministry, join us for a one-day spiritual gifts workshop on Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. To sign up for this retreat, contact Fr. Greg.

Bishop Barron at the CC

"The best way to lead people to Christ is to capture people with the beautiful, then enchant them with the good, and then lead them to the true." - Bishop Barron

In tandem with our Savior Series of: RESTORE, we at the Catholic Center invited Bishop Robert Barron, from Word on Fire Ministries, to come and speak about the synod on young adults held at the Vatican. Bishop Barron, one of the synod delegates, will discuss talk about the synod process and how it will affect ministry to young adults around the world. 

All are welcome for this event on Monday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m. Questions? Contact Rosie via email.

Blessed Brunch

Join us on Sunday, January 20 at 11:30 a.m. in the CC library! This is an opportunity for all female students to gather for a monthly brunch as part of Blessed is She. Bring with you an empty stomach, an open heart, your bible, and a desire for female sisterhood. The rest God will provide.

Never heard of Blessed is She?

Blessed is She is a Catholic women’s community committed to deepening a life of prayer starting with daily scripture devotionals and supportive sisterhood. We begin with the word of God and grow as sisters as we share our hearts. Please contact Tricia via email with any questions about this event. 

Future Dates:
February 24, March 24, and April 28.

SCatholic Youth Initiative - In Need of Volunteers

The goal of the SCatholic youth initiative program is to strengthen the academic achievement and personal growth of at-risk, inner-city students. The program does this through the provision of community volunteers in a safe and supportive environment. Any and all are welcome if you need service hours. If you would like to help with any of these activities, please contact Sara via email.

Small Groups

A small group is a group of three or more individuals that meet once a week. We have groups for freshmen, men, women, grad students, Greek Life, athletes, and more! Find a group that fits you by stopping by and filling out the Spring 2019 small groups form.

Homeless Ministry

USC homeless ministry provides students the opportunity to serve those who are without homes on Skid Row through empowering outreach. Students will meet in Newman Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesdays and head directly to the St. Vincent de Paul Cardinal Manning Center. Students will get to know the homeless through packing sack lunches, serving dinner, and bringing encouragement and friendship to patrons at the CMC. The group will head back to campus at 7:30 p.m. For more information, contact Joseph via email.

Spring Silent Retreat

In our prayer lives, do we spend too much time talking to God, as though by multiplication of words we could attract God's attention to our prayers? How often do we quiet ourselves and really try and let God speak to us? This Silent Retreat, beginning on Friday March 29 and ending on Sunday March 31, is your opportunity to listen for God's voice in your heart and life. Students who have made this retreat in the past enter the experience with a lot of nervous energy, but by the end of the weekend, they all are craving more silence in their lives! You will be given plenty of opportunity to relax and sleep, as well as to speak with an individual Spiritual Director, who will help you tailor the experience to your unique needs. Don't let the fear of not talking keep you from this amazing experience of sacred silence! Note that we will be leaving from Long Beach on Friday morning, in order to travel to USC's beautiful facility on Catalina Island! Prices: early bird - before February 28 $50, March 1, $75. Have questions? Please email Fr. Greg.

Busy Trojans Lenten Retreat

Attention, Trojans! We know how busy your life can be! This Lent, the USC Caruso Catholic Center is offering a directed retreat specially tailored to fit your busy schedules--the Busy Trojan's Lenten retreat. This is a retreat that will help you spend time with God during this important liturgical season.

The Busy Trojans Retreat will begin on Ash Wednesday, March 6 and end Sunday, April 28. 

Each week you will have an opportunity to meet with your spiritual director -- a priest, brother, sister, or other Catholic layperson trained to offer such direction -- for 30-60 minutes. You can meet in person or via video chat. Your spiritual director is a person who will walk with you through the Word, listening with you for the movement of the Holy Spirit and where the Spirit is leading you as you come to know God more intimately. 

In addition to the meeting with your director, we also ask that you devote 30 minutes or more in personal prayer each day and, as your schedule permits, attend Mass on weekdays at 12:10 p.m. or 5:30 p.m. at the USC Caruso Catholic Center.

Please complete and submit the registration form on or before Sunday, March 9 to reserve your spot on the 2019 Busy Trojan's Lenten Retreat. Know that spots for this retreat are limited and they will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

There is no fee for this retreat. Have questions? Contact Sr. Kathy by email.