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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.

World Day of the Sick - Volunteers

USC Caruso Catholic Center students will have the honor of serving as greeters and hospitality ministers at the World Day of the Sick Mass at the Cathedral in DTLA. On Saturday, February 9 we'll all meet at the CC at 10:30 a.m. We will be welcoming and assisting those who are sick and those who care for them. This includes people from all over our city and even from our Trojan family. If you'd like to participate, email Abbie!

2019 Catholic Trojan Retreat

We invite you to come reestablish relationships, relax your body, rejuvenate your spirit, and renew your mind at the Catholic Trojan Retreat on January 25–27, 2019, at the beautiful and historic Mission San Luis Rey Retreat Center in Oceanside. Make the Catholic Trojan Retreat an annual event for you throughout your years at USC. This year’s Catholic Trojan Retreat II will be full of mystery, surprises, and amazing encounters with Christ.

If you have any questions about this retreat, please email Tricia. You may also sign up by visiting our Upcoming Retreats page.

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. 

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.–5:00 p.m. To sign up for this retreat, contact Fr. Greg.

SCatholic Youth Initiative Sign Ups: Tutoring & Sports Coaching at Catholic Schools

Interested in tutoring youth or being a sports coach at a local Catholic elementary school? Join the Catholic Center’s SCatholic Youth Initiative program! Catholic children in our community need extra help in math, science, and reading. If you are interested in the program, please contact Sara via email

We will have an information session on Sunday, February 10 at 11:00 a.m. at the Catholic Center followed by a required VIRTUS session at noon.

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.

Lourdes Service Pilgrimage - Summer 2019 Information Session

Join us on this service pilgrimage to Lourdes in July 2019. Information sessions will take place after each mass on Sunday, January 20. Dates of travel are July 6-16, 2019, and the cost is $2,000. Scholarships are available. Contact Rosie Chinea Shawver via email if you have any questions, or come to the information session!

Theology on Tap: Sex and Love

Attention, grad students and any student over 21! Come on out for free food, beer, and great conversation on Tuesday, January 29 at 7:00 p.m. Sister Val Roxburgh will lead this month's topic of sex and love. Come out and hear more about Sr. Val's experiences while engaging in an intimate topic. Contact Maddie via email with questions.

Savior Series - Restore: Truth

Join us on Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. in the church for our first savior series! 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. All are welcome for a night of praise and worship, inspired word by impactful speakers, and traditional and contemporary prayer that will convict you to center your life on Christ. Fr. Greg Vance, SJ will be leading this wonderful evening. "Anyone who seeks truth seeks God, whether or not he realizes it." - Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.

Savior Series - Restore Dates:

  • Restore: Truth - Thursday, January 31 - Speaker: Fr. Greg Vance, SJ
  • Restore: Beauty - Thursday, February 21 - Speaker: Michelle Benzinger
  • Restore: Goodness - Thursday, February 28 - Speaker: Chika Anyanwu

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 the welcome table after mass or by contacting us via email

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.

Detention Ministry

On the first Sunday of every month, we will meet at the Catholic Center at 7:00 a.m. to carpool to a local juvenile detention facility where we will have a faith-sharing session with those in the facility. You must be 21 or older to volunteer. Contact Anthony to learn how to get involved!

Spiritual Gifts Workshop

What am I called to do with the gifts that God has given me? How am I to use these gifts in my profession, in the Church and the world?

Knowing your spiritual gifts can help you know God’s will for your life. If you are wondering, “What do you want me to do Lord?” you will want to discover your spiritual gifts. God is calling you to a unique purpose in life, a work of love that only you can do. Discern your charisms (spiritual gifts) and begin to discern God’s call. Come and discover these charisms in you!

Join us the for a one day retreat on Saturday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Cost is $10. 

For more questions, please email Fr. Greg.

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.

Give Back to the CC with Amazon Smile!

The Catholic Center is officially a recognized non-profit on Amazon Smile! What does that mean? When you go to and select Our Savior Parish, USC Caruso Catholic Center as your non-profit of choice, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the CC!