[Mission] [Invitation]

The Mission, and the University that surrounds it, is named in honor of St. Clare of Assisi. It is a reminder that Santa Clara University, like many U.S. colleges and universities, was founded by a religious group, in this case, by the Society of Jesus, a Roman Catholic religious order commonly referred to as the Jesuits. Religious concerns remain today a decisive part of the University's continuing Jesuit tradition.

The Mission points not only to the past but also to the present and the future. Not only a reminder of our history and heritage, it is an active and functioning university chapel as well. It is the site where University students, faculty, staff, and alumni participate in Catholic religious services as well as in services of other faith traditions. It symbolizes Santa Clara University's desire to enhance and deepen - not simply preserve - its religious character.

Currents of change inevitably affect all human associations. Change forces growth and development if associations are to remain true to their founding impulses. As a Catholic, Jesuit university, Santa Clara also faces this imperative.

The contemporary identity of this Catholic University is being forged in an environment different from in the past. The formulation and realization of that identity involves a dialogue among all members of the University community. The Jesuits of Santa Clara offer these web pages to the University community as part of our participation in that crucial and engaging conversation.