Message from the President

Thank you to the many members of the Alumni Family who sent me their good wishes on the election of Pope Francis. His commitment to social justice is a blessing for the Church and for the Society of Jesus. We shall be praying for our new pope, especially the poor among us who hold a special place in the Holy Father’s heart.

Many presidents of the Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States, along with the Superior General of the Society, Adolfo Nicolás, posted messages of good will for Pope Francis when the announcement was made. For a summary of the postings, visit the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities website

One of the special qualities of our new Pope is his forthright attitude of solidarity with the poor. In a few weeks’ time, he has shown the world his genuine and devout concern for the weakest and the forgotten in our world. In his homily at the installation Mass, Pope Francis spoke of his responsibility to serve and that “the Pope too…must enter ever more fully into that service which has its radiant culmination on the Cross. He must be inspired by the lowly, concrete and faithful service which marked St. Joseph, and, like him, he must open his arms to protect all of God’s people and embrace with tender affection the whole of humanity.”

As leaders in our families, in our communities and in our workplaces, we can take inspiration from Pope Francis during this month of service when our Alumni Association invites us to help others in need. Service is a long-held tradition at Santa Clara and has become an integral part of our commitment to social justice, particularly through Alumni for Others. Throughout April, if you are able to volunteer on a community service project or with a local service organization consider giving of your time to make a difference in the lives of others. By making service a part of our lives, we can once again put our Santa Clara values and ideals into action, alongside our Jesuit Pope.


Michael E. Engh, S.J.