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A Christmas Message From Fr. Engh

Dear Alumni Family,

“And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, …to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son." Luke 2: 4-7
This is the time of year when Christians celebrate the miraculous event of the birth of Jesus Christ to the Virgin Mary. The Gospels tell the familiar narrative of Joseph caring for his pregnant wife, of Mary giving birth to the Son of God, and of the shepherds journeying to the manger to pay homage to the newborn King.  

We see in this image of a brave mother, a humble father, and a helpless infant the images and life stories of people all around us.  It is in the humanity of neighbors known and unknown where we can discover the face of God who sent Jesus to redeem the world.  During this Christmas season we reflect on God’s great love for us and see it manifested in the lives of our own holy families and the holy family of all humanity.

Celebrated at this time also is the Jewish Festival of Lights, Hanukkah, which will take place
Dec. 9-16. Hanukkah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after the Jews of Judah triumphed over their oppressors. For Jewish people around the world, these days recall that the light of justice and peace that will triumph over the darkness of conflict and injustice.

In many faith traditions, light symbolizes the best of who we are and hope for blessings to come. This holiday season I pray that with your family and friends you experience the peace, joyful living, and unconditional love that God wishes for all of us. May this also be a time for us to see the face of God in those who suffer illness, injustice, and economic insecurity, and to respond as members of the same family. At Christmas Mass, I shall remember the Santa Clara community, thanking God for all of you and asking God’s blessing now and throughout the new year.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.

Alumni News

Recognize Heroes

Nominations Due: Friday, Dec. 7

The association annually honors the many unsung heroes who make a difference in the world but whose good works often go unnoticed. Your recommendations are needed for the Ignatian Award; Louis I. Bannan, S.J. Award; and Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. Award. Read more about each award and submit your nominations online »

All recipients will be honored at the Alumni Anniversary Awards Celebration on April 27, 2013.

Become More

View SCU's latest video which communicates the essence of SCU’s distinctive educational experience. The theme of the presentation, “Become More,” references the Jesuit philosophy of Magis, which calls upon each of us to do more, to become more, and to make the world a better place. The video will be shown during televised broadcasts of SCU basketball games this winter.

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Austin 3rd Annual Holiday Happy Hour

6 PM | pelon's

A festive celebration of the holiday season with fellow Broncos.





St. Louis Holiday Reception

6 pm | home of Barry cervantes '75

Gather with local Broncos for some Holiday Cheer.





First Friday Mass and Lunch

12:05 PM | mission church and donohoe alumni house

Join us for Mass, lunch and friendly conversation.





Los Angeles AFO - Tutoring in Downey

9am | st. matthias high school

Help 8th graders prepare for the Catholic high school exam. 





New York 3rd Annual Holiday Reception

8pm | west 3rd common

Connect with fellow Broncos over holiday food and drink. 



Visit the Alumni Online Event Calendar
for additional regional, AFO, and association events.

Remember SCU in Your Holiday Giving and support the leavey challenge

This holiday season, please consider a gift to Santa Clara in support of today's students and campus programs. Your donation will have added impact with the Leavey Challenge: SCU will receive $1 million from the Thomas and Dorothy Leavey Foundation if 9,000 undergraduate alumni make a gift of any size to any program this school year. Give to a program that matters most to you, whether it's the Santa Clara Fund, your major, or the Alumni Family Scholarship. Donations postmarked or made online by Monday, Dec. 31 may be eligible for tax deductions in 2012. Make a Gift Today »

University News

take a moment to say congratulations

"Once I started calling people, it got way easier and I was able to get through them quickly. The experience made me very nostalgic."
- a 2009 graduate and NSC volunteer

Get involved with the New Student Calling Program to share your     SCU experience with admitted students, help with questions, or to        simply say, "Welcome to SCU" through a quick call or email.               Sign up Today»  

mexico mission trek

april 14-20, 2013

Join other Jesuit-educated alumni for a global immersion program sponsored by Seattle University's Magis: Alumni Living the Mission. Mission Trek aims to build a community experience for a group of alumni who will engage in a short-term service project to build a home side-by-side with a family in Tijuana. The application deadline is       Dec. 20. If you are interested and want more information, contact Magis Assistant Director, Maria Ochoa at or         206-296-2635. 

the opposite of fate: memories of a writing life

What inspires a person to create? Taking cues from her life and reflecting on the nature of creativity, best-selling author Amy Tan explores the events that made her a writer as she comes to SCU on Jan. 17 for the President’s Speaker Series.

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