Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department
 
Phone: (408) 554-4044
Room number: 317
Courses taught:
TESP 144  Theology and the Law TESP 148  Literature and Theology TESP 153  Catholic Themes in Literature TESP 154  Theology in the Daily News TESP 169  Jesuit Perspectives

Tennant C. Wright, S.J.

Teaching Fellow

Fr. Wright was born in Los Angeles, California. He earned a B.A. from Loyola University in Los Angeles (now part of Loyola Marymount University) in 1949 and joined the Jesuit order the following year in Los Gatos, California. After completing an M.A. in English and Philosophy at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington (1956), he returned to the Bay Area, where he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1962 and completed an S.T.L. in Theology at Alma College the following year. Further studies followed at the University of Chicago Divinity School (1967-1968) and as a student of Zen Buddhism in Japan and Korea (1973, 1977).


Fr. Wright first taught at Santa Clara University in the English Department from 1956-1959. He returned to join the faculty of Religious Studies from 1964-1967, and permanently from 1969 to the present. From 1969, he has split his time between Belize and the United States, spending the summer and occasional Falls in Belize doing pastoral work and teaching at St. John's Jesuit Junior College, and the remainder of the year at Santa Clara teaching courses on meditation, Zen Buddhism, and Catholic themes in the arts and the media.
   

Courses


Courses taught at Santa Clara University
TESP 3   Religious Reflection
TESP 53   Religious Imagination
TESP 54   Meditation
TESP 55   The Catholic Novel
TESP 144   Theology and the Law
TESP 148   Literature and Theology
TESP 153   Catholic Themes in Literature
TESP 154   Theology in the Daily News
TESP 169   Jesuit Perspectives
Academic Appointments

* Senior Lecturer, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University



* Lecturer, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University



* Instructor, Religious Studies/Theology, St. John's Jesuit Junior College, Belize City, Belize Falls

* Instructor, English, Xiamen, People's Republic of China

* Lecturer, English Department, Santa Clara University

Research


Research Interests

* Zen Buddhism
* Relation of the Catholic Church with communism in Nicaragua and Cuba
* Catholic themes in literature

Activities


Activities
Working July to December in Belize, Central America, at St. John's Jesuit College, and at the youth facility for the Belize prison.
Pastoral work in Belize City, Belize (Summer-Fall, 1969-present).

 
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