Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0335
(408) 551-7153

Location: Kenna Hall

Jean Molesky-Poz, Ph.D.


Jean Molesky-Poz received a B.A. in theology and sociology from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, WI; a M.A. in Educational Psychology from San Jose State University in 1980, and a Ph.D. in the Cultural and Historical Studies of Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in 2000. She joined the Santa Clara University faculty in Winter quarter 2004. Her research inquires into comparative spirituality with a focus on contemporary Maya expressions in highland Guatemala, women in the Catholic community, and emergent interpretations of the charism of Clare of Assisi. Her teaching and writing on Christian spirituality have led her to assist parishes and women?s groups in developing retreats and study groups.

RSOC 33 Maya Spirituality
RSOC 99 Native Spiritual Traditions
RSOC 136 Religion in Latin America
TESP 4 Christian Tradition
TESP 118 Clare of Assisi/Ignatius of Loyola
TESP 176 Nature, Humanity, Spirituality

Selected Publications: (for a complete list, access CV here)
Touching into Common Ground: Native American Spirituality and the Christian Experience. Nostra Aetate Lecture Series. St. Edward?s University Press. 2011.

A Seat At the Table: Conversations on Clare of Assisi. Explore Spring, 2010.

Contemporary Maya Spirituality: The Ancient Ways Are Not Lost. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2006.

?The Dawning of Something Ancient, yet New: Reconciliation and Inculturation at Santa Maria Chiquimula in the Guatemalan Highlands.? In Christianity and Native Cultures: Perspectives from Different Regions of the World. Pullapilly, Cyriac K., Bernard J. Donahoe, David Stefancic, William Svelmore (Eds). Notre Dame, Indiana: Cross Cultural Publications, 2004.

The Form Didn't Fit: Charting New Maps, Illuminating New Spaces, in Reconciling Feminism and Catholicism? eds. Ebest, Sally Barr and Ron Ebest. Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press, 2003.


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