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Religious Studies department

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Religious Studies Majors and Minors: Save the Date!
Religious Studies Reception will be held on May 25th, 2011 at 5:30pm in the Adobe Lodge. See you there!

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Department Highlight: New Chair Announcement!


After six years of wise, generous and inspired leadership, Fr. Paul Crowley is stepping down as Chair. I know how many of the alumni and alumnae remember him fondly and I am sure you will wish to send him your own personal thanks. The department had a surprise Thank You party on Wednesday, March 16, and love the department feels for Fr. Crowley was as sparkling as the champagne with which he was toasted. In stepping into those very large shoes, I know I can count on the experience, good will, and insight of the faculty, and of course, Vicky's always sage and sane guidance and support. As you all know too well, no one can replace Paul, but I hope that as chair I can model his ability to unleash the creative energy of the department. Let's continue the journey of the Spirit together.

All the best,
Gary Macy"

The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries offers master's degrees in Catechetics, Pastoral Liturgy, Catholic Education, Spirituality, and Liturgical Music.  The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries has an online application.

The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, located in Berkeley at the Graduate Theological Union, works closely with the Department of Religious Studies in the coordination of academic programs, and maintains an office in Kenna Hall. For more information about JST-SCU, please see

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Professor Gary Macy is appointed Department Chair of Religious Studies



John Nobili, S.J. Professor Gary Macy has been appointed as the next chair of the Religious Studies Department, effective Spring quarter 2011.  Professor Macy has taught at Santa Clara since 2007 in areas of medieval theology and ritual practice, arenas in which he has published prolifically for decades.  Stay tuned for an interview with the new chair in the spring edition of Perspectives. Congratulations, Professor Macy!
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