Santa Clara University


Pat Lee, S.J., Ed.D.

Twilight or Dawn: The Nameless

Present Moment in Religious Life


Fr. Pat Lee, S.J. , originally from Crockett, California, entered the Society of Jesus in the Oregon Province in 1969, after graduating from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.  During his course of formation he worked at Bellarmine Prep School in Tacoma, Washington (1973-1975), studied theology at Weston School of Theology and was ordained in 1978.  He completed a Doctor of Education degree at University of San Francisco, with a dissertation studying the case, Pierce vs. The Society of the Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, which led to a US Supreme Court ruling establishing the right for students to attend Catholic / private schools.

Pat has served in the Counseling Department and as Vice President of Mission at Gonzaga University.  He was also Formation Director and Novice Director in the Oregon Province (1992-2004).  During these years he helped many brother Jesuits, in formation and those in ministry, to dream in new ways about their identity as consecrated religious and Jesuits.  He was appointed Provincial Superior of the Oregon Province Jesuits in 2008.  Pat has led his community frankly and spiritually through the recent difficulties related to sexual abuse cases, encouraging his fellow religious and reaching out to victims of abuse.

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