Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

Society of Jesus

Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam

About The Society of Jesus and the Jesuits

In 1540, St. Ignatius Loyola and his first companions founded a new type of Catholic religious order: the Society of Jesus, or Jesuits for short. Recognized for their missions, schools and formative way of praying known as the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius, Jesuits and their co-workers embody a religious lifestyle and mission attuned to finding God in all things. The integration of contemplation, action, and intelligence for which Jesuits are famous permeates every aspect of the Jesuit School of Theology.

Jesuit Philosophy
SCU Experience - Jesuit Philosophy
“Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evenings, how you will spend your weekends, what you read, who you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love and it will decide everything.”
—Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.