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New rector for the Jesuit community at SCU
Appointed rector by the Very Rev. Peter-Hans Kolvenbach, superior general of the Society of Jesus, Fr. Manuel says that his primary responsibility is “to support and promote the Jesuit community's work of higher education paying particular attention to the universal mission of the Society of Jesus: the service of faith and the promotion of justice.”
Fr. Manuel's appointment also comes at a time when the Santa Clara Jesuit Community is planning a new living space adjacent to the SCU campus that is designed to better meet the priorities of fostering collaboration and dialogue with university colleagues and sharing their Jesuit and Ignatian legacy and tradition. Funding for the new Jesuit residence is a major goal of the current campaign at the university.
“Twenty-five years ago, the Jesuit community numbered about 60-plus Jesuits and Nobili was designed in the traditional cloistered style of that time,” said Fr. Manuel. “Returning Nobili Hall to the university will provide much needed space for classrooms, living spaces, and meeting facilities and also offer the Jesuit community the opportunity to build a smaller but more open and intimate residence."
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