Two new Jesuits on board

by Steven Boyd Saum |

John P. Koeplin, S.J.

Courtesy Roger de la Rosa, S.J.

Associate professor of accounting in the School of Business and Management at the University of San Francisco.
Fr. Koeplin was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 1991. He is a certified public accountant and holds a B.A. in accounting from San Jose State University, an M.A. in divinity and theology from the Regis School of Theology, an MBA in taxation from Golden Gate University, and a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of North Texas.

Gilbert Sunghera, S.J.

Photo by Will Crocker

Assistant professor of architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy and director of UDM Liturgical Space Consulting Service.
Fr. Sunghera holds a B.A. in social ecology from the University of California, Irvine; a master of architecture from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; a master of divinity from the Jesuit School of Theology, Berkeley; and a master of Sacred Theology from the Institute of Sacred Music, Worship, and the Arts, Yale University.

Winter 2014

Table of contents


Rise up, my love

There are the sanctuaries built for worship—and that carry beauty and grace for all to see. Then there are the improvised places of faith, perhaps more subtle in how they speak to the wonder worked there.

The chaplain is in the House

With the way things have gone recently in Congress, looking to the heavens for some help and guidance might seem like a very good idea. In fact, that’s what Pat Conroy, S.J., M.Div. ’83 is there to do.

Welcome to Citizenville

Who published the one book on government in 2013 that conservative firebrand Newt Gingrich told all true believers that they should read? Well, the author is now lieutenant governor of California. Before that, he was mayor of San Francisco. That’s right: It’s Gavin Newsom ’89.

Mission Matters


Women’s soccer wins the West Coast Conference championship.

Patent trolls, beware

The White House has brought on SCU’s Colleen Chien, a leading expert in patent law, as senior advisor.

A sight of innocence

George Souliotes went to prison for three life sentences after he was convicted of arson and murder. Twenty years later, he’s out—after the Northern California Innocence Project proved he didn’t do it.