A new dean for the Jesuit School of Theology

by Deepa Arora |
New dean: Thomas Massaro, S.J. Photo by Frank Curran

Santa Clara’s Jesuit School of Theology welcomed a distinguished moral theologian and ethicist as its new dean on July 1: Thomas Massaro, S.J., who comes to the graduate school’s Berkeley campus from Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry, where he taught as a professor of moral theology.

Fr. Massaro is the author or editor of five books, a regular columnist for America magazine, and a sought-after public intellectual. He lectures frequently on the moral evaluation of public policies regarding domestic and international issues such as foreign policy, anti-poverty efforts, and globalization. His teaching interests include Catholic social ethics, theories of economic justice, sociology of religion, and the history of Christian political thought.

In coming to JST, he says, “For decades, it has been preparing men and women for learned ministry in a distinctive way, one that is culturally aware and intellectually rigorous. What a privilege it is to help prepare Catholic lay and religious leaders for tomorrow’s church.”

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Fr. Massaro takes the leadership baton at JST from Associate Professor of Systematic Theology Kevin Burke, S.J., who played a key role in the integration of the school into Santa Clara University in 2009. JST, in turn, is central in the University’s commitment to serving as a national and international leader in theological study and service to the wider Catholic community.


Spring 2014

Table of contents


Radiant house

Building a house for the 2013 Solar Decathlon. That, and changing the world.

Américas cuisine

Telling a delicious tale of food and family with chef David Cordúa ’04.

Lessons from the field

Taut and tranquil moments in Afghanistan—an essay in words and images.

Mission Matters

Carried with compassion

The Dalai Lama’s first visit to Santa Clara.

Farther afield

Building safer houses in Ecuador. Research on capuchin monkeys in Costa Rica. Helping empower girls in The Gambia. And this is just the beginning for the Johnson Scholars Program.

What connects us

The annual State of the University address, including some fabulous news for the arts and humanities. And the announcement of Santa Clara 2020, a new vision for the University.