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Graduate Program inPastoral Ministries

Coming in the Fall

Youth and Young Adult Ministries Emphasis

in the MA in Pastoral Ministries


Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries

Tuesday, March 2nd at 6:30 PM

Please join the conversation on why the accompaniment of youth and young adults is critical in the church at this time at this free online webinar. 

Our panelists Julia Claire Santos, Deacon Kevin Staszkow, and Brenda Noriega, GPPPM ’19, along with facilitator John Rinaldo, GPPM ’12, have a wealth of experience engaging youth and young adults in many settings across the local, state, and national landscape. The registration form can be found by clicking on the image below.

This will be a “sneak peek” into the new Youth and Young Adult Ministries emphasis that will be offered in the Fall of 2021 in the MA in Pastoral Ministries. For more information click here.

Youth and Young Adult Ministries Free Webinar March 2 at 6:30pm

The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at SCU seeks to transform hearts and lives through the engagement of theology and ministry for competence, conscience, and compassion in accompanying others. We are excited to announce that in the Fall of 2021 we are offering a new emphasis in Youth and Young Adult Ministries. There are currently two other emphases available in Latina/o Ministries and Restorative Justice and Chaplaincy along with the general MA degree with no emphasis and the Diaconate Education program.  


Julia Claire Santos Biography

Julia Claire Santos (M.Div. '06) serves as the Associate Director for Campus Ministry at Santa Clara University. "JC" has served in a number of different roles at Santa Clara: Campus Minister for Retreats, Resident Minister, and Campus Minister for Residence Life and Graduate Students. A lifelong Catholic with 20 years of study and 16 years of service at Catholic institutions, JC's ministry at Santa Clara has brought her into ongoing formation in ecumenical, interfaith, and intercultural engagement with young adults. She serves as a suicide intervention trainer and is passionate about working with young people around matters of identity, mental health, sustainability, wellbeing, peace and justice. Julia Claire loves the line from the prophet Isaiah as a foundation for ministry and discipleship: "See! I am doing a new thing! Now it springs forth! Can you not perceive it?" (43:19). She lives in Santa Clara with Lewis, her husband, “Mama Lucy,” her mother-in-law, and their dog, Old Man Will: a massive German Shepherd and delightfully crotchety and sweet old dude.

Brenda Noriega Biography

Brenda Noriega is a young minister committed to accompaniment and evangelization. She has been serving God’s people and influencing her community from an early age at the parish, diocesan, regional and national levels. Brenda earned a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Ministries from Santa Clara University. Brenda collaborates in multiple national and international committees representing young people, including the International Youth Consultative Body for the Dicastery of Laity and Family Life and the National Advisory Board for Young Adult Ministry. In her current professional role as Mission Educator-Promoter with Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers, Brenda forms and accompanies young people developing their leadership skills to become missionary disciples practicing their Christian values in their daily life.

Deacon Kevin Staszkow Biography

Deacon Kevin Staszkow is a deacon at St. Lawrence The Martyr Catholic Church, in North Highlands, CA, and Director of the Offices of Youth & Young Adult Ministry and Family & Faith Formation for the Diocese of Sacramento. Deacon Kevin has also served youth, young adults, and families at several parishes in the Diocese of Oakland and the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Deacon Kevin holds a BA in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a MA in Pastoral Ministry from Holy Names University. Kevin lives in Roseville, CA with his wife, Paula, and daughters, Rachel & Sarah.

John Rinaldo Biography

Dr. John Rinaldo is an Adjunct Lecturer at Santa Clara University for the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries teaching classes on evangelization, discipleship, and ministry to young people. He has served in various ministry roles for over 20 years. He earned his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in leadership and organizational development from the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, as well as a Master of Arts degree in Pastoral Ministries, (MA ’06), from Santa Clara University.

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