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Markey Center

Welcome to the Markey Center for Leadership and Ministry


The Markey Center for Leadership and Ministry supports the continuing education, collaboration, and outreach of the Graduate Programs in Pastoral Ministries (GPPM) at Santa Clara University through leadership and ministry formation programs focused on the needs of parishes, wider communities, and those most vulnerable. Responding to the needs of the communities where the GPPM has the pleasure to offer our programs, as well as the needs of broader communities, which cry out for servant leaders and compassionate outreach, the Markey Center will provide programs and support for ministry and leadership to meet those needs. The Center will offer opportunities for those already serving others and those beginning their interest in ministering with others. The Center will be a resource seeking to build and accompany inclusive and just communities.


“The Estate of Rev. Francis L. Markey has been a tremendous blessing to the GPPM,” says Joseph Morris, the program director. “It provides resources and opportunities to take what is offered and studied in the classroom out into parishes and communities through programs, workshops, internships, and spiritual opportunities that all seek to model and enflesh the servant leadership of Jesus. We could not do any of this without the generosity of the Rev. Markey Estate.”

Janice Thornburg has joined the Markey Center as its first Director. She brings 15 years of parish pastoral leadership, over 20 years of experience in parishes in children’s and youth formation, as well as those inquiring into the Catholic faith through the Rite of Initiation of Adults (RCIA), and over 25 years leadership experience in nonprofit and for-profit corporations. Janice has taught for the GPPM. She received an MA in Pastoral Ministries from the GPPM in 2012 and is currently working on the completion of a DMin in Congregational Development from Bexley Seabury.


New Markey Center for Leadership and Ministry broadens SCU’s Pastoral Ministries Graduate Program

Thanks to a donation from the Estate of Rev. Francis L. Markey, the Graduate Programs in Pastoral Ministries is establishing a new center to expand various programs, workshops, internships, and more. Read the press release