Thanks to a donation from the Estate of Rev. Francis L. Markey, the Graduate Programs in Pastoral Ministries has established a new center to expand various programs, workshops, internships, and more.
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.
Francis L. Markey was ordained a priest in 1937. In his occasional musings entitled, Reveries and Recollections, he states, soon after his ordination an “Archbishop targeted me as a reserve army chaplain.” He interned in the Civilian Conservation Corp (C.C.C.) – a program established in 1933 and jointly overseen by the Army and the US Interior Department. The C.C.C. was designed to “douse unemployment among young Americans, and a try at directing idle youth towards refurbishing a mean outdoor.” He notes many of those in the ranks had limited education and opportunity. The C.C.C. provided structure, housing, the ability to complete education, and pay. In short, dignity. Read more.
Rev. Francis L. Markey
Marge Webb envisioned possibilities. A conversation with her was filled with excitement and anticipation. Her personal journey took her through discernment of religious life as a Dominican sister as she completed her bachelor’s degree at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont, and was further developed with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Mary and Jesus in Oakland, earning her MA in Social Work. Her curiosity enabled her to keep pace with her cousin, Fr. Francis L. Markey, in working to raise the visibility of women and the laity in Church, in furtherance of the direction of Vatican II. Upon his death, she was named the executor of Fr. Markey’s estate. Marge turned to Santa Clara University as a partner in ongoing formation of women, as well as the laity. She said “Like her cousin, the Jesuits are dreamers who make a real difference in the world, she says. “They’re not afraid to express their vision.” Read more.
About the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries
Founded in 1983, the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University offers small classes in face-to-face or online blended formats, as well as fully online for those pursuing a MA in Pastoral Ministries. Tailored to students’ ministry goals, the program provides a strong theological foundation to an international body of students. With well over 600 graduates since its inception, the MA program specializes in courses in pastoral ministry, theology, spirituality, lifelong faith formation, and developing skills for ministry and accompaniment. The MA program now has three emphases: Youth and Young Adult Ministries, Restorative Justice and Chaplaincy, and Latina/o Ministries. Learn more at www.scu.edu/pastoralministries.
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