Department ofReligious Studies


  • Beatification of Oscar Romero

    Ana María Pineda, R.S.M. attended the beatification of Oscar Romero last month. Here are her reflections on that momentous event

    The long awaited beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador took place on Saturday, May 23, 2015 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

  • Fr. Salvatore A. Tassone, S.J. Retires

    Salvatore A. Tassone, S.J. came to Santa Clara in 1968 and has taught in the department ever since—47 years! This year, he is retiring from his position as Senior Lecturer.

  • Welcome Roberto Mata

    Dr. Mata specializes in the book of Revelation and its interconnection with a range of ancient topics such as imperial cults, martyrdom, and voluntary associations.

  • AIMES Banquet

    On May 28, a banquet and reception were held in honor of students enrolled in AIMES (SCU’s interdisciplinary program in Arabic, Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies).

  • Sister Helen Prejean Visit

    On April 13, Sr. Helen Prejean visited the department's "Catholic Social Thought" section during the course of her stay for the second annual Dean's Leadership Colloquium.

  • 2015 Spring Reception

    The Religious Studies Department gathered in Adobe Lodge for the annual spring reception on Wednesday, May 20.

  • Beatification of Oscar Romero

    The long awaited beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador took place on Saturday, May 23, 2015 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

  • Fr. Salvatore A. Tassone, S.J. Retires

    Salvatore A. Tassone, S.J. came to Santa Clara in 1968 and has taught in the department ever since--47 years! This year, he is retiring from his position as Senior Lecturer.

  • 2015 Award Recipients

    We would like to honor and acknowledge those religious studies majors and minors who have earned the high regard of the department and the University.

  • Lecture: Fear of a Brown Planet

    Professor Nathaniel Deutsch will be discussing Pan-Islamism, White Supremacy, and the Roots of the 'Clash of Civilization' Debate. May 19, 5PM at Kennedy Commons

  • Celebrating Teilhard de Chardin

    Pioneer in the Dialogue between Religion and Science, Three Free Public Lectures by Dr. Ursula King (University of Bristol, UK)

  • Homeless Census 2015

    Professor Riley volunteers his time gathering data on the homeless in Silicon Valley

  • ISIS Panel

    Religious Studies and Modern Languages & Literatures co-sponsor well attended talk.

  • Faculty Book Review

    Adjunct Professor, Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley, recently reviewed the book about witnessing the El Salvador Jesuit murders, La Verdad by Lucia Cerna and Mary Jo Ignoffo, for Conversations on Jesuit Education.

  • A Legacy of Love and Justice

    The 35th Anniversary of the Death of Archbishop Romero & The 38th Anniversary of the Death of Rutilio Grande, S.J. The commemoration will include poetry reading, art, reflections of their spiritual journey, a remembering of their lives and a celebration of their memory. St. Clare Room SCU Library, 3rd floor

  • Islam's Jesus

    A Lecture by Prof. Zedic Sarioprak Friday, January 30, 2015 4-5:15 p.m. Wiegand Room (Vari Hall)

  • Kinship Across Borders

    Check out Dr. Heyer's latest podcast for the Creighton University Center for Catholic Thought's Catholic Comment Podcast

  • A Legacy of Love and Justice

    On February 9th, 2015, 4:00-5:15pm, at the St. Clare Room, Professors Ana Maria Pineda, RSM and Juan Velasco will commemorate the 34th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Romero and the 37th anniversary of the death of Rutilio Grande, S.J.

  • Not my Life

    On Thursday, January 29, 2015 @ 7:00 PM at the Williman Room for a screening of the documentary "Not my Life" presented by the SCU Human Trafficking Reading, Research and Interest Group.

  • A University is a Social Force

    Check out this article by Fr. McCarthy recalling the killings of 8 people on the UCA campus 25 years ago and how universities can be a force for social justice.

  • Leadership Born Of Struggle and Hope

    In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the assassination of the Jesuits and their collaborators at the Universidad de Centroamerica (UCA) in El Salvador, Bannan Institutes will be hosting a panel with two of our department's very own, Ana María Pineda, R.S.M., and Robert Lassalle-Klein, Ph.D., S.T.L., M.S.W.

  • Congratulations Fr. Crowley!

    Join us in congratulating Paul Crowley for his appointment as editor of Theological Studies. Theological Studies is the most prestigious journal in Catholic theology in the United States and one of the most respected internationally.

  • Search for What Matters

    Luncheon Speakers Series

    Please join us for the "Search For What Matters" Luncheon Speakers Series, beginning with Paul Crowley, S.J. on October 27th at noon!

  • David Pleins' New Book

    Prof. David Pleins has recently published a new book entitled "In Praise of Darwin: George John Romanes and the Evolution of a Darwinian Believer".

  • How and Why We Pray

    See what Elizabeth Drescher has to say about why people pray in a story in Readers Digest.

  • Roundtable Discussion of Game of Thrones

    Come to hear and contribute to an open student-faculty conversation about such topics as gender, history, religion, magic, race, war, disability, empire and more in Game of Thrones.

  • Ethics at Noon: SCU Students & Compassion

    A student panel will discuss compassion in light of their religious traditions, their experience of compassion at SCU, and their ideas regarding the obstacles and ways to further the development of student compassion.

  • At the Ambo

    Check out Dr. Jean Molesky-Poz' essay where she highlights the unique perspective of women preachers.

  • Spider in a Tree

    Exploring the First Great Awakening and its greatest apologist and theologian, Jonathan Edwards, Spider in a Tree touches on religion and slavery and the friction between the roughness of everyday 18th-century life and the life of the spirit.

  • Pizza With The Professors

    Hello RS Majors/Minors, The Pizza with the Professors discussion series will be starting up next week. It will take place here at the RS Dept. Lobby at 5 pm. Pizza and drinks will be served.

  • Father Reites and the Solar Decathlon 2013 Team

    Religious Studies professor Jim Reites, S.J. has once again been working with the SCU's Solar Decathalon team and was featured on KNTV’s "Bay Area Proud" segment for his work with engineering students including the Solar Decathlon Team.

  • Discussion with Reza Aslan

    On Thursday, October 3, Aslan will be on campus, talking about both his NYT best-selling book and his experience on Fox News. The free event will be in Mayer Theatre at 7 PM.

  • Introducing Mark Fusco, S.J.

    In Fall 2017, Rev. Mark P. Fusco, SJ will start as an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies. Although new to this position, Fusco will not be new to the Department of Religious Studies, as he is currently teaching and doing a post-doctoral fellowship at Santa Clara University.

  • Welcome New Faculty

    We are fortunate to have two scholars who recently received doctorates in theology join our faculty this year: Dr. Pearl Barros and Dr. Lynn Jencks.

  • Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley

    Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley is the Director of the Bannan Institutes and Adjunct Lecturer in Religious Studies at Santa Clara University.

  • New book by David Pleins

    Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary by Conceptual Categories: A Student's Guide to the Nouns in the Old Testament

  • Making the Spiritual Path by Walking It

    A recent SCU graduate (2018) and RS Minor Connor Holttum went on a trek along the Pacific Northwest Trail after graduating in the spring, and has an written an article on the spiritual impact of this experience.

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