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Christian Life Community (CLC)

Christian Life Community (CLC) is a community of 250+ students, who strive to build a community of friends in the Lord, find God in all things, and discern our callings in life.

 

 

We meet an hour weekly in small groups of 6-10 members to bond, pray, and explore our faith and vocations.  We also gather regularly for large group activities:  social events, prayer services, faith discussions, and service projects.  

We follow the inspiration of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). We share this vision with members of CLC in almost 60 countries around the world. Thus, we are part of a worldwide body of Christian small faith communities.

Here are some questions for reflection in considering joining CLC:
Do you want to...
...form long-lasting friendships?
...grow in your journey of faith?
...share your faith and what is going on in your life with other students?
...deepen your relationship with God?
...discover your passions and calling in life through service? 

 

 

Do you want to be a part of CLC?  We welcome new members throughout the year.  Register here for CLC! For more information, contact Fr. Manh Tran or stop by Campus Ministry.

March 20, 2017

 

Dear Prospective Member of the CLC Executive Council,

Thank you for considering service to the CLC community as a member of the CLC Executive Council (ExCo) next year. We are delighted that you are considering this way of servant leadership.  Below are suggestions that can help you to make a good, prayerful decision.  

  1. Pray:   Spend several occasions within the next few days or so to pray about this possibility.  Here’s one way: After quieting yourself for prayer, ask for the grace of openness and generosity. Imagine yourself being at your favorite place, a place where you feel at home and are receptive. Imagine yourself in Jesus’ presence and serving the CLC community.
  • Notice any feelings that arise, especially those that move you positively or negatively.
  • Ask yourself: What are the genuine needs of the CLC community?  What are my unique gifts and talents?  How is Jesus inviting me to use my gifts to serve the needs of the community?
  1. Read and pray over the “CLC ExCo:  Areas of Responsibility and Empowerment.”  If helpful, talk with a current ExCo member and pray about it.  Then, make a tentative decision.
  1. Apply and be interviewed:  If you feel at peace, fill out the CLC ExCo Application form.  Here are the important dates:  
  • Due date:  Your application is due on or before Saturday, April 15.  
  • Interview dates:  April 10-29.  You need to go through a group interview, which includes Fr. Manh and the incoming President and VP.
  • Notify date:  You will be notified by Monday, May 1, 2017.   
  • Mandatory ExCo Overnight Retreat:  The new ExCo team will have an overnight retreat on May 26-27 (Memorial Day weekend), beginning on Friday at 5pm and ending on Saturday at 9pm.  

Again, thank you for considering service to the CLC community through ExCo.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Fr. Manh: mdtran@scu.edu 310-803-7583.  

United with Christ on Mission,
Manh & the ExCo team




CLC Executive Council

Areas of Responsibility and Empowerment

 Main role:  Building a community of friends, faith, and service through CLC campus-wide events.

General Expectations and Common Responsibilities

  • must have been an active CLC member for at least a year
  • attend ExCo overnight retreat and weekly meetings
  • organize and participate in campus-wide CLC events
  • recruit new ExCo team
  • time commitment:  average 3-5 hours per week (hours may vary according to the time of the year).  Note:  this is a paid position (Salary:  $11.10 per hour)


 
PRESIDENT (this is a CLC intern position, which can be applied to through the Campus Ministry website.  Click here.)

  • Main role:  Support your team and coordinate recruitment of CLC members
  • Work closely with the Vice President to support and empower your team.  E.g., weekly meetings, birthdays, prayer partners, quarterly reflection and outings.
  • Attend to duties as President of CLC Club:  maintain registration and renewals, attend club meetings, ask ASG for funding, reach out to other clubs, etc.
  • Plan and update CLC calendar of events with the Director of CLC as needed.
  • Meet weekly with the Director of CLC to check in, plan, and facilitate ExCo weekly meetings.
  • Coordinate recruitment events and tabling (club fair, info nights, after Sunday masses, etc.).
  • Organize Senior GRADitude night.  

VICE-PRESIDENT (this is a CLC intern position, which can be applied to through the Campus Ministry website.  Click here.)

  • Main role:  Support your team and promote CLC through publicity
  • Work closely with the President to support and empower your team.  E.g., weekly meetings, birthdays, prayer partners, quarterly reflection and outings.
  • Attend to duties as Vice President of CLC Club:  maintain registration and renewals, attend club meetings, ask ASG for funding, reach out to other clubs, etc.
  • Plan and update CLC calendar of events with the Director of CLC as needed.
  • Meet weekly with the Director of CLC to check in, plan, and facilitate ExCo weekly meetings.
  • Treasurer:  manage budget & fundraise for charity ($1,000) and CLC ($1,500).
  • Publicity:  
  1. promote and publicize CLC events through quarter sheet flyers, TV screen, social media, weekly email, church announcements, tabling, personal invitations, etc.
  2. take photos of all CLC events and upload them to facebook and google drive
  3. create slideshows for CLC info nights, Initiation, Leadership retreat reunion, End of the Year Mass & BBQ, etc.
  4. make and sell T-Shirts, sweatshirts, stickers, water bottles, etc.


COMMUNITY BUILDING Coordinators

  • Main role:  to build a community of friends through social events.
  • Organize 2 events per quarter.  Ideas:  BBQ, hiking, Olympic games, Casino night, dancing, bowling, bonfire, etc.  See sample below:
    • Fall:  BBQ, Initiation
    • Winter:  Line Dancing, Casino
    • Spring:  Bonfire, BBQ


SPIRITUALITY Coordinators
           

  • Main role:  to build a community of faith through prayers and discussion.
  • Organize 2 events per quarter.  
    • Fall:  Agape Latte (2x)
    • Winter:  Agape Latte (2x)
    • Spring:  Agape Latte (2x), End of the Year Mass
  • Support:  eXaLT, Sunday meditation, retreat, etc.
     


SERVICE & SOCIAL JUSTICE Coordinators

  • Main role:  to build a community of service and social justice through immersions, weekly service, and quarterly reflection.
  • Organize 2 immersions per quarter:  Ideas:  Luther Burbank School, Homeless Awareness, Hunger Banquet, Tunnel of Oppression,
  • Immigration, etc.  See sample below:
    • Fall:  immersion #1, immersion #2
    • Winter:  immersion #3, Hunger Banquet
    • Spring:  immersion #4, Immigration Mock Border Wall
  • Coordinate weekly service opportunities
  • Coordinate quarterly social and reflection

 

LEADERSHIP FORMATION Coordinators

  • Main role:  to build a community of servant leaders through retreat and formation gatherings.
  • Organize 2 gatherings per quarter
    • Fall:  CLC leadership retreat, CLC leadership check-in
    • Winter:  CLC winter formation, CLC leadership service immersion
    • Spring:  CLC spring formation, CLC appreciation dinner
  • Coordinate bi-weekly formation team meetings to bond, discern, plan
  • Check in with your assigned group leaders once or twice each quarter
  • Visit your assigned groups once or twice each quarter   
  • Email leaders as needed
  • Recruit and select formation team members and group leaders
  • Assemble new/returning members as needed
  • prerequisite:  must have been a small-group leader for at least a year

 
CLC DIRECTOR

  • Main role:  to empower leaders in building a community of friends, faith, and service.
  • Train and support CLC leaders:  ExCo, group leaders, formation team
  • provide resources and plan events:  with ExCo team members as needed
  • meet with:  President and VP weekly and formation team coordinators bi-weekly
  • manage budget and space reservation

 

To apply to be on ExCo, please complete the online application.

March 20, 2017

Dear Prospective CLC formation team member,  

Thank you for considering this important service and ministry as a CLC formation team member next year.  We are delighted that you are considering this way of servant leadership.  Below are suggestions that can help you make a good, prayerful decision:

  • Pray:  Spend several occasions within a week or so to pray about this possibility.  Here’s one way:  After quieting yourself for prayer, ask for the grace of openness and generosity. Imagine yourself being at your favorite place, a place where you feel at home and are receptive.  Imagine yourself in Jesus’ presence and building a community of servant leaders.   
    • Notice any feelings that arise, especially those that move you positively or negatively.
    • What do Jesus and I see the needs of CLC leaders (both ExCo and group leaders)?  
    • What are my unique gifts and talents?  
    • How is Jesus inviting me to use my gifts to serve the needs of the leadership community?  
  • Read and Pray over the “Roles and Responsibilities of a CLC Formation Team” and “CLC Formation Team Application Form.”  Then, make a tentative decision.  
  • Application and Interview.  If you feel at peace with your decision, fill out the “CLC Formation Team Application Form”.  Here are the important dates:
    • Due date:  on or before Saturday, April 15.
    • Interview dates:  April 10-29.  You need to go through a group interview with Fr. Manh and Formation Team coordinators.  We will send you a google CLC formation interview sign up link later.  
    • Notify date:  you will be notified by Monday, May 1, 2017.  
    • New Formation Team Day:  Sat, May 20 | 10:30-1pm  (lunch included)                                                                              


Thank you for considering this invitation from within, which is ultimately from God.  Please feel free to contact Fr. Manh
mdtran@scu.edu with any further questions.

 

United in Mission,
Formation team and Fr. Manh Tran, S.J.

(Meghan Daly, Nicole Jewett, Anna Whitehouse, Maddie Anderson, Jerard Madamba, Laura Kastilani, and Fr. Manh Tran)




Roles and Responsibilities of CLC Formation Team

Main role:  to train and support (cp) servant leaders

General Expectations and Common Responsibilities

  • Has been an active group leader for at least one year  
  • Attend bi-weekly meeting:  to bond, discern, plan
  • Coordinate CLC leadership retreat and 5 leadership formation gatherings
  • Check in with our assigned group leaders once or twice per quarter (usually about 2 or 3 groups)
  • Visit our assigned groups once or twice per quarter
  • Recruit and select group leaders
  • Assemble new/return members
  • Time commitment:  3-5 hours per week (hours may vary according to the time of the year)

Small group leaders facilitate small group meetings. Please read below to discern whether this is something you would be interested in doing. Applications are available and interviews are conducted during spring quarter.

 Thank you for considering this important service and ministry as a CLC small group leader. Below are suggestions that can help you make a good, prayerful decision: 

  1. Pray: Spend several occasions within the next few days or so to pray about this possibility. Here’s one way: After quieting yourself for prayer, ask for the grace of openness and generosity. Imagine yourself being at your favorite place, a place where you feel at home and are receptive. Imagine yourself in Jesus’ presence and leading a small CLC group.
    1. Notice any feelings that arise, especially those that move you positively or negatively.
    2. Ask yourself: What do Jesus and I see the needs of SCU students? What are my unique gifts and talents? How is Jesus inviting me to use my gifts to serve the needs of the community?
  2. Read and Pray over the “Roles and Responsibilities of a CLC Group leader” and “CLC Group Leader Application Form.”
  3. Make a tentative decision. Consider your time and energy for this coming year. If you have a potential co-leader in mind, talk to her/him about the possibility. Converse about the kind of group you both would like to lead. If you do not have a potential co-leader in mind, this process will be discussed in your interview.
  4. Application and Interview. If you feel at peace with your decision, fill out the “CLC Group Leader Application Form." Here are the important dates: 
    • Due date:  your application is due before or by Sat, April 30.  
    • Interview dates: May 1-20.  You need to go through a group interview with Fr. Manh and the formation team.  
    • Notify date:  you will be notified by Monday, May 23.    
    • CLC leadership retreat (mandatory): Sept 30—Oct 2, 2016.                                                                      

Thank you for considering this invitation from within, which is ultimately from God. If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Manh Tran mdtran@scu.edu.

United in Mission,
Formation team and Fr. Manh Tran, S.J. 

Roles and Responsibilities of CLC Group Leaders

Main role: The main role of the CLC group leaders is to care and empower CLC members discover and live out their personal vocations through weekly meetings.  

General Expectations 

  • Be a member of another CLC group (besides the one you lead)
  • Attend CLC leadership retreat and 5 leadership formation gatherings
  • Check in with your formation team member once per quarter for guidance and support
  • Coordinate and facilitate your small group weekly meetings
  • Time commitment:  average 3-5 hours per week (hours may vary according to the time of the year) 

Specific Responsibilities:  Each group leader strives to grow, empower, and participate.     

  1. Grow in your own Journey of Faith 

          Striving to practice what you preach in the Ignatian way of caring for the whole person (Cura Personalis). You are willing to do first what you ask of those whom you are privileged to serve. Concretely, this means in living out the CLC Way of Life by: 

    1. Attending weekly meetings with the group that you are members of,
    2. Praying regularly (esp. Awareness Examen),
    3. Going on a Campus Ministry Retreat as retreatant once a year,
    4. Attending Sunday Worship,
    5. Engaging in community service regularly,
    6. Striving to live with integrity. 

       2. Empower your group Members 

Overseeing all the activities involving your small groups as both spiritual animators and coordinators of meetings. You realize this by: 

    1. Coordinating and facilitating your group weekly meetings. Planning each meeting according to the CLC mission and guidelines. Fostering an atmosphere of openness and trust through attentiveness to each member
    2. Leading your CLC group in a community service project once per quarter  
    3. Inviting your group members to attend CLC events
    4. Empowering and calling forth the baptismal gifts of group members for service and leadership

       3. Participate in CLC Leadership Formation and Events

Serving as a bridge between your group members and the campus-wide CLC community. You accomplish this by:

    1. Attending CLC leadership retreat and 5 leadership formation gatherings
    2. Meeting with your assigned “Guide” or formation team member once or twice per quarter for guidance and support
    3. Communicating with your assigned “Guide” or Fr. Manh about changes in your small groups (meeting day, time, location, etc.)
    4. Participating in CLC campus-wide events regularly

To apply to be a CLC leader, please complete our online application.

  • Fr. Manh Tran SJ

    Director of CLC

    I came to the U.S. when I was fourteen. Since then I lived in southern California during my high school and college years until I joined the Jesuits in 1993. During my Jesuit formation, I had opportunities to study Philosophy at Loyola University of Chicago and Theology at the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. I also had opportunities to work with abused women and children, the sick, the homeless, inner-city children in Chicago, and prisoners at San Quentin. I taught religious studies and music at Brophy College Preparatory in Phoenix. After being ordained in 2004, I worked as a Campus Minister with a focus on Christian Life Community (CLC). Now I’m here at Santa Clara University to rejuvenate the CLC program. I enjoy hiking, biking, playing soccer and basketball, playing guitar, and watching movies.

Are you too busy to pray?  What if 5 minutes a day with God changes your life and relationship with God?  Prayer means spending time and talking with God.  As in human relationship, we can’t grow and love someone without spending time to know and grow in relationship with the person.  Visit our Campus Ministry Prayer and Meditation Page for different ways to pray.  

 



“The foundation of CLC formation is the conviction that God calls each of us to a personal vocation, which reveals itself in our deepest inclinations and our most authentic desires.” CLC Charism I

Online Resources:
3 key questions for vocation discernment
Discerning My Personal Vocation
Discernment in Decision Making

Books:
Hearing with the Heart: A Gentle Guide to Discerning God’s Will in Your Life by Debra Farrington
A Sacred Voice Is Calling by John Neafsey
Let Your Life Speak: Listening for the Voice of Vocation by Parker J. Palmer
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
The Discerning Heart by Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au



 

“We are particularly aware of the pressing need to work for justice through a preferential option for the poor and a simple life style which expresses our freedom and solidarity … by opening hearts to conversion and struggling to change oppressive structures.”
CLC General Principles 4 and 8

Volunteer Tutors needed:
Mon-Fri 3:30-4:30 pm Luther Burbank Elementary School
Want to make a difference? Break the cycle of poverty by volunteering for only one hour a week. If you are interested sign up here. Contact Mckenzie Bright or Ethan Ayson for more information.

Online Sources
7 themes of Catholic Social Teachings
Justice for Immigrants
Laudato Si: Care for God's Creation
Jesuit Advocacy USA
Voting Guidelines: Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship
Ignatian Solidarity Network

Visit our CLC Resource page which contains downloadable PDFs of the CLC small group meeting curriculum.

March 20, 2017

Dear Prospective CLC Group Leader,

Thank you for considering this important service and ministry as a CLC small group leader.  Below are suggestions that can help you make a good, prayerful decision:

  • Pray:  Spend several occasions within the next few days or so to pray about this possibility.  Here’s one way:  After quieting yourself for prayer, ask for the grace of openness and generosity. Imagine yourself being at your favorite place, a place where you feel at home and are receptive.  Imagine yourself in Jesus’ presence and leading a small CLC group.
    • Notice any feelings that arise, especially those that move you positively or negatively.
    • Ask yourself:  What do Jesus and I see as the needs of SCU students?  What are my unique gifts and talents?  How is Jesus inviting me to use my gifts to serve the needs of the community?      
  • Read and Pray over the “Roles and Responsibilities of a CLC Group leader” and “CLC Group Leader Application Form.”
  • Make a tentative decision.  Consider your time and energy for this coming year. If you have a potential co-leader in mind, talk to her/him about the possibility. Converse about the kind of group you both would like to lead.  If you do not have a potential co-leader in mind, this process will be discussed in your interview.
  • Application and Interview.  If you feel at peace with your decision, fill out the “CLC Group Leader Application Form.”  Here are the important dates:  
    • Due date:  on or before Saturday, May 6.  
    • Interview dates:  May 8-26.  You need to go through a group interview with Fr. Manh and the formation team.  
    • Notify date:  you will be notified by Tuesday, May 30.     
    • CLC leadership overnight retreat (mandatory):  September 29-30, 2017.   

                                                                               

Thank you for considering this invitation from within, which is ultimately from God.  If you have any questions, please contact Fr. Manh Tran: mdtran@scu.edu.

United in Mission,
The Formation Team and Fr. Manh Tran, S.J.






Roles and Responsibilities of CLC Group Leaders

 

Main role:  to care for and empower CLC members to discover and live out their personal vocations through community, spirituality, and service.  

General Expectations

  • Be a member of another CLC group (besides the one you lead)
  • Attend CLC leadership retreat and 5 leadership formation gatherings
  • Check in with your assigned formation team member once per quarter for guidance and support
  • Coordinate and facilitate your small group weekly meetings
  • Time commitment:  average 3 hours per week (hours may vary according to the time of the year)

Specific Responsibilities:  Each group leader strives to grow, empower, and participate.    

  • Grow in Your Own Journey of Faith

Striving to practice what you preach in the Ignatian way of caring for the whole person (Cura Personalis).  You are willing to do first what you ask of those whom you are privileged to serve. Concretely, this means living out the CLC Way of Life by:

    1. Attending weekly meetings with the group you are a member of
    2. Praying regularly (esp. the Awareness Examen)
    3. Going on a Campus Ministry Retreat as retreatant once a year
    4. Attending Sunday Mass or Worship
    5. Engaging in community service regularly
    6. Striving to live with integrity
  • Empower Your Group Members
    Overseeing all the activities involving your small group as both spiritual animator and coordinator of its meetings.  You realize this by:
    1. Coordinating and facilitating your weekly group meetings.  Planning each meeting according to the CLC mission and guidelines.  Fostering an atmosphere of openness and trust through attentiveness to each member.
    2. Leading your CLC group in a community service project once per quarter
    3. Inviting your group members to attend CLC events
    4. Empowering and calling forth the baptismal gifts of group members for service and leadership
  • Participate in CLC Leadership Formation and Events
    Serving as a bridge between your group members and the campus-wide CLC community.  You accomplish this by:

 

    1. Attending CLC leadership retreat and 5 leadership formation gatherings
    2. Meeting with your assigned formation team member once or twice per quarter for guidance and support
    3. Communicating with your assigned formation team member or Director of CLC about changes in your small group (meeting day, time, location, etc.)
    4. Regularly participating in CLC campus-wide events