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The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

The Ignatian Center exemplifies and activates the Jesuit, Catholic character of Santa Clara University.
We encourage our students, faculty, staff, and community to embrace Jesuit wisdom by inspiring awareness, thought, reflection, discernment, and action.


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Mission Week

On Mission In Solidarity

This past November, the Division of Mission and Ministry hosted Santa Clara University's inaugural Mission Week. This week-long celebration of the SCU's mission centered on its Jesuit roots and brought together staff, faculty and students from across the University. As we look back at the many events and gatherings that comprised the week, it is clear that this is what mission looks like at SCU.

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Making an Impact - Here, There, and Everywhere

Stories of Impact

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We are so proud of and excited for this graduating class of Ignatian Center student leaders. Whethere they served as Fellows, Immersion Coordinators, or front desk assistants, we are confident that they will use their passion and dedication to make the world a better place.

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This past Spring Break the Ignatian Center hosted 9 Faculty & Staff on an Immersion to Kino Border Initiatives on the US/Mexico Border. One of the staff participants, professional photographer Charles Barry, captured the spirit of the week-long trip, as documented in this video.  

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When the Ignatian Center launched Thriving Neighbors in 2013, the goal was to help ensure that all children from San Jose's Greater Washington neighborhood finish high school prepared for post-secondary education. 8 years later, that vision is coming to fruition.

Sustainable SCU

Leading Through Laudato Si'

Inspired by the Pope's encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home, the Center for Sustainability and Division of Mission and Ministry are embarking on the expansive planning process to set SCU's goals and strategies for building a more humane, just, and sustainable world through 2030. Our environmental justice and sustainability work over more than a decade have made this moment possible. SCU's mission grounds our shared commitment to caring for our common home and all those who share the earth with us. Sustainable SCU will help us chart a course to make a difference.



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Last Spring, the Ignatian Center co-hosted a workshop for ministers, staff, and administrators in Catholic parishes and diocese led by Julie Hanlon Rubio (JST) and Paul J. Schutz (SCU), which presented new research on factors contributing to clergy sexual abuse and assess their implications for Catholic institutions.