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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.

Jesuit Education for Life

This past Spring Break, the Ignatian Center's Immersion Program sent students to Appalachia, the Arizona Border, Dominican Republic, and Redwood Monastery. These vastly different experiences resulted in a shared passion to do more. Whether it's a continued fight for immigration rights or a renewed sense of self-care and reflection, these students are well on their way to living out their Jesuit education for life.

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The Bannan Legacy

On March 23, SCU's historic home for alumni was renamed the Bannan Alumni House, in honor of Louis Bannan, S.J. and the entire Bannan family. The Bannan Family's affiliation with SCU is something near and dear to the heart of the Ignatian Center, which was originally named the Bannan Foundation for Christian Values in 1982. We continue to honor this SCU family legacy through our Bannan Forum programming.

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SCU in the Community

This academic year, the Ignatian Center's Arrupe Engagement placed 997 SCU students with 45 community partners, facilitating community-based learning opportunities that underscore SCU's commitment to justice and solidarity with marginalized communities. To learn how those 8 weeks of community engagement impacted the students, read their Arrupe Engagement Reflections.

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Technology, Wonder, & Us

We’re at the epicenter of the biggest ecosystem of information exchange in the history of humanity. So how do we ensure space for the experience of wonder? Good science and good technology need technical expertise—and also literacy in being authentically human. Read the full article by ICJE Executive Director Dorian Llywelyn, SJ.

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Universal Apostolic Preferences

The Universal Apostolic Preferences are the fruit of a process of discernment lasting almost two years and involving Jesuits and lay-partners across the world. These new preferences are a point of reference for the whole of the Society of Jesus and all its associated institutions and projects. They are intended to focus current work, unite hopes and desires, and inspire new endeavors. We invite you to learn more and take action with us! We want to make a Gospel difference.

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Humanizing Homelessness

Mandi Sit '20 first encountered the Ignatian Center when she decided to sign up for the San Jose First-Year Immersion trip the summer before starting at Santa Clara University. To find out how that trip as well as her two additional immersion experiences have had such an impact on her time at SCU, read Mandi's interview.

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More Powerful Together

The most recent recipient of the Ignatian Center’s Spohn Fellowship is well-deserving Bronco, Nick Spragg ’20. A Humanitarian Business Development and Art History major, Nick is in the University’s honors program, a Johnson Scholar, president of SCU TedX, an SCU Ambassador, and a former Jean Donovan Fellow. Read about his time in Uganda in his Spohn Fellowship Journal.

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