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Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley

Director of Bannan Institutes

Theresa Ladrigan-Whelpley serves as the Director of Bannan Institutes in the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education. The Bannan Institutes are biennial thematic programs that address matters of significance within the Jesuit, Catholic intellectual tradition, foster an ethic of dialogue among persons of diverse religious and philosophical commitments, and facilitate opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange across the University and broader community. The 2016-2018 Bannan Institute features public lectures, roundtable dialogues, a quarterly podcast series, and interdisciplinary faculty collaboratives all engaging issues of the common good. Theresa also develops regular opportunities for Santa Clara University faculty, staff, administrators, students, and alumni to explore the Ignatian spiritual tradition through Ignatian Days of Reflection, a weekly Ignatian Examen, and the Search for What Matters luncheon speaker series.

Theresa first came to Santa Clara University in 2006 and she joined the Ignatian Center in 2010. She holds a courtesy appointment in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University, and serves as co-chair of the Mission and Identity Conference for the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities (AJCU), and board member of the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council (SiVIC). 

Theresa received her Ph.D. in Christian Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley CA, M.Div. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University and B.S.H. in Biology, Honors from Villanova University. She lives in San Jose, CA with her husband and three children.