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SCU Mission and Fountain

Jesuit Education - Past, Present, & Future

I’ve recently been researching my family history and reflecting on my place in that story. Not only do our roots tell us where we come from, but they illuminate our present and can help us set our course for the future.

Our Past:
Over 200 members of the Bannan family recently came together for the renaming of SCU’s Bannan Alumni House. The Ignatian Center is proud to carry on the heritage of Fr. Lou Bannan, S.J. through the ongoing work of our Bannan Forum. It is through this programing that we hold on to one of the most fundamental characteristics of Jesuit Education by providing a forum for conversation and reflection.

Dorian Llywelyn, SJ

Our Present:
This year, the Ignatian Center’s Arrupe Engagement has placed nearly 1,000 SCU students with community service organizations in San Jose, an experience which brings together academic study with care for underserved populations. Meeting the forgotten of our world and allowing ourselves to be taught by them is a practice deeply embedded in our Ignatian DNA.  

Our Future:
Tech and the Human Spirit, the current theme of the Bannan Forum, explores how digital culture reaches into every corner of our lives, especially of the young. My recent Santa Clara Magazine article argues that good technology needs a good sense of what it is to be human – and that Jesuit education has something important to say to that.  

Through our programs and the work of our students, the Ignatian Center continues to reflect on our history, live in the present, and look to the future in our quest to ignite the flame of Jesuit Education, here, there, and everywhere.

Rev. Dorian Llywelyn, S.J.
Executive Director


Here Narrow
Philip and Teresa Bannan
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. View the Bannan Family Legacy Video.
THERE Narrow
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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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