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Faculty and Staff Involvement Opportunities


The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education provides ways for SCU faculty, staff, and administrators to deepen their understanding of SCU’s Jesuit, Catholic mission, to make it their own, and to discover and experience some of the many faces of Ignatian spirituality.


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    LUNCHTIME EXAMEN | Discerning God's Direction for Us

    The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and Staff Senate invite you to the Lunchtime Examen. The Examen was developed by St. Ignatius of Loyola as a technique of prayerful reflection on the events of the day in order to detect God's presence and discern God's direction for us. Aware of just how much we are all going through these days, Tony Cortese, S.J. hopes to provide a calm, welcoming presence for ten minutes every Friday as we journey together in community through the Examen. 

    FRIDAYS  |  12:05 PM - 12:15 PM


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    SENSIBLE | A Down-to-Earth Spiritual Exercises Program

    This quarterly spirtual program is rooted in the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and is designed for SCU Faculty and Staff, keeping their very full schedules in mind. Sensible is an easy-to-use, gently guided, and extremely sensible way to dip your spiritual toes into the vast waters of Ignatian Spirituality. The program includes one info session, one spiritual exercise per week, and four group sharing sessions over the course of the quarter.

    The Winter Session is now open for registration.



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    IGNATIAN DNA | Foundations in Our Ignatian Tradition

    This three-part series introduces faculty and staff to the basic history and concepts of the Jesuit, Catholic tradition of Santa Clara University. Participants meet to discuss readings with a cohort of other faculty and staff members as a means to illuminate and activate the Ignatian tradition in their work. Sessions focus on the history of the Jesuits and Jesuit education, core concepts of Jesuit education, the intellectual and spiritual tradition, and justice in the Ignatian tradition.

    The Winter Session is now open for registration.


  • Gandhi, Technology, and the Human Spirit


    Join the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum for a lecture by Rohit Chopra, Associate Professor, Department of Communication at SCU. Gandhi, the force behind the Indian anticolonial struggle, is often thought of as a critic of modern science and technology. Yet, Gandhi was not necessarily opposed to the benefits of science. Professor Chopra will locate Gandhi’s complex views on technology as part of his larger critique of modernity and its impact on ideas of human selfhood.

    Wednesday | January 27 | 10:30 - 11:45 AM


  • Faculty & Staff Immersion Dominican Republic

    FACULTY & STAFF IMMERSION | A Lenten Pilgrimage to the Dominican Republic

    The Ignatian Center is delighted to announce a virtual immersion in partnership with the Caribbean Social Immersion Program (CSIP) in the Dominican Republic. The program, “Lenten Pilgrimage to the Dominican Republic: A virtual Immersion into the Dominican Reality” will provide faculty and staff the opportunity to learn about the Dominican Republic from our partners on the ground, to reflect and pray individually and as a group, and to share in our Lenten journey.

    This Immersion is now open for registration.


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    THEOLOGY IN LHASA | The Challenges of Early Christian-Buddhist Dialogue

    Join the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum for an event with Thomas Cattoi, Associate Professor of Christology and Cultures and Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue.  
    The purpose of this talk is to introduce Ippolito Desideri, SJ and his mission to Tibet in the early 18th century. Professor Cattoi will be joined in conversation by David Gray, the Bernard J. Hanley Professor in the Department of Religious Studies at Santa Clara University. This event is co-sponsored by the Jesuit School of Theology and the Department of Religious Studies.
    Tuesday | February 23, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:15 PM 
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    MISSION MONDAYS | Virtual Program

    This bi-weekly email series serves as an opportunity to connect with and celebrate the mission and tradition that unites our campus and the wider Jesuit network. Whether in times of crisis or in everyday situations, a deep engagement with the Jesuit mission shapes our actions and underpins our transformative vision of higher education. The mission of our institution also binds us together as we educate global citizens of conscience, competence, and compassion.  


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    SEARCH FOR WHAT MATTERS | Virtual Program

    This popular, in-person luncheon speaker series provides a space for the discussion of core values and experiences among SCU faculty, staff, students, and alumni. With SCU's ongoing social distancing requirements, we have continued to offer this program virtually, through regularly scheduled emails. While we can’t recreate the environment of the Williman Room during lunch, this reimagined format has proven to be a fun way to connect with members of our SCU community.