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Mission and Ministry

The Division of Mission and Ministry is charged with clearly articulating and broadly communicating Santa Clara University’s Jesuit, Catholic mission and character. In the diverse and dynamic region of Silicon Valley, this entails developing new strategies to meet the evolving needs of the campus, church, and local community, while strengthening Santa Clara University’s position as a nationally recognized Jesuit, Catholic university.

The Division of Mission and Ministry is comprised of Campus Ministry, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, and the Mission Church. Building on a strong campus commitment to the University’s Jesuit, Catholic mission, the Division oversees the development and implementation of initiatives to engage students, faculty, staff, administrators, trustees, alumni, and benefactors in deeper education and ongoing formation, helping these groups to make the mission their own and apply it concretely to their work and life. The Division will collaborate closely with the new vice president for diversity, equity and inclusion and other Cabinet members to accomplish shared goals that allow Santa Clara University to live more authentically its Jesuit, Catholic mission.



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Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry is engaged in the work of transforming our hearts and communities. Our Jesuit, Catholic identity informs our commitment to create a space where all are welcomed, recognizing that every member of our community is created in the image and likeness of God. 

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Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education

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

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Mission Church

Historic Mission Santa Clara stands at the center of the campus’ religious and spiritual life, and it continues to welcome Roman Catholic liturgy, spiritual observance, and other activities appropriate to the University’s purpose as a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher learning.

Welcome Incoming President Julie H. Sullivan
The staff of the Division of Mission and Ministry joins the whole SCU community in warmly welcoming Dr. Julie Sullivan as our incoming president. Dr. Sullivan has already demonstrated her deep commitment to Catholic higher education and familiarity with the Jesuit charism.   
We wish Dr. Sullivan Godspeed during her transition to SCU. We look forward to working with her to achieve our university's shared vision: to educate citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion and cultivate knowledge and faith to build a more humane, just, and sustainable world.  
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A Deepened Commitment
to Justice

We are so excited to announce that we have 19 amazing Ignatian Fellows this year. These students will participate in formation sessions throughout the Fall quarter in preparation for their Winter quarter work with a community partner of their choice. Please join us in congratulating the 2021-22 Ignatian Fellows!

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and the Common Good

In response to Pope Francis’ call in his trailblazing encyclical, Laudato Si’, to act in solidarity with people in poverty around the world who face severe threats to their environments and health, SCU launches the Initiative on Environmental Justice and the Common Good, a three-year commitment grounded in our mission as a Jesuit, Catholic university to create a more sustainable world.

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From Fellowship to Full Time

As an Ignatian Fellow, Afton Burrell '21 spent the winter quarter of her senior year working with A Step Ahead Foundation. The experience was so fulfilling that she stayed on with the non-profit organization and upon graduation was offered her current position as Marketing Communications Manager.