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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.

 

 

Meet the Vice President

With nearly 20 years in leadership at Catholic institutions, Alison M. Benders brings extensive experience in long-term visioning, strategic planning, and organizational change management.

Making an Impact
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DIVISION
 
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News and Events

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Luis F. Calero, SJ
New Rector of SCU

Congratulations to Luis F. Calero, SJ, on his recent installment as Rector of Santa Clara University. Luis takes over this prestigious role held for the past 6 years by Art Liebscher, SJ. With the University's renewed commitment to it's Jesuit, Catholic mission as exemplified in the creation of the Division of Mission and Ministry, we are excited to have Luis be such an integral partner in connecting the wonderful Jesuit community with the broader campus. We look forward to this strategic partnership that is crucial to SCU's success.

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Santa Clara University Welcome Weekend Homily

Congratulations to Luis F. Calero, SJ, on his recent installment as Rector of Santa Clara University. Luis takes over this prestigious role held for the past 6 years by Art Liebscher, SJ. With the University's renewed commitment to it's Jesuit, Catholic mission as exemplified in the creation of the Division of Mission and Ministry, we are excited to have Luis be such an integral partner in connecting the wonderful Jesuit community with the broader campus. We look forward to this strategic partnership that is crucial to SCU's success.

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Mass of the Holy Spirit
Wednesday, September 29

At the beginning of each academic year, the Santa Clara University community celebrates the Mass of the Holy Spirit. As a University community rooted in the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, many of us call on the Spirit of God to be with us in all our works, activities, and endeavors in the year ahead. While the Mass is a Roman Catholic liturgy, we honor the diversity of faith perspectives within our community, and we welcome one and all to join in the celebration. All attendees must present their SCU Access Card and wear a mask.