Welcome to the spiritual and historic heart of Santa Clara University
Historic Mission Santa Clara is a consecrated Roman Catholic church that sits at the heart of Santa Clara University’s campus. First Established by the Franciscan Order in 1777 as part of the chain of 21 Alta California Missions, our Mission Church was the only one of the 21 that the Franciscans handed over to the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits) in 1851, making SCU the first institution of higher education in the State of California. Today, Mission Santa Clara remains the central hub of our campus’ religious and spiritual life. As part of SCU’s Division of Mission and Ministry, the Mission Church continues to welcome our faculty, staff, alums, and neighbors to join our student body in worship.
As a Student Chapel for the campus (and not a community parish), you’ll find that many of our liturgical offerings are tied to our University’s academic schedule. If you are a current student and have questions about getting involved, what we offer, or are simply curious about how to live out your own spiritual or religious observance, please contact the Campus Ministry department at CampusMinistry@scu.edu. All others should contact the Mission Office at MissionSantaClara@scu.edu.
Any non-students in need of pastoral care or in need of Parish services, please contact our local parish (located right across the street from SCU), St. Clare Parish at 408-248-7786 or email them at StClareParish@DSJ.org.
All are invited to join us in the Mission Church on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 12pm to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. Fr. Dennis Smolarski will preside, and our homily will be provided by Fr. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, Dean of SCU's Jesuit School of Theology.
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We are committed to being a community that prays for one another. The following form can be used to request a Weekday Noon Mass Intention at Mission Santa Clara. Intentions offered Monday thru Friday only.