Look up: Madonna and Child, above the stairs in St. Joseph’s Hall on the SCU campus. Photo by Charles Barry
Matt Smith said on Apr 11, 2013
There are so many places I pray...the train, when I'm with friends, at the table with my wife before a meal, the Mission Gardens, walking around campus with SCU students, on a mountain road on my bike, in the redwoods on a hike. The list goes on. I'm struck recently with how many opportunities there are for wonder all around me.
Lulu Santana '97 said on Dec 17, 2013

One place on campus that always sparks a moment of prayer is by the Adobe Wall. Right after 9/11, I noticed one olive tree leaning onto the roof tiles and seemingly pulling its roots out of the ground. It reminded me of the fragile nature of our world. Shortly afterwards, the tree was cut down. Over time, the bare trunk began to sprout sprigs and now it looks like a full-sized bush! The sight of this bush draws me to pray for the areas of my life and our world that long for hope.

Diane Dreher said on Dec 19, 2013
In this frantic world, I pray a lot lately. I meditate in the morning, do a daily examen at night, and begin all of my classes with a few moments of centering meditation. Sometimes I pray for guidance, for greater peace and understanding, or pause for a moment of gratitude just looking at the sky.
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Winter 2014

Table of contents


Rise up, my love

There are the sanctuaries built for worship—and that carry beauty and grace for all to see. Then there are the improvised places of faith, perhaps more subtle in how they speak to the wonder worked there.

The chaplain is in the House

With the way things have gone recently in Congress, looking to the heavens for some help and guidance might seem like a very good idea. In fact, that’s what Pat Conroy, S.J., M.Div. ’83 is there to do.

Welcome to Citizenville

Who published the one book on government in 2013 that conservative firebrand Newt Gingrich told all true believers that they should read? Well, the author is now lieutenant governor of California. Before that, he was mayor of San Francisco. That’s right: It’s Gavin Newsom ’89.

Mission Matters


Women’s soccer wins the West Coast Conference championship.

Patent trolls, beware

The White House has brought on SCU’s Colleen Chien, a leading expert in patent law, as senior advisor.

A sight of innocence

George Souliotes went to prison for three life sentences after he was convicted of arson and murder. Twenty years later, he’s out—after the Northern California Innocence Project proved he didn’t do it.