Experience opportunities for contemplation, fellowship, and faith-building at various events and retreats designed to nurture your spiritual side. Please see the many offerings by SCU departments and schools. In response to the current reality of not being able to attend public gatherings, we have worked together to provide various online offerings to enrich your spirituality as well as enter prayerfully into the current world crisis affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bronco Book of Prayers
If you or someone you know needs prayers, enter them in our Bronco Book of Prayers. Let’s come together as a community and pray with one heart. If you feel so moved, during your prayer time, please offer the following prayer for our Santa Clara Community:
I pray for our Bronco family and the intentions made in the Bronco Book of Prayers. We lift up our hearts to you, Oh God, and trust in your loving care.
First Friday Mass and Lunch
First Friday Mass and Lunch give alumni the opportunity to attend noon Mass in the Mission Church followed by a friendly, informal lunch in the Bannan Alumni House. These lunches occur on the first Friday of the month from October through May.
Seaside Retreat, Apr. 16-18, 2021, will take place at the Villa Maria del Mar Retreat Center overlooking the ocean in Santa Cruz. Accommodations are private or shared rooms with a full bath, and time for walking on the beach will of course be available! Registration will open in mid-September.
Young Alumni Retreat, The March 13-15, 2020 retreat has been rescheduled. The new date is Sept. 25-27 and will take place at Hidden Villa Hostel in Los Altos Hills. Accommodations are dorm style with shared bathrooms. We will be preparing our own meals in the Hostel's kitchen. For more information about this retreat, visit our event calendar listing.
Both retreats provide an ecumenical weekend of reflecting, sharing and experiencing God’s love in community. While the retreat is grounded in the Jesuit, Catholic spirituality of SCU, they are open to those of all religious traditions and themed so that individuals of all backgrounds feel welcomed and comfortable.
There will be time for group activities, individual prayer, reflection, and exploring the beauty of the natural surroundings. Mass and confession will also be offered. All offerings are optional, and the weekend is designed to meet each person’s needs and desires.
Campus Ministry provides Catholic, Christian, Multicultural and Interfaith spiritual opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students. Many of their events are welcome to all. Their staff has pivoted from in-person to online daily Zoom offerings in response to sheltering in place. Campus Ministry also provides resources and zoom services for the observance of Holy Week and Easter.
Jesuit School of Theology
Located in Berkeley, JST is an international center for the study of theology. Students come from across the nation and around the world to prepare for a broad range of ministries and service to the Church and world. Students are lay women and men, Jesuits in formation, and members of other religious orders of all ages. JST offers email subscriptions for daily reflections during Advent and Lent.
Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries
The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries prepares women and men to enter professional ministries in the Church and society. Students and graduates of the GPPM program serve in parishes, education, diocesan offices, and non-profits. The GPPM Student & Alumni Network Night hosts regular networking opportunities. Contact Rose Lue, GPPM Student and Alumni Network Team Coordinator, for the April Zoom meeting information.
Part of the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, the Bannan Institutes are yearlong thematic programs that address matters of significance within the Jesuit, Catholic intellectual tradition, foster an ethic of dialogue among persons of diverse religious and philosophical commitments, and facilitate opportunities for interdisciplinary exchange across the University and broader community.
Many of our SCU alumni are in the field of Ministry and are creating digital engagement opportunities so we can find solace and inspiration during this challenging time. If you would like to share your efforts with our Bronco family, or have ideas for other digital spiritual offerings, please email Sarah Bonini.
Experience the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius by participating in a self-guided 32-week retreat with The Ignatian Adventure written by SCU President, Kevin O'Brien, S.J. Purchase a print copy or e-book and start your adventure!
Learn Three Steps to Greater Peace of Mind During the Current Crisis. SCU Professor of English and Positivity Psychology Coach Diane Dreher, M.A. '15 shares specific mindfulness techniques for inner peace.
John Michael Reyes ‘09, M.Div’13, is the Spiritual Life Coordinator; Director of Prayer & Worship at Sacred Heart Atherton School. See his reflection published online written for the 5th Sunday of Lent and how it relates to our faith during the COVID-19 pandemic.
To receive information about retreats or other spiritual offerings either in your area or online, please contact Sarah Bonini, J.D. '93, Assistant Director of Community Engagement, Service & Spirituality, in Alumni Relations.