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Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries Connections

December 2010 Volume 1, Issue 2

‘Tis the Season With December upon us it is easy to get caught up in the consumerism that looms all around us. During this season of Advent, let us keep in mind and in heart what this time of preparation is truly about: the birth of Christ. For more information on Advent click here. Also see „Upcoming Events‟ for Fr. Fran Smith‟s talk.

Faculty in the Spotlight Congratulations to Jeannine Leichner! Professor Leichner recently received the Benedictus Award “for her outstanding leadership in catechesis and Faith Formation for the Local Church of San Jose.” Professor Leichner earned a B.S. from St. Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana prior to earning an M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Illinois and an M.A. in Religious Education from the University of San Francisco. She has worked in catechetical ministry in the Bay Area since the early 1980s. She is finishing up the quarter teaching the Practice of Catechesis. To see the full article click here.

Alumni Profile Tim Harden a 2010 graduate currently resides in Maryland. He is teaching 9th grade religion at Bishop McNamara High School. Tim says, “I had two reasons for pursuing an M.A. in Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara. First, I wanted to teach high school religion, and a masters degree is almost essential for such a job. Second, prior to entering the program, I was hearing many messages about faith and what it means to be Catholic. I found many of these messages to be challenging and often in conflict with what others of authority were saying. I wanted to learn more through a demanding academic program that was rigorous and emphasized critical approaches to the material. Now that I am teaching, my degree allows me to serve students who are also exploring what it means to follow Christ while also hearing many conflicting messages about Christianity. As critical thinking was encouraged at Santa Clara, I encourage students to take this approach as well.” Keep up the good work Tim!

Upcoming Events

The GPPM Student/Alumni Association presents the 27th Annual

Christmas Gala Come join us

Sunday, December 5th 7:00 - 9:00 PM Kenna Hall, Room 110 for

Food, Drink, Merriment and Caroling Followed by the 9pm Mass for those interested

Please email Candee Lucas at with any questions.

Festival of Lights Holiday Concert Mi

Come support current students Ceci Pesqueira and Katie Yankoski as they join in song with the SCU Choral Ensembles.

Friday, December 3rd and Saturday, December 4 7:30pm Mission Church For more details please click here.

Mission Church December Schedule Mass times th

December 5 : 10am, 6pm, 9pm th

December 12 &19th: 10am December 24: 5pm, 9pm th


December 25 & 26 : 10am

Feast of the Immaculate Conception Liturgies th

December 8 : 12:05pm, 5pm

Advent Lecture Series

Wednesday Dec. 1 and Dec. 15 7:00-8:30pm Bellarmine College Preparatory with guest speaker Fr. Fran Smith, SJ For more information on this event click here. Fr. Smith is a Professor in the Pastoral Ministries Program at SCU. He is currently teaching The Mystery of Jesus Christ. To learn more about Fr. Smith click here.

Spiritual Journey Winter 2011 Courses Register Now “To stop learning is to stop living” Alumni and current students, it is time to register for winter quarter. Continue learning, living, growing, engaging, and experiencing the world of Pastoral Ministries. To see a list of upcoming courses click here.

Un nuevo comienzo: Meditaciones diarias para Adviento y Navidad by Lupita Vital This Advent, Lupita Vital provides a guide for “preparing the way of the Lord.” Lupita Vital is an alumna of the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. She is currently the Director of the Hispanic Apostolate for the Diocese of San Jose. With an extensive academic background, Lupita brings a wealth of knowledge, service, and leadership to the local Church. To order this book click here. Available in Spanish only.

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness, „Prepare the way for the Lord.‟” Mark 1:3 Catherine Wolff presented a riveting talk on the role of the church laity at the 27th Anniversary of the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries on Nov. 7. She is but one voice, calling for many to take action. Wolff asks, encourages, and challenges us to start-up dialogue and conversations within parishes and dioceses concerning issues within the church. To see pictures from the event click here.

Graduate Student Reflective Hike On November 13, a group of twenty-one graduate students went to Alum Rock Park for a beautiful morning of hiking. The event organized by some graduate students in the Pastoral Ministries program was a successful event as part of an effort to form a faithbased community of graduate students from different disciplines. To see pictures from the event click here. Upcoming Graduate Student event: an inter-faith holiday potluck dinner on Thursday December 9, from 6:30-8:30pm in Campus Ministry. Bring a simple dish to pass and share with fellow students. Update your contact information.

GPPM Student Association Events

SCU Website

Pastoral Ministry Website


Thank You Jane!

A special thanks to Jane Najour for all of her hard work and dedication to the Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. Jane will be leaving the program as the Senior Administrative Assistant this Friday, December 3. Jane has taken up a position in the Chief Financial Officerâ€&#x;s office on SCUâ€&#x;s campus. While she will be a wonderful asset to that department, she will be missed in the Pastoral Ministries program. Jane had a wonderful way of conversing with people, planning and preparing for events, working with students, and being a welcoming face to the Pastoral Ministries office. Best of luck Jane!


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