Santa Clara University

Graduate Progam in Pastoral Ministries


  • iconGospel of John Course

    The Institute for Leadership in Ministry will offer the Gospel of John course this fall. Course content includes the background of John's gospel, the community which brought it to life, the structure, themes and theological claims made by the Fourth Gospel as well as its understanding of Jesus as the One who makes the Father known.

    In addition, the participant will come to see why this gospel stands out as the most profound understanding of Christ in the Scriptures. The class will study how John uses symbolism, irony and other literary devices to tell the story of Jesus. 

    Throughout the course, we will look at some of the characters in this gospel;for example, Nicodemus, the Samaritan woman, Mary and Martha of Bethany, and reflect on what they meant to the Johanine community and what they might symbolize for us in our own lives today.

    This course will help those who seek a deeper understanding of Scripture, eg. anyone involved in parish Scripture Study, RCIA ministry, or preparing and training lectors.

    Please note space is limited.


    Location:  Classes are held at Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in San Jose.

    Dates:        September 16, 23, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4 and 18, 2015. 7:30-9:30pm.

    Tuition:     $150 plus the cost of book $24.

    For more information or to register, please contact Zaira Martinez-Robles, 408-983-0110.

  • iconThe GPPM is growing!

    The Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries of Santa Clara University is conducting courses all over the state of California. We have active students in the Dioceses of Sacramento and San José in the north, and Monterey, Fresno and San Bernardino in the south. Don't be surprised if you find students from other parts of the state learning and sharing alongside you in a blended course. We are delighted to be reaching out to many new students and we welcome all the experiences they bring to the table.

  • iconComprehensive Exams

    Those students entering the program now are no longer required to take comprehensive exams. Those of you currently in the program who have not printed out the questions from the prior version of the website may contact the GPPM office for copies of the comprehensive exam questions.
  • iconHave you considered chaplaincy as a ministry?

    What will be your ministry for the church? Have you considered pastoral/spiritual care ministry as a board certified chaplain?

    Over half of the members of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) are lay women and men, endorsed as lay ecclesial health care ministers serving in hospitals, hospices, long term care, and a variety of other settings.

    For nearly a half century (founded in 1965) NACC members have continued the healing ministry of Jesus in the name of the Church. Would you consider this profession?

    Go to this page to find answers to many questions, a video on the chaplaincy ministry, as well as testimonies by many serving in this spiritual care field. Also visit the NACC website homepage for a brief video on chaplaincy.

    And please consider becoming a student member, by filling out an application form here. Being a member will help your discernment by connecting you with other members who are working in or preparing for the spiritual care ministry.

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