Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department
 
Phone: (408) 554-6959
Room number: 300B
Courses taught:
TESP 4 Christian Traditions TESP 42  Theology of C. S. Lewis TESP 49  Christian Mysticism TESP  Theology of Suffering TESP 147  Religious Autobiography TESP 153  Catholic Themes in Literature

James Reites, S.J.

Associate Professor

Fr. Reites was born in New Orleans, Louisiana. His undergraduate career spanned several universities and interests: Loyola University of Los Angeles for Engineering and Math, Immaculate Heart College for vocal and choral music, Santa Clara University for Classics and the humanities, and finally St. Louis University, where he earned his A.B. in Philosophy (1964). His M.S.T. in Theology from Santa Clara University followed seven years later, though once again his coursework included scripture and theology courses from other universities as well (Loyola University of LA and the University of San Francisco). In the same year, 1971, Fr. Reites was awarded his S.T.L. in Theology from Alma College/the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, and by 1977 he had completed his S.T.D. at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

Fr. Reites joined the Santa Clara University faculty in 1975 and teaches undergraduate courses on Catholic theology and spirituality, the New Testament and Christian tradition, religious autobiography, and the theology of C. S. Lewis, as well as a graduate course on the history of western Christian spirituality in the Graduate Program of Pastoral Ministries. His research interests range from theology and feminism to St. Ignatius and the early history of the Jesuits in Spain and Italy.
        

Courses


  Courses taught at Santa Clara University
      TESP 4  Christian Traditions
      TESP 5  Catholic Theology: Foundations
      SCTR 11  Origins of Western Religions
      SCTR 30  New Testament
      TESP 42  Theology of C. S. Lewis
      TESP 49  Christian Mysticism
    TESP 65  Early Christianity
    TESP 124  Theology of Marriage
      TESP  Theology of Suffering
      TESP 147  Religious Autobiography
      TESP 153  Catholic Themes in Literature
    TESP 182  Peace Making: Theologies, Methods, Modern Examples
    SPIR 240  History of Western Christian Spirituality
      SPIR 242  Discernment and Christian Decision Making
 

Academic Appointments


      * Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University

    2001-present

      * Visiting Lecturer, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA

    Fall 2000

      * Assistant Director, Ignatius House, California Province Jesuit Novitiate

    1999-2001

      * Associate Professor, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University

    1981

      * Director, Graduate Pastoral Ministries Program, Santa Clara University

    1996-1998

      * Chair, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University

    1978-1994

      * Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University

    1977-1981

      * Acting Assistant Professor, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University

    1975-1977

      * Teaching Assistant, Alma College, Los Gatos, CA

    1969

      * Teacher, Theology, St. Ignatius High School, San Francisco, CA

    1966-1968

Research


  Research Interests

      * Theology
      * Feminism
      * C. S. Lewis
      * St. Ignatius, and the early history of the Jesuits in Spain and Italy



 

Publications

Books
  St. Ignatius and the People of the Book: An Historical-Theological Study of St. Ignatius of Loyola's Spiritual Motivation in His Dealins with the Jews and Muslims. Roma: Typis Pontificiae Universitatis Gregorianae, 1977.
Articles
  "To Speak Rightly About God: Feminist Theology and the Mystery of God. Part II: Discourse About God." Landas (Journal of Theology published at the Loyola School of Theology in Manila, Philippines) 8 (2 1994) 219-36.
  "To Speak Rightly About God: Feminist Theology and the Mystery of God. Part I: Introduction to Feminist Theology." Landas 8 (1 1994) 64-71.
  "Ignatius and Ministry with Women." The Way, Supplement 74 (Summer 1992) 7-19.
Joint Publications
  With Donald Dodson, "Another Kind of Justice." Issues in Ethics 7 (3 1996).
Chapters in Books
  "Ignatius of Loyola and the Conversos." In Columbus, Confrontation, Christianity: The European-American Encounter Revisited (ed. Timothy J. O'Keefe; Forbes Mill Press, 1994) 57-68.
Book Reviews
  "Philip Caraman, S.J., Ignatius Loyola. A Biography of the Founder of the Jesuits (San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1990)." Horizons 19 (1992) 165.
    
  Awards & Grants
  Globalization Institute Grant for Curriculum Development, Santa Clara University, 2002.
  Ethics and Social Justice Grant, Santa Clara University, 2002.
  Visiting Scholar, Ateneo de Manila, Philippines, Summer 1993.

Activities


  Professional Memberships

      * American Academy of Religion
      * Catholic Historical Society of America
      * Catholic Theological Society of America
      * College Theology Society
      * Society of Biblical Literature

  Activities
  Director, Xavier Residential Learning Community, Santa Clara University, 2002-present.
  Acting Director of Residential Learning Communities, Santa Clara University, 2002-2003.
  Assistant Director of Novices, California Province, Society of Jesus, 1999-2001.
  Director, Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries, Santa Clara University, 1996-1999.
  Chair, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University, 1978-1994.

 
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