Santa Clara University

Religious Studies department

Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053-0335
(408) 551-7153

Location: Kenna Hall

Jean Molesky-Poz, Ph.D.


Jean Molesky-Poz received a B.A. in theology and sociology from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, WI and her Ph.D. in the Cultural and Historical Studies of Spirituality from the Graduate Theological Union in 2000. She taught at the University of California in Berkeley, 1985-2001, and joined the Santa Clara faculty in 2004. Her research inquires into comparative spirituality, women in the Catholic community, and the charism of St. Clare of Assisi. Her teaching and writing have led her to assist parishes and women’s groups in developing retreats and study groups.

RSOC 33 Maya Spirituality
RSOC 99 Native Spiritual Traditions
RSOC 136 Religion in Latin America
RSOC 145 Myth, Memory and History seminar
TESP 4 Christian Tradition
TESP 118 Clare of Assisi/Ignatius of Loyola
TESP 176 Nature, Humanity, Spirituality

Selected Publications: (for a complete list, access CV here)

“St. Clare of Assisi: May You Go Forward Securely.” In volume on Faith, Dialogue and Public Life:  New Directions,” The Journal of World Christianity, edited by Mary McClintock Fulkerson and Elaine Padilla. Penn State University Press, 2016.

 “Together with Those Who Hold the Treasure: Relational Spirituality of St. Clare of Assisi,” in volume Where We Dwell in Common:  The Quest for Dialogue in the Twenty-First Century. (Pathways for Ecumenical and Inter-religious Dialogue Series). Edited by Gerard Mannion. Palgrave Macmillan. 2015.

 “Women at the Ambo: Women’s Perspectives on Preaching,” America, October 18, 2013. Reprinted in SCU Perspectives, Fall 2013.

 “Did She Tell Her Oldest Girl About the Courage Women Call On? The Way of St. Francis, May-June, 4-11, 2013, 

 "Considering and Celebrating Clare of Assisi at Santa Clara University." The Way of St. Francis. July-August, 2012, 4-14. 

"Touching into Common Ground:  Native American Spirituality and the Christian Experience."  Nostra Aetate Lecture Series.  St. Edward’s University Press. 2011. 

 Contemporary Maya Spirituality:  The Ancient Things Are Not Lost. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press, 2006.



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