Dear Members of the Santa Clara University Community,
Tuesday, July 31, marks the feast day of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Jesuit Order. As is our tradition at Santa Clara, we shall celebrate the feast day with a liturgy at 11:30 a.m. in the Mission Church, followed immediately with a picnic lunch on the St. Ignatius Lawn between Kenna and Walsh Halls.
Ignatius' unique gift to the Society of Jesus and to the Church was his spirituality that invites women and men to integrate learning into a life of faith. Through education, he sought to build better communities for the greater glory of God, with a mission of love, justice and a special concern for the poor, the sick and the hungry. My hope is that our prayer on his feast day lead us to see God, our world, our work, and ourselves in a new way.
Please mark you calendars to gather together on Tuesday, July 31 and celebrate our Ignatian roots.
Michael E. Engh, S.J.