Jack Treacy , S.J. '77
Campus minister encourages students to ask questions and embrace all spiritual perspectives.
Campus Minister Jack Treacy, S.J. '77, hopes that, in their time at Santa Clara, all students experience a widening of their perspective, imagination, and spirit.
"A graduating senior said to me about her experience at Santa Clara, 'It transformed my imagination.' She said she now asks questions she never used to ask, she is concerned about issues that had not been on her horizon earlier," says Treacy. "That is what I hope for all of our students."
He sees Campus Ministry's role as support on that journey. "I think that we help to promote that transformation. That is why I love being a campus minister, because these are the critical years when students are asking those key questions: What is it that I value? What is it that I stand for? How is it that I want to spend my life? What do I feel are my deepest passions and my greatest gifts? Who is my God?"
Recently, Campus Ministry expanded its intern program, now with 16 students working in various ministries. And it will open a new multi-faith meditation room on campus during the 08-09 academic year, part of a longstanding effort to foster campus opportunities for Protestant, ecumenical, and interfaith services.
"We see our diverse religious community as a real gift," says Treacy. "It is important to honor, affirm, and support all of our students, however they find themselves drawn to God."