Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality is fiscally sponsored by the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership and is an endorsed work of the Western Province of the Society of Jesus, within the Social Ministries Office.
Our fiscal partner, the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership, provides resources and support to Ignatian Companions. For nearly 50 years, the Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership has been supporting volunteerism and strengthening nonprofits. The Center advances nonprofits and volunteerism by strengthening leadership, encouraging innovation and empowering individuals in our community.
The Western Province of the Society of Jesus brings together people from many cultures to worship and work in partnership. The Province’s service area encompasses Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, and Utah. In addition, individual California Province Jesuits serve in ministries throughout the United States and abroad, including Africa, Asia, and Central and South America.
Social Ministries – Our Jesuits provide guidance to various ministries–Homeboy Industries, Jesuit Volunteer Corps Southwest, PICO National Network, Proyecto Pastoral–engaged in empowering people, pursuing social justice, and improving communities.
The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST-SCU) is a theological school faithful to the intellectual tradition and the apostolic priority of the Society of Jesus: reverent and critical service of the faith that does justice. ST-SCU achieves its mission primarily through the academic, pastoral, and personal formation of Jesuits and other candidates for ministry, ordained and lay, in the Roman Catholic Church. As an Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology, it prepares men and women to serve the Church as scholars and teachers. It fulfills this mission in the ecumenical and interfaith context of the nine-member Graduate Theological Union and the adjacent University of California at Berkeley.
The Ignatian Spiritual Life Center is a place of welcome for those seeking spiritual growth and development. Grounded in the Catholic tradition and energized by Ignatian Spirituality, we offer adult education and faith formation, the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius, spiritual direction, opportunities for prayer, retreat, service and a place for the community to gather.
OUR AFFILIATED NETWORKS
Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County changes lives for good. We help people of all cultures and beliefs rise up out of poverty and overcome the barriers to self-sufficiency. Because most lives are a complex pattern of choices and circumstances, we take a holistic approach to helping people change their lives, taking into account the whole person as well as their family and life situations.
The Institute for Leadership in Ministry responds to the reality that all of us, clergy and lay, are called by virtue of our baptism, to use our gifts to build the reign of God. Those whose talents include the ability to lead must be theologically trained and pastorally formed.
The Institute for Leadership in Ministry provides theological education, leadership training, and pastoral/spiritual formation for those in the Church of San Jose who have demonstrated the ability or the potential to serve as leaders. Through classes, readings, written assignments, workshops, reflection, prayer, discussion groups, consultations with faculty and administration and membership in the Institute community, students come to a knowledge and appreciation of what it is to be Catholic and are prepared to exercise servant leadership in the Diocese and in their parish communities.
The Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education (ICJE) seeks to preserve and extend the Catholic identity and Jesuit mission of Santa Clara University. Dedicated to advancing the University’s strategic vision of “educating citizens and leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion” on the campus as a whole, the Center serves students, faculty, staff, and community partners. It does this by facilitating a pedagogy of engagement through community-based learning and immersion experiences, encouraging faculty and staff participation in the Jesuit higher educational mission, supporting faculty teaching and scholarship that advances the University’s Catholic and Jesuit character, and promoting Ignatian spirituality within an interreligious context. In so doing the Center seeks to create opportunities for global conversation about Jesuit higher education and to share its best practices with other universities.