Feature Contributors



illustrated “Welcome to Citizenville.” You might have seen his work in, on, and around The New Yorker, Time, or Rolling Stone. He plays hockey very often.



wrote “Welcome to Citizenville.” He’s an assistant professor of political science at SCU with research that includes work on the political environment’s effect on electoral outcomes.



adapted “What I’ve learned from cowboys, clerics, and communists” from a talk she delivered as SCU Faculty Senate Professor of the Year. She’s a professor of political science and, we might note, the first Fulbright Distinguished Chair for the University of Warsaw.



(“Rise up, my love”) is the editor of Portland magazine and a prolific author with more than a dozen books to his name, including, most recent, The Thorny Grace of It: And Other Essays for Imperfect Catholics.



(“The Materializer”) has worked with us as an intern since summer 2013 and is studying communication at SCU.



interviewed Sonny Manuel, S.J., M.Div ’78 for “These things are real.” He’s the Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J. Professor of Arts and Humanities, a deacon in the Catholic Church, and a writer of novels, essays, and stories—with books including Mariette in Ecstasy and She Loves Me Not: New and Selected Stories.



wrote “The chaplain is in the House.” He’s defense reporter for The Hill. He wrote “Future imperfect” for the Winter 2012 edition and teamed up with an old friend to photograph this piece.



took the photos of Pat Conroy, S.J., M.Div. ’83 for “The chaplain is in the House.” A staff photographer for The Associated Press in Baltimore, he’s photographed events from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill to the London Olympics.



illustrated “These things are real.” She hails from New Zealand and splits her time between Wellington and Paris. She’s done work for The Boston Globe, New York Times, and other folks globally.

Winter 2014

Table of contents


Rise up, my love

There are the sanctuaries built for worship—and that carry beauty and grace for all to see. Then there are the improvised places of faith, perhaps more subtle in how they speak to the wonder worked there.

The chaplain is in the House

With the way things have gone recently in Congress, looking to the heavens for some help and guidance might seem like a very good idea. In fact, that’s what Pat Conroy, S.J., M.Div. ’83 is there to do.

Welcome to Citizenville

Who published the one book on government in 2013 that conservative firebrand Newt Gingrich told all true believers that they should read? Well, the author is now lieutenant governor of California. Before that, he was mayor of San Francisco. That’s right: It’s Gavin Newsom ’89.

Mission Matters


Women’s soccer wins the West Coast Conference championship.

Patent trolls, beware

The White House has brought on SCU’s Colleen Chien, a leading expert in patent law, as senior advisor.

A sight of innocence

George Souliotes went to prison for three life sentences after he was convicted of arson and murder. Twenty years later, he’s out—after the Northern California Innocence Project proved he didn’t do it.