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About Rev. Peter Pabst, S.J.

Rev. Peter Pabst, S.J., grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, where he graduated from Brophy Jesuit College Prep in 1972. He joined the Society of Jesus in 1974, graduated from Gonzaga University, and began teaching at Bellarmine College Prep in 1981.

After theology studies in Berkeley, Fr. Pabst was ordained in 1986 and was assigned to Santa Clara University. While at SCU, he earned a Master’s in Counseling Psychology, worked in the student counseling center, served as Minister of the Jesuit Community, and directed the Resident Ministry Program.

In 1993, Fr. Pabst was appointed Rector of the Jesuit Community at Brophy Prep in Phoenix, where he taught psychology and chaired the Counseling Department. He left Brophy in 1999 and began studying the Jesuit middle school programs that had been opening across the country.

In the Fall of 2000, Fr. Pabst was appointed president of Sacred Heart Nativity School for boys in the Washington-Gardner neighborhood of San José and launched the school in August of 2001. In 2006, Our Lady of Grace Nativity School for girls was opened on the same campus. The middle schools serve 129 low-income students with an annual budget of $2.2 million. In 2014 he was the founding president of Cristo Rey San José Jesuit High School in East San José.  Currently he serves as Chancellor raising money and friends for the school

Fr. Pabst serves on the Boards of Trustees of Bellarmine College Prep and the University of San Francisco.  He lives with his fellow Jesuits in a house on the Old Quad of Santa Clara University as part of the SCU Community. Fr. Pabst enjoys cooking for his Jesuit brothers and visitors and is a terrible golfer who loves to golf.



Gonzaga University 1981 BA

Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley 1986 M.Div

Santa Clara University 1989 MA



Outstanding Education Leadership Award from Morgan Autism Center 2013

Honorary Doctorate, Santa Clara University 2018