About Rev. Jack Treacy, S.J.
I am a native Californian, born in Monterey and the youngest of five children. My father was a career naval officer, so we lived in several places in my early childhood, including three years in Greece. My family settled in San Diego when I was ten; I consider that my hometown. I think that experience has had an impact on my outlook on life, and has helped me as a Jesuit to find myself at home in diverse cultures and places.
I attended Santa Clara University, graduating in 1977 with a degree in history. While deciding between law school and the priesthood, I worked for a year as a flight attendant with Pan Am. It was a terrific way to see (if only briefly) many parts of the world.
I entered the Jesuit Order in 1978 and was ordained in 1990. Over the years I’ve lived in different parts of the country for studies and work, and have also had extraordinary shorter-term experiences in Mexico, Taiwan and Kenya. Drawn to minister and foster the faith development of young adults, I’ve served as a campus minister at the University of San Francisco, Seattle University and Santa Clara University. I’ve also had several years of urban parish ministry.
For the past four and a half years, I’ve served Santa Clara in University Relations, working closely with both the alumni and development teams. I travel frequently on behalf of the university to meet with alumni and donors, and am grateful for the opportunity to share our Santa Clara story. I also appreciate the many pastoral invitations to offer sacramental service. On a more personal note, my vices include coffee and chocolate. I try to exercise daily, love to catch up with friends over dinner, delight in the various cultural offerings of the Bay Area, and am quite content with a good book. I took up scuba diving some years ago, and try to do some diving every year.