Ignatian News Network Video Biography, Jesuit Father Scott Santarosa

A native of Sacramento, Jesuit Father Scott Santarosa, experienced the Jesuits at an early age, first as a high school student at Jesuit High School in Sacramento. Fr. Santarosa credits the care and attention of the Jesuits and lay faculty of Jesuit High in moving him to continue his Jesuit education at Santa Clara University, where he graduated in Civil Engineering in 1988.

Still not having enough of the “Jesuit thing,” he decided to do a year of volunteer work with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps, where he ran an after-school program for youth in Newark, New Jersey. Following his year as a Jesuit volunteer, he went one step further, and joined the Jesuits in the summer of 1989.

His Jesuit life has taken him to the Bronx, New York for philosophy studies; Bellarmine College Prep in San Jose for three years of teaching; Berkeley and Mexico City for theology studies and pastoral ministry. Currently, Santarosa is the pastor at Dolores Mission parish, a small but vibrant Jesuit parish in the lowest income section of Boyle Heights, Los Angeles. He served there as a newly ordained priest back in 2000 where the good parishioners there taught him how to be a priest. His time there planted the seed of desire to do parish work, so he is happy to be there now full-time, doing pastoral work, much of it in Spanish. He feels humbled and grateful to see God in the people of that community.

Ignatian News Network met up with Fr. Santarosa to learn more about the man behind the collar.

2 Responses to “Ignatian News Network Video Biography, Jesuit Father Scott Santarosa”

  • George Aziz, S.J.:

    Very well done piece of BIO. Thanks. I have seen Father SantaRosa many times in his visits to Los Gatos where i am a senior resident of 84 but I have not ever really conversed. So the conversational BIO filled my need to hear him speak familiarly.Thanks for an inspiring and living BIO.

  • Jean Horn:

    Father Scott is my god daughter’s brother (Mary Santarosa).. This video makes me so proud to be a Catholic! He is an inspiration for us all. We have visited Dolores Mission 2 times and missed him each time but the many of the parishioners and staff shared with us the love and mission that this small church accomplishes in a very big way. This was a beautiful video of God’s love shared with us through Father Scott. Thank you.