A resource for folks living in or moving to Los Gatos, by Mary Pope-Handy

Sacred Heart Jesuit Center – formerly the Jesuit Novitiate

Perhaps you’ve driven over Highway 17 from Los Gatos to Santa Cruz and wondered about the large white building off to the left, perched on a knoll overlooking the valley and that same highway.   That’s the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, now a retirement home for Jesuit priests and brothers (members of the Society of Jesus) for the provinces of California, Oregon, and Washington.  Many decades ago, it was the novitiate for the California province, meaning it’s where young men entered the order.  Two of my uncles did just that.   I am a fairly frequent visitor to this lovely place now, as one of my uncles has gone full circle and has retired where he first entered.  Some of my old professors from Gonzaga University in Spokane are there, too, as well as Jesuits that I knew growing up in the area.

Pan of Santa Cruz Mountains toward Los Gatos

Pan of Santa Cruz Mountains toward Los Gatos – view from the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center (formerly the Jesuit Novitiate)

So today I wanted to share some photos with you, as many people living in Los Gatos would have no occasion to visit what my family still calls The Novitiate.   However, Testarossa Winery is next door (at what used to be the Jesuit Winery), so many of my readers will have been close.  Please enjoy the photos, which I took last Saturday while there to see my uncle.

Statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos (romerly the Jesuit Novitiate)Sacred Heart Jesuit Center Los Gatos - once where young Jesuits entered the religious order, now where they retireInfirmary or care center at Sacred HeartPainting of Blessed Miguel Pro, SJ at the Jesuit Novitiate in Los Gatos - a marytr for the faith, killed in MexicoThe Grotto at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center - a place for prayer and outdoor MassBeautiful views from the overlook point in Los Gatos 650x460 - Sacred Heart Jesuit Center - formerly the Jesuit NovitiatePath to the lookout over San Jose and Silicon ValleyView toward downtown Los Gatosoastal range and valley view from Sacred Heart Jesuit CenterView of St Mary's Church in Los Gatos - originally, St. Mary's was a Jesuit mission and it was located at the corner of what is now Bean Avenue and N Santa Cruz Avenue in Los GatosProvincial Center for the Society of Jesus California

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