Santa Clara University


"My sabbatical was a watershed in my life... that has made all the difference. I am eternally grateful."

Francis Baum, MSC
Kew, Australia

"I have dined on fine lectures and rich conversations between science and theology with stimulating people whose work I will follow."

Mary Bilderback, RSM
Long Island, New York

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

Classes & Workshops



New Directions is for personal and professional renewal of those engaged in ecclesial ministry. You will meet with the Program Director as your Academic Advisor at the beginning of the semester, and he will guide you through the registration process to choose two courses for "audit".

Audit means that you take the class without being required to take any tests or write any papers. Your two classes are for personal and professional enrichment, not for an academic grade. No tests, no papers, no pressure!

Graduate Theological Union

New Directions allows participants the remarkable opportunity to choose their two classes from more than 100 course offerings through the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). Past students have taken courses at the Pacific School of Religion, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology, and other member schools.

For a list of GTU member school please visit GTU member schools.

For a searchable list of GTU courses, by semester, please go to this GTU course list.


Each Wednesday a sabbatical workshop is offered exclusively for New Directions participants. The workshops comprise the "core curriculum" of the program, and participation is expected. This is a privileged opportunity to enhance personal integration in companionship with one's peers, and to prepare for new directions in ministry. Year in and out, outgoing program participants describe the Wednesday workshops as extremely valuable and timely in their ministerial journeys.

There will be opportunity to address themes and topics of significance for the church fifty years after Vatican II. Themes addressed in recent years include: Art, Religion and Spirituality; Praying the Psalms; Transition and Transformation; Vatican II at 50 Years of Age; The Gifts of Aging; Enneagram; Identifying your Strengths; Compassionate Listening; Mary for the 21st Century; Preferential Option for the Poor; Praying the New Roman Missal; Jesus Kept Kosher; Theology, Spirituality and Aesthetics; Spirituality and Vulnerability; and the Gospel of John.

New Directions Fall 2013 cohort during a workshop at Lennox House

For a complete list of recent workshops, click on the semester link:
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Contact Information

Robert W. McChesney, S.J.

Director of New Directions Sabbatical Program
(510) 549-5046
1 (800) 824-0122

Natalie Terry

Graduate Assistant for the New Directions Sabbatical Program
(510) 549-5028

Jesuit School of Theology
ATTN: New Directions
1735 LeRoy Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States of America

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