Your Sabbatical, Your Time!
New Directions is the sabbatical program of the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. It is the only organized Jesuit sabbatical program in North America. Founded in 1973 as the Institute for Spirituality and Worship, the program celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2013. Building on this strong tradition, New Directions is of one or two semester's duration, according to individual preference, and offers priests, religious and laity the flexibility to design their sabbatical in a variety of ways. Your fellow participants are persons with many years of ministerial experience, and like you desire to integrate that rich background so as to be refreshed for the challenges of the 21st century global world and church. At JST they find a vital balance of relaxation in the beautiful San Francisco Bay Area; renewal in human formation, theology and spirituality; a remarkable student body of more than 100 clergy, religious and laity from over 35 countries; and a vibrant worship community in the Roman Catholic tradition.
New Directions is limited to 15 participants. This number is small enough to allow for friendships to develop easily, yet large enough to include stimulating diversity. Members become a natural support for one another. New Directions is also unique in that the sabbatical cohort is enriched by its participation in the larger context of a major international Jesuit formation center. Mutually enriching relationships frequently develop between younger students and experienced ministers. Over recent years, approximately one half of New Directions participants have come from countries outside the United States, providing a fascinating and informative window onto the church universal.
New Directions aims for a holistic sabbatical experience: spiritual, social, affective, physical, and intellectual. Your sabbatical, Your time, God's goodness!