Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

Lay Intentional Communities


Communities at JST

Shabbat Community

Shabbat is JST's lay intentional community in Oakland. Learn more about Shabbat here.

Jean Donovan Community

Jean Donovoan, or JDC, is JST's lay intentional community in Berkeley. Learn more about JDC here.

Living in Lay Intentional Community at JST

JST offers students the opportunity to live in lay intentional communities. These are living communities of lay students whose independent studies and ministry experiences are enriched by gathering once a week for a shared meal as well as opportunities for reflection with members of their community throughout each semester. Each community member resides in her/his own bedroom and shares the kitchen and common areas along with various household responsibilities. The number of lay intentional communities varies from year to year. Lay students who would like to live in these communities during their graduate studies are required to complete an application and participate in an interview process with current community members. No pets are allowed.

Interviews for the lay communities take place in the spring of each year. Potential community members should consider the following questions:

  • How would you define intentional community, or what do you imagine the elements of intentional community to be?
  • Why would you like to live in an intentional community?
  • What could you contribute to an intentional community?
  • What would be potential challenges faced in intentional communities and how would you address these if you were a member of a community facing such challenges?
  • What are some expectations you have about living in community? 

Thoughtful, well-developed answers to these questions will help in the discernment of whether lay intentional community life is for you.

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Tanisha Sparks

Administrative Services Manager
(510) 549-5071

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Rents range from $520 to $1395 per month, including utilities.

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To apply for housing, please fill out our online application form. Priority consideration will be given to applications received by April 1st for fall semester. Application deadline for fall semester is May 8th.

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