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  •  AAAS Science for Seminaries grants announced

    Monday, Oct. 13, 2014
    BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 13, 2014 — The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University is among 10 schools that received grants for pilot programs integrating science into core theological curricula, from the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).

    The grant will cover the cost of faculty, campus-wide events on the relevance of science to theological education, science resources, guest speakers, and more. Other seminaries receiving the grants are:

    *Andover Newton Theological School – Newton Centre, Massachusetts
    * Catholic University of America – Washington, D.C.
    * Columbia Theological Seminary – Decatur, Georgia
    * Concordia Seminary – St. Louis, Missouri
    * Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg – Pennsylvania
    * Howard University School of Divinity – Washington, D.C.
    * Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University – Berkeley, California
    * Multnomah Biblical Seminary – Portland, Oregon
    * Regent University School of Divinity – Virginia Beach, Virginia
    * Wake Forest University School of Divinity – Winston-Salem, N.C.

    “The Jesuit School of Theology is grateful for the AAAS support to expand our curriculum and prepare our students for the contemporary global community,” said Thomas Massaro, S.J., dean of JST. “Responsible ministers today must display a strong grasp of the relationship between science and religion, and this grant will help us better fulfill our mission of preparing learned ministers to engage in the digital age.”

    More on the grants can be found here.

    Media Contacts
    Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | dlohse@scu.edu | 408-554-5121
    Christine Scheller | AAAS | cschelle@aaas.org |  202-326-7075

  •  Join us for our weekly community Mass & soup supper!

    Thursday, Sep. 18, 2014
  •  JST welcomes new Professor of Art History and Religion

    Monday, Jul. 21, 2014

    Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University is pleased to welcome Dr. Kathryn Barush as the newest member of its faculty. The courtesy appointment at JST-SCU is concurrent with Dr. Barush’s main appointment as Assistant Professor of Art History and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union (GTU) in Berkeley, the consortium of which JST is a member. This faculty position is supported by the Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr., Endowment in Art History and Religion for the benefit of both the GTU and JST, where Dr. Barush will maintain her office and serve the needs and interests of students in all degree programs of the Jesuit school.

    Since receiving her D.Phil. in the History of Art from the University of Oxford in 2012, Dr. Barush has been a postdoctoral research associate at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. She is also a research affiliate for the Yale University Material and Visual Cultures of Religion project and a consultant for a pilgrimage mapping project for the Museo das Peregrinacións e de Santiago. Previously she worked as a curatorial assistant at the Yale University Center for British Art and interned at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery.

    Dr. Barush’s dissertation examined the concept of the “spiritual journey” as represented in the visual imagination of early-to-mid nineteenth-century Britain. Her current research explores the art and material culture of pilgrimage and the notion of the transfer of “spirit” from sacred sites and objects such as relics to artistic representations such as paintings, labyrinths, icons, and Stations of the Cross. She is also interested in digital preservation and archiving initiatives.

    In welcoming the appointment, GTU Dean Arthur Holder commented, “The addition of Kate Barush to our faculty will help the Graduate Theological Union continue our tradition of strong leadership in the field of Art and Religion at both the masters and doctoral levels.” JST-SCU Dean Thomas Massaro, S.J., agreed: “Kate Barush brings remarkable academic interests and abilities, as well as outstanding personal qualities and experiences to the school communities of JST and GTU. What a pleasure it is to welcome her to Berkeley.”

  •  Twenty-sixth Annual Instituto Hispano Begins July 13

    Thursday, Jul. 10, 2014
  •  Dr. Reiss Potterveld elected President of the Graduate Theological Union

    Thursday, Jul. 3, 2014
  •  We celebrate with our graduates on their ordination to the priesthood! Join us in prayer for their new journey.

    Friday, Jun. 6, 2014
  •  Jon Sobrino, SJ speaks at JST Commencement

    Friday, May. 16, 2014

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  •  Bill O'Neill, SJ receives 2014 Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award

    Friday, May. 9, 2014

    Congratulations to Bill O'Neill, S.J. who received the 2014 Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award at the GTU Commencement ceremony on May 8! Join us in thanking him for his dedication to teaching and scholarship, as well as his warmth and caring as an instructor and colleague.

  •  Women of Wisdom and Action

    Wednesday, Apr. 16, 2014

    Discover our initiative to provide theological and leadership training to sisters from Asia.

    Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative
  •  Bridge Spring 2014

    Friday, Mar. 21, 2014

    The Spring 2014 edition of Bridge is now available online!

    Bridge Spring 2014
  •  New JST Video on YouTube

    Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2013

    View this beautiful virtual visit to our campus and see what makes this place, these students, and our mission so special.

  •  Prof. Mia Mochizuki accepts invitation to join "Global Network University"

    Friday, Aug. 23, 2013

    Dr. Mia M. Mochizuki, Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Associate Professor of Art History and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union and the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, and Affiliated Faculty in the Department of the History of Art and the Department of Dutch Studies at the University of California, Berkeley, has accepted an invitation to join New York University's "Global Network University" with a joint appointment at New York University Abu Dhabi and the Institute of Fine Arts, New York.  Dr. Mochizuki will leave her position at the GTU after June 2014.

    Professor Mochizuki has been at JST and the GTU since 2005, where she has served as Chair of the Art and Religion Area and member of the Faculty Council of the Core Doctoral Faculty. Her research has been recognized with a J. William Fulbright/Netherland-America Foundation Fellowship, a Yale University Theron Rockwell Field Prize, a Henry Luce III/Association of Theological Schools Fellowship, a Charles A. Ryskamp/American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship, an International Research Center for Japanese Studies Fellowship ("Nichibunken," Kyoto) and the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award at the GTU. A frequent contributor to national and international peer-reviewed scholarly journals, she has also been a founding board member of the Journal for Jesuit Studies (Brill) and the Journal for Early Modern Christianity (De Gruyter).

    Professor Mochizuki's interdisciplinary research has addressed problems in early modern visual culture, with special attention to Reformation (Catholic and Protestant) and global Baroque art, particularly those objects produced by the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Portuguese and Dutch trading networks that situate European art in a broader context. Through her research, she has also become involved with the "global turn" or reorientation of art history curricula along transoceanic lines. Earlier projects have included: The Netherlandish Image after Iconoclasm, 1566-1672: Material Religion in the Dutch Golden Age (Ashgate, 2008), which was awarded the College Art Association Publication Award and the ACE/Mercers’ International Book Award for Religious Art and Architecture, and In His Milieu: Essays on Netherlandish Art in Honor of John Michael Montias (Amsterdam University Press, 2006) on the archival and socio-economic study of art.

    During the coming academic year, Professor Mochizuki will complete her book (The Jesuits and the Earliest European Art in Japan), act as a faculty advisor to the Townsend Center Working Group on "Mobilities and Materialities of the Early Modern World" (UCB) and continue to advise her graduate students. She will not be teaching, but the Fall 2013 course “Methods of Visual Analysis” will be taught by her GTU doctoral student Heidi Thimann.

    As a resident faculty member at JST, Professor Mochizuki made unique and valuable contributions to the school community and she will be greatly missed. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors and applaud her years of dedicated service to the students of the GTU and JST.

    Dr. Mia Mochizuki
  •  New Scholarship Honoring Bishop Emeritus Cummins Established at JST

    Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013
    Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins
    A longtime benefactor and board member of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University has helped launch a $230,000 endowed scholarship fund for the Berkeley-based school,  in honor of Oakland Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins.
     
    The initial donor is Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr., chairman of the board of JST, and also an alumnus of the school, which he attended after retiring from a successful career as an investment banker. Other board members and friends JST have also contributed to the fund.
     
    The donations have created the John S. Cummins Endowed Scholarship Fund, which will be invested to provide scholarships for students from Asian countries – especially Mongolia, East Timor and Nepal — to attend JST. The first scholarship is expected to be awarded in the fall of 2014. 
     
    “We are grateful to Tom Bertelsen and the other donors for helping open wider the doors of JST to theology scholars around the world,” said Michael Engh, S.J., president of Santa Clara University. “This is true to the Jesuit Catholic spirit of advancing the mission of the Church, wherever the need is greatest.” 
     
    Bishop Cummins devoted 25 years of his life to helping the Catholic Church  in  some of the least advantaged parts of Asia, where he served as a “fraternal delegate” to the General Assemblies of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences.
     
    “Bishop Cummins has seen the need for top Asian theologians and pastoral ministers to receive advanced theological teaching despite economic obstacles,” said  Thomas Massaro, S.J., dean of JST.  “This generous gift honors and advances that dedication.”
     
    Bishop Cummins began his relationship with the Jesuit School of Theology in 1962, when he became chancellor of the Diocese of Oakland and was made liaison to the three Catholic theological schools that were part of the Graduate Theological Union. He served on the board of directors of JST for ten years, and will step down in June.
     
    “Bishop Cummins has been a longtime supporter of JST and other schools in the Graduate Theological Union,” said Bertelsen. “I am happy that this fund will support worthy students from around the world who share his values.”
     
    The purpose of The Bishop John S. Cummins Endowed Scholarship Fund is to provide financial aid to students at the Jesuit School of Theology.  In allocating funds for these scholarships, preference will be given to qualified students from Asia, including Mongolia, East Timor and Nepal. The students who will be selected must exemplify the ideals and best tradition of Santa Clara.
     
    Those wishing to learn more about the scholarship or wanting to make a gift to the endowment in honor of Bishop Cummins can contact Kristin Aswell at the Jesuit School of Theology at (510) 549-5041 or at kaswell@jstb.edu
     
    About the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
    The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, located in Berkeley, California, is a preeminent international center for the culturally contextualized study of theology. Its mission is to inspire and prepare men and women to become leaders in the Church, academy, and society, serving others through a faith that does justice. Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, JST educates and trains Jesuits, religious, ordained, and lay students from across the United States and from 40 other countries for lives dedicated to ministry and scholarship.
     
    Media Contact
    Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | dlohse@scu.edu | 408-554-5121

     

  •  Instituto Hispano Celebrates 25th

    Wednesday, Jun. 5, 2013

    JST’s Instituto Hispano has a new director, Cecilia Titizano, who came on board in August, shortly after the conclusion of a very successful summer Instituto in July. We had 44 students, and hope to increase those numbers next year and to expand our educational offerings for Latino ministers onto the campus of Santa Clara University. The Instituto is about to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary, and is experiencing new vitality, with a new set of foci and substantial support from three new grants it has won. We are planning to host a gala celebration on Friday, July 26, 11:30 am- 3:30 pm, at which we will honor the founder of the Instituto Hispano, Father Allan Deck, S.J., who recently joined JST’s Board of Directors. Alumni who wish to attend the event are most welcome to join us that day. Please contact Robert McChesney, S.J. for more information or to RSVP.

    Instituto Hispano
  •  Sr. Dianne Bergant to Speak at Commencement May 25

    Wednesday, May. 15, 2013
     

    SANTA CLARA, Calif., May 13, 2013 — A noted professor of Old Testament studies and expert in biblical literature will be the commencement speaker at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST) May 25 at 3 p.m. 

    Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA, the Carroll Stuhlmueller, CP Distinguished Professor of Old Testament Studies.at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, will address the 2013 class of more than 40 graduating students and their family and friends, at a ceremony taking place at 3 p.m. at Zaytuna College, 2401 Leconte Ave., Berkeley, Calif. 

    “We are delighted to welcome Sr. Bergant as our commencement speaker this year,” said Thomas Massaro, S.J., dean of the Jesuit School of Theology. “Her impeccable scholarship on the Old Testament and her wonderful skills at communicating her insights on scripture to wide audiences will be a true gift for our graduating students.”

    Sr. Bergant for three years wrote “The Word” column in America magazine. Also, for more than 15 years, she was the Old Testament book reviewer of The Bible Today magazine, where she was a member of the editorial board for 25 years, five of them as general editor.

    "I am honored to speak to the graduates of the Jesuit School of Theology,” said Bergant. “This opportunity fits perfectly within the ministry I have been privileged to be a part of most of my life, namely, the formation of future ministers of the church.”

    She received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Biblical languages and literature from St. Louis University. She also holds a B.S. in elementary education from Marian College, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. 

    She is the former president of the Catholic Biblical Association of America and the Society of Biblical Literature. 

    For the past 20 years, she has been an active member of the Chicago Catholic/Jewish Scholars Dialogue and serves on the editorial board of Biblical Theology Bulletin, and Chicago Studies.  She is currently working in the areas of biblical interpretation and biblical theology, particularly issues of peace, ecology, and feminism.

    She has written numerous articles and chapters in books, as well as more than a dozen volumes on topics including the Old Testament, scripture and liturgy, ecology and worship, and Hebrew narrative and poetry. 

    The students graduating from JST will be receiving advanced degrees including Master of Divinity (M.Div.); Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.); Master of Arts (M.A.); Master of Theology (Th.M.); Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.); Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) and Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.).

    During the commencement event, Sr. Bergant will receive an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from JST.

    About the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
    The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, located in Berkeley, California, is a preeminent international center for the culturally contextualized study of theology. Its mission is to inspire and prepare men and women to become leaders in the Church, academy, and society, serving others through a faith that does justice. Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, JST educates and trains Jesuits, religious, ordained, and lay students from across the United States and from 40 other countries for lives dedicated to ministry and scholarship.
     
    Media Contact
    Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | 408-554-5121 | dlohse@scu.edu 
    Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA
  •  Annual Fund Matching Gift Challenge!

    Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013

    New gifts/gift increases matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a total of $250,000. Double your impact, give today!

  •  Early Registration begins 11/5!

    Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012

    Students, please see the Registrar's Page for more information.

  •  Vatican II: Recalling Our Past, Looking to Our Future

    Monday, Aug. 6, 2012

     

    Tuesday, October 16, 7:30 pm, Holy Spirit Parish, Berkeley – Interpreting Vatican II, Fr. Joseph Komonchak, PhD, Catholic University of America
     
    Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 pm, JST Chapel – Ecumenism, Mary Ann Donovan, SC, PhD, Arthur Holder, PhD, Graduate Theological Union
     
    Wednesday, February 20, 7:30 pm, JST Chapel – Vatican II and Parish Life, panel presentation
     
    Wednesday, March 13, 7:30 pm, JST Chapel – The Laity and Lay Ministry, Frederick J. Parrella, PhD and Sally Vance-Trembath, PhD, Santa Clara University
     
    Wednesday, April 17, 7:30 pm, JST Chapel – Collegiality and Synodal  Governance, T. Howland Sanks, SJ, PhD, Jesuit School of Theology

     

  •  Luce Foundation Grant Will Help Nuns in Asia Attend the Jesuit School of Theology

    Wednesday, Jul. 25, 2012

     

    BERKELEY and SANTA CLARA, Calif., July 25, 2012 — To support the role of Catholic women religious in China, India, and Vietnam as agents of social change, the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a four-year grant of $375,000 to the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University.

    The grant will fund a pilot program enabling a small group of Catholic nuns to pursue advanced theological degrees at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif. It will also enable them to receive support from the worldwide network of Jesuit institutions and missions when they return to their home countries.

    “We are extremely grateful to receive this grant, which allows us to establish relationships and build the infrastructure for a most promising initiative,” said Thomas Massaro, S.J., dean of the Jesuit School of Theology. “Our faculty are especially enthusiastic about building up the worldwide Church by expanding opportunities for excellent theological education to religious sisters in underserved communities in Asia, where the potential for supporting positive social change is extraordinarily high.”

    In Asia, vocations to religious life are flourishing, but due to poverty or politics there are few venues for advanced theological training or spiritual leadership development. With the education that will be funded by the Luce grant, some nuns or sisters will be able to become educators in their own countries, such as at a new theology center for women in Pune, India.

    Others could better support important changes to their modernizing societies. Historically in the U.S. and developed nations, women religious have been at the forefront of social change, serving as teachers, nurses, or social workers and building schools, hospitals, shelters, and other enduring institutions long before women in general had broad rights.

    “We are delighted to be supporting this initiative, which addresses the theology program’s interests in fostering links between scholars and religious leaders in Asia and the United States, and in preparing women for ministry,” said Lynn Szwaja, program director for theology at the Henry Luce Foundation.

    “This is a great contemporary example of the positive multiplier effect that Jesuits have always pursued in our educational ministries,” added Massaro.

    About the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
    The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, located in Berkeley, Calif., is a preeminent international center for the culturally contextualized study of theology. Its mission is to inspire and prepare men and women to become leaders in the Church, academy, and society, serving others through a faith that does justice. Rooted in Ignatian spirituality, JST educates and trains Jesuits, religious, ordained, and lay students from across the United States and from 40 other countries for lives dedicated to ministry and scholarship. For more information see
    www.scu.edu/jst.

    About the Henry Luce Foundation
    The mission of the Henry Luce Foundation is to broaden knowledge and encourage the highest standards of service and leadership. The Foundation seeks to bring important ideas to the center of America life, strengthen international understanding, and foster innovation and leadership in academic, policy, religious, and art communities.

    Media Contact
    Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | dlohse@scu.edu | 408-554-5121

  •  New Dean Chosen for Jesuit School of Theology

    Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012

    Moral Theologian, Ethicist Thomas J. Massaro, S.J., joins University.

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