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  •  Summer Latin course available

    Tuesday, Mar. 3, 2015
  •  Lenten Prayer Experience

    Friday, Feb. 6, 2015

    An invitation from George Murphy, S.J., Director of Spiritual Formation, to join us for a Lenten Prayer Experience:

    Lenten Prayer Experience: Please join the Jesuits for “Igniting our Values,” our Lent 2015 digital prayer experience beginning on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 18, through Easter Sunday, April 5, 2015. Participants who sign up at will receive an evening email with the newly posted content. 

    While we journey, we will prayerfully consider the Gospel readings in light of our Ignatian identity. We will explore what it means to be companions of Jesus — whether as Jesuits or Jesuit colleagues, partners in mission, students, alumni, family or friends.

    Men and women from across the Jesuit spectrum will provide daily reflections (available in Spanish as well as English). Carefully selected music, video, art and poetry will enrich our prayer.

    If you are a JST student, faculty, or staff member, and would like to join a faith sharing group, please let us know at:

  •  Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative receives $750,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

    Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015

    Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative
  •  Alumnus Daniel Hendrickson, SJ has been named the next president of Creighton University

    Monday, Dec. 8, 2014
  •  In Memoriam: Jane Daggett Dillenberger (1916-2014)

    Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

    A memorial service will be held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church at 2300 Bancroft Way in Berkeley on Saturday, December 6, at 2:00 pm. Following the memorial service there will be a reception co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts, Religion and Education (CARE) and the GTU in the Doug Adams Gallery at 1798 Scenic Avenue in Berkeley. 

    The Graduate Theological Union community mourns the loss of Jane Dillenberger, Professor Emerita of Theology and the Arts, who died at her home in Berkeley on November 11 at the age of 98.  She is survived by her beloved daughter, Bonnie Farber.

    A pioneer in the dialogue between religion and modern art, Professor Dillenberger was trained as an art historian at the University of Chicago and Harvard. During the course of her long career, she taught courses in art and religion at Drew University, San Francisco Theological Seminary, Pacific School of Religion, the GTU, and elsewhere.

    Her published books include Style and Content in Christian Art (1965), Secular Art with Sacred Themes (1969), The Religious Art of Andy Warhol (1998), and most recently a book co-authored with GTU Ph.D. graduate John Handley on The Religious Art of Pablo Picasso (2014).

    Professor Dillenberger served in various curatorial capacities at the Newark Museum, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the National Collection of Fine Arts. Her most important exhibitions were in the 1970s at the Berkeley Art Museum, where she co-curated “The Hand and the Spirit: Religious Art in America, 1700–1900” with art historian and museum director Joshua Taylor, and “Perceptions of the Spirit in 20th Century American Art” with her then-husband, the late John Dillenberger.

    Professor Dillenberger was a close friend of the Jesuit School of Theology even before it came into being here in Berkeley.  A dinner conversation in January 1964 between Father Harry T. Corcoran, S.J., Dean of Alma College, near Los Gatos, and GTU Dean John Dillenberger, and his wife Professor Jane Dillenberger, began the process for the Jesuits to join the Graduate Theological Union. 

    Complex negotiations at the Jesuit end—with faculty, with Jesuit Provincials and Father General Pedro Arrupe, and with the Bishop of Oakland, Floyd Begin—took some time, over five years. But throughout, Jane’s dignified warmth and gracefulness encouraged Fr. Corcoran in his part of the conversations through all the channels until Alma became the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley in October 1969, forty-five years ago this fall. 

    A warm friendship developed between Professor Dillenberger and the school and its faculty, and especially with Father Corcoran, which continued until his death in late December 1997.  At a memorial for him in the UCC Chapel, held early the following year, Professor Dillenberger, along with Bishop Cummins, spoke of Fr. Corcoran’s dedication and commitment to moving here.

    Even after her retirement from full-time teaching, Professor Dillenberger was active in the Art and Religion area at the GTU as a lecturer and mentor to students and faculty alike. Her approach to theological aesthetics can be summed up in a comment she made during an interview in 2008: “I have always taught that inside great works of art, we have the artist's vision encapsulated somehow. And when we truly yield ourselves to the image and look carefully at what we're seeing, it's possible for us to actually participate in that vision. That's a moment of ecstasy, an experience when we are out of ourselves—that's what ecstasy means, to be out of yourself. And to me that's a great religious moment.” 

    Professor Dillenberger contributed to the GTU in ways less publicly visible:  she was the inspiration for the current GTU/JST endowed professorship in Art History and Religion, recently held by Professor Mia Mochizuki and now by Professor Kate Barush.  Professor Mochizuki recalls her as a sort of “fairy godmother” in her ability to make connections and projects happen in delightful ways. 

    Thomas E. Bertelsen, who endowed this position, recalls:

    “I first met Jane when taking various courses that she taught while I was studying for my M.A. My field was church history and I used art as a helpful lens. For my thesis I studied the significance of commissioned liturgical works by patrons and focused on the importance of Cardinal Alessandro Farnese's financial sponsorship on the architecture of the Gesù [Chapel of the Jesuit Residence] in Rome. While I was on the GTU board, Jane convinced me of the need to have a permanent fund to support art exhibitions in the Library. With a challenge grant, the endowment was soon fully subscribed through friends of Jane. But she had greater ambitions for the GTU than rotating exhibits.  While unfilled, her passionate desire was to create a museum to exhibit the religious art that the GTU and member schools had acquired over the years. And her second desire was to have her former student and close friend, Fr. Terry Dempsey, S.J., be recruited to lead such a museum the way he had done for the museum at St. Louis University.”

    Professor Dillenberger realized that second desire, serving as Chair of the Board of Advisors for the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art at Saint Louis University, the museum Fr. Dempsey  founded and which was the outgrowth of his doctoral studies in "Religion and the Arts" at the GTU.  Fr. Dempsey fondly remembers Professor Dillenberger, his mentor, colleague and friend of 32 years:

    “She hosted visitors from all over the world in her Berkeley home--artists, theologians, art historians, museum directors, curators, musicians, GTU colleagues and GTU students.  Over wine and cheese, some of the most interesting conversations took place on a wide range of subjects.   She also loved poetry and literature, and she had great admiration for Kevin Burke, S.J. and his poetry.  She remained intellectually alive until her death as her last book, "The Religious Art of Pablo Picasso," co-authored with GTU graduate Dr. John Handley, was published just last May.

    Keen vision, meticulous research and contagious passion—three key qualities of Jane’s scholarship and her teaching. And she touched her students and colleagues with those qualities. You couldn't help but get caught up in the passion that Jane felt for art and in the animated and insightful conversations that took place.  You also couldn’t help but be touched by her care for others and her generosity of spirit. Her love for art came out of her love for humanity, and her love for humanity came out of her faith and her belief in a compassionate God.

    Something remarkable happened to those of us who were Jane’s students, colleagues, and friends—we became better persons aesthetically, intellectually, ethically, and spiritually, if we were open.  This indeed was a great gift to us and to our own students and colleagues, for Jane helped shape how we see and interact with the world, and we are passing that on to others.  And the Museum of Contemporary Religious Art that I have been privileged to develop at Saint Louis University would not exist without Jane's good counsel, her example, and her encouragement, and for this I am profoundly grateful.”

    Thomas Bertelsen, George Griener, SJ, and Terence Dempsey, SJ contributing


  •  JST presents at 17th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice in D.C.

    Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014


    Jesuit School of Theology to PRESENT AT 17TH annual


    National Catholic Social Justice Conference to Commemorate

     25th Anniversary of Six Jesuit Priests and Laywomen Killed in El Salvador

    WASHINGTON, DC – Jesuit School of Theology will be featured as a breakout presenter at the 17th annual Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice this weekend in Washington, D.C. The Teach-In is a national gathering of more than 1,300 social justice advocates affiliated with Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes, and the larger Catholic Church.  This year’s 17th annual Teach-In will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests and two laywomen, killed in El Salvador on November 16, 1989, by Salvadoran military for their defense of the economically poor.

    The IFTJ is sponsored by the Ignatian Solidarity Network, a national lay-led, faith-based, social justice organization that works to mobilize Jesuit universities, high schools, parishes, and ministries and the larger church throughout the United States in order to effect positive social change on critical issues facing the world.  Teach-In attendees represent over eighty Catholic institutions in twenty-five states, Canada, El Salvador, and Mexico.

    Keynote speakers include Marie Dennis, Co-President of Pax Christi International; Michael Lee, Ph.D., Professor of Systematic Theology at Fordham University; Fr. Ismael Moreno Coto, S.J., a Honduran human rights activist; Caroline Brennan, Senior Communications Officer at Catholic Relief Services; Fr. James Martin, S.J., editor-at-large at America Magazine; Fr. Tom Reese, S.J., columnist at National Catholic Reporter; and Daniel Misleh, Executive Director of the Catholic Climate Covenant.

    This year’s Teach-In includes the national premiere of a documentary depicting the story and legacy of the Jesuit murders in El Salvador. Entitled “Blood in the Backyard,” the approximately 30-minute documentary produced by Loyola Productions includes interviews with Rep. Jim McGovern, former U.S. Ambassador to El Salvador William Walker, and Fr. Jon Sobrino, S.J.  The documentary will be shown on Saturday (11/15) evening and will be followed by a communal prayer service commemorating the lives of the murdered Jesuits and their lay companions.

    In addition to the workshops, keynote addresses, and policy discussions, participants will rally on Capitol Hill on Monday, November 17, before collectively meeting with over 125 U.S. Congressional offices.  Advocates will visit with their respective lawmakers to urge Congress members to pass humane comprehensive immigration reform, support human rights oriented policies in Central America, and respond to climate change and effects marginalizing the economically poor.

    “Not only will the Teach-In participants commemorate the lives of the murdered Jesuits, they will put the martyrs' legacy into action by advocating on Capitol Hill for key issues facing people across the world today,” said Christopher Kerr, executive director of the Ignatian Solidarity Network. Kerr continued, “This is a critical time for faith-based advocates to be calling on our country's leaders to act morally on important issues like immigration reform, climate change, and human rights in Central America.”

    The Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice is sponsored by: Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, Catholic Relief Services, Jesuit School of Theology at Santa Clara University, Loyola University Chicago Institute of Pastoral Studies, Loyola University Maryland, University of San Francisco, Xavier University, America Magazine, Appalachian Institute at Wheeling Jesuit University, Bread for the World, Fairfield University, U.S. Jesuits National Advocacy Office, John Carroll University, Kalmanovitz Initiative for Labor and the Working Poor at Georgetown University, Loyola Press, Oxfam America, and Villanova University.

    Full schedule of events:

    Live Stream (Saturday & Sunday):

    Social Media Connections for the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice:

    ISN Twitter Handle: @IGsolidarityNET

    Teach-In Hashtag: #IFTJ14

    Facebook: /ignatiansolidarity

    Instagram: ignatiansolidarity


    The Ignatian Solidarity Network (ISN) is a national social justice network inspired by the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola. ISN was founded in 2004 and is a lay-led organization working in partnership with Jesuit universities, high schools, and parishes, along with many other Catholic institutions and social justice partners. More information can be found at:





    Christopher Kerr, Executive Director, Ignatian Solidarity Network

    216-397-2088 |

  •  Ordination to Transitional Diaconate, October 2014

    Monday, Nov. 3, 2014

    13 Jesuit Scholastics from JST were ordained at the Cathedral of Christ the Light.

    13 JST Jesuit Scholastics ordained
  •  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 | | 408-554-5121
    Christine Scheller | AAAS | |  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


  •  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
  •  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
    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


  •  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
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