JST News & Events
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.
Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | 408-554-5121 | email@example.com
Wednesday, Apr. 24, 2013
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Monday, Mar. 25, 2013
The Spring 2013 edition of Bridge is now available online!
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
Students, please see the Registrar's Page for more information.
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
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.
Deborah Lohse | SCU Media Relations | firstname.lastname@example.org | 408-554-5121
Tuesday, Apr. 17, 2012
Moral Theologian, Ethicist Thomas J. Massaro, S.J., joins University.
Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2011
National Jesuit News highlights his journey in a new video series.
Thursday, Mar. 17, 2011
The Spring 2011 edition of Bridge is now available online!
Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2011
Lan spoke at a press conference with James Redford, son of actor Robert Redford at UCSF on organ donor awareness for the Share the Beat concert.
Tuesday, Mar. 1, 2011
Please congratulate Sr. Sandra Schneiders, Professor Emerita of New Testament Studies and Spirituality, for being named one of seven Luce Fellows for the 2011-2012 academic year.
This prestigious award will allow her to conduct research for a monograph and present her findings at the annual Luce Fellows Conference. Sr. Sandra’s work will focus on the topic of “Risen Jesus, Cosmic Christ: Biblical Spirituality in the Gospel of John.” For more information on the Henry Luce III Fellows in Theology, please click here. For the full press release, please click here.
Thursday, Feb. 24, 2011
Check out this year's Indonesia immersion video!
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
For more information, please contact the admissions office at: 510-549-5013
Friday, Dec. 17, 2010
To all whose lives have been touched by Professor Alejandro García-Rivera, please consider donating to the Alejandro García-Rivera Memorial Fund for Art and Religion. Go to http://www.scu.edu/jst/alumni/giving/, click on the link to "Make a gift now" and choose "other," then complete the empty field with the fund above.
Saturday, Nov. 27, 2010
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Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010
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Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2010
Wednesday, Jul. 14, 2010
The SCU community mourns the loss of Chancellor Paul Locatelli, S.J.
Monday, Jun. 29, 2009
Special JST-SCU Integration issue, featuring a Photo Essay marking JST's 75th Anniversary. Read the PDF version.