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  •  Save the date! Nov 3-4 at SCU

    Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015
    Pope Francis
  •  Rev. Thomas Massaro, S.J. will complete his term as Dean at the end of this academic year.

    Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015
  •  Explore the dialogue between faith and science through the AAAS Science for Seminaries project. Find out more here...

    Wednesday, Jun. 3, 2015
  •  In Memoriam: Lúcás Chan, S.J.

    Tuesday, May. 19, 2015

    We mourn the passing of Lúcás Yiu Sing Chan, S.J. this morning at Marquette University. Fr. Lúcás taught here during spring semester 2012 as a visiting Jesuit scholar. He had just completed his first year of teaching at Marquette and was organizing an international conference of Catholic ethicists to be held in Bangalore, India, in July of this year.

    George Griener, S.J. wrote this beautiful piece for America this week:

    Please also see a lovely tribute to Fr. Lúcás that was published in NCR:

  •  Sr. Bernice Gotelli, PBVM, longtime chaplain of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital to speak at JST Commencement May 23

    Monday, Mar. 23, 2015
  •  Alumnus John Stowe, OFM Conv, appointed Bishop of Lexington, KY

    Thursday, Mar. 12, 2015

    Pope Francis has named John Stowe, OFM Conventual, a 1995 graduate of the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley, to be the third bishop of Lexington, Kentucky. His ordination and installation will take place May 5, 2015.

    John Stowe was born April 15, 1966 in Lorain, OH.  He entered the Lady of Consolation Province of the Conventual Franciscans, Mt. St. Francis, IN, and completed collegiate and philosophy studies at St. Louis University, St. Louis, MO.

    He then enrolled in the Jesuit School of Theology Berkeley in 1990: he graduated in 1993 with the Master of Divinity, and 1995 with the License in Sacred Theology. His thesis was on the first bishop of Mexico: “Juan de Zumárraga, OFM: Bishop and Evangelizer.”  A professor from the University of California Berkeley was on his thesis committee.

    His first assignment after ordination brought him to El Paso, Texas, where he was pastor of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish.  Founded in 1680 at Ysleta, on the US/Mexican border, it had been staffed by Jesuits from 1881 through 1992, until Franciscans took over pastoral responsibility. Tigua Indians remain a sizeable part of the congregation. 

    He became Chancellor, Moderator of the Curia and Vicar General of the Diocese from 2002-2010.  Together with El Paso Rabbi Larry Bach, Fr. John led Catholics and Jews in El Paso in extended inter-religious dialogue and common prayer on the Bible, meeting one week at a Catholic parish, the next week at a Jewish synagogue.

    Since 2010 he has been Rector of the Basilica of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, IN.  He has also been serving as Vicar Provincial of the Conventual Franciscan Province of Our Lady of Consolation.

    During his studies in Berkeley, Fr. John was on the steering committee of the JSTB chapter of Pax Christi, the International Catholic Peace Movement. He led faculty and students to attend the annual Franciscan Desert Experience at the U.S. underground nuclear test site on Shoshone Native American lands in Nevada.  One year the Minister-General of the Friars Minor, Rev. Hermann Schalück, led the group at the site in the Eucharist.

    Fr. John’s deep commitment to social justice continued in El Paso, when he often traveled to the State Legislature in Austin to testify on behalf of legal measures that affected the poor and minorities.  He was about to leave for the Cincinnati airport February 27th and a flight to visit Franciscan Friars in Costa Rica when he learned of his episcopal appointment through a phone call from the Apostolic Nuncio in Washington DC, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.

    The Diocese of Lexington, formed in 1988, is located in the Appalachians:  Catholics represent 3% of the population.  The 40 of the 50 Appalachian counties of Lexington are the "other America," where 74 percent of children live below the federal poverty line. 

    Lexington is designated as a mission diocese within the United States: the geographic, demographic and economic characteristics indicate an acute need to evangelize Gospel values and to provide outreach services elevating human dignity and eliminating human suffering. It has 39 priests, and 6 Jesuits work in the diocese.  Bishop-elect John’s vision of his ministry dovetails with the mission of his Alma Mater, JSTB: “reverent and critical service of the faith that does justice” and of Pope Francis’ hope that we become a church of the poor.

    John Stowe, OFM Conv
  •  Dr. Ursula King's talk at JST on Teilhard de Chardin

    Sunday, Mar. 1, 2015



    April 28, 2015 7:00 pm

    Gesù Chapel

    Sixty years after the death of the great Jesuit paleontologist and theologian, Dr. Ursula King will present an examination of his roots, of his mysticism, and of his importance for contemporary issues of science and religion.

    Ursula King, STL (Paris), MA (Delhi), PhD (London), FRSA, is Professor Emerita of Theology and Religious Studies and Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies, University of Bristol. Educated in Germany, France, India and England, she has lectured all over the world and published numerous books and articles, especially on gender issues in religions, method and theory, modern Hinduism, interfaith dialogue, spirituality, and on the French thinker, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. She is also the author of the soon-to-be published Spirit of Fire: The Life and Vision of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (revised edition).

    For more information, please contact Ana Santos,

    Sponsored by: Santa Clara University: Office of the President, Jesuit School of Theology, Religious Studies Department, Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, Program in Catholic Studies, Santa Clara Jesuit Community and by the Catholic Community at Stanford

    Teilhard de Chardin
  •  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

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  •  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.

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