Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

Jesuit Mission


Preparation for a Faith that Does Justice

The Ignatian tradition of spirituality and discernment permeates every aspect of the school. With an abundance of opportunities to exercise and reflect on real-world pastoral applications, students practice what they learn in class. Each student may participate in daily liturgy, regular spiritual direction, retreats, many offerings in Ignatian spirituality, and other opportunities for spiritual growth. Faithful to the Catholic tradition, world-class faculty teach students to think critically about theology and how to live a faith that does justice in service of the Church and the world.

  • iconFaith Doing Justice

    JST students can be found serving the wider East Bay and San Francisco communities in numerous ways: in prisons, hospitals, parishes, retreat centers, and social service agencies. Whether planning programs, preaching, offering spiritual direction, leading retreats, or providing a ministry of presence to people in need, students have an abundance of opportunity to place their faith at the service of justice in ministry.

  • iconSpiritual Formation in the Ignatian Tradition

    Explore the content of Spiritual Formation at JST by visiting the Spiritual Formation section of the website. Spiritual Formation programming includes days of reflections, spiritual direction, retreats, presentations, course offerings, all in the Ignatian tradition.

  • iconInterreligious Theological Immersion Cycle

    In a 21st century world of increasingly prominent comparative religions, growing religious fundamentalism, and eroding traditional beliefs, JST prepares students to go to the frontiers of religion via academic course work and interreligious theological immersions. In-country immersions explore the world of Islam in Indonesia, Hinduism in India, and Tibetan Buddhism in Nepal.

  • iconThe Ignatian Pilgrimage

    Students in the incoming M.Div. cohort, who represent diverse vocations as Jesuits, women religious, laywomen, and men, all become Ignatian pilgrims during the January intersession. An extended off-campus Ignatian Pilgrimage allows student-pilgrims to explore JST's local neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area. In doing so, student-pilgrims develop skills of theological and ministerial reflection based upon the traditional Ignatian "mysticism of open eyes."

  • iconSociety of Jesus

    The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University is one of two Jesuit theologates in the United States. Discover more about Jesuit education, Ignatian spirituality, and the Society of Jesus throughout the world by clicking the link above.

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