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.
Faith Doing Justice
JST students can be found serving the wider Oakland and San Francisco communities in numerous ways: in prisons, hospitals, parishes, retreat centers, and social service agencies. Whether it be planning programs, preaching, offering spiritual direction, leading retreats, or just being present to others in need, there are plenty of opportunities available for all students to practice ministry and place their faith at the service of justice.
Spiritual Formation in the Ignatian Tradition
JST offers an array opportunities for students to nourish their souls. Days of reflection, faculty-led Tuesday evening inputs with an Ignatian component, weekend retreats, Lenten retreats, and 5-day silent retreats are regularly offered at JST. Additional spiritual formation programs include spiritual direction, weekly sessions on topics such as looking at prayer in new ways, Spiritual Exercises in daily life, and spiritual tune-up. JST faculty offer courses including: Experiments in Prayer and Meditation; Spiritual Direction Practicum; Ignatian Spirituality: a Study of Foundations; Discernment; Ignatius and Luther; and Jesuits in the Arts.For more information about Spiritual Formation at JST, please contact the Director of Formation, Fr. George Murphy, S.J., by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The Ignatian Pilgrimage
The incoming M.Div. cohort of students - representing diverse vocations as Jesuits, women religious, laywomen and men - all become Ignatian pilgrims during the January intersession. By means of an extended off-campus Ignatian Pilgrimage to explore JST's local neighborhood in the San Francisco Bay Area, the student-pilgrims develop new skills of theological and ministerial reflection based upon the traditional Ignatian "mysticism of open eyes."
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