Jean Donovan Community

Jean Donovan Community is a lay intentional community named after Jean Donovan, a Maryknoll lay missionary who was murdered in El Salvador in 1980.  JDC seeks to keep the memory of Jean Donovan, and her vocation as a lay minister, alive in the community. JDC’s mission statement, formulated by the community members, is the following:

“The Jean Donovan Community is rooted in compassion and respect, and committed to open communication.

We express hospitality within and outside of JDC, desiring to create a space for authentic living. 

We challenge each other to grow as we live in response to the call of the gospel through prayer, justice, reflection, and relationship.”

(This mission statement is updated each year by the community members.)

JDC is located on the top floor of 2600 Virginia Street, Berkeley, right next door to JST. Up to six members live in this community. Each community member has their own bedroom, and shares common spaces including two bathrooms, kitchen, living room, central patio, and balcony.

Building location: 2600 Virginia Street, Apt. 9, Berkeley

Accommodations: 6 individual bedrooms; shared common areas

Furnishings: bed, desk, dresser, and fully furnished common areas (Note: Linens and housewares are not provided by JST).

Laundry: Coin-operated washer and dryer are available on ground level. The washer costs $1.25 per cycle, and the dryer costs $1.00 per cycle

Pet Policy: No pets are allowed. 

Rates: 2018-19 rate is $3160/semester per person; rate includes utilities.