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Michael Testimonial “Initially, I thought I was going through a honeymoon period. But no, the whole experience was amazing, and has met and even gone beyond my wildest hopes. Coming into the year I sought spiritual renewal. i had not taken a sabbatical year since my ordination thirty years ago. From the day I arrived I felt this was the place to be. Fr. Rob McChesney and his team were with me every step of the way.”
—Michael Moore, Saint Patrick's Missionary Society- Ireland
catherine testimonial “The blend of solitude and community, study and leisure was perfect for me! I loved the interaction with the faculty and students from so many different countries and cultures. And I mustn't forget the joy of walking regularly through beautiful neighborhoods with abundant flowers and incredible vistas of the San Francisco Bay!”
—Catherine Patten, RSHM- U.S.A
Etienne Testimonial “The friendly environment of the institution has been very conducive to holistic growth of spirit, soul, mind and body. A blessing and privilege to enjoy two semesters!”
—Fr. Etienne Khumbah, Diocese of Buea-Cameroon
Fr. Antonio Pernia “I've received a new pair of eyes with which to see myself, others, the world and God differently...the sabbatical was like a contemplative journey, gazing at God's face so that one learns to gaze at the world with God's eyes...Through the various program components, New Directions was ultimately an experience of receiving a new heart – a heart of flesh not of stone.”
—Anthony Pernia, SVD (former Superior General)- Philippines
Fr. John Wandless “New Directions offers an opportunity for reflections on ministry with priests from all over the world…..You will return home with refreshed ideas in theology, spirituality and scripture, recharged batteries, and a valuable perspective on the future of the church.”
—Fr. John Wandless, Diocese of Kansas City – St. Joseph, Missouri
Ngelah Ndifor “The spiritual directors available to the program were excellent, and it's a good idea that we each had one...I really enjoyed the program, and will recommend it to others.”
—Ngelah Ndifor, SST - Nlkwen Bamenda, Cameroon
laytestimonial "As a layperson, I initially wondered if New Directions was for me. Yet I was quickly welcomed by the cohort, and found myself laughing and crying with them as we explored together what it means to find rest and peace in a busy world. The opportunity for spiritual direction was delightfully refreshing, and the program’s organization was reassuring. I recommend the experience to anyone needing to refocus or reenergize their lives in the context of God’s grace."
- Paul Novak, Sydney, Australia


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Jim Siwicki

Director of The JST Renewal Program
Phone: (510) 549-5046
Office: Room 215