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Program information

Depending upon gifts received by JST and designated for the Renewal Program, the program director can occasionally offer limited scholarship support to the neediest applicants accepted into the program. For additional information, contact the Director, Bruce Lescher, at, after your acceptance into the program.

Most Renewal Program participants live in apartment-style units in JST's Corcoran House consisting of one or two single-occupancy bedrooms, a living room, dining area and full kitchen. There are two computers with internet access in the lounge, and the entire building has wireless internet connectivity as well.

For more details on JST housing options, please visit JST Housing or contact JST's Administrative Services Manager, Tanisha Sparks, who is happy to assist you in your search for housing.

Two other housing options are available:

One is the local Berkeley Salesian Community at Don Bosco Hall. Located conveniently just three blocks from JST, it is open to secular priests, women and men religious, and laity. All meals are included in the costs, as well as internet, landline telephone, and washer/dryer. Don Bosco Hall has a strong common liturgical tradition. For more information, please contact Fr. John Roche, SDB at

A second is Lenox House, a ministry of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, located in nearby Oakland, six miles distant from the JST campus. Contact Fr. Don Arel, OMI at



There are several options for grocery shopping around the school. If you don't have a car, JST provides transportation for shopping, doctor appointments, and other trips. To explore shopping options, click here.

Most participants prepare their own meals, and they also frequently take turns cooking with other members of the program. If you prefer a quality cafeteria option, try the Consortial Dining Plan of the Graduate Theological Union. A healthy, delicious meal is available six days a week, with “all you can eat” entrees, just two blocks from the JST apartments on the campus of the Pacific School of Religion. You can sample the fresh fruit, salads and breads, made to order breakfasts, homemade soups, vegetarian options, and freshly baked desserts at a reasonable cost. Accommodations can be made for particular dietary needs and restrictions. For more information, visit



Fall 2017

  • August 17- JST Housing Available
  • August 21-24- Opening Retreat
  • August 26-San Francisco Tour
  • August 28-September 1- JST and GTU Orientation and Academic Registration
  • September 5- Fall Semester 2017 Begins
  • October 23-29- Reading Week, no classes
  • December 15- Fall Semester 2017 ends


Spring 2018

“My sabbatical was a watershed in my life... that has made all the difference. I am eternally grateful.”
—Francis Baum, MSC
Kew, Australia