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Spiritual Renewal

The Opening Retreat

Your time of renewal begins with a retreat/orientation spread over four days. This will take place at San Damiano Retreat Center in nearby Danville, CA (http://sandamiano.org/). The quiet of the retreat house and the experience of praying together provides an opportunity to slow down from the demands of ministry, to listen to God’s call, and to gain focus for your time of renewal. You will also get to know other members of the Renewal Program group.


The dates for Fall 2017 are August 21-24, and for Spring 2018 the dates are January 16-19.

Closing Retreat

We will return to San Damiano for two days of retreat to give participants an opportunity to step back and review their time in Berkeley and to view their progress towards their next steps in ministry.

The dates for Fall 2017 are November 29-30 and for Spring 2018 are May 9-10.

Ongoing Spiritual Supports

Spiritual direction is privileged means by which to encounter God and find personal integration. It is a key component of the Renewal Program. Participants are expected to choose a spiritual director from a varied list of experienced priests, sisters, and laity that the program maintains and to meet with their director regularly. Your spiritual director is an important companion on your journey of renewal.

The program provides ample unstructured time for prayer, hobbies, and recreation. This free time allows participants the opportunity to decompress from the tensions and pressures they carry to Berkeley and is an important dimension of personal renewal.

Renewal Program participants will have the opportunity to occasionally meet for Eucharist and to share their life journeys and renewal experience in a faith context.

For those who seek a 12-step support group, many options are available in the Berkeley area. Contact the program director for more information, or conduct your own web search for Berkeley and Oakland support groups.

On-Campus Liturgies

All are welcome to participate in the 8:00am and 5:15pm celebrations of the Eucharist Monday through Friday in the campus Gesú Chapel. Every Tuesday at 5:15 there is an all-school liturgy, a soup-and-salad supper, and a presentation to the community. This is a special time for getting to know students in other programs. On Saturdays there is an 8:30am mass. No Sunday mass is scheduled, so that participants have the opportunity to attend Sunday liturgies at one of the Bay Area's diverse parishes.You may visit the JST Spiritual Community page for more information on liturgies.

“The retreat at the beginning of the sabbatical helped me transition from my previous ministry as Provincial, gave me focus and direction and set an atmosphere for New Directions sabbatical experience.”
—Mary Owens, IBVM
Nairobi, Kenya