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JST Spiritual Community

Visit our Spiritual Direction page for information about how to find a spiritual director.

Faith sharing has taken various forms over the years, but the key intent is to gather students in small groups to talk about their experience of God and their journey in faith. Groups are coordinated in several venues. The Director of the JST Renewal Program, JIm Siwicki, S.J., organizes groups designed specifically for sabbatical students. If you are interested in starting a group, please contact Paul Kircher. Information regarding faith sharing opportunities is distributed throughout the year. 

For Jesuits and those lay students who choose to live in a  Lay Intentional Community, faith sharing usually occurs in the small living communities as well.

Prayer days at JST take various forms. A one-day mini-retreat (10:00-3:00), open to all students and usually facilitated by a faculty member, is offered on a weekend day during Advent and another weekend day during Lent . We also offering Prayer mornings. Please check this page again in September 2019 for exact dates during the 2019-2020 academic year.

Every year, each M.Div. cohort goes away together for a day of prayer. As well, the JST Renewal Program offers two prayer days during each semester, one in the middle of the term and one at the end.

Retreat Days (Days of Prayer) are offered during Advent and Lent.
During the weekend of March 13-15, 2019, lay students will have the opportunity to participate in a silent retreat at El Retiro Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos.

SCU Campus Ministry Retreat Opportunities: JST students are welcome to participate in several graduate student retreats offered by SCU.

For more details, click here.

Connect with additional Ignatian retreat resources and explore retreat centers in Bay Area as well. 

At important moments in our lives, we set aside time to give thanks to God for the joys of milestones, help received in reaching goals, and God's promised strength for the challenges ahead. We do this best when we celebrate the Eucharist. Liturgical prayer is a traditional means of carrying out integral formation in the Roman Catholic tradition.

Join us for daily Mass Mondays at 8:00 am, Tuesdays through Fridays at 8:00 am and 5:15 pm, and Saturdays at 8:30 am.  Every other Wednesday we celebrate the 5:15pm Mass in Spanish.

Tuesday Mass & Soup Supper:

Each Tuesday evening of the academic year, the JST community gathers together for Eucharist at 5:15 pm. We gather to bless and praise God and to pray for the life of the world. We pray to the extent that we understand, experience, and embrace our identity as the Body of Christ - the Church.

All are invited to serve as Liturgical Ministers of the Word, Communion, Music, Movement, Bread Baking, and Hospitality. There are opportunities to assist in creating the environment of Gesù Chapel to reflect the liturgical season and deepen the praying heart of community.  If you are interested in serving in this way, please contact Mary Beth Lamb at

After Eucharist, join the JST community for a soup and salad supper. Presentations are occasionally offered after supper. These presentations touch on a variety of topics, including science and faith, Ignatian spirituality, and current JST fellows' research.