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JST Spiritual Community

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 through two offices: the Director of Spiritual Formation, George Murphy, S.J., organizes groups open to all students, and the Director of the JST Renewal Program, Bruce Lescher, organizes groups designed specifically for sabbatical students. 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, 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. Every year, each M.Div. cohort goes away together for a day of prayer. The JST Renewal Program offers two prayer days during each semester, one in the middle of the term and one at the end.

This year a nineteenth annotation retreat of the Spiritual Exercises will be offered starting in September 2017. This retreat involves daily prayer, a weekly meeting with a spiritual director and a monthly group meeting. It will finish in May 2018.  A Retreat in Daily Life is offered during Lent each year.
Retreat Days (Days of Prayer) are offered during Advent and Lent.
In the spring, lay students have the opportunity to participate in a silent retreat at El Retiro Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos.
JST students are welcome to participate in several retreats offered through SCU. For details for the current academic year, 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.