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Liturgy News
  • Tuesday, December 11: Vigil for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe; Children of St. Patrick's Parish in Oakland will enact the story of Juan Diego and the Virgin. Join us afterwards for tamales and piñata fun for the children.
  • Wednesday, December 12: Spanish Mass
  • Liturgy Schedule during break (Dec. 15 - Feb. 2): Monday - Friday, 5:15pm Mass; Saturday, 8:30am Mass. 
  • Exceptions: Monday, Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 8:30am
  • No Mass on Tuesday, Christmas Day, Dec. 25
  • Monday, New Year's Eve, Dec. 31, 8:30am
  • Tuesday, New Year's Day, Jan. 1, 10:00am.
Monday 12/10 8:00am Zezika
Tuesday 12/11 8:00am Tyrrell 5:15pm Fernandez
Wednesday 12/12 8:00am Tran 5:15pm O'Brien
Thursday 12/13 8:00am Otto 5:15pm Llanera
Friday 12/14 8:00am Mayaki 5:15pm Garcia Pintos
Saturday 12/15 8:30am Hsu

JST Announcements
  • JST lay students are invited to a retreat at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, March 15-17, 2019, Friday evening-Sunday noon. The retreat will involve time for quiet prayer, sharing, and reflection, including reflection upon the Sunday Transfiguration gospel, Luke 9:28-36. Jeanne Weir, M.Div., JST alumna, will facilitate. RSVP to Mary Beth Lamb at by December 12.
  • Applications are now open for the Summer Practicum in Spiritual Direction, June 17 - July 12, directed by Jane Ferdon, O.P. and George Murphy, S.J. Applications are due by February 1, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • The JST Office of Student Life is looking for a graduate assistant to help with making flyers, worship aids, and other office assistance. For a job description and how to apply, click here.
  • Building Hours for Winter Break and Intersession: Dec. 17-21, Jan. 2-Feb.1 7:45am-5:00pm; Closed Dec. 24 - Jan. 1, and Jan. 21 (Martin Luther King Day)

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
All Day

GTU News and Events

Meditation in the Gallery

Every Thursday, from 2-3pm, join Institute of Buddhist Studies student Quang Le in a mindfulness meditation session in the Doug Adams Gallery (2465 Le Conte Avenue). Quang has taught meditation for eight years, in Vietnam, Thailand, the United States, and Canada. Since 2007, he has been a disciple of the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to increase well-being and reduce stress and anger. This opportunity is available for all GTU students, faculty and staff.

Contemplative Advent Retreat
9:00am-1:00pm; 2407 Dana Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

Christians are called people of the Way (Acts 9:2): We follow the Way, live with the Way, and prepare the Way. Advent is an opportunity to reflect on this adventure into which God invites us. Carve out time in the press toward Christmas to prepare your hearts for walking the Way in the year ahead. Join us for a morning of prayer, reflection, and readying ourselves to continue our great pilgrimage with Christ. Co-sponsored by New College Berkeley and First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.

Third Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
4:30-5:30pm; BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

Every Third Thursday of the month, receive a complimentary ticket to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and hear a short talk by a GTU faculty member on an exhibition or artwork. 

On December 13, join us to hear Dr. Thomas Cattoi respond to the exhibition, “Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad.”

Please note, your Eventbrite RSVP does not include admission to BAMPFA. A CARe staff member will meet you in the BAMPFA lobby to check in and distribute visitor passes.


Community Events and Announcements

"Advent In/Action" Retreat
1:30-4:30pm; Newman Hall Lounge, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley
Come explore the interplay of faithfulness and fallowness present between work and rest, as well as how the gifts and commandments of Sabbath and Sabbatical may lead us closer to God during this Advent season.
Facilitator: Dr. Carrie Rehak, Ph.D.
People's Assembly for Migrant Caravan Safety
7:00pm-9:00pm, First Presbyterian Church of Oakland, 2619 Broadway, Oakland

Join IM4HI (Interfaith Movement for Human Integrity) and the Migrant Welcome Community of the Bay Area for an evening of sharing and action as we better understand the recent caravans and take action in solidarity with their participants.

Young Adults Prayer and Potluck: Preparing the Way for Advent
12:00-1:00pm; Our Lady of Lourdes, 2808 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA

Join the Young Adults of Our Lady of Lourdes for a series in which we will examine the four themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love. We will meet on December 9th and 16th after the 11am mass in the church library. If you are interested in helping or bringing a potluck dish, please contact Mary Reilly at

Kitka Performance
8:00pm-10:00pm, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions.

Kitka Performance
8:00pm-10:00pm, St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 114 Montecito Avenue, Oakland

Wintersongs is Kitka's critically-acclaimed and wildly popular winter holiday program showcasing seasonal music from a wide variety of Eastern European ethnic and spiritual traditions.

Job Announcements and More

Global Mission with Maryknoll Lay Missioners


Are you feeling called to serve in global mission?  Mark your calendar to find all the ways you can serve at one of these upcoming webinars.
Jan. 16, 3:00pm EST  login to
Feb. 19, 11:00am EST login to
To learn more about Maryknoll Lay Missioners, email or call 914-467-8857
Tri-Valley CAREs

Tri-Valley CAREs is seeking to hire a Bilingual Community Organizer to build community capacity and empower residents in western San Joaquin County to better involve them in environmental decision-making. Applicants should have a passion for environmental justice and empowering communities to create positive change. For more information and application instructions, call 925-443-7148.

Summer 2019 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Unit
June 3 - August 9, 2019
Application Deadline: December 15, 2018
Christus Santa Rosa Health System and the Children's Hospital of San Antonio are a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) component site of the Christus Health Accredited CPE program. Christus Health views Clinical Pastoral Education as theological education that utilizes learning by experience in a clinical setting in the company of peers under the supervision of a qualified teacher/practitioner of the ministry of spiritual care.
Witnesses to the Faith: A Catholic Pilgrimage in a Changing China
April 23 - May 2, 2019
Visit sites where Catholics today live out their witness to Christian faith in contemporary society and where their forebears grounded that faith at the price of their lives. For costs and further information, visit the website of the US-China Catholic Association.
Summer Ethical Leadership Fellowship for Graduate Students and New Clergy

FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership taking place in Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (the location of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz). FASPE Seminary is non-denominational and open to graduate students studying to be religious leaders or scholars (whether in a seminary, divinity, rabbinical, Muslim Chaplaincy, or other program). By studying professional ethics at the sites of Nazi actions, our Fellows experience the importance of professional ethics in an immersive, powerful, and personal way.

The Fellowship is fully funded, and we will be awarding the 2019 FASPE Seminary Fellowship to 12 to 18 applicants. 
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program and preparing to serve as religious leaders (whether in a seminary, divinity, rabbinical, Muslim Chaplaincy, or other program) OR have received such a degree between May 2017 and January 2019. 

To learn more about FASPE and to apply, please visit: 

Completed applications are due: Monday, December 28.

Call For Papers
6th ANNUAL Spring Conference, Lumen et Vita
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, February 9, 2019
2019 Annual Conference Theme: Preaching and Living the Gospel
Papers from all theological disciplines are welcome. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and sent to Please include your name, year, school, degree program, and the area in which your proposal falls. Final papers should be 5-6 pages in length, for a 15 minute presentation. Presented papers will be considered for publication in Lumen et Vita's spring issue.
Abstracts due: December 23.
Call for Papers
Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology (BJRT)
Editors of the BJRT invite scholars to submit articles and book reviews for inclusion in the journal. The BJRT strongly encourages rigorous and creative scholarship from different religious and theological traditions and methods. The journal aspires to be an international and diverse forum of original, cutting-edge scholarship in religious studies, philosophy and theology that reflects the GTU's endeavor to be an interdisciplinary and interreligious community that grows in knowledge, thrives in spirit, and unites in solutions. For instructions for submissions and style Guide, see:
Submission deadline is February 1, 2019.
Call for Papers

Roth Prize

Students are invited to participate in the competition offered by the Mercersburg Society, with a $750 prize for the best student paper on any topic, historical or contemporary, pertaining to Mercersburg Theology. The papers will be approximately 15-20 pages long, with appropriate documentation. The prize winner will be invited to present the winning essay at an upcoming Mercersburg Society Convocation (in June), and may then be published in the New Mercersburg Review.  

Submissions should be sent to Anne Thayer, by May 20, 2019.

photo of Silvana Arevalo and Bobby Karle at JST entrance

JST Renewal Program students heading to their last retreat at San Damiano. Photo by Jasmine Allen.

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Phone: 510-549-5029