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Authentic and Lasting Reform

Clergy Sexual Abuse: A West Coast View


A panel of speakers will offer a West Coast view of the clergy sexual abuse crisis, drawing on the diversity of the region's Catholics. This conversation will take place just before an important meeting about the crisis at the Vatican between Pope Francis and all of the presidents of the bishops conferences.

Bishop Oscar Cantú of San Jose will speak from the vantage point of his ministerial experiences in Latinx communities in California and New Mexico. Paul Crowley, S.J., SCU professor of Systematic Theology and editor of Theological Studies, will discuss global aspects of the crisis. Sr. Beena Kallely, a GTU doctoral student who wrote her S.T.L. thesis at JST on child sexual abuse in India, will give a South Asian perspective. Vivian Nabuule, a recent JST M.Div. graduate from Uganda, will draw upon her lay-ministerial experience in the African context.

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Liturgy News
  • Thursday, 2/21,  Lay Presider liturgy
Monday, 2/188:00am Kamanzi
Tuesday, 2/198:00am Otto  5:15pm O'Brien
Wednesday, 2/208:00am Hsu  5:15pm Griener
Thursday, 2/218:00am  Clerveau/Nguyen  5:15pm Lay Presider 
Friday, 2/22 8:00am Nyamayaro  5:15pm Griener
Saturday, 2/23 8:30am Diaz Diaz

JST Announcements
  • We are entertaining two more candidates for the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament position at JST. The Public Presentation for the second candidate is on February 19 and the third will be on February 26. The Public Presentations will be held from 1-2pm in Manresa. All are welcome and encouraged to come. Your feedback is essential for the hiring process.
  • La mesa de español invites you to partake in fun Spanish conversation every Tuesday at 1pm on the patio, weather-permitting, or in Compañia.

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
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Mass of the Holy Spirit and Welcome Back BBQ
5:15pm, Gesu Chapel

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

The Promise and Perils of Virtual Reality
11:30am-1:30pm; Tech Museum of Innovation, 201 S Market St

An exploration of virtual reality and ethics by SCU Assistant Professor of Philosophy Erick Ramirez. Lunch provided.

Film Screening and Panel Discussion: "Futbolistas 4 Life"
6-9pm; SCU, Music and Dance Facility

Futbolistas 4 Life is a film about teens from Latinx immigrant families caught in the crosshairs of federal immigration policy. They take solace in the game of soccer, which lets them, if only for a moment, put their worries on the sidelines. A panel discussion will follow featuring four panelists. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served! This event is free, but reservations are required to attend and space is limited; please RSVP.

2019 Diversity Works Awards & Expo
4-6pm; SCU, Locatelli Center

Network with 40+ diverse, inclusive, and equitable companies, nonprofits, and government agencies; learn about the latest Diversity & Inclusion initiatives from professionals in a panel discussion; and explore possible internship, full-time, or volunteer opportunities.

Markkula Ethics Center Spring Events: DNA Testing and the Stranger in My Genes
12-1pm; SCU, Vari Hall, Wiegand Room
In 2012, longtime genealogy buff and CNBC Anchor Bill Griffeth took a DNA test, just for fun, and got the shock of his life. The results suggested that his beloved father was not his father. Hear his story and learn more about DNA testing ethics at this talk co-sponsored by Silicon Valley Reads and the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education of SCU.
Office for Multicultural Learning's Difficult Dialogue Series: #BroncoPosi
6-8pm; SCU, Benson, Parlors B & C

Join the Office for Multicultural Learning for continuing conversations about identity and inclusion.

Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference
March 11-13; SCU School of Law, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA

Join the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS) and the Diocese of San Jose for the 2019 Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative Conference. This annual event is part of CMS’s Catholic Immigrant Integration Initiative (CIII), which seeks to understand, expand, and strengthen the work of Catholic institutions with immigrant communities.

GTU News and Events

GTU Library Workshops

The GTU Library offers many workshops throughout the semester to help students with research, writing and citation. The Zotero workshops feature a free online service for keeping track of bibliographic citations. They also offer workshops on finding resources for biblical and theological research, writing Biblical exegesis papers, and doing research from a distance. Please click the heading of this section for more information.

GTU Co-working Group

Mondays, 9:00am-1:00pm
The Doug Adams Gallery will be open every Monday through May 20 for the GTU's Co-Working Group. Take advantage of the gallery's meditative environment and treat yourself to a quiet sanctuary to study in. Free wi-fi, outlets, and snacks provided!

Left Coast Ear with Kurt Rohde, Part 1
5pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Acclaimed violist and composer Kurt Rohde plays and discusses new works for solo viola and electronics from Sam Nichols and Richard Chowenhill.

Causality in the Human Life: 28th Annual DSPT Aquinas Lecture
7:30pm; Galleria, DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley, CA

This talk will focus on the meaning found in the life narrative. Dr. Mirela Oliva will analyze various forms of causality in the human life, referring to Thomistic scholars such as MacIntyre and Stump, but also to other philosophers such as Gadamer. Dr. Oliva is Associate Professor at the Center for Thomistic Studies at the University of St. Thomas, Houston.  RSVP Recommended.

Madrasa-Midrasha: Aesthetics in Islam and Judaism
2-6pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley

Please join the Center for Jewish Studies and the Center for Islamic Studies for a half-day conference on aesthetics in Judaism and Islam. Reception at 5pm.

Left Coast Ear with Kurt Rohde, Part 2
5pm, GTU Le Conte Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley, CA

Acclaimed violist and composer Kurt Rohde plays and discusses new works for solo viola and electronics from Tina Tallon and Elainie Lillios. The event is free but with limited availability; please RSVP.

Storytelling with Susan Strauss
11am-12pm or 1-2pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

A family-friendly concert with storyteller Susan Strauss. Two folktales are set to original music by Chris Castro, performed by Left Coast Chamber Ensemble musicians Stacey Pelinka, Loren Mach, and Leighton Fong. This performance is offered at two times (11AM and 1PM). The event is free but with limited availability. Please RSVP for 11AM or 1PM.


Community Events and Announcements

St. Columba Church African-American Celebration Series: Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews
4pm; St. Columba Church, 6401 San Pablo Ave, Oakland, CA

Come to St. Columba Catholic Church for the African-American Celebration Series! Rev. Michael-Ray Mathews, Deputy Director of Faith in Action (formerly PICO California) will speak at the liturgy on February 16 at 4pm and the liturgies on February 17 at 8am and 10:30am. There will also be a multi-congregational performance at the 10:30am Mass with the M. Roger Holland Experience Gospel Choir.

Conference: Theology and the Public University
9:30am-6pm, 2/22 and 2/23; 820 Barrows Hall, UC Berkeley, CA

The Berkeley Center for the Study of Religion has been convening workshops and seminars on the place of theology in the university for the past two years. This two-day conference will assemble a group of talented and creative thinkers who are pioneering new ways of imagining theology, broadly construed.

Thomas Merton & Martin Luther King: Prophets for Today
3pm; Arrillaga Recreation Center, Menlo Park Civic Ctr, 700 Alma St, Menlo Park

Michael Higgins, Distinguished Professor of Catholic Thought, Language and Literatures at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT, will share his understanding of Merton's pilgrimage and how it intersected with King's, and what might have been if the two had, as they had hoped, shared an April retreat together.

Lecture: The Moral Economy: Why Good Incentives are No Substitute for Good Citizens
4:10pm; Alumni House, Toll Room, UC Berkeley

Samuel Bowles, Director of the Behavioral Sciences Program at the Santa Fe Institute, will discuss why it is anything but prudent to let Homo economicus be the behavioral assumption that underpins the design of public policy and our legal system. Bowles will provide evidence from behavioral experiments mechanism design and other sources, and propose an alternative paradigm for policy making.

2019 Robbins Collection Lecture on Canon Law: How the Catholic Church Can Overcome the Sexual Abuse Crisis
6:30-8:00pm; UC Berkeley School of Law, Room 105, 215 Boalt Hall, Berkeley, CA

Dr. Jennifer Haselberger will address how canon law and other institutional factors have contributed to the abuse crisis and possible reforms for the Church to overcome it.

Job Announcements and More

D'Arpino Essay Contest - NEW!

Applicants should write a scholarly research essay that answers the following question: If God exists, then what is the best theological way of describing the divine-human relationship? The award is $300. Eligibility: students in M.Div., M.A., or doctoral studies. The deadline is Friday, May 3, 2019 before midnight. For more information, please contact Myoung-Ho Sin at before May 1.

EcoFaith Practicum - NEW!
Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary is partnering with EcoFaith Recovery to provide an EcoFaith Practicum for seminary interns who might desire to incorporate a climate justice or environmental justice project into their seminary internships. The practicum lasts from September 2019 to August 2020. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis throughout February.
San Francisco Night Ministry Crisis Line Field Placement - NEW!

The San Francisco Night Ministry crisis line provides a great opportunity for students who are interested in gaining valuable ministry and counseling experience as field experience. The position involves service from 10pm-2am in San Francisco. No prior training or experience is necessary; training is provided. Interested parties may contact for more information.

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 this upcoming webinar.
On February 19 at 11:00am EST, log into

To learn more about Maryknoll Lay Missioners, please e-mail or call 914-467-8857.
2019 Daggy Scholarships

Daggy Youth/Student Scholarships enable young people (ages 18-29) to participate in an International Thomas Merton Society conference, thereby inspiring the next generation of merton readers and scholars. The 2019 ITMS conference will be held at Santa Clara University from June 27-30, 2019. The closing date for Daggy Scholarship applications is March 20, 2019.

Call for Papers

GTU Asia Project Graduate Student Forum

The GTU's Asia Project cordially invites doctoral (Ph.D. or S.T.D.) students who are working on topics or themes relevant to Asian-Pacific contexts to present their projects at the GTU Asia Project Graduate Student Forum on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 12:30-2:00pm. The deadline for paper proposals is February 20, 2019. For more information, please contact

Call for Papers

Roth Prize Paper

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.

Blessing of the new students and scholars at the Mass of Gathering. Photo by Maddie LaForge.

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Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Assistant Dean of Students
1735 Le Roy Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone: 510-549-5029