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Liturgy News
  • Ash Wednesday, March 6: There will be Mass at 8:00am, 12:40pm, and 5:15pm.
  • The 5:15pm liturgy on March 7 will be a Communion service.
  • George Murphy, S.J., will lead a Lenten Hour with Christ on Wednesdays during Lent (March 13, 20, April 3, 10) with God’s Word, Eucharistic adoration, and music.
Monday, 3/48:00am Kamanzi
Tuesday, 3/58:00am Tyrrell  5:15pm Fernandez
Wednesday, 3/68:00am Tran  12:40pm  Hadley  5:15pm Shinseki
Thursday, 3/78:00am  Moro/Spotts  5:15pm Holcombe/Reilly
Friday, 3/8, 8:00am Cu Pham  5:15pm Hung Pham
Saturday, 3/9, 8:30am Leveil

JST Announcements
  • The second JST Community Clericalism Self-Review Session for Students which was to be on Ash Wednesday has been postponed till further notice. In the meantime, you are welcome to speak individually with professors, Christopher Hadley and Julie Rubio.
  • Please join other JST women students for lunch and conversation on Tuesday, March 12 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. in the Cardoner room. If you will be attending please RSVP to Mary Beth Lamb by Friday, March 8, listing any dietary preferences.
  • Thursday, March 13, from 11-4 in Compañía, join Breyan Tornifolio, Director of Recruitment, and current rectors from the University of Notre Dame’s Office of Residential Life for an informational open house. Stop in to ask questions and learn more about the Rector role! Openings are available for the coming year.
  • JST will be offering a course for intensive Latin study (BS-1042: Latin I and Latin II; 3 or 6 credits) from June 10-July 19, Monday through Friday, 9am-12pm. Interested GTU students should contact their school registrar, or JST registrar Jim Oberhausen at; interested non-GTU students should contact Laura Nieto with JST Admissions at
  • JST is awarding "Student Development Grant" funding to subsidize a student's expenses for participation in a conference or workshop that will further their academic or ministerial formation.   Submit the Student Development Grant Application to Paul Kircher, Assistant Dean of Students, Deadline: March 22, 2019.
  • The Jesuit School of Theology presents A Heart Renewed: Daily Lenten Prayer, an online retreat with daily reflections emailed to you each morning. Sign up and learn more.
  • La mesa de español invites you to partake in fun Spanish conversation every Tuesday at 1pm on the patio, weather-permitting, or in Compañia.
  • Ineda Adesanya, a GTU Ph.D. student, is forming a new student association for all students of African descent from all schools of the GTU Consortium. She has already gathered a representative group from different schools for an initial meeting. If you are interested in joining this association, please contact Ineda Adesanya at

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 

Womxn's Leadership Conference
4 - 6pm; SCU, Forge Garden, 1051 Sherman St, Santa Clara, CA
This event is the opening reception for our inaugural FEMMEpowerment Conference. The reception is for all SCU community members who identify as womxn, femme, and GNC and seek to explore empowerment and the relationship between gender and leadership. We seek to create a radical space on campus that breaks down the gender binary and centers POC and queer voices as we kick off Womxn's History Month. Please RSVP at the link provided and e-mail with any questions or concerns!
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.

Free for SCU/JST students, faculty and staff, but does not include lunch.

Regan Lecture: Silicon Valley and the Challenge of Ethics: Prognosis for a Sick Patient
7 - 8:30pm; SCU Law, Law, Charney Hall, Room 103

The Ethics Center is delighted to have Kara Swisher as our distinguished 2018-2019 Regan Lecturer. Swisher is a celebrated New York Times tech columnist and the executive editor of "Recode." She will speak on the unprecedented ethical challenges facing Silicon Valley and technology. 

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!

Exploration of Spirituality and Storytelling in Dance
10:30am - 12:30pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA

As part of the weekend-long residency around Akram Khan's XENOS, the Center for the Arts & Religion at the GTU will host an interactive session exploring spiritual and movement ideas. This workshop is one of four events surrounding Khan's XENOS performance, held over the weekend of March 2-4. Registering for this event automatically enrolls you as a member of the cohort taking part in the other three events. All events are free of charge and open to CARe members, GTU students and friends.

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

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.

Milk and Honey: Childhood in the Jewish Imagination
9:30am - 7pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd

Childhood is a phase of human life that shapes culture and is shaped by culture. Narratives, representations, social and educational structures, custom and household life are key factors in its formation. Please join us for this conference on childhood as it has been rendered, imagined and shaped in Jewish literature, poetry, ethnography, and history.

2019 Reading of the Sacred Texts Lecture
7pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road, Berkeley

The 2019 annual Reading of the Sacred Texts Lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 13 (reception at 6:30 pm, lecture at 7pm) in the Dinner Board Room. Dancer Carla DeSola will be our featured speaker. Sr. Martha Kirk will introduce the speaker and moderate the Q & A following the lecture.

Dillenberger Lecture, Playing the Part: Masks and the Performance of Identity in Iron Age Cyprus
5 - 7pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

Join CARe for our annual Dillenberger Lecture with guest speaker Dr. Erin Walcek Averett, Associate Professor of Archaeology at Creighton University, NE. Reception to follow in CARe's Doug Adams Gallery. This talk reevaluates the evidence for masking rituals in Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Cyprus through close analysis of archaeological contexts to reconstruct masked performances.

The Confirmation Project: Meaningful Formation for the Christian Community
9:30am - 3:30pm; CDSP, 2450 LeConte Ave, Berkeley

This year, CDSP’s annual Youth Ministry Symposium will examine confirmation and formation practices that support youth, intergenerational groups, and the mission and spiritual growth of congregations. The event, which is open to all, is designed for youth ministers and volunteers, clergy, camp leaders, and directors of education and formation. The keynote speakers are Dr. Lisa Kimball and Dr. Jacob Sorensen.

Student Seminar with Rev. Dr. Willie Jennings
2 - 4pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road

Come to a discussion with Dr. Willie Jennings, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Africana Studies at Yale University Divinity School, who will challenge us to understand that “the racial problems of the western world emerged from Christian beginnings” at the second annual Berkeley Palmer Lectureship. He will explore our responsibility and opportunity to address racial antagonism through our life of faith. Student seminar at 2pm at the GTU library and lecture at 7pm at First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley.

Surjit Singh Lecture in Comparative Religious Thought and Culture
7:30pm; Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA

The annual Surjit Singh Lecture in Comparative Religious Thought and Culture fosters interreligious and cross-cultural communication and understanding, without compromising the integrity and essential telos of a religion or a culture. This endowed lectureship brings to the GTU a distinguished scholar/church leader to address religion and culture from a cross-cultural perspective. Eboo Patel, Founder and President, Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), will give a lecture entitled "How Religious Education Can Make America Great: Reflections on Diversity, Tribalism and Interfaith Leadership."

Climate Colonialism, Climate Justice, and Hope for the Future from the World's Religions
7pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley

Climate justice may be the foremost moral challenge of the 21st century. While caused primarily by high-consuming people, climate change is wreaking death and destruction first and foremost on impoverished people who also are disproportionately people of color. What does religion bring to this question? This presentation aims at interdisciplinary and inter-religious inquiry into these burning questions.


Community Events and Announcements

Saint Jean Vianney Relic Pilgrimage
7:30/9/11am/1pm; Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption, 1111 Gough St, SF

The Shrine of Ars, France, has entrusted to the Knights of Columbus the major relic of St. Jean Vianney’s incorrupt heart for a national tour in the U.S., from November 2018 through early June 2019. The Knights of Columbus welcomes this special opportunity to offer for veneration a major relic of the patron of parish priests, whose holiness and integrity is a model for clergy and laity alike. This weekend, the relic will visit parishes in South San Francisco, Roseville, Novato, and San Francisco.

Berkeley Palmer Lecture: "Choosing a Race: Overcoming Our Racial Antagonism"
7pm; Sanctuary, First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St, Berkeley

Rev. Dr. Willie James Jennings, Associate Professor Systematic Theology & Africana Studies at Yale Divinity School, will give this year's Berkeley Palmer Lecture. This lecture will explore how Christians should understand and respond to the racial antagonism of the western world. The racial problems of the western world emerged from Christian beginnings and we have a responsibility and an opportunity to address them through our life of faith. 

Job Announcements and More

GTU Grants & Writing Prize - NEW!

GTU CARe Grants & Writing Prize 2019: up to $2,000 of grant money available in support of projects that center on religion and the arts (with priority given to GTU students); $250 Writing Prize in recognition of a paper that incorporates artwork, themes, and/or content from a current Doug Adams Gallery exhibition; $200 Arts Enrichment Grant  to help fund tickets, transportation, and other expenses for GTU faculty planning an arts-related activity for Fall 2019. Submissions deadline: March 25, 2019 at 9am.

Internship - NEW!

The Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach (CCAO) invites you to apply to the "Peace and Justice" Internship in Washington, DC, where you can learn how to bring the good news of peace and justice to policymakers in government and to leaders in your own community. Applicants should be between the ages of 18 and 25. Internship dates: June 3-July 26, 2019. Application deadline: March 31, 2019.

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.

JST Grant

Student Development Grant Application

Each year, JST awards "Student Development Grant" funding to subsidize students' expenses for participation in a conference or workshop that will further their academic or ministerial formation. Please submit your application to Paul Kircher, Assistant Dean of Students, Deadline: Friday, March 22, 2019.

The Women’s Ordination Conference and Sheila Durkin Dierks and her family are honored to offer a scholarship fund for women to support their academic and spiritual path toward ordained priesthood. This scholarship is primarily directed to women who wish to be ordained Catholic Priests (including Ecumenical Catholic and Roman Catholic Women Priests). The award is $2,000 and the deadline to apply is April 29, 2019. For more information on how to apply, please click here.
D'Arpino Essay Contest

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.

Call for Papers

Theocom - "A Gathering of Theologians on Digital Communication" - is in its eighth year as an annual conference of theologians and other scholars about topics of digital culture and communication. This year’s gathering explores faith formation and how it is shaped by the reality of digital culture. We welcome papers that address various aspects of how social media affects Christian living and thinking. For details on proposal submission and suggested topics, please visit the Theocom 2019 webpage. The deadline for submitting proposals and papers is March 30, 2019.

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.

Photo of the Planning Committee for the Black History Month Celebration. Photo by Caroline Read.

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