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Liturgy News
  • Wednesday, 3/20, 5:15pm will be a Spanish Mass.
  • On Thursday, 3/21, 5:15pm, we will hold Lectio Divina in Manresa, followed by Eucharistic Adoration in the Chapel from 5:45-6:05. We ask that you maintain a contemplative silence on the first floor of the building during this time.
Monday, 3/18, 8:00am Kamanzi
Tuesday, 3/19, 8:00am Mayaki  5:15pm Kesicki
Wednesday, 3/20, 8:00am Otto  5:15pm Agliardo
Thursday, 3/21, 8:00am  Diaz/Avila  5:15pm Contemplative Spirituality Class
Friday, 3/22, 8:00am Nyamayaro  5:15pm Kamanzi
Saturday, 3/23, 8:30am Gbedolo

JST Announcements
  • This coming week, we welcome Fr. Tim Kesicki, SJ, President of the Jesuit Conference of the United States and Canada.   Fr. Kesicki is an alumnus of JST and serves on the JST-SCU Board of Directors.  As President of the Jesuit Conference, he serves as the religious superior of JST-SCU.  He will preside at the 5:15 p.m. liturgy on Tuesday, March 19.
  • Calling all musicians, comedians, dancers, poets, storytellers, performance artists; sign up as soon as possible with Marselys Lucero (M.Div. III), for the Friday, April 12 Talent Show which will help fund students walking the Camino Ignaciano this summer. We also need MC’s, and items and events to share for the auction. Sign up soon!
  • 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 Office of Ministerial Formation is offering two workshops as follows: (1) an Enneagram Workshop facilitated by Clare Ronzani and Bruce Lescher on Wednesdays, April 3, 2:10-4:00pm and April 10, 2:10-5:00pm; attendance is required for both sessions; (2) Teaching in Bay Area Catholic High Schools Workshop facilitated by Shannon Vanderpol of St. Ignatius Prep, on Saturday April 6, 10am-4pm; this workshop is for JST students only. For more information, see the calendar items. Please register for both by April 1 with Mary Beth Lamb,
  • 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 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 

AI and the Human Person: Chinese and Western Perspectives
4:30-6pm; SCU, St. Clare Room, Library and Learning Commons, Santa Clara, 95053

Join the Santa Clara University’s Tech and the Human Spirit initiative for a conversation with Chinese and Western thinkers about the implications of the AI revolution for our understanding of the human person. Speakers include: Thomas ​Banchoff​ (Georgetown University), Daniel A. Bell (Shandong University), Sor-Hoon Tan (Singapore Management University), Bishop Paul Tighe (Pontifical Council for Culture), and Robin R. Wang (Loyola Marymount University).

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!

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.

Asia Project Spring 2019 Student Forum
12:30 - 2pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road

In this forum, PhD student Beena Kallely and JST STD Candidate Louis Leveil will offer presentations on theo-ethics and eco-interreligious dialogue in the Indian context. PhD Candidate Pravina Rodrigues will give a response. A delicious lunch of Asian cuisine is included. Please RSVP to by Thursday, March 14.

CLGS Lavender Lunch: "Santo Romero de las Américas: Your People Have Made You a Saint!"
12:10 - 1pm; PSR, Small Dining Room, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA

Rev. Rhina Ramos is an activist, former labor attorney, and founder of Ministerio Latino. Rev. Ramos will discuss Oscar Romero's legacy as a fountain of hope and inspiration for the people of El Salvador and beyond. Come join us as we explore what can happen when faith meets resistance – and deep and genuine transformation takes place. Lunch is provided.

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. 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."

BAMPFA Third Thursdays: "Get Dancin': Selections from the Collection"
4:30pm; BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley, CA 94704

Every Third Thursday of the month, the UC Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive offers complimentary admission for a lecture on a current exhibition by GTU staff, faculty and students. The March talk will be with Dr. Michelle Summers (CARe/Department of Theater, Dance, and Performance Studies at UC Berkeley) about the exhibition "Get Dancin': Selections from the Collection".

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.

Artist Reception: "Technicians of the Sacred" Photo Exhibition
6-8pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd, Berkeley

The GTU Library presents a new photographic exhibition by Blaine Ellis, "Technicians of the Sacred." The exhibition, running from February 15 to May 31, 2019, features striking black and white photographs of sacred spaces throughout the world. The opening reception with the artist will be held on March 21.

DSPT Prospective Biblical Studies Faculty Lecture
7:30pm; DSPT Classroom 1, 2301 Vine St., Berkeley, CA

Dr. Matthew Thomas will offer a talk based on his recent publication, Paul's 'Works of the Law' in the Perspective of Second Century Reception, for which he was awarded Jesus Creed "Book of the Year". Q&A and a light reception to follow.

New Music by Students from Oakland School for the Arts
5 - 7pm; Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

Left Coast Chamber Ensemble musicians perform new compositions by students from Oakland School for the Arts. Student composers will also perform in some of the new works. Music was written and developed as part of LCCE’s Music From the Inside Out workshop series at OSA. The event is free but with limited availability; RSVP is required.

A Student Conversation with Dr. Peter Phan
12:30 - 2pm; GTU Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

The Asia Project at GTU cordially invites students to join our luncheon with Dr. Peter Phan. Dr. Phan is a world renowned theoloigan at Georgetown University, where he is currently holding the Ignacio Ellacuria Chair of Catholic Social Thought. Dr. Phan will share his personal journey of studying theology, recent publications, and projects. Delicious Asian lunch will be served. Please contact Marinda Chan at to make your reservation by April 1.

Asian and Pacific Islander Initiative Spring Lecture: "The (Holy) Spirit as the Foundation of Religious Pluralism in the Asian Context" with Dr. Peter Phan
6 - 8pm; PSR Chapel, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94709

This lecture seeks a common foundation for interreligious dialogue, especially in Asia. The first part reviews six attempts at articulating a common foundation for dialogue among religions, and the second part eleborates an Asian "pneumatology." Dr. Susan Abraham, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean at PSR, will respond. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public; please RSVP.

Teaching for the New Millennium with Miriam Heller Stern
4/7, 2-6pm and 4/8, 9:30am-12pm; Dinner Board Room, GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Rd

What does this moment in history demand of us as Jewish educators and how might we sharpen our skills to rise to the occasion? This seminar will explore a variety of tools, theories and stances that we can use in building cultures of learning that will not only respond to, but lift up the communities in which we teach and the surrounding culture. This is a two-day workshop (April 7, 2-6pm; April 8, 9:30am-12pm). RSVP is required for attendance on one or both days of the workshop by e-mailing

Taubman Lectures by Naomi Seidman: "The Navel of the Dream: Freud's Jewish Languages"
7pm, 4/9 and 4/11, 5:30pm, 4/16; Magnes Collection, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley

Naomi Seidman is Chancellor Jackman Professor of the Arts in the Department for the Study of Religion and the Centre for Diaspora and Transnational Studies at the University of Toronto, and formerly of the Center for Jewish Studies at the GTU in Berkeley. She will give a series of three lectures on the relationship between language, translation, and psychoanalysis in the work of Sigmund Freud. A reception follows the last lecture (on April 16). RSVP is requested for each lecture.

Russell Fellowship Forum: Science and Youth Ministry
4/10, 7pm, and 4/13, 1-5pm; Dinner Board Room, GTU Library, 2400 Ridge Rd

Joshua M. Moritz, 2019 Russell Fellow, will speak on the vital role of science in youth ministry. Moritz teaches in the Philosophy Department of the University of San Francisco, is Managing Editor of Theology and Science, and serves as the Director of Christian Formation at Berkeley Covenant Church. The event at 7pm on April 10 is the Fellow's Public Forum Lecture; it is free and open to the public. The event from 1-5pm on April 13 is the Annual Russell Family Research Conference; respondents include Greg Cootsona, Rachelle Hayes, and others (TBA). Registration is required. These events are part of the 2019 Russell Family Fellowship in Religion and Science. 

CLGS Boswell Lecture with Johari Jabir: "Peace Be Still," Rev. James Cleveland
6:30-8:30pm; Badè Museum of Biblical Archeaology, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

Rev. James Cleveland was a musician, pastor, preacher, and founder of the Gospel Music Workshop (GMWA); he is particularly known for his 1963 song, "Peace Be Still." Popular memory of Rev. Cleveland is mired in the public secret of his sexuality; yet, Cleveland’s legacy is larger than his identity as it offers to us lessons of accompaniment, and a sankofa spirituality in the service of social medicine. This talk will be offered by Johari Jabir, PhD, Associate Professor of African American Studies at The University of Illinois at Chicago and PSR alumnus. A reception will follow.


Community Events and Announcements

Psalms of Ascent and Lament
7:30pm; Temple Sinai, 2808 Summit Street, Oakland, CA 94609

Join the choirs of Temple Sinai in Oakland and St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Berkeley as we explore the power of the Psalm texts. The event features Cantor Ilene Keys, Choir Director George Anton Emblom, and the Mizmor Shir! musicians. For more information, please contact Cantor Keys at

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. 

A Six-Dollar Cup of Coffee: Film Screening, Conversation & Coffee Sale
6:30pm; Ignatian Spiritual Life Center, 1611 Oak Street, San Francisco

From the mountains of Mexico to a coffee shop in Seattle, this narrative takes us through a Mexican coffee co-op's entire value chain of coffee-making and trading to reveal how complex this highly globalized market has become. Fr. Stephen Pitts, S.J. and laywoman Christina Rossini have been instrumental in bringing this Mexican co-op's coffee to the U.S. market. Join us for a film screening, followed by a Q&A session with Pitts and Rossini. Coffee will be available for purchase.

Foot Massage as the Art of Anointing Workshop
9:30am-4:30pm; Care Through Touch, 240 Golden Gate Ave, Suite 206, San Francisco

Workshop participants will learn foot massage within the context of anointing. (Anointing with oil was used in ancient times as medicine to heal and comfort someone in danger.) In this workshop, we will learn a simple healing massage sequence that can be offered anywhere and to almost anyone in any condition. On Holy Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 11am-3pm, workshop participants will provide foot massages to homeless and marginally housed men and women in the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco as gestures of respect and loving acts of service. Please visit website for information on how to register.

Job Announcements and More

Fellowship - NEW!

Russell Berrie Fellowship in Interreligious Studies: The goal of the Russell Berrie Fellowship Program is to build bridges between Christian, Jewish, and other religious traditions by providing the next generation of religious leaders with a comprehensive understanding of and dedication to interfaith issues. Fellowship awards provide one year of financial support for Russell Berrie Fellows to pursue a Diploma in Interreligious Studies or a Licence Degree at the Angelicum. The application deadline is April 19, 2019.

Virtual Fair - NEW!

The Seminary & Theological Grad School Virtual Fair will be held on March 28, 2019. Register now to attend this free virtual fair and learn more about Seminary and Theological Graduate School programs, meet school representatives in live chat sessions online, and have your questions answered on-line. A one-time registration allows you to meet multiple schools. Click here for a list of participating schools, and click here to register.

The Orthodox Christian Studies Center presents the Patterson Triennial Conference, "Faith, Reason, Theosis," from June 3-5, 2019 at Fordham University School of Law (150 W. 62nd Street, New York City, NY). The student registration fee is $25. To register, please visit their webpage; for more information, please contact Nathaniel Wood at
Job Announcement
Bellarmine College Preparatory, a Jesuit secondary school located in San José, CA, has been educating young "men for and with others" in the tradition of St. Ignatius Loyola since 1851. Bellarmine College Preparatory invites applications for a regular part-time (40%) Assistant Director of Christian Service ~ Immersion to begin in August 2019. For more information, please consult the job announcement or visit the school's Employment Opportunities webpage.

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.

GTU Grants & Writing Prize

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.

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.

JST women students enjoy lunch and fellowship. Photo by Catherine Holcombe.

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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