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Liturgy News
  • Thursday, April 4 we will celebrate a Lenten Reconciliation Service at 5:15pm. There will be opportunity for individual confession at the conclusion of the liturgy.
  • During Spring Break (3/25-3/30), Mass will be celebrated Monday through Friday at 5:15pm and on Saturday at 8:30am.
Monday, 4/1, 8am Silungwe
Tuesday, 4/2, 8am Hsu  5:15pm Murphy
Wednesday, 4/3, 8am Seluvannan  5:15pm Kamanzi
Thursday, 4/4, 8am Zezika/Gansa  5:15pm Lucero/Laguna
Friday, 4/5, 8am Otto  5:15pm Tran
Saturday, 4/6, 8:30am Shinseki

JST Announcements
  • Due to Spring Break, Magis will not be published on March 29. The next edition of Magis will be issued on April 5.
  • The JST building hours during Spring Break are 7:45am-5:00pm from Monday (3/25) through Friday (3/29).
  • 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!
  • 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) a 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 or GTU 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

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SCU Events 

Equity in STEM: Race, Gender, and STEM in the U.S.
1 - 2pm; SCU Benson Parlors B/C, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

The Department of Sociology hosts Visiting Scholar Sandra L. Hanson, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology from the Catholic University of America, and expert on STEM education and gender.

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

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).

Bannan Memorial Lecture: "Cybertheology: Thinking Faith in the Digital Age"
4 - 5pm; SCU de Saisset Museum, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara

Join the Tech and the Human Spirit initiative and the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum for the 2019 Bannan Memorial Lecture. Antonio Spadaro, S.J. is the Editor in Chief of La Civiltà Cattolica and a Consultor to the Pontifical Council for Culture. Because the Internet has changed and is changing the ways in which we think and act, it must also be changing the ways in which we think faith. Fr. Antonio Spadaro will question how technologies redefine not only the ways in which we do things but also our being and therefore the way we perceive reality, the world, others, and God. A public reception will follow the lecture.

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!

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

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.

GTU Annual Teaching Workshop
11am - 12pm; GTU Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

Sponsored by the Professional Development Program, join Dr. Racine for the Annual Teaching Lecture.

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

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

The Asia Project at GTU cordially invites students to join our luncheon with Dr. Peter Phan. Dr. Phan is a world renowned theologian 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. By April 1, please contact Marinda Chan at to make your reservation.

Women's Studies in Religion: Weaving Faith into Action For Real
12:30 - 2:30pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Rd

In this two-hour introductory workshop, Be Present, Inc. and Wisdom & Money will share stories and practices that enable us to weave our values into personal, organizational and communal movement for social and spiritual transformation. The workshop presenters include: Lillie P. Allen, Rose Feerick (JST alumna), Nancy M. Thurston, and Margherita Vacchiano. Lunch included. All are welcome. Please direct any questions to

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

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.

Contemplative Lenten Retreat
9am - 1pm; 2407 Dana Street, Geneva Hall, Rooms G208 and G209, Berkeley

Stop and pay attention to God’s great love and truth, as expressed through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Join us for a morning of prayer, reflection, and readying ourselves to continue our great pilgrimage with Christ. Led by Susan Phillips, PhD, and co-sponsored with First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley. Please click the link below to register. For student discount, please contact

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 Road

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. 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"
4/9 and 4/11, 7pm; 4/16, 5:30pm; 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, the Fellow's Public Forum Lecture, 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.

Madrasa-Midrasha: The Enlightenment Attitude towards Judaism and Islam
12:30pm; Dinner Board Room, Flora Lamson Hewlett Library, 2400 Ridge Road

In the wake of the tragic massacre of 50 Muslims and many more being injured at the hand of a white supremacist in Christchurch on 15 March 2019, the topic of tolerance takes on additional poignance. This seminar goes back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries to examine the views of four leading Western advocates of toleration: John Locke, Pierre Bayle, Montesquieu, and Voltaire, with particular reference to their attitudes toward Islam and Judaism. Vicki Spencer is Associate Professor of Political Theory at the University of Otago, New Zealand. She works on cultural and religious diversity with reference to the Enlightenment and contemporary Western thought. Respondants include: Deena Aranoff, Faculty Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish Studies; and Munir Jiwa, Director of the Center for Islamic Studies.

CLGS Jewish Roundtable Queeries Series: Fragments of the Brooklyn Talmud with Andrew Ramer
7 - 8:30pm; PSR, Badè Museum, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley

A literary event with Andrew Ramer, an ordained maggid (sacred storyteller) and the author of three books. A number of his prayers and poems appear in the siddur of San Francisco's Congregation Sha'ar Zahav.


Community Events and Announcements

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. (JST alumnus) 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.

Othering & Belonging Conference
April 8 - 10; Oakland Marriott City Center, 1001 Broadway, Oakland

Participate in a three-day conference in Oakland with programming that features scholars, artists, youth leaders, movement organizers, cultural leaders, grantmakers, policymakers, and committed community members, all gathered together to advance scholarship, narratives, movements, systems, and policies that support a more fully inclusive "we." The Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society at UC Berkeley is the main organizer of this annual conference. Please see the registration page for more information on cost and possible scholarships.

Tanner Lectures on Human Values: "Rules for Wrongdoers"
April 9-11, 4:10 - 6:30pm; Toll Room, Alumni House, UCB Campus near Sproul Plaza

Arthur Ripstein will present the Berkeley Tanner Lectures on Human Values from April 9-11 on "Rules for Wrongdoers." The first lecture on Tuesday, April 9, is titled "Rules for Wrongdoers," and the second lecture on Wednesday, April 10, is titled "Combatants and Civilians." Following these two lectures, Ripstein will join three commentators on Thursday, April 11, for a seminar and discussion. In his lectures, Arthur Ripstein will argue that the very thing that makes war wrongful – the fact that which side prevails does not depend on who is in the right – also provides the moral standard for evaluating the conduct of war, both the grounds for going to war and the ways in which wars are fought. Arthur Ripstein is Professor of Law and Philosophy and University Professor at the University of Toronto, where he has been a member of the faculty since 1987.

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.

Conversation-Seminar with Vicki Spencer: Toleration in Comparative Perspective
5 - 7pm; 3335 Dwinelle, UC Berkeley

The idea that toleration is a uniquely Western idea and particularly one that arose in the 17th century during the European Reformation has been increasingly challenged in recent times. The seminar will consider ways to pluralize our understanding of the Western tradition and to illuminate the intersections between Western and non-Western traditions by critically exploring the points of commonality and difference in their varied approaches to cultural and religious diversity. Discussants include professors from the GTU, UC Berkeley, and Otago University in New Zealand.

Lecture: "State Courts and School Desegregation: New Perspectives on Judicial Federalism and the Myth of Parity"
4:10pm; Chevron Auditorium, UC Berkeley International House, 2299 Piedmont Ave

Associate Justice Goodwin Liu will deliver the Jefferson Memorial Lecture. A conventional view is that federal courts are superior forums for vindicating civil rights than state courts. This view traces its contemporary origins to the civil rights revolution of the 1960s and 1970s in the aftermath of Brown v. Board of Education, the paradigmatic triumph of federal judicial power over unlawful state action. But the underexplored history of state courts and school segregation during the century before Brown challenges the conventional view. Black plaintiffs challenging segregation obtained relief in state courts more often than is commonly known. By examining scores of segregation cases litigated during the century before Brown, Liu aims to shed new and critical light on the 'myth of parity' and elucidate the shared role of state and federal courts in elucidating constitutional principles.

Justice Liu is an Associate Justice of the California Supreme Court. Before joining the state's highest court in 2011, Justice Liu was Professor of Law at Berkeley Law and served as an Associate Dean.

Job Announcements and More

Call for Papers - NEW!

Religious Experience and Description: Second Regional Conference of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience

The purpose of this conference is to examine the difficulties and possibilities, and theoretical problems and hands-on solutions arising in the description of religious experience. Please submit your abstract of approximately 300 words to You can also enclose a paper of 3000 words ( i.e. 20 min reading time and 10 min questions). Submissions with ready papers will be given a priority. Submission deadline is July 1, 2019. Please visit the webpage for more details.

Scholarships - NEW!

Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries in Catholic Studies/Catholic Theology, Durham University

Durham University is offering various scholarships and bursaries for students in one of their Theology and Religion degree programs. The deadlines for submitting applications are May 3 for current Durham students and May 19 for new Durham students. Please click here for more information.


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.

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.
Virtual Fair

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.

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.

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.

Congratulations to Dean Kevin O'Brien, SJ, new incoming president of Santa Clara University. Photo courtesy of Santa Clara University.

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Phone: 510-549-5029