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Join us in this Ignatian pilgrimage through Lent, led by George Murphy, S.J. The first gathering will be this Wednesday, 3/13, 11:30am-12:30pm. Please feel free to join us for Scripture and Eucharistic adoration.

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Liturgy News
  • Wednesday, 3/13, 5:15pm will be a Spanish Mass.
Monday, 3/11, 8:00am Silungwe
Tuesday, 3/12, 8:00am Masikini  5:15pm Hadley
Wednesday, 3/13, 8:00am Nsengimana  5:15pm O'Brien
Thursday, 3/14, 8:00am  Murphy  5:15pm Gbedolo/Kerketta
Friday, 3/15, 8:00am Atsikin  5:15pm Garcia Pintos
Saturday, 3/16, 8:30am Llanera

JST Announcements
  • 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.
  • The Tuesday night, March 12 presentation on Conversion and Criminal Justice Reform with Dr. Andrew Skotnicki has been rescheduled for May 14.
  • Wednesday, 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.
  • On Wednesday afternoons, April 3 and 10, Clare Ronzani and Bruce Lescher will present a two-part Enneagram workshop. Please see the calendar item for details.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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

SCU Mass of the Holy Spirit
12:00pm, Mission Church
Writing Lab for Academic Theology
3:00pm - 4:15pm, online via zoom
iExchange Kick Off Celebration
3:30pm - 5:00pm
i-Exchange matches new international students with volunteer SCU faculty and staff members to provide informal social and cultural interaction opportunities and activities throughout the student’s first academic year.
Writing Lab for Academic Theology
3:00pm - 4:15pm, via zoom
Writing Lab for Academic Theology
3:00pm - 4:15pm, via zoom
Writing Lab for Academic Theology
3:00pm - 4:15pm, via zoom
Writing Lab for Academic Theology
3:00pm - 4:15pm, via zoom
SCU State of the University
4:00pm, Louis B. Mayer Theatre
Annual address by the President to the campus community.

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

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. 

Standards for Excellence® Clinic Series
March 14 and 15, 8am - 5pm; SCU Vari Hall, Wiegand Room

A two-day ethics and accountability training for nonprofit leaders and philanthropists on March 14 and 15. The Standards for Excellence® Training at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics is a customized program that incorporates ethics throughout several areas of nonprofit governance, operations, and management.

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!

Exhibition - Truth & Justice: Remembering "Comfort Women"
March 5 - 14 (10am - 4pm); GTU, 2465 Le Conte Ave., 1st floor, Berkeley, CA

Visit the "Truth & Justice: Remembering 'Comfort Women'" exhibition between March 5 and 14, from 10am - 4pm.

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.

Dissertation Writing Workshop
12 - 1pm; HEDCO room, 2nd floor, Le Conte Building, 2465 Le Conte Ave, Berkeley

Join Henry Kuo for this Dissertation Writing Workshop, sponsored by the GTU Professional Development Program.

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.

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.

A 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, an open and affirming UCC congregation that serves LGBTQ Latinx immigrants and their allies in Oakland, California. 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. 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."

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". For more information, visit​​.

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 features striking black and white photographs of sacred spaces throughout the world. The exhibit runs from February 15 - May 31, 2019. The opening reception with the artist will be in the Flora Lamson Hewlett Library from 6-8pm 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 program coordinator, 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.


Community Events and Announcements

Jesuit Connections Bay Area: Solidarity on Tap
7 - 9pm; Golden State Brewery, 1252 Memorex Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95050

Local and national Ignatian partners invite those connected to the Jesuits and the spirituality of St. Ignatius of Loyola to join us for a casual gathering for socializing and social justice. Sr. Barbara Hagel, Care of Creation Coordinator for the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose will give a talk about "The Essential Care of Creation." The event is free; beverages will be available for purchase.

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. 

Job Announcements and More

Conference - NEW!
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; for more information, please contact Nathaniel Wood at
Job Announcement - NEW!
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.

Lay men of JST fellowshipping and enjoying some great local BBQ. Photo by Albert Honegan.

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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