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Martin Luther King Memorial, Atlanta, GA. Photo by Joshua Peters, SJ.
The Long March to Justice: Reflections on Our Civil Rights Pilgrimage (New Orleans to Altanta) Racism, Theology and Justice Class
Join us after Soup Supper on Tuesday, November 27, in Gesu Chapel 6:45pm 

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Liturgy News
  • Thanksgiving Mass at 10:00am on Thursday, followed by light breakfast in Manresa.
  • Please note that there is only one Mass on Thursday at 10am and on Friday at 8:30am, and no Mass on Saturday. Back to regular schedule on Monday, November 26.
  • Tuesday, November 27, 5:15, Black Catholic History Celebration.
  • Wednesday, November 28, 5:15, Spanish Mass
  • Thursday, November 29, 5:15, Memorial of the Church Women of El Salvador
  • Sunday, Dec. 2, 9-noon, Advent Day of Prayer, led by Paul Janowiak, S.J.
Monday 11/26 8:00am Kabutta
Tuesday 11/27 8:00am Leveil 5:15pm Fr. Jay Matthews
Wednesday 11/28 8:00am Tanner   5:15pm Agliardo
Thursday 11/29 8:00am Mayaki/Laguna 5:15pm Jean Donovan Community
Friday 11/30 8:00am Pham, Dinh Cu 5:15pm Vu
Saturday 12/1 8:30am Shinseki

JST Announcements
  • Office Building Hours: Academic Building is closed this week; reopens on Monday morning, Nov. 26 at 8am.
  • From the Offices of Ministerial Formation and of Spiritual Formation: Please check out the events listed on Monday, November 26, Children's Liturgy Workshop (RSVP to and on Friday, November 30, Looking for God as We Deal with Abuse in the Church: A Spiritual Conversation (RSVP to or
  • Last spring, you may have participated in our Lenten prayer series, A Heart Renewed: Daily Lenten Prayer from the Jesuit School of Theology. If so, you will be automatically subscribed to our Advent series Waiting in Joyful Hope: Daily Advent Prayer, an online retreat with daily reflections emailed to you each morning. New participants may sign up here.
  • JST lay students are invited to a retreat at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos, March 15-17, 2019, Friday evening-Sunday noon. The retreat will involve time for quiet prayer, sharing, and reflection, including reflection upon the Sunday Transfiguration gospel, Luke 9:28-36.  Jeanne Weir, M.Div., JST alumna, will facilitate. RSVP to Mary Beth Lamb at by December 7.
  • Applications are now open for the Summer Practicum in Spiritual Direction, June 17 - July 12, directed by Jane Ferdon, O.P. and George Murphy, S.J. Applications are due by February 1, 2019. For more information, click here.
  • The Renewal Program Office is looking for a student assistant. Click here to view the job description, and contact Jim Siwicki ( if interested.
  • Lay Faith Sharing Group: In previous years lay students have formed student led faith sharing groups. Participating students found these groups to be important spaces for prayer and peer support. Interest has been expressed in forming a lay faith sharing group. If you are interested in joining such a group, please contact Mary Beth Lamb at
  • La mesa de español invites you to partake in fun Spanish conversation every Tuesday at 12pm 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 

Ignatian 5-Day Silent Retreat
San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville, CA

The Ignatian Silent Retreat is a five-day experience of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. This dynamic retreat is an invitation to reflect on the ways in which God is moving at the center and horizon of your life and to discern the ongoing unfolding of your vocational call.

Registration is open for a limited number of participants through Sunday, December 2nd, 2018. Please complete the registration form here and submit a payment of $200 if interested.

GTU News and Events

Meditation in the Gallery

Every Thursday, from 2-3pm, join Institute of Buddhist Studies student Quang Le in a mindfulness meditation session in the Doug Adams Gallery (2465 Le Conte Avenue). Quang has taught meditation for eight years, in Vietnam, Thailand, the United States, and Canada. Since 2007, he has been a disciple of the Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh. Mindfulness meditation has been shown to increase well-being and reduce stress and anger. This opportunity is available for all GTU students, faculty and staff.

Reflective Conversation: Response to Anti-Semitic Vandalism in PSR Chapel
12:15pm, PSR Chapel

In response to the act of anti-Semitic vandalism in PSR Chapel the week of November 13, PSR is hosting a gathering for reflective conversation on Tuesday, November 27, at 12:15 p.m. in PSR Chapel .  Together with Rabbi Danny Lehmann, President of the GTU, and other panelists, Rev. Dr. David Vasquez-Levy, President of PSR, will facilitate a conversation about ways to respond in articulating a more life-giving vision for our world.  

The Consciousness Prayer Dialogues
9am-12pm; Crouch Library Room, ABSW, 2606 Dwight Way, Berkeley

This is a half-day workshop to explore "prayer" from the non-religious aspects of science, psychology, and philosophy. Presenters are David Fowler (Doctor of Ministry candidate, ABSW) and Dr. Donald Hoffman, UCI Professor and world-renowned Cognitive Scientist. Seatling is limited to 20 people. Suggested donation is $20. Please RSVP by e-mailing

St. Thomas and the Supreme Court: Natural Law, Human Rights, and the Ethics of the Angelic Doctor
9:30am-12:00pm; DSPT, 2301 Vine Street, Berkeley

Please join us for a look at St. Thomas Aquinas's teaching on human rights, ethics and natural law and how it would engage the principles adhered to by the US Supreme Court today. Open and free to the public. Coffee and pastries at 9:30am, presentation 10am-12pm including Q&A.

Third Thursdays at Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
4:30-5:30pm; BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street, Berkeley

Every Third Thursday of the month, receive a complimentary ticket to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive and hear a short talk by a GTU faculty member on an exhibition or artwork. 

On December 13, join us to hear Dr. Thomas Cattoi (GTU/JST-SCU Assoc Prof of Christology and Cultures, Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue) respond to the exhibition, “Boundless: Contemporary Tibetan Artists at Home and Abroad”

Please note, your Eventbrite RSVP does not include admission to BAMPFA. A CARe staff member will meet you in the BAMPFA lobby to check in and distribute visitor passes.


Community Events and Announcements

Young Adults Prayer and Potluck: Preparing the Way for Advent
12:00-1:00pm; Our Lady of Lourdes, 2808 Lakeshore Ave, Oakland, CA

Join the Young Adults of Our Lady of Lourdes over a 4-week series where we will examine the four themes of Advent: Hope, Peace, Joy, and Love.  We will meet on the dates of November 25th, December 2nd, 9th, and the 16th after the 11am mass in the church library. If you are interested in helping or bringing a potluck dish, please contact Mary Reilly at

El Salvador's Martyrs: How their Legacy is Alive Today in Younger Generations
6:30pm, Ignatian Spiritual Life Center, 1611 Oak Street, San Francisco

What does it mean to live in a world of martyrs, specifically while walking in living history and the context of El Salvador? What is their legacy? How are Salvadorans interpreting the canonization of Oscar Romero? What challenges has it brought?

Lecture by Francisco Mena Ugarte, executive director of Christians for Peace in El Salvador.

Jesuit Connections Bay Area Advent Retreat
12-5pm; El Retiro, Jesuit Retreat Center, 300 Manresa Way, Los Altos, CA

​Jesuit Connections - Bay Area is a group of Catholic young adults in their 20's and 30's whose character, faith, and relationship with God have been shaped by the Society of Jesus. The next Jesuit Connections Bay Area event will be an Advent retreat on Sunday, December 2nd from 12-5 pm at the Jesuit Retreat Center in Los Altos. Cost is $10. Please RSVP to or on the Facebook event by November 25.

Job Announcements and More

Full-Time Religious Studies Teacher at Carondelet High School, Concord, CA for Spring 2019


Carondelet High School, a Catholic all-girls high school sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, is actively looking for a Full-time Religious Studies teacher for the second semester of the 2018-19 school year. This position is initially to help cover a maternity leave but could turn into a full-time contract for the 2019-2020 school year. An ideal candidate is a practicing Catholic, has an advanced degree in Theology or a related field, is a creative educator who is confident and capable with the use of technology in the classroom. A background in innovative, collaborative and communicative teaching and learning models, authentic assessments with rubrics, and critical and creative thinking is preferred. For the job description and a link to apply, click here.

Tri-Valley CAREs


Tri-Valley CAREs  is seeking to hire a Bilingual Community Organizer to build community capacity and empower residents in western San Joaquin County to better involve them in environmental decision making.  Applicants should have a passion for environmental justice and empowering communities to create positive change.  For more information and application instructions, call 925-443-7148.

Call For Papers
6th ANNUAL Spring Conference, Lumen et Vita
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, February 9, 2019
2019 Annual Conference Theme: Preaching and Living the Gospel
Papers from all theological disciplines are welcome. Abstracts should be 200-300 words in length and sent to Please include your name, year, school, degree program, and the area in which your proposal falls. Final papers should be 5-6 pages in length, for a 15 minute presentation. Presented papers will be considered for publication in Lumen et Vita's spring issue.
Abstracts due: December 23.
Summer 2019 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Unit
June 3 - August 9, 2019
Application Deadline: December 15, 2018
Christus Santa Rosa Health System and the Children's Hospital of San Antonio are a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) component site of the Christus Health Accredited CPE program. Christus Health views Clinical Pastoral Education as theological education that utilizes learning by experience in a clinical setting in the company of peers under the supervision of a qualified teacher/practitioner of the ministry of spiritual care.
Archbishop Mitty High School's Religious Studies Department Seeks Social Justice Teacher
Archbishop Mitty High School's Religious Studies Department seeks Social Justice teacher
Term: immediately, to continue through the end of the school year; or, if necessary, 1/7/19 through the end of the school year. Likely permanent, full-time appointment for next year and beyond.
Duties: for this year: 3/5 position, teaching 3 sections of junior-level Social Justice course; likely full-time starting 2019-20.
Witnesses to the Faith: A Catholic Pilgrimage in a Changing China
April 23 - May 2, 2019
Visit sites where Catholics today live out their witness to Christian faith in contemporary society and where their forebears grounded that faith at the price of their lives. For costs and further information, visit the website of the US-China Catholic Association.
Summer Ethical Leadership Fellowship for Graduate Students and New Clergy

FASPE is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership taking place in Berlin, Krakow, and Oswiecim (the location of the former Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz). FASPE Seminary is non-denominational and open to graduate students studying to be religious leaders or scholars (whether in a seminary, divinity, rabbinical, Muslim Chaplaincy, or other program). By studying professional ethics at the sites of Nazi actions, our Fellows experience the importance of professional ethics in an immersive, powerful, and personal way.

The Fellowship is fully funded, and we will be awarding the 2019 FASPE Seminary Fellowship to 12 to 18 applicants. 
Eligibility: Applicants must be currently enrolled in a graduate program and preparing to serve as religious leaders (whether in a seminary, divinity, rabbinical, Muslim Chaplaincy, or other program) OR have received such a degree between May 2017 and January 2019. 

To learn more about FASPE and to apply, please visit: 

Completed applications are due: Monday, December 28.

Call for Papers
Berkeley Journal of Religion and Theology (BJRT)
Editors of the BJRT invite scholars to submit articles and book reviews for inclusion in the journal. The BJRT strongly encourages rigorous and creative scholarship from different religious and theological traditions and methods. The journal aspires to be an international and diverse forum of original, cutting-edge scholarship in religious studies, philosophy and theology that reflects the GTU's endeavor to be an interdisciplinary and interreligious community that grows in knowledge, thrives in spirit, and unites in solutions. For instructions for submissions and style Guide, see:
Submission deadline is February 1, 2019.
Call for Papers

Roth Prize

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 documentatin. 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.

altar with pictures of loved ones and saints
altar with pictures of loved ones and saints

Altarcito in Gesu Chapel. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.

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Phone: 510-549-5029