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Letter from Assistant Dean of Students, Paul Kircher

Dear JST Community,

We congratulate our M.Div. III students who completed their written comprehensives today.  Congratulations also to all those who have defended dissertations and theses and completed final papers and projects. Our prayers go to all those who are continuing in their research and writing.

Let us hold in our prayer our Muslim brothers and sisters, as they enter into the holy month of Ramadan. May this be a time of spiritual rejuvenation for them, and may we be mindful of our spiritual kinship and solidarity with them. 

We are grateful to Sonny Manuel, SJ, who facilitated a conversation last Tuesday on “Ministry in Time of Trauma or Crisis.” This Tuesday evening, Fred Piazza, Ph.D. continues this conversation with some additional perspectives in “The Mental Health Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic.”  Please see further information in the calendar.

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we celebrated Earth Day this past week. May we continue to pray and take action for justice for our earth and all of creation, and especially those who are most impacted by climate change.

Finally, we are mindful of our JST Board of Directors, who will be meeting virtually next Friday, May 1. May we hold them in prayer as they come together to provide guidance and stewardship for our school community.

Peace and blessings,


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Liturgy News

Evening prayer gatherings via zoom are scheduled from 8:00-8:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.  If you are interested in helping to lead a session in the coming weeks, please email Sebastian Budinich at Contact Sebastian for the zoom link as well.

We list below some online resources for liturgy and prayer. If you find something that you think would be beneficial for the community, please send the link to Mary Beth Lamb, For all previous listings, please turn to our new COVID-19 Resources page. Only new items will be posted here in weeks to come.

Prayers During the Coronavirus Pandemic from

You Are Not Alone: Faith Resources from the Ignatian Family on COVID-19 

Liturgy Training Publications offers a weekly retreat on Thursdays, 5:00-6:30 p.m., based on the upcoming Sunday readings. 

The Smithsonian Institute offers free zoom sessions on Meditation and Mindfulness, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:15-9:45 a.m. (PT).

JST Announcements
  • Register now for all 2020 summer courses.  The last day to register for any course is Tuesday, June 2 (the summer term begins on June 1).  All tuition must be paid ahead of time by Thursday, May 21, no matter when a course actually has its first day.  If you later decide to drop a course you must do so by June 2 in order to get a full refund on the tuition, no matter when a course actually has its first day. Currently, three courses are being offered, LS-8300: Liturgical Music for Ministerial Leaders (3 units) with Christopher Wemp, June 15 - July 17; NT-8270: Paul's Letters: Context and Theology (3 units) with Jean-Francois Racine, June 8 - July 3; and SP-8250: Toward a Spirituality of the Creative Life (3 units) with Carrie Rehak, June 1- July 12. For a full description of the courses, click here.
  • JST updates on COVID-19 can be found here.   This page links also to the SCU and GTU updates.
  • The JST Resource page for COVID-19 lists resources for faith and prayer, wellness, financial assistance, and service. 
  • JST students who are experiencing financial need as a result of COVID-19 developments:
    1. Please see the SCU Financial Aid page for information on the SCU Special Assistance Fund, and submit the request at this link.  
    2. Those who require additional support may also apply for JST Supplemental Assistance at this link.  The application deadline is April 27, 2020. For more information, please contact Paul Kircher at

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Service and Advocacy

In light of how Coronavirus is worsening inequality. the Ignatian network proposes ways we can help.

Community Offerings

Today, when I could do nothing,
I saved an ant.
It must have come in with the morning paper,
still being delivered
to those who shelter in place.
A morning paper is still an essential service.
I am not an essential service.
I have coffee and books,
a garden,
silence enough to fill cisterns.
It must have first walked
the morning paper, as if loosened ink
taking the shape of an ant.
Then across the laptop computer-warm-
then onto the back of a cushion.
Small black ant, alone,
crossing a navy cushion,
moving steadily because that is what it could do.
Set outside in the sun,
it could not have found again its nest.
What then did I save?
It did not move as if it was frightened,
even while walking my hand,
which moved it through swiftness and air.
Ant, alone, without companions,
whose ant-heart I could not fathom-
how is your life, I wanted to ask.
I lifted it, took it outside.
This first day when I could do nothing,
contribute nothing
beyond staying distant from my own kind,
I did this.

-Jane Hirshfield, March 17, 2020, submitted by Mary Beth Lamb

We Are Gonna Make it Through

Drew Roberts sent in this recording of The Brilliance who wrote and posted "We Are Gonna Make It Through" which they performed for the interdenominational Church, Good Shepherd New York's digital Easter Worship Gathering

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
All Day
JST Orientation Week
All Day

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

Welcoming Fear Retreat

Join us for our next virtual retreat-- this time, we'll look to explore the reality of fear in our lives, how it plays out in our lived experience, and the freedom that awaits us in the welcoming. This 90-minute Zoom retreat is free of charge. Contact Victor Lemus, for more information.

Intersection of Ethics and Social Justice
5:00-7:00pm via zoom

For the Zoom link, please contact Joanna Thompson,

Music at Noon: Vân Ánh (Vanessa) Võ
noon, virtual streaming

While Vân Ánh (Vanessa) Võ is one of Vietnam’s most celebrated traditional artists, she revels in the freedom she’s found in the various musical styles surrounding her in the Bay Area. An award-winning traditional performer and virtuoso on 16-string dan tranh (zither), she’s also an Emmy Award-winning composer who has collaborated with Kronos Quartet.

When Should Business Re-Open? Ethics, Health, and Getting America Back to Work
noon, LinkedIn livestream

As small businesses and large corporations press to get back to work, critical questions must be considered and addressed before our economy can be revived. Join the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics Senior Director of Leadership Ethics Ann Skeet, Bloom Energy COO Susan Brennan and Pizza My Heart CEO Chuck Hammers as they discuss the ethical challenges of getting back to work in a live panel discussion. The event will be live streamed on the Santa Clara University Linkedin page.

Music at Noon: Dem ONE
noon, online

Demone Carter is an award-winning artist from San José. Performing under the name DEM ONE, he has released several albums and collaborated with notable hip-hop artists like D-Styles, Motion Man, Chali Tuna, and Bambu. In 2014, Carter received the Leigh Weimers Emerging Artists Award and in 2016 he was named a 2016 Silicon Valley Artist Laureate. 

Long-Term Effects of Microaggressions Against the Asian-American Community During COVID-19
5:00-7:00pm via zoom

For the Zoom link, please contact Joanna Thompson,

Music at Noon: Frederic Rosselet
noon, online

Since his move to the Bay Area, Swiss-American cellist Frédéric Rosselet has been seen performing with local ensembles such as American Bach Soloists, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra, Ensemble San Francisco and Live Oak Baroque Orchestra. Equally dedicated to chamber and orchestral music, he has been a recurring participant of the Verbier Festival Orchestra and the Yellow Barn Music Festival, as well as a faculty member at the Yellow Barn Young Artists Program.

The Revolutionists
7:30pm, virtual streaming

A grand and dream-tweaked comedy about violence and legacy, art and activism, feminism and terrorism, compatriots and chosen sisters, and how we actually go about changing the world. Playwright Olympe de Gouges, assassin Charlotte Corday, former queen Marie Antoinette, and Haitian rebel Marianne Angelle hang out, murder Jean-Paul Marat, and try to beat back the extremist insanity in 1793 Paris.  It’s a true story. Or total fiction. Or a play about a play. Or a raucous resurrection...that ends in a song and a scaffold. They may have lost their heads, but they found their voice.

GTU News and Events

GTU At Home Book Club

On Wednesdays (April 1 - April 29) at 12:30, the SFTS library is hosting an online silent book club, which offers an opportunity to socialize, share what you are reading with others, and spend time reading your own book silently. For zoom info and more info on at home book clubs, see

GTU Library Workshops

The GTU Library hosts workshops throughout the semester on Zotero (a free citation management program), Biblical exegesis, finding primary resources, and doing library research from a distance. Click here for the schedule.

Connection and Disunity
1:00, online

The GTU is pleased to announce a new partnership with Radical Love Live to produce two live Zoom events.  Usually based out of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, Radical Love Live is a safe place to talk about spirituality in all its forms with the goal of building bridges across spectrums of belief, traditions, and practice through discussion, interviews, music, and shared practice. The first episode, on April 26 at 1:00 pm, will feature Dr. Rita D. Sherma, Director of the GTU Center for Dharma Studies, and Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, Director of Interreligious Chaplaincy Program, who will share their perspectives on “Connection and Disunity” in light of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Poetry Break
4:00-5:30, online

Celebrate Poetry Month virtually with Poet and Pastor Rev. Nate Klug!

Now, more than ever, poetry can provide a welcome distraction and a healing balm. Poems will be made available a week prior, so you can read and reflect before Nate leads us in discussion.

Nate Klug is a poet, translator, and essayist. He is the author of "Rude Woods," a modern translation of Virgil's "Eclogues" (The Song Cave, 2013), "Anyone, a book of poems" (The University of Chicago Press, 2015), and the forthcoming "Hosts and Guests" (Princeton Series of Contemporary Poets, 2020).

Register to receive the zoom link.

Rethinking the Study of African Indigenous Religion in the 21st Century
noon, online

Join us online via zoom at 12:00 PM (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, when Dr. Jacob Olupona of Harvard University will present the GTU's Annual Surjit Singh Lecture in Comparative Religious Thought. Dr. Olupona's lecture will be titled, “Rethinking the Study of African Indigenous Religion in the 21st Century." The event will also be livestreamed on the GTU website, the GTU's YouTube page and the GTU Facebook page.

Art Break with Thomas Cattoi
5:00, online event

Dr. Thomas Cattoi (Jesuit School of Theology, Santa Clara University) will discuss bodies that heal, by looking at a 20th century Tibetan image of the medicine Buddha (Bhaisajyaguru) and an Orthodox icon of the transfiguration by Theophane the Greek (1340-1410). Register to receive the zoom link.

A Perspective from Science, Technology and Ethics in this Time of Uncertainty
noon, online

In this online event, Dr. Braden Molhoek, of the Center for Theology and the Natural Sciences at the GTU, presents his perspective as a science and technology ethicist in these days of uncertainty. You'll find links to both a video presentation and blog entry from him on our website after noon PST on May 1, 2020. 

An Arts and Religion Perspective on our Time of Uncertainty
noon, online

In this online event, Dr. Elizabeth S. Peña, Director of the Center for the Arts & Religion at the GTU, presents her perspective on these days of uncertainty. You'll find links to both a video presentation and blog entry from her on our website after noon on May 8, 2020.

A Perspective on Our Age of Uncertainty by the Associate Dean of Students
noon, online

In this online event, Dr. Wendy Arce, Associate Dean of Students, will present her perspective in these days of uncertainty. You'll find links to both a video presentation and blog entry from her on our website after noon PST on May 15, 2020. 


Community Events and Resources

London's National Theatre is streaming a new play every week, starting on Thursdays at 11:00am. This week's play is Shakespeare's Twelfth Night. Click here for more information.

A different Lloyd Webber musical streams each week on The Shows Must Go On!, a new YouTube channel devoted to this project. Each show goes live on the channel on Friday at 11am, and usually remains viewable for 48 hours afterward. This week features Love Never Dies, a sequel to the Phantom of the Opera.

Online Music Venue
Drew Holcomb, Americana guitarist from Nashville, posts a cover song every day in a series he is calling Kitchen Covers.  They can be accessed in this Instagram feed.   
Year Anniversary of Sri Lankan Bombings and Mass of Remembrance
11am livestream from Cathedral of Christ the Light

Churches holding Easter Sunday services and hotels with many tourists and visitors were bombed in Sri Lanka this time last year, resulting in a tragic loss of life and devastating injuries to survivors. 

You are invited to remember these bombing victims and their families at the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday April 26, livestreamed from Oakland’s Cathedral of Christ the Light. You will find the link on the Cathedral's facebook pag at For further inquiries about the livestream of the Mass on April 26th, 2020 please email us at

Conversation with Sr. Simone Campbell
online, 6:00p.m.

Tune in for a conversation with Sr. Simone Campbell, S.S.S., executive director of NETWORK.

Superfest Disability Film Festival Short Films Screening
6:30pm online

Hosted by the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at San Francisco State University, the Superfest Disability Film Festival is the longest running disability film festival in the world. For more than 30 years, Superfest has celebrated cutting-edge cinema that portrays disability through a diverse, complex, unabashed, and engaging lens.  

This showcase, presented by the Asian Art Museum in partnership with the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, highlights some short films from previous Superfest festivals that explore the intersection of disability and Asian or Asian American identity. 

Conversation with Helen Prejean
6:00pm, online

Join us, with your beverage of choice in hand, for a conversation with Helen Prejean, C.S.J. executive director of Ministry Against the Death Penalty. 

Job Announcements and More

Call for Papers, Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience -- NEW!!

(Ir)Rationality and  Religiosity During Pandemics: Phenomenological Criticism: Supplemental  Research Webinar of the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience, hosted by the Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna, Austria, September 16-17, 2020.

In the context of the current COVID 19-crisis, the vexed relationship between religion, intuition, discursive reason, and instrumental rationality has become ever more complicated.  Given resurgent appeals to the transformative (purifying, redemptive, liberating, etc.) force of religious resources in times of crisis–both manipulating and hopeful—we invite papers which explicate the involved aspects of (ir)rationality, on a societal, social, communal, and personal scale. Our working hypothesis is that the by now apparent lapses and discontents of secular reason contributed, if not lead to, the COVID19 pandemics.  With the toll of deaths exceeding 100,000 in mid-April 2020, and industrial countries such as the United States leading the numbers, what does it tell us about the status of knowledge, consciousness and its relationships with the power networks ?  Given the astounding denials of both trivial-ontic-empirical  and scientific facts of epidemics and the gripping realities of global misinformation, the relationship between the reason—in action, politics, press, local decision-making—and the subjective dimension of religiosity  stand out  in this new light, calling for phenomenological reporting and reflection, which must precede the care and the cure.  While religious experience has been shown to have emancipatory value and enhance resilience and decrease stress, we'd like to clarify if this assessment still stands in this new situation. 

We invite submissions of papers of about 3000 words, which would correspond to 20 min of reading maximum. Please also provide up to  300 words synopsis of your talk, in a separate Word document formatted for anonymous review. Please submit both to  .   Deadline for submission is July 15, 2020, with notifications of acceptance by August 1. Best papers will be recommended for publication in a special topical issue of Open Theology (De Gruyter) Both the workshop and the publication are offered free of charge, as a contribution to healing the pandemic.

For more information, click here

Lucile Murray Durkin Scholarship for Women Discerning Priestly Vocation

Scholarship applications are open to women and non-binary persons enrolled or accepted into an undergraduate or graduate studies program. To be eligible the candidate must be enrolled or participate in at least one class or significant volunteer ministry of comparable scope that they believe would forward the discernment of their call to a life in ordained ministry.  This scholarship is primarily directed to women and non-binary people who wish to be ordained Catholic Priests (including Ecumenical Catholic and Roman Catholic Women Priests). Secondarily it is open to those who are seeking priestly ordination in other denominations. For more information, click here.  To apply, click here.

Applications are accepted until April 29, 2020 and awardees will be notified in June 2020.  

NCR Bertelsen Editorial Internship

NCR offers a year-long paid internship designed to provide recent college graduates with firsthand newspaper experience. Interns work as a full-time staff members in the newspaper's Kansas City, Missouri, headquarters or in a major U.S. city where they live or are based. lnterns gain firsthand experience in a fast-paced virtual newsroom, reporting for print and web, helping with newspaper production, and maintaining including social media and multimedia.

Deadline to apply is May 15, 2020.

For more information, visit:

Call for Papers: EcoTheo Review
The EcoTheo Review is a quarterly journal dedicated to enlivening conversations and commitments around ecology, spirituality, and art. They are always open to submissions of poetry, prose, and visual art that explore questions of nature and spirituality, from within and outside all religious traditions. They are delighted by innovative, original, thoughtful art that reflects the values of curiosity, justice, and community. They also welcome reviews of contemporary poetry and prose that engage themes of ecology and/or theology. They look forward to reading and seeing your work! Please visit for submission guidelines. 

3 Jesuit students prepare lunches for Catholic Worker distribution

On Sunday, April 19, Jesuits Perianayagam Seluvannan, Justin Claravall and Joel Thompson prepare lunches for the homeless to be distributed by the Catholic Worker. Photo submitted by Joseph Kraemer, SJ.

To submit items for publication in this newsletter, please send to by noon on Wednesday of the week you want it published. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit photos of events for the photo of the week.

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Assistant Dean of Students
1735 Le Roy Avenue Berkeley, CA 94709
Phone: 510-549-5029