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Blessed Triduum and Happy Easter to All!

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Letter from Assistant Dean of Students, Paul Kircher

Dear JST Community,

As our Jewish brothers and sisters began their celebration of Passover yesterday evening, we enter into the Holy Triduum this evening. May we be open to the abundant graces of these three days, and may this time be one of liberation and hope for our suffering world.

In this issue of the Magis, we list resources for the Triduum.  Please also see our new web page, Together in Faith and Hope:  JST Responds to COVID-19.  This page lists resources for prayer and reflection, wellness, financial assistance, and service during this time of COVID-19 and shelter-in-place.

This Tuesday evening, April 14, at 6:45 p.m., you are invited to a virtual school community gathering, to reflect on our experience of the Triduum this year. Let us share our Resurrection stories!  Please see more information in the calendar entry for April 14.

Blessings of these three days, and Joyous Easter!


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Liturgy News

Evening prayer gatherings via zoom are scheduled from 8:00-8:30 p.m., Sunday through Thursday.  This weekend, there will be a Holy Thursday guided meditation on Jesus washing the feet of his disciples at 8:oo; on Good Friday, the Seven Last Words of Christ at 4:00; and on Holy Saturday, Taize and the Exultet at 8:00.  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.

Livestreams, virtual gatherings and presentations

SCU Holy Thursday Zoom Gathering, 7:00 p.m., Jack Treacy, SJ, presiding. Please register here.

SCU Good Friday and Stations of the Cross Zoom Gathering, 1:00 p.m., Kyle Shinseki, SJ, presiding. Please register here.

SCU Holy Saturday Zoom Retreat, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Victor Lemus directing. Please register here.

SCU Easter Sunday Mass, 10:00 a.m., Kevin O’Brien, SJ, presiding, Dennis Smolarski, SJ, preaching. Livestreamed on Facebook and Panopto.

Saint Ignatius Parish, San Francisco, livestreamed Triduum liturgies. Greg Bonfiglio, SJ, Pastor, JST alumnus; Maggie Warner, Coordinator of Parish Worship, JST MA student and cantor for the liturgies.

Virtual Witness for the Healing of the Nations and the Peaceful Conversion of Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory, 8:00 a.m., Ken Butigan, GTU alumnus, preaching.

Stations of the Cross from Ignatian House, Jesuit Retreat Center, Atlanta, GA.

An Ignatian Digital Retreat for a Pandemic

Text only online resources

Guides for the Triduum at Home prepared by Louis Hotop, SJ, JST MDiv student.

Examen for Life during COVID-19 created by Susan Haarman, JST alumna

Stations of the Cross in Time of Pandemic created by Suzanne Gagné Bregman.


JST Announcements
  • Good Friday, April 10, is a GTU and SCU holiday.  There are no classes. 
  • JST updates on COVID-19 can be found here.   This page links also to the SCU and GTU updates.
  • 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) For those who require additional assistance, a separate JST application will be sent out as soon as possible.  For more information, please contact Paul Kircher at
  • The new JST Resource page for COVID-19 lists resources for faith and prayer, wellness, financial assistance and service.
  • If you are a JST student and would like to lead or participate in a faith-sharing or prayer group virtually with other students, please e-mail

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Local Community Resources

Berkeley Mutual Aid Network connects individuals more at risk of developing serious complications from COVID-10 to low-risk individuals who can help supply their daily needs. If you need assistance or can offer assistance, check it out. Their website also has a list of non-profits and community organizations needing volunteer assistance.

National Daily Health Survey to track and fight the spread of COVID-19, conducted by Stanford Medical Center. They will use the information to inform local and national responses, such as redirecting medical resources or improving policies and public guidance.


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Community Offerings

Full Moon over water and road

The image and following poem submitted by Paul Kircher, with the permission of local poet, Rafael Jesús González.

Luna llena/Full Moon

Esta noche se me antoja

la luna amable enfermera con su

bálsamo de luz suave y fresca

para ponerle en la frente febril

de la Tierra enferma y en delirio.


© Rafael Jesús González 2020


Tonight I fancy

the moon a kind nurse with her

balm of soft, cool light

to place on the fevered brow

of Earth, ill and delirious.


© Rafael Jesús González 2020

Virtual Labyrinth Walk

Last week this post led to a google drive which most of you could not get access to. This week, it has been uploaded to youtube. 

Sara Postlethwaite, VDMF, JST S.T.L. student, created this video reflection for the Art & Pilgrimage seminar taught by Kate Barush. Sara composed and performed the music. Virtual Labyrinth Walk

JST Events

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

Holy Saturday Retreat: Our Waiting
11:00am -12:30pm, zoom retreat

As we continue our Lenten journey, join us for this special Holy Saturday virtual retreat, where we will look to explore our experience of waiting during this unusual, yet sacred, time. 

Waiting is an experience we all share, and certainly one we collectively are living in a profound way during the Covid-19 pandemic. During this retreat, with the hope of Easter in mind, we'll take time to unpack the various human elements involved with our experience of waiting, and look to rediscover what it might mean to wait in hope, to wait with peace.

The retreat will include a reflection, communal time for prayer/ silence, as well as small group discussion. Registration is open to all undergraduate and graduate students and is free of charge.

Email Victor Lemus,, with questions.

Easter Mass Livestream
10:00am, Panopto or Facebook

On Easter Sunday, we celebrate Christ’s glorious resurrection and triumph over the grave. President Kevin O’Brien, S.J., will be the presider for this eucharistic liturgy, while Dennis Smolarski, S.J., director of Campus Ministry, will be the homilist. 

Watch on Panopto

Watch on Facebook

Impact of Gendered Language
5:00-7:00pm online

More info to come! To be delivered by zoom.

tUrn Online April 20-24

EarthDay at 50: tUrn is designed as a dynamic interplay of shared goals, transformative headliner events, resources grouped by themes to spark conversation and action, and partners near and far who are making it all happen to develop SCU's climate crisis awareness & action via zoom. tUrn events are free and open to the public. RSVP for each headliner after 4-1 at tUrn headliners.

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

More info to come; delivered via zoom.

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

More info to come, delivered via zoom.

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.

Third Thursdays at BAMPFA
4:30-5:30 online

Dr. Devin Zuber will be discussing a piece by Richard Misrach, Untitled (OF 104-91: Swimming Pool), from the exhibition Lands of Promise and Peril: Geographies of California.

Join us on Zoom!
Meeting ID: 642 744 772
Password: bampfa

Two Faith Perspectives in our Time of Uncertainty
noon, online event

In this online event, Dr. Rita Sherma, Director of the Center for Dharma Studies at the GTU and Dr. Devin Phillip Zuber of the Center for Swedenborgian Studies, present their perspectives in these days of uncertainty. You'll find links to both a video presentation and blog entry from them on our website after noon PST on April 17, 2020. 

"Art-Making as Yogic Praxis and Empowerment of Women: Research on the Padukas Tribal Women’s Native Art Community"
noon, via Zoom

Our April talk will be given by 2019 Spring CARe Grant recipient Zipei Tang (PhD, GTU), who used her grant funds to travel to Maharashtra, India this summer. 

Join us via Zoom!
Meeting ID: 363 782 703
Password: brownbag

A Muslim Perspective on Spiritual Care and Ethical Leadership in an Age of Uncertainty
noon, online

In this online event, Dr. Munir Jiwa of the Center for Islamic Studies at the GTU, will present on spiritual care, resilience, and community 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 April 24, 2020. 

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).

Join us on Zoom!
Meeting ID: 865 450 481
Password: poetry


Community Events and Resources

Good Friday for the Healing of the Nations & the Peaceful Conversion of Livermore Nuclear Weapons Laboratory
8:00am, online

Join on your electronic device for a virtual worship service, featuring educator, writer and advocate for nonviolent change Ken Butigan (GTU alumnus), sacred movement led by liturgical dancer Carla DeSola, and music by troubadour Daniel Zwickel ben Avrám.


Virtual Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice

Based on the Economic Way of the Cross, written by the Religious Working Group on the World Bank/IMF, the Way of the Cross for Economic and Ecological Justice provides a prayerful way to walk the steps of Jesus in this time of financial and ecological crisis. This year, it will be a virtual event.

Each station symbolizes institutional roots of this suffering in government, in transnational corporations, in international financial institutions, in trade agreements, macroeconomic policies and financial transactions that give shape to economic activity around the world.


Conversation with Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D.
online, 6:00p.m.

Join us, with your beverage of choice in hand, for a conversation with Marcia Chatelain, Ph.D., race and ethnicity in America scholar at Georgetown University. 

Job Announcements and More

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.  

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. 
Call for Papers, Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience

The Conference on Religious Experience and the Crisis of Secular Reason, September 16-18, 2020 at the University of Vienna, is looking for abstracts. Please submit papers of no more than 600 words, formatted for anonymous review, to before May 30, 2020. You can also enclose a full paper; submissions with ready papers will be given a priority. Enclose your biographic information in the body of email. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by June 15, 2020. For more information, click here.

Irises by the mailbox. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.

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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