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Liturgy News

During the Holiday Break through the Intersession, December 16 - 21 and January 6 - February 1, Mass will be celebrated Monday through Friday at 5:15 p.m. and Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Mass will not be celebrated from December 22 - January 5. 

JST Announcements
  • JST will be closed from December 21 - January 1. The week of December 16-20 and throughout the month of January, the building will be open from 7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
  • Professor Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M., will be the principal lecturer for “Rediscovering Jesus in the Gospel of John,” a four-week biblical study program that the Centre for Biblical Formation offers in Jerusalem, Israel. This program is comprised of lectures, individual study, group study and field trips. Attention is also given to the current religio-political situation in the country by Jewish and Palestinian experts. The course will be held from September 7 to October 6, 2020. The total cost for tuition, fees, full board, and excursions is $5,250 USD, plus airfare. The deadline for enrollment is May 1, 2020, but enrollment is limited. The sooner you register, the better your chances for getting into the class. For more information, please consult
  • Preliminary Announcement: Applications for the Summer Practicum in Spiritual Direction, June 15 - July 10, 2020, can be submitted from now until February 1, 2020. Please click on Summer Practicum in Spiritual Direction for information on the program, and/or contact George Murphy, SJ at The practicum is limited to 14 participants. 

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

Search for What Matters: Kyle Shinseki, SJ
12-1pm; Williman Room, Benson Memorial Center

The first 2020 Search for What Matters speaker will be Fr. Kyle Shinseki, S.J., Campus Minister, Faith Formation and Intercultural Ministry in the Office of Campus Ministry. The Search for What Matters speaker series, sponsored by the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum, seeks to provide a space on campus for the discussion of core values and experiences among faculty, staff, students, and alumni. One faculty member, one staff member, and one Jesuit faculty/staff member are invited each year to respond to the question: “What matters to me and why?”

Lunch will be served. Please direct ADA/504 accommodation requests to Aaron Willis (408-554-4383) at least 48 hours prior to event. 

GTU News and Events

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.

Information Session on Covered California Medical Insurance
11am-12pm; GTU Student Lounge, 2465 Le Conte Ave

Christiane Brown, a local insurance agent, will present different medical insurance options and answer your questions. RSVP with Chai Motupalli at


Community Events and Announcements

Rejoice! Let Us Sing! With the Philippine Saringhimig Singers
7pm; St. Perpetua Church, 2454 Hamlin Road, Lafayette

Tickets start at $25 to benefit the St. Perpetua Parish Christmas Eve celebration. Tickets are available at For more info, please contact Mary Jo Malabuyo,

Franciscan Spirituality Retreat with Fr. Daniel Horan, OFM
January 24-26, 2020; San Damiano Retreat Center, 710 Highland Drive, Danville

Many Christians know about St. Francis, and the spiritual writings of the American Trappist Monk Thomas Merton, but few realize how much St. Francis and the Franciscan spiritual tradition informed Merton’s life and writings. In this retreat, participants will pay particular attention to the way the Franciscan tradition shaped Merton’s most famous contribution to spirituality: the idea of the “True Self.” Participants will also look at the Franciscan spirituality behind Merton’s understanding of Jesus Christ and Creation.

Job Announcements and More

CHA Theology and Ethics Colloquium, "Ethics Beyond the Bedside" -- NEW!

CHA's Theology and Ethics Colloquium, "Ethics Beyond the Bedside", will examine ethical implications for Catholic health care around critical issues in society, technology, national media and the Church. This year, the annual, invitation-only event for ethicists will take place March 11-13, 2020 at the Chase Park Plaza Royal Sonesta Hotel in St. Louis. Please visit their webpage for more details. Please see the entry entitled "CHA Colloquium Scholarship" that follows below for information on a scholarship opportunity to assist with attendance costs. 

CHA Colloquium Scholarship

In an effort to help prepare graduate students for a career in Catholic health care ethics, the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) is offering a limited number of scholarships to the 2020 Theology and Ethics Colloquium, Ethics Beyond the Bedside, March 11-13, 2020 in St. Louis. The scholarships are designed to support the educational and professional development of the next generation of ethicists and theologians for the Catholic health care ministry. Scholarships will include complimentary program registration, roundtrip coach airfare to and from St. Louis, and hotel accommodations the evenings of March 11 and 12, 2020. The application deadline is Friday, February 7, 2020.  Please note – a faculty member must approve and sign the application of any recommended student. Click here for the CHA Colloquium Scholarship Announcement and for the CHA Colloquium Scholarship Application. Please contact Nathaniel Blanton Hibner at with questions.

Part-Time Chaplaincy Position

Mercy Retirement & Care Center is a vibrant retirement community located in Oakland that provides senior-assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing and rehabilitation services to meet a variety of health care needs. They are currently seeking to hire a part-time chaplain. The position is exempt, 17 hours/week (34 hours/2 week pay period), and does not qualify for benefits. It is ideally and typically worked weekly as three partial days (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). For each of these days you would be responsible for setting up for morning mass, or communion service, assisting the priest as needed with readings and communion distribution during mass, or leading a communion service distributing pre-consecrated hosts on your own on Saturday mornings. For more information, please visit their website at

SF Night Ministry - Spring 2020 CPE Unit

The San Francisco Night Ministry (SFNM) announces openings to a part-time "extended" unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training in Spring 2020. Anyone who has a four-year degree or equivalent and a heart of service is welcome to apply. CPE is spiritual care training in a clinical context. Students use CPE for personal and professional formation. Many hospices and hospitals require spiritual care professionals to complete at least one unit of CPE. SFNM is fully accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. 

The application is available at You may send your completed application and $35 processing fee payable to “San Francisco Night Ministry” to: Rev. Trent Thornley, San Francisco Night Ministry, 1031 Franklin Street, San Francisco, CA  94109. Please direct questions to 

Call for Papers

The December 2019 issue of Asian Horizons (of the Dharmaram Journal of Theology) invites articles on "Religious Pluralism: Changing Perspectives." Please send your articles (4500-5000 words, including the footnotes) by December 15, 2019. Kindly include the abstract of the article in 150-200 words, 5-7 Keywords and a summary of the CV of the author in 100-150 words. For submitting the articles and for more details, please contact Shaji George Kochuthara, editor-in-chief, at

Asian Horizons is a forum for theological reflection in the Asian context marked by economic poverty, cultural diversity and religious plurality. Although the focus is on theological reflection in the context of Asia, the journal also addresses theological developments and concerns of the universal Church and endeavors to dialogue with the Church in various contexts. 

FASPE Fellowship, Summer of 2020

FASPE (Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics) is an intensive, two-week study program in professional ethics and ethical leadership. FASPE is neither a Holocaust studies course nor a genocide prevention program. Rather, the curriculum is designed to challenge Fellows to critically examine constructs, current developments and issues that raise ethical concerns in their professions in contemporary settings in which they work. Each year, FASPE Seminary awards fellowships to 14 to 16 individuals pursuing, or recent graduates of, graduate-level religious training at divinity schools, seminaries, chaplaincy programs or other related institutions. Fellows spend two weeks in Berlin and Poland, where they visit key sites of Nazi history and participate in daily seminars led by specialized faculty. The program couples the power of place with academic rigor and many informal opportunities for creative exchange. 

2020 FASPE Seminary Program Dates: June 12, 2020 – June 26, 2020 (Program starts on the evening of June 12).

Deadline to apply: December 30, 2019.

For more information about the program, see To apply, see

Scholarships for Catholic Studies (UK)

Applications are open for Postgraduate Scholarships and Bursaries with the Centre for Catholic Studies at Durham University UK for the 2020-2021 school year. This year, there are two (2) Louis Lafosse Bicentenary PhD Scholarships, both three-year awards including full-fees (at UK/Home level), plus a maintenance allowance at the UK Research Council’s national rate (£15,009 in 2019-20). The deadline for applications for the Louis Lafosse Bicentenary Scholarships is Sunday, February 23, 2020. All other applications are open until May 24, 2020. Full details including eligibility criteria, and an application form are available at

Louisville Institute Fellowships

The Louisville Institute offers fellowships for doctoral study and dissertation work. The Dissertation Fellowship (DF) programs offers up to ten $25,000 grants to support the final year of Ph.D. or Th.D. dissertation writing. Preference given to students engaged in research pertaining to North American Christianity, especially projects related to Institute mission priorities. Apply by February 1, 2020.

The Doctoral Fellowship (DOC) program encourages current Ph.D./Th.D. students to consider theological education as their vocation. The Institute awards up to ten two-year Doctoral Fellowships of $2,000 per year. In addition, Fellows constitute a peer learning cohort that meets six times over a two year period. Apply by March 1, 2020.

For more information and to apply, see the Louisville Institute site.

JST Women Faculty and Student Lunch. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb.  

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