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Liturgy News
  • Friday, December 6, 5:15 p.m. - The Renewal students will celebrate the conclusion of their fall 2019 sabbatical at this Mass.
  • The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is celebrated this year on Monday, December 9.  The entire JST community is welcome at the 8 a.m. morning or 5:15 p.m. evening Mass on Monday.
  • Spanish Mass on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 5:15 p.m.
  • Feast of Guadalupe, celebrated on Thursday, Dec. 12, 5:15, followed by sweet treats after Mass.

Presider Schedule Weeks of December 9 - 14

Monday, 12/9: 8:00am Saldanha  5:15pm Pastro 
Tuesday, 12/10: 8:00am Musoni  5:15pm  Murphy
Wednesday, 12/11: 8:00am Rimasbe  5:15pm Heiding
Thursday, 12/12: 8:00am Kamanzi  5:15pm Tran
Friday, 12/13: 8:00am Atsikin  5:15pm Endres
Saturday, 12/14: 8:00am Simpasa 

JST Announcements
  • Students, faculty and staff are invited to participate in book groups in January and early February to discuss White Fragility: Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo. The goal of the book group is to become familiar with Dr. DiAngelo's work prior to her visit at SCU on February 19. In addition, the group is meant to provide an opportunity to learn how to use her work within our community here at JST and SCU to help facilitate discussions on whiteness and white fragility among students, staff, and faculty. Please fill out this Google Form by Friday, Dec. 6, so that we may determine who is interested in participating and/or facilitating a group.
  • Concerned about the destruction of the natural world? If so, please consider helping to plan a Climate Justice Teach-in at JST for early March, sponsored by the Climate Justice Committee. Contact Lisa Fullam,, who will be in touch to set up a meeting before the end of this semester.
  • Save the Date: The annual lay retreat at El Retiro in Los Gatos will take place in the spring, Friday evening, March 13 through Sunday afternoon, March 15. The retreat facilitator will be Megan Pryor Lorentz. To make it on time, retreatants would need to leave Berkeley by around 3:00 on Friday afternoon. Numbers are limited, so please register and make a firm commitment by December 13 with Mary Beth Lamb at
  • 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. 
  • Advent Anyone? Online Resources recommended by George Murphy, SJ

JST Events

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

5-day Ignatian Silent Retreat
Dec. 14-19, San Damiano Retreat Center, Danville
The Ignatian Silent Retreat is a five-day experience of the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius of Loyola. The retreat is an invitation to reflect on the ways in which God is moving within your life and to discern your ongoing vocational journey. Opportunities for silence, shared reflection, spiritual conferences, and various forms of Ignatian prayer will be offered. 
The retreat will be held at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville from Saturday, December 14 to Thursday, December 19. Each day will include confidential, individual meetings with a retreat director, presentations, group prayer/ meditation, daily liturgies, contemplative silence, and shared meals.  Sign-ups will be accepted until December 6.
Spaces for the Ignatian Retreat are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis by submitting the form below AND a $200 payment via delivery of cash or check to Campus Ministry or online. If you have a financial hardship that would prevent you from attending the retreat, please email Victor Lemus (Director of Retreats) regarding receiving a scholarship.

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.

CLGS Lavender Lunch: Ministry among God's Queer Folk; LGBTQ Pastoral Care
12:10-1:10pm; PSR, 1798 Scenic Avenue

Authors Bernard Schlager and David Kundtz discuss the second edition of their book Ministry Among God's Queer Folk: LTBTQ Pastoral Care (Cascade Books, 2019). Kundtz, psychotherapist and author of several best-selling books in the area of pastoral care, holds a doctoral degree in pastoral psychology from the Graduate Theological Union. Schlager is Executive Director of The Center for LGBTQ and Gender Studies in Religion (CLGS) and Associate Professor of Historical and Cultural Studies at Pacific School of Religion. 


Community Events and Announcements

25th Annual Alameda Sing-It-Yourself "Messiah"
4pm; First Presbyterian Church, 2001 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda

This performance is the 25th Annual "Alameda Sing-It-Yourself 'Messiah.'" Bring "The Messiah" score if you have one. Free-will offerings will be accepted to support the event (with a suggested offering of $20, and a canned or dry food item to donate to the Alameda Food Bank). Please visit the attached link for more information.

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,

Job Announcements and More

CHA Colloquium Scholarship -- NEW!!

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 -- NEW!

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 -- NEW!

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.

Fall 2019 Renewal Cohort. Photo by Br. Bernie LoCoco.


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