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Liturgy News
  • Rev. Dr. Tanisha Sparks will preach on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at the 5:15 pm Mass as we celebrate the African and African American community and cultural heritage of the Jesuit School of Theology.
  • Spanish Mass on Wednesday, February 12, 5:15.
  • Liturgical ministry:  If you have not previously participated in liturgical ministry for JST liturgy and would like to serve, please contact Sebastian Budinich, M.T.S. student and Liturgy Coordinator, at  We welcome all who would like to serve as lectors, acolytes, Eucharistic ministers, or in any other liturgical ministry.  If you are interested in music ministry, please contact Elise Dubravec, M.Div. Student and Music Coordinator, at

Presider Schedule Week of February 10-15

Monday, 2/3: 8:00am Vu
Tuesday, 2/4: 8:00am Pham 5:15pm  Janowiak/Sparks
Wednesday, 2/5: 8:00am Rimasbe  5:15pm Fernandez
Thursday, 2/6: 8:00am Seluvannan  5:15pm  Hadley/Petrich
Friday, 2/7: 8:00am Simpasa 5:15pm Hadley
Saturday, 2/8: 8:00am Tang Nguyen

JST Announcements
  • The first Tuesday evening soup supper will be Tuesday, February 11, after the 5:15 p.m. Mass. If you belong to a group that is interested in preparing a vegan soup, please contact Mary Beth Lamb, There is also a sign-up sheet by the front desk. We have many openings!
  • Each spring, JST has a tradition of hosting a Talent Show for the school community.   We are looking for a team of student leaders who would like to organize this community-building event.  Please contact Paul Kircher at if you are interested in participating on the team.
  • Alyse Hudock, SCU Campus Minister, will host an information session for all JST students interested in the live-in residential position of Spirituality Facilitator in the SCU student residences in the 2020-21 academic year, as well as other opportunities to minister to SCU students through SCU Campus Ministry.  This will be in the Compania Room from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12.  Light lunch will be provided.
  • Drew Roberts, JST Assistant Dean of Enrollment Management, will host two listening sessions that seek student feedback regarding enrollment at JST.  Why did you choose JST?  What factors influenced your decision?  What other options were you considering?  What challenges do students face enrolling at JST?  What should JST administration be aware of when considering enrollment planning?
    You are invited to attend one of the following sessions to share your feedback.  If none of the following options works for you, but you would like to provide feedback, please email Drew at and he will identify alternative options. Enrollment Listening Session - 1: Loyola, Thursday, February 20, 3:40-5:00 p.m. - Snacks will be served. Enrollment Listening Session - 2: Loyola, Friday, February 21, 12:40-2:00 p.m - Lunch will be served. Enrollment Listening Session - Zoom, Friday, February 21, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
  • This coming week of February 10-14, Santa Clara University is celebrating Care Week -- Building a community of care, compassion, and connection.  In the spirit of Care Week, SCU Campus Ministry and SCU Cowell Center are partnering with JST to present QPR, a training in suicide prevention, on Wednesday, February 12.  Please consider attending one of these training sessions in the Manresa Room: 10:00-11:30 for students, 12:15-1:45 for faculty/staff, or 3:30-5:00 for faculty/staff/students. You may register at the following link or contact Mary Beth Lamb, to sign up. 
    Campus Ministry will also lead a self-care workshop employing a contemplative practice through art:  Cura PersonalisAlcohol Ink Art, in Manresa from 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
    Feel free to connect with Campus Ministers Alyse and Julia Claire throughout the day at these sessions or informally in between!
  • Feeling blue about the planet? Sign up for JST's Climate Justice Teach-In, From Lament to Hope: Faithful Action for Climate Justice, March 4, 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Chardin House. Register at the front desk or contact John Guyol, Classes are canceled for the day so that everyone can participate.

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 

"Sunday Best" Black History Month Service, Rev. Dr. Tanisha Sparks presiding
12pm, Mission Church

Join in a Protestant worship service led by Rev. Dr. Tanisha L. Sparks to celebrate the cultural heritage of the SCU Black community! Service will be followed by a Gospel brunch in the Nobili Dining Room.

Why is Playfulness a Virtue?
6:00-7:15pm, Mission Room, Benson Memorial Center

Join the Ignatian Center’s Bannan Forum for a conversation with Fr. Fredrick Heiding, S.J. on playfulness and the Jesuit, Catholic aesthetic tradition.

Some say that play leads to certain vices, others claim that it is the very basis for culture in terms of rituals, art, dance and theatre. What is the Jesuit response?

Fr. Heiding will explore this question in a lecture and in conversation with Fr. Michael Zampelli, S.J., the Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. University Professor in Santa Clara’s Department of Theatre and Dance.  

A reception will precede the lecture.

State of the University Address
4:00pm, Louis B. Mayer Theater, SCU

Santa Clara University President, Kevin O’Brien, S.J., delivers his annual address to faculty and staff.

Understanding White Fragility
3:30-5:15pm, Charney 102/103, SCU

Talk by bestselling author Robin DiAngelo on her book, White Fragility: Why it’s so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism.

3:30 PM: Author talk and Q&A (Charney 102/103)
5:15 PM: Reception and booksigning (Charney Atrium)
Light refreshments served

Registration for this event is closed.

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.

After/Life Opening Reception
5:00-7:00pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 Le Conte Avenue

Please join CARe for the opening of our Spring 2020 exhibition, AFTER/LIFE. The artist Mark Mitchell will be in attendance, and there will be refreshments and live music to enjoy!

CLGS Jewish Queeries Series: Using Midrash as a Tool for Social Justice
7:00pm, Badè Museum, 1798 Scenic Avenue
Rabbah Rona Matlow speaks on Using Midrash as a Tool for Social Justice.
In this CLGS Jewish Queeries Series event we will explore what Midrash is classically, and how it can be used in a modern context to queer texts, religious and secular. We will start with a foundational text of the United States to show that the process works with secular texts as well. We will then explore two original texts written by the presenter.
God After Metaphysics: Heidegger, Aquinas, and the Future of Natural Theology
7:30pm, Galleria, DSPT

The 20th Century was filled with declarations of the “end of metaphysics.”  But what possibilities remain for the philosophy of religion if we must approach God apart from any consideration of being?  Looking at the work of philosophers in the continental tradition such as Heidegger, John Caputo, Richard Kearney, and Jean-Luc Marion, Fr. Justin Charles Gable will explain why Aquinas’s natural theology not only remains a viable enterprise but is still one of the most intellectually satisfying accounts of God.

Affordable Housing for Trans Elders
4:30pm, BAMPFA, 2155 Center Street

Every Third Thursday of the month, gather in the lobby of the Berkeley Art Museum and Film Archive to receive complimentary museum admission and to hear a short talk on a current exhibition or piece of art by GTU faculty, students, and friends.

February's talk is given by Rev. Monica Joy Cross (Pacific School of Religion), Pastor at First Christian Church Disciples of Christ, and a Transgender Activist, Educator and Writer. Rev. Cross will be responding to Edie Fake's "Affordable Housing for Trans Elders", the latest piece to be commissioned for the BAMPFA Art Wall.

Chapel Singers and Bel Canto Concert
4:30pm Scott Hall, 6:00pm Stewart Chapel, SFTS, 105 Seminary Road, San Anselmo

The University of Redlands Marin Campus is thrilled to welcome the Redlands-based Chapel Singers and Bel Canto for their inaugural concert. This promises to be a wonderful evening celebrating choral music from around the world, with works by Whitacre, Elberdin, Uusberg, Esenvalds, Gimon, and many more.

You are invited to join us for a special reception where you will have the opportunity to meet current students, faculty, and alumni while experiencing a private performance from members of the choir.

Your $10 ticket includes the performance and reception. 

Reception 4:30 p.m. | Scott Hall

Concert 6:00 p.m. | Stewart Chapel


Community Events and Announcements

Peterborough Cathedral Choir in Concert
5:00pm, 2300 Bancroft Way, St. Mark's Episcopal Church, Berkeley

A concert of stunning music presented under the direction of Tansy Castledine. The concert is free, but a free-will offering will be received.

LifeSHIFT: Work and the Christian Journey with Dr. Thomas Bachhuber and Jim Briggs
2/28, 6:00pm - 3/1, 1:00pm. San Damiano Retreat, 710 Highland Drive, Danville

This retreat is an opportunity to reflect on your life and your faith, exploring avenues for new opportunities. You will engage practical career transition content, poetry, and prayer which will allow you to begin clarifying vocational needs and goals. 

Considering Matthew Shepard, Cantata by Craig Hella Johnson, performed by Cantare Con Vivo
7:30pm; Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road, Kensington

Matthew Shepard, the Wyoming teenager who became a national figure after he was beaten and left for dead for being gay in 1998, has inspired plays, documentaries and books. He is the subject of this newly written 95-minute extended work that explores his life, death and legacy. Composer Craig Hella Johnson, Director of Austin choir Conspirare and former Director of San Francisco’s own Chanticleer, features lyrics taken from Shepard’s writing as well as dark passages about the group that picketed his funeral. “The piece actually became a whole lot more than just the story of the suffering,” Johnson said. “It needed to become this larger invitation to return to love. And to return to remember who we are as human beings, in the deepest sense of our essence." Tickets are $10 for students; $35 general admission. There will also be performances at Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church on February 29 and at First Presbyterian Church of Oakland on March 1.

Job Announcements and More

Amplify Faith Resource Developer -- NEW!!

Last summer the deplorable conditions in which migrant children are detained at our border became international news. AmplifyFaith is an interfaith initiative to keep the voices of these children alive so the will for change grows. How we treat children transcends politics and is about hearing the divine call to care for all God’s children. The collective witness of people of faith is crucial to this national undertaking. AmplifyFaith asks people of faith to take the words of the children from their declarations and share those words in any way that they want. The declarations and some examples of projects are on the website. They need help developing resources to support this initiative. Materials can include things like sermon templates, a biblical reading list, study materials for various age groups, prayer templates, a general reading list, and project ideas for Sunday school and other religious education classes. This toolkit should make it easy for churches, faith communities and individuals to develop their own projects. We ask that materials be finalized and submitted by March 30, 2020. If you are willing to help create materials for AmplifyFaith, submit an application by February 14 to Rev. Dr. Ruth Meyers, Dean of Academic Affairs, CDSP at

To apply, please provide your name, phone, email and a description of how the current treatment of children and other migrants at the border, the issue of immigration, and the ethics of hospitality relate to your ministry (past, present, future). 

Call for Papers -- Women's Studies in Religion and Asia Project -- NEW!!

A GTU graduate student conference (March 20) jointly hosted by Women's Studies in Religion and the Asia Project invites paper proposals that focus on "Interconnecting Boundaries: Women, Democracy and Religion." Students attending GTU member schools, institutes and centers at all stages of any program are welcome to submit proposals. Include your name, school, program, paper title and abstract (300-500 words) that includes your thesis, method, and the shape of your argument. Please use 12-point, Times New Roman, Calibri or Arial font, double-space the proposal, and follow Turabian style. Proposals with any focus on Women and Gender Studies or Asian Theology will also be considered. Submit proposals to and no later than Feb. 14. 

Lucile Murray Durkin Scholarship for Women Discerning Priestly Vocation -- New!!

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

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.

From the Heartland to the Borderlands: Faith in Chinese Context

This study tour has been postponed until further notice, due to the novel coronavirus.

China is a land of surpassing cultural and historical breadth. Experience its ultra-modern cities, its great centers of education, and its ancient heartland, as well as villages where some of the minority groups that participate in the cultural mix of China have lived for centuries.

In these diverse settings, study tour participants will hear firsthand from Chinese Catholics who share in and contribute to the life of their local communities.

This study tour affords a unique context for reflection on questions of faith, culture, and meaning.

Led by Fr. Michael Agliardo, director of the USCCA and research scholar in sociology at Santa Clara University, it lasts from May 6-17 as you travel through 5 provinces of China.

Applications are due February 15. For details, see US Catholic China Tour. To apply, see application.

Ignatius Q: At the Crossroads: Staying the Course for a Love that is Whole

IgnatianQ is a queer conference hosted at a different Jesuit university every year that focuses on queerness existing in congruence with religious identities and spaces, not in spite of those spaces, this year hosted by Regis University in Denver, CO, March 20-22. 

The theme for this conference is "At the Crossroads: Staying the Course for a Love that is Whole." There are four pillars associated with this theme: A Love that is Whole, Intersectionality, Change Making, and Institutional Discernment. Featuring a host of speakers, including Father James Allison, as well as breakout sessions and opportunities to explore our own identities, look at what we can do in our communities, and enjoy the space and time with one another for a weekend, we invite you to join us that weekend. This conference is open to students who identify along the queer spectrum, allies, and faculty, staff and/or administrators.

For more information, see Ignatian Q Conference. Deadline to regster is February 21.

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

Catholic Health Initiative CPE Internships, Summer 2020

The summer intensive internship is an eleven week, full-time program that is primarily designed for graduate theological students and seminarians preparing for ordained ministry conducted at CHI Health McAuley Fogelstrom Center, Omaha, NE.

2020 Internship Dates: June 1 - August 14, 2020 

Deadline to apply: February 28, 2020.

For more information about the program, see Summer Internships. To apply, see application.

Louisville Institute Fellowships

The Louisville Institute offers fellowships for doctoral study and dissertation work. 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.

CHA Theology and Ethics Colloquium, "Ethics Beyond the Bedside"

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. 

Call for Papers

The March 2020 issue of Asian Horizons (of the Dharmaram Journal of Theology) invites articles on "Synodal Church." Though synodality is not a new concept in itself, Pope Francis’ vision of synodality has given it new levels of meaning and new vitality for the life and mission of the Church. Church leaders and theologians have developed further Pope’s vision of synodality, but this vision and its practical implications are to be developed further. Please send your articles (4500-5000 words, including the footnotes) by March 20, 2020. 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. 

 Tamás Rónaszéki, Mária Flamich, Omri Shimron
 Tamás Rónaszéki, Mária Flamich, Omri Shimron

Tamás Rónaszéki, Mária Flamich, Omri Shimron after their concert on January 31. Photo by Mary Beth Lamb. 

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