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Next week is spring break! Enjoy the rest from classes, and find a way to rejuvenate yourself even as you shelter in place. 

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Letter from Assistant Dean of Students, Paul Kircher

Dear JST Community,

Welcome to this issue of the Magis newsletter.

This has been a difficult week for our community and indeed for the entire world. As a school community, we are all endeavoring to continue in our shared work of education and formation while discovering and adapting to new ways of connecting with each other. It is our hope that the Magis newsletter can serve as a resource where we can post and share ideas and suggestions, reflections, and opportunities for coming together while observing shelter in place directives. We encourage you to reach out to the JST community by sending a photo, a prayer, a poem, a short inspiring story, an invitation, or a resource you have found that could help someone. The Spirit is with us. We invite you to listen and discern what you can do and make an offering if the Spirit moves you to do so.  Please send your contribution to Mary Beth Lamb at by each Wednesday at noon.

In the midst of all the challenges of this week, the first day of Spring came upon us on Thursday. Much needed rains came to California, with more in the forecast. Spring Break offers time for rest and renewal this coming week. In the midst of our Lenten journey together, may we find time to pause, to refrain from the computer or the news cycle, and notice God’s loving presence within and around us, in the voice of a friend on the telephone, in the blossoms on the trees, in a moment of rest or quiet prayer.

In the peace of Christ,



A word from Virgil Michel, OSB, early 20th century leader of liturgical reform: "A Christian Lent can never be entirely sad. With the fourth Sunday of Lent the pent-up spiritual joy in the true member of Christ bursts forth in anticipation of the Easter."
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Liturgy News

Due to the shelter in place directive, Gesù Chapel at JST is not open for Mass or for prayer. The entire Diocese of Oakland has suspended public Masses, though some churches remain open for private prayer.  We list below some online resources. If you find something that you think would be beneficial for the community, please send the link to Mary Beth Lamb,

If you would like to lead or participate in a virtual prayer or worship experience with others in the JST community, please e-mail  Paul is planning an Evening Prayer on Thursday, April 2, at 5:15 p.m. Please e-mail him if you would like to help plan.

Here are some audio-visual online resources that we recommend:

Catholic Extension's Sunday Masses online

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops video reflections on the readings of the day

Pray as you go, daily video prayer from the Jesuits in Britain

Text only online resources:

A Heart Renewed: JST's daily email with readings, reflections and prayers

Complimentary online access to Magnificat

Complimentary Online Access to Sunday Liturgies from Living with Christ


JST Announcements
  • Quy C. Vo, the father of Thanh Vo, JST's Accounting Associate, passed away on March 18. Please keep her family in your prayers.  You may reach Thanh at
  • If you are a student and would like to lead or participate in a faith-sharing or prayer group virtually with other students, please e-mail
  • If you are experiencing food insecurity because of the shelter-in-place order, please register with the SCU Bronco Pantry and indicate that you are from JST. We will get you a gift card to help with purchasing food.
  • Mental health resources are listed here.  Contact Paul Kircher at if you need assistance finding resources.
  • All GTU courses have been moved to an online format.  If you need any assistance with your online courses, you can visit the Moodle Help page for students, which includes frequently asked questions and instructions for how to resolve some of the common difficulties that students can face in Moodle.  You can also access the help page by logging into Moodle, and clicking "site home" on the left side of your screen.
  • Many events here at JST, at SCU, the GTU and in the Bay Area are being canceled or postponed due to the risk of infection by COVID-19. We have taken off events that we already know about, but you will want to verify all coming events for yourself. Stay safe!
  • JST updates on COVID-19 can be found here.   This page links also to the SCU and GTU updates.
  • The JST Writing Labs will be available via zoom. See the calendar item for information on how to connect.
  • The Teaching in Bay Area Catholic High Schools workshop, facilitated by Shannon Vanderpol of St. Ignatius Prep has been postponed until further notice. 

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Community Offerings

Here is a handout from Paul Canavese, a GTU alumnus, that you may find useful.

A Faith Response to the Coronavirus 

Here is a poem Submitted by George Griener, recommended by alumnus John Konicek.
Nove marzo duemilaventi 
I’m telling you this
we needed to stop.
We knew. We all felt it
that it was too furious,
our frenzy. Being inside of things.
Outside of ourselves.
Squeeze every hour – make it yield.

We needed to stop
and we couldn’t.
We needed to do it together.
Slow down the race.
But we couldn’t.
There was no human force
that could hold us back....
Mariangela Gualtieri (from the Italian)

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
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SCU Events 

Online: Careers in Social Justice: Recent Alumni Discuss Working Toward an Equitable Future
4:30-6:30, via livestream or zoom

Please mark your spring calendars for the Ethnic Studies 14th Annual Alumni Speakers Series featuring some of our best and brightest recent graduates talking about "Careers in Social Justice: Recent Alumni Discuss Working Toward an Equitable Future".

Yesenia Veamatahau '17, Operation Associate, Essie Justice Group

Nhada Ahmed '17, Organizer with Californians for Justice

Taylor Kee '18, Program Operation Coordinator, SEO Scholars

Perla Luna '19, High School English Teacher, MA in Education Candidate at Stanford University

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.

Job Announcements and More

Commonweal Internship Summer 2020
Each semester, Commonweal offers internships to up-and-coming young writers, journalists, theologians, marketers, and critics. They are currently welcoming applications for the summer of 2020.

Interns have the opportunity to explore Commonweal’s editorial, marketing, development, and digital work, depending on interest and background. Responsibilities include: 
  • Writing original content for Commonweal's website or print magazine
  • Assisting with website curation and research, including art and archival collection
  • Preparing content for publication using an online content management system (CMS).
  • Assisting in editorial planning and production of The Commonweal Podcast.
  • Creating and planning content for social media.
Start and end dates are flexible, with modest stipends offered to help defray living and commuting expenses. Summer interns must be available full time.

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and at least two samples of original writing to

For more information, see the website at: Applications are due March 31.

Church Mutual Religious Scholar Scholarship for 2020-21

For the fourth year in a row, CM CARES will award up to $250,000 in scholarships to deserving graduate-level religious scholars. Fifty scholarship winners will each receive a $5,000 award that may be used to pay for tuition, fees, books or other costs of attending school during the 2020-21 academic year. Students of all faiths are encouraged to apply.

For more information, click here. To apply, click here. Deadline to register is April 8.

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.

JST Zoom Staff Meeting, 3/20/20. Screen Shot by Dianna Gallagher.

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