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Liturgy News
  • Mass will be in Spanish on Wednesday, 9/25, 5:15.

Presider Schedule Week of September 23-28

Monday, 9/23:  8:00am Seluvannan
Tuesday, 9/24: 8:00am Leveil  5:15pm Daoust
Wednesday, 9/25: 8:00am Vu  5:15pm Pastro
Thursday, 9/26: 8:00am Kamanzi 5:15pm Connell/Ferus
Friday, 9/27: 8:00am Simpasa  5:15pm Endres
Saturday, 9/28: 8:30am Tang Nguyen

JST Announcements
  • The JST Student Life Office is sponsoring a trip to Santa Clara University for the Mass of the Holy Spirit on Oct. 2 (transportation available at 10:00 a.m., returning around 3:30 p.m. If you would like transportation to this event, please contact Mary Beth Lamb, by September 24.
  • JST students are collaborating with SCU Campus Ministry to lead a prayer service on the main SCU Campus, "Welcoming All as Christ:  How Are We Sanctuary?" on Wednesday, October 9, at 6:30 p.m., praying for humane and just treatment of migrants at the U.S. border, as part of the celebrations of the inauguration of Kevin O'Brien, SJ as new President of Santa Clara University.  For this and other inauguration events, JST will provide transportation. For the prayer service, the van leaves from JST at 3 p.m., returning at approximately 9 p.m.  For the Inauguration Mass (tickets are required to attend) on Thursday, Oct. 10, the van leaves from JST at 2:00 p.m., returning at approximately 8:00 p.m. For the Inauguration Ceremony on Friday, Oct. 11, the van leaves from JST at 9:00 a.m., returning at approximately 4:00 p.m. RSVP to by October 1, if you plan to ride in the van for any of these events.
  • Each year, JST awards "Student Development Grant" funding to subsidize students' expenses for participation in a conference or workshop that will further their academic or ministerial formation.  To apply, please submit a  Student Development Grant Application to Paul Kircher, Assistant Dean of Students,   Fall Deadline: October 1.
  • Interested in serving as an immersion leader with high school students? Tamara Setiady, Immersion Coordinator, will be at JST on Tuesday, October 8, to meet with any interested students from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in the JST Compañía Room and Patio. Please RSVP at
  •  Sign up to be a Soup Group on the sheet on the Climate Change board. Grab some friends and sign up to make a meatless soup for a Tuesday soup supper. Here are some details:
a. Soup MUST be vegan, or if your group is ambitious, you can make one vegan and one veggie. 
b. Plan to make about 5 gallons all told, but check with Mary Beth Lamb before your week to ask for her estimate of that week’s anticipated need. Also, ask her if you’d like reimbursement for your group’s expenses—there is a soup budget.
c. What’s vegan? No animal products, so no meat, dairy, eggs, or honey. Veggie is just no meat. 
d. Soup Groups can run all semester from Oct. 1- Dec. 3. 

JST Events

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

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events 

SCU Mass of the Holy Spirit
12:00pm, Mission Church

Take time to celebrate with the entire campus community in this centuries-old tradition.

Followed by a community lunch. JST will provide transportation for students interested in attending. Please RSVP to Mary Beth Lamb at by Tuesday, September 24.

Inaugural Mass of Fr. Kevin O'Brien
5:00pm, Mission Church, SCU

JST faculty, staff and students who received a ticket to this event may attend. Tickets are required.

Inauguration of Fr. Kevin O'Brien
11:00am, Leavey Center

Lunch Reception immediately following.

Predicting Justice: Optimizing Data in the Criminal Justice System
8am - 4:30 pm, Panelli Courtroom, Charney Hall, SCU

Predicting Justice addresses in four panel discussions the timely issue of how technology and data are being used in our criminal justice system. Presented by the High Tech Law Institute and the Ignatian Center.


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.

ResoNation Concert
7:30pm, Chapel, Pacific School of Religion, 1798 Scenic Avenue

ResoNation: Sacred Sounds Beyond Borders is a sacred world music festival premiering with a concert featuring  Kitka Women's Vocal Ensemble (mystical songs from Eastern Europe), Qadim Ensemble with Miriam Peretz (Piyutim from the Eastern Diaspora), Mahsa Vahdat and Atabak Elyasi (original Iranian sounds inspired by the poet Rumi), Parvathy Baul (Baul traditional music influenced by Sahajiya Buddhism, Turkish Sufism and Bengali Hinduism) and Linda Tillery and the Cultural Heritage Choir (African American roots music). This concert takes place at the Pacific School of Religion (PSR) Chapel, 1798 Scenic Avenue, Berkeley. General Audience: $25; Students with ID: $20.

JST is a co-sponsor of this event.

ResoNation: Sacred Sounds Beyond Borders Participatory Workshops
1:00pm, Pacific School of Religion campus

Free community music day for all ages featuring participatory workshops with Kitka, Linda Tillery, Qadim Ensemble with Miriam Peretz, Catherine Braslavsky and the music of Hildegaard von Bingen, and more. ResoNation presents music that celebrates and heals the human spirit, transcends borders, and engages the whole person and wider community.

JST is a co-sponsor of this event.

Recalibrating Human Freedom with Martin Luther
7:00pm, GTU Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Andrea Vestrucci, GTU Research professor in Systematic Theology, analyzes the logical argument thanks to which Luther challenges the usual idea that freedom and necessity cannot share the same room. As such, the Bondage of the Will clarifies the relationship, and the distinction, between the philosophical and the theological approaches to the issue of freedom. Respondents include: Kirsi Stjerna and Diane Bowers.


A Spiritual Journey Toward a Theology of Dao
4:00pm, Dinner Board Room, GTU Library

Dr. Heup Young Kim will reflect on his spiritual journey that has led him to formulating a theology of dao. He argues that East Asian theological perspectives, as an antidote to Western modes of thinking, can present an alternative hermeneutic to the dualism inherited from Greek philosophy that still prevails in Western theologies.

Medina and Athena: Restoring a Lost Legacy
7:30pm, Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

The Common Heritage Series, sponsored by the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology and Zaytuna College, Part 1: presented by Hamza Yusuf.


A Listener's Guide to the Cosmos
7:30pm, Zaytuna College, 2401 Le Conte Avenue, Berkeley

Part 2 of the Common Heritage Series, Presented by Andrew Hicks

Words Beyond Words: Poetry Inspired by Sacred Texts II
6:30pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2465 LeConte Avenue

CARe board member and poet-in-residence Rev. Nate Klug will lead a group poetry reading of 5 poets, all involved in discussion of sacred texts.

Lavender Lunch: After the "Straight State": Sexuality and Social Reform during California's HIV/AIDS Crisis
12:10pm, PSR, 1798 Scenic Avenue

At this Lavender Lunch UK historian Stephen Colbrook examines the careers of California’s gay-activists-turned-policymakers and their role in queering the state bureaucracy during the HIV/AIDS crisis of the 1980s. 

Visualizing Kabbalist Gestures
7:30pm, Doug Adams Gallery, 2635 Le Conte Avenue

Known as “the lifting of the hands” in the Aaronic blessing, the Nesi’at Kapayim is enacted when a kohen raises both hands and divides his four fingers into two separated sets. In this lecture, Dr. Nathan Timpano argues that the unique hand/figure gestures that appear in portraits by Oppenheimer and Schiele convey a secret, yet knowable, visual sign language that connected Jewish and non-Jewish artists with Jewish patrons. 

Blackfriars Gallery Presents: Putting on Christ, Ineffable Splendor and Liturgical Vestments
3:00pm, Blackfriars Gallery, DSPT, 2301 Vine Street

The opening of this spectacular collection is sponsored by Blackfriars Gallery. View a rare collection of sacred vestments and textiles from the late 19th and early 20th centuries collected by Fr. Michael Morris, OP (+2016). 

GTU Library Booksale
10:00am - 3:00pm, Patio in front of Library

Thousands of theological books for sale; Most hardcovers, $2 and paperback $1.

Women in Ministry Conversation with Renita Weems
6:00pm-8:00, GTU Dinner Board Room

Welcoming Reception and Conversation with Old Testament scholar, Renita Weems. Please register for the event below.


Community Events and Announcements

Shoreline Cleanup Program
9:00am-12:00pm, Shorebird Park Nature Center, 160 University Ave, Berkeley

This will be a fun and educational opportunity to help protect our shoreline habitat here at the Berkeley Waterfront. The International Shoreline Cleanup is an annual event that takes place all over the word, the cleanup is sponsored by organizations and government agencies such as the California Coastal Commission.

International Day of Peace: One Voice Film & Program
Fireside Room, Rossmoor Gateway Plaza, 1001 Golden Rain Rd, Walnut Creek

Come join others from the East Bay Interfaith community for a program with music, brief speakers and a showing of the new film, "One Voice", on the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir as we celebrate the International Day of Peace together.

Taizé Evening Prayer
7 - 8pm; All Souls Parish, 2220 Cedar Street, Berkeley

Please join brothers from the Taizé community in Burgundy for Taizé Evening Prayer. A reception will follow. 

Pax Christi Northern California Annual Assembly
9am-3pm; Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley, CA

Marie Dennis will give her keynote address on how various nonviolent approaches can effectively transform conflict, and how the institutional Catholic Church can foster peaceful solutions by adopting active nonviolence as its Gospel-based default approach.

This event is free, but donations are appreciated. Lunch: $10.

Job Announcements and More

CTSA Scholarship

The Catholic Theological Society of America has established a scholarship program to help defray the costs of attending the CTSA annual convention in Baltimore, MD, June 11-14. The purposes of the Dolores L. Christie scholarship are 1) to recruit new members to the CTSA, particularly graduate students in theology or religious studies, and 2) to facilitate attendance for current CTSA members who, because of financial circumstances, would not otherwise be able to attend the convention. Individuals may apply for the scholarship which reimburses up to $1,000 of expenses associated with attending the convention. Covered expenses include registration, lodging at the convention hotel, transportation, and meals (including the required John Courtney Murray banquet). The deadline to apply is October 1, 2019. For more information, see the website.

Catholic Studies, AAR-WR, Call for Papers

The Catholic Studies unit of the American Academy of Religion, Western Region, will meet at Claremont Graduate University, March 13-15, 2020, and invites papers that explore rites, rituals, ceremonies, and initiations that are practiced within Catholic traditions or are responding to them from without. The unit welcomes critical, cultural, ethical, historical, and theological perspectives. Please send an abstract of 250 words as well as a completed participant form to Eva Braunstein at and to Justin Claravall at by October 1, 2019.

FASPE fellowship, summer of 2020

FASPE 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

Fall Instructor Position with Xceptional Prep

Test preparation instructor positions are available starting in October for GRE, SAT and/or ACT classroom based prep classes. These are part-time positions in San Jose, Berkeley, and San Francisco with pay of up to $45 per hour. For more information and how to apply, click here.


Newman Hall-Holy Spirit Parish (2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley) is currently looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant to assist with office duties and parish needs. For more information, please email or call 510-848-7812.

Web Designer

The Ignatian Way MAP is a new website in process, applying the teachings of Ignatius Loyola to guide and support people in educational, career, ministry and retirement transitions. The project needs a student employee with web design/development capabilities and not necessarily formal training. Employee would contribute to a unique web resource for career/work/retirement planning and spiritual exploration with an emphasis on Ignatian spirituality. A number of web pages have been developed but need “repair” and renovation. New pages need to be developed. The objective of the project is to complete a prototype for the website/resource as a “platform” for research which would lead to funding and full development of the project. For more information and how to apply, see Web Designer, Ignatian Way MAP.

Part-time (Morning) Religion Teacher

École Notre Dame des Victoires (School), at 659 Pine Street in San Francisco, is now hiring a part-time (morning) religion teacher. Please refer to this job posting for more information. The posting lists an August start date that is flexible as the school has yet to hire someone for the position.

Ministry Coordinator

St. Augustine Parish in Oakland is looking for a part-time Ministry Coordinator, offering benefits, a flexible schedule and requiring weekend work. For more information, see Ministry Coordinator, St. Augustine Parish, Oakland, CA.

Director of Christian Education

St. John's Presbyterian Church in Berkeley is looking for a part-time Director of Christian Education. For more information, click here.

Parish Solidarity Initiative Diocesan Coordinator

The Parish Solidarity Initiative (PSI) is a program begun by the Diocese of Oakland in the summer of 2017. For participating parishes, the PSI Coordinator and the diocesan support team will train parish teams in Catholic Social Teaching and provide them spiritual formation, leadership and organizing skills to enable them to engage their fellow parishioners by means of two annual retreats and special training sessions as needed. For more information, please consult the job posting.

Call for Artists: Hindu & Muslim Sacred Geometry

The call for artists for "Drawing the Soul Towards Truth: Muslim and Hindu Sacred Geometry" is now open. This exhibition, in partnership with the Center for the Arts and Religion at the Doug Adams Gallery, brings together Hindu and Muslim artist-practitioners around sacred geometry to explore art, faith, and community in interfaith dialogue. Artists who live in the western USA and have not shown often or before are especially encouraged to submit their work for selection. Submissions will be accepted via email until May 30, 2020. Questions may be submitted to

George Murphy's Experiments in Prayer and Meditation class
George Murphy's Experiments in Prayer and Meditation class

Experiments in Prayer and Meditation Class, with George Murphy, S.J. Photo by Jeff Dorr, S.J.

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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