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Commencement Livestream Link


This is the last issue of Magis for the school year. Magis will resume on September 3, 2021.


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Liturgy News
  • Commencement Mass:  JST will celebrate a Mass giving thanks for all of our May 2021 graduates on Friday, May 21, at 5:15 p.m. PDT.   This will include a blessing of the graduates.  A limited number of participants will attend in the Chapel, while all others may attend online.  See here for more information. The livestream link is here.
JST Announcements
  • JST will honor our 2021 graduates in a virtual Commencement ceremony of prayer, reflection, acknowledgement, and conferral of degrees on Saturday, May 22, at 10 a.m. PDT. See here for more information, including the livestream link:
  • JST's student journal New Horizons is seeking academic papers, pastoral reflections, and art from graduate students on themes of welcoming the stranger in Fratelli tutti, ranging from climate change to crises of migration and economySubmissions are accepted on a rolling basis and are due by May 28, 2021, to be published in August 2021. Please find the full Call for Papers here and email with any questions.

Of Interest Elsewhere

Ignatius 500

Introducing the Ignatian Year

By Ignacio Garrido Cruz (Loyola University Andalucia '16)

The Society of Jesus invites the entire Ignatian family to participate in the IgnatiaYear, May 20, 2021 - July 31, 2022.  We will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of a lost battle, of a wound that for Ignatius meant a failure. 

Ignatius of Loyola was a soldier and courtier who was aspiring to great military feats and important positions at court. He was even dreaming of marrying a lady high above his station. His worldly ambitions knew no bounds. On May 20, 1521, he was leading an army defending Pamplona against French attackers. Hugely outnumbered, the defense was futile, but the vain Ignatius persisted. A cannonball struck, and his legs and his dreams of worldly success were shattered. 

This moment of apparent failure initiated a long process of conversion in which Ignatius discovered that God had a plan for his life that was much greater than he could have imagined. God did not want worldly success for Ignatius, rather God wanted Ignatius’ salvation and his commitment to help souls. The cannonball moment was a sudden, hard hit; the conversion was gradual and never-ending. Nineteen years later, Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus, recruiting other friends in the Lord, a movement that continues today. Ignatius’ life shows that if we let God work in us, greater things than we can imagine will happen. 

The Ignatian Year is an opportunity for all of us to pause, to take stock, to reflect on our lives and mission, and to let ourselves be transformed and renewed gently by God. It is an opportunity to fix our gaze even more on Christ and thus to see all things new in Him

Concretely, our university communities can study the concept of ‘conversion’ from a multidisciplinary angle. We can look at the Universal Apostolic Preferences and note how we are challenged, transformed, and converted by them. The four UAPs are all in one way or another about conversion, about redirecting our lives and putting Christ ever more in the center.  

Ignatius’ experience happened 500 years ago in quite a different context from our own. But conversion is possible for everyone, no matter one’s background, age, or culture. The General Curia in Rome is developing a project called Cannonball Moments to highlight our conversions, asking for short video clips where diverse people share a moment of conversion in their lives to inspire others.  ASN members can also look forward to these and other resources to enhance their Ignatian Year experience: 

A website for the Ignatian Year from SCU's Ignatian Center 

An online prayer for the entire Ignatian Family May 23, 2021  

An animated series on the life and spirituality of Ignatius 

A smartphone app to visit the Ignatian places spiritually 

On March 12, 2022, we will be remembering 400 years of the canonization of Ignatius and Francis Xavier. This will be marked by a celebration in the Gesù in Rome and in many other places in the world. It will be a highlight of this Ignatian Year.  Let us all commit to our conversions!   

Ignacio Garrido Cruz is the International Project Manager for the International Association of Jesuit Universities and was the founding president of the Loyola Andalucia Alpha Sigma Nu chapter. 

Two Poems by Renewal Student, John M. Lee, C.P.

Integrated Growth

 (Reflection after a presentation by Joann Heinritz that featured the shell of a chambered nautilus mollusk.

We must create space
Each for our self as We grow!
The earlier chambers give beauty to what follows…
We don’t throw out our past,
We integrate it into our future…
WE are never finished in our self-construction
– until we reach our Goal
– – Heaven,
 – – –  Union with God!


God Watches!

God watches
And allows us
To be Us
With a yearning
For us
To become
With Him!

JST Events

Zoom GTU Library Orientation
JST Orientation Week
All Day

Mission Church at Night

SCU Events and Announcements

Gift of Peace Retreat (3 part zoom series)
- "Disturb our Peace" (Zoom): Saturday, April 24, 11:00am-12:30pm (PDT)
- "Give Us This Day" (Zoom): Saturday, May 8, 11:00am-12:30pm (PDT)
- "Gift of Peace" (Zoom): Saturday, May 22, 11:00am-12:30pm (PDT)
Students may join us for this Spring's Gift of Peace Retreat, which will be a three-part online series of retreats designed to contemplate the presence of peace in our lives. As we continue to engage with the reality and transitions of COVID in our lives, we are invited to reconnect with ourselves and our world in a new way. During this retreat series, we'll explore the theme of peace through an Ignatian lens, reflecting on our story and the larger story we are invited into at this time. We'll spend time considering matters of desire, hope, attachment, freedom and fear. Each retreat session will include a guided reflection, small and large group conversation and prayer. Should you have any questions, feel free to email, Victor Lemus (Campus Minister for Retreats) at: Sign up here.
SCU in Quarantine: Our Pandemic Stories

The unfolding of the COVID-19 pandemic over the last 12 months has brought forth unprecedented challenges and extraordinary change, while also providing opportunities for remarkable achievements and periods of stillness and reflection. Submit your short stories—in text or audio form, or through original artwork—to this digital time capsule. They will be housed in perpetuity in University Archives so that future historians may better understand how we got through this time, together yet apart. Submit your story here.

The Book of Holding On
May 21 and 22, 7:00 p.m May 23, 2:00 p.m. PDT

THE BOOK OF HOLDING ON is a whimsical, poignant exploration of growing up, teenage mental illness (in particular, obsessive thoughts), and coping with change. The adolescents are played by adult actors, suggesting that the central challenges depicted often last throughout our lives. 

GTU News and Events

GTU Virtual Commencement

The Graduate Theological Union invites you to celebrate the 2021 graduates!

The GTU is proud to honor this year's thirty-six graduates through our virtual Commencement experience. Our graduates have bright futures ahead of them and we are so proud of their accomplishments during their time at the GTU. Come visit the online commencement.

Sacred World Art Collection at the GTU
In 2014, the Institute for Aesthetic Development and F. Lanier Graham donated an extensive teaching collection of sacred objects to the Graduate Theological Union. This virtual exhibition features forty of the over 500 spiritual and ritual objects from the collection.
Saturday Meditation

Meet weekly on Saturdays from noon - 1:15 p.m. PST for meditation led by GTU Ph.D. student, Stefan Waligur. It follows a format of chanting, prayer, silence and conversation (in large group and in break out rooms). All are welcome! 


Community Events and Resources

Pilgrims with Ignatius: Live Prayer Broadcast
5:00 p.m. PDT via youtube
You are invited to start this Ignatian Year prayerfully with the global Jesuits on 23 May with an online prayer on this website. Fr. General Arturo Sosa, S.J., will join us in prayer, and people from all over the world will share testimonies. There will be room for silent personal prayers too.

Calls for Papers, Grants and More

Writing Tutor at JST -- NEW!!
JST is looking for on-call staff as writing tutors. Must be enrolled as a Ph.D. student, or be a graduate. Interested applicants should email the writing program coordinator, Laura Dunn, at with a cover letter, CV, and short writing sample.

Camp EDMO Employment Opportunity -- NEW!!

Looking for a fun and rewarding job? Camp EDMO is now hiring in the East Bay for Site Coordinators, Learning Coordinators, Camp Instructors and Camp Counselors!

Spend your summer connecting with kids, honing leadership skills and making a real impact - all while rocking wacky costumes and getting paid in the face!

  • Develop transferable professional skills

  • Grow social emotional learning skills side by side with the kids

  • No experience needed. We will work with you to place you in the position best suited for your skillset - we love training like-minded individuals.

Apply today at

We are prioritizing applicants who are vaccinated.

Call for Papers: APA Central SoPheRE Panel -- NEW!!

The Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience invites submissions of high-quality abstracts of 150-300 words for its group meeting at the Central American Philosophical Association. In these two panels, we seek to address relationships between religious or spiritual experience (RSE) and metaphysics. Contact Olga Louchakova-Schwarts with  questions:

The APA is currently planning the Central Division meeting at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, IL, on February 23-26, 2022, with virtual backup plans. Abstracts should be anonymized and sent by email to before August 15 with the subject line “Central APA Submission”. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by Aug 25. Paper presentation time should be no more than 20-30 minutes.

Community Service Liaison, St. Ignatius College Prep, San Francisco, CA

St. Ignatius College Preparatory is searching for a new full-time member in the Office of Community Service and Social Justice to serve as the Community Service Liaison. For details, see the job description.

Director of Immersions at Santa Clara University

The Director of Immersions (DI) will provide strategic leadership for all aspects of the Ignatian Center’s immersions program. The DI will be responsible for supervising the Immersions Team, with a view to developing policies and programs that advance the distinctively Jesuit, Catholic tradition of education at Santa Clara and further the strategic plan of the Ignatian Center. The Director serves on the leadership team for the Division and Mission and Ministry, and in that capacity serves as an active participant in strategic planning across the Division. The Director reports the the Vice-President of Mission and Ministry, Alison Benders. For more information and to apply, see: Director of Immersions job description.

Collaborative Liturgical Accompanist, part-time, St. Ignatius Church, San Francisco, CA

St Ignatius Parish is seeking a part-time Collaborative Liturgical Accompanist to be the primary liturgical accompanist for 3-4 weekend Masses, special liturgies (e.g. Holy Week and Christmas), weddings and funerals. The ideal candidate will be an accomplished instrumentalist (both piano and organ experience) and vocalist, with outstanding communication and organizational skills. Ultimately the CLA is a person who can work with musicians of all skill levels to produce an excellent liturgical outcome, a person able to build relationships and trust among all the musicians they encounter in a variety of situations.  

For more details, go to

Part-Time Internship with Catholic Campaign for Human Development

The Diocese of Oakland's Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) office is looking for someone to fill a CCHD Internship that entails 13-14 hours per week for the 2021-22 school year. The job description can be found at For questions about the internship, please contact the CCHD Diocesan Coordinator at (510) 768-3176 or

Call for Papers: Science, Faith and Religious Life

This special issue of Review for Religious will treat science, faith, and religious life. Manuscripts on any aspect of this topic will be considered. Of particular interest are essays that treat the challenges of religious education in an age of
science. How, for instance, can we meet the challenges in evangelizing those who seem indifferent to the great questions about the meaning of life and assume that contemporary science alone is sufficient? All submissions must be received by June 15, 2021. For more information, see

Call for Papers, Conference for the Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience

The conference, "In the Shadows of Religious Experience: Hostility, Violence, Revenge," a webinar hosted by the University of Vienna, will take place online Oct. 6-8, 2021. Please submit papers of no more than 600 words, formatted for anonymous review, before July 10, 2021. Enclose your biographic information in the body of the email. Send the paper to You should receive a response acknowledging your submission. Notifications of acceptance will be emailed by July 20, 2021. For more information on the webinar, click here

Call for Papers: Teaching Religion & Theology

Teaching Theology & Religion encourages all members of the GTU community to contribute to upcoming volumes of the journal.

Co-editors Drs. Kyle Schiefelbein-Guerrero (PhD ’15) and Jennifer W. Davidson (PhD ’11) are looking for full articles (4,000 to 7,000 words), In the Classroom essays about concrete teaching practices (up to 3000 words), Teaching Tactics on a specific repeatable practice (400 words), or reviews. More information on submitting articles is available here.

In-Person Lay Sending Liturgy participants: Silvana Arevalo, Medene Presley, Ping-Chung Wong, Felicia Good, and Ellen Jewett. Maureen Pratt also participated via zoom. May 20, 2021. Photo by Drew Roberts.

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