Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

Dynamic Spiritual Community


Companions on the Spiritual Journey

Jesuits, women and men religious, and lay women and men from across the United States and from other 40 countries and six continents comprise the diverse yet inclusive student body ant JST and model collaborative ministry and leadership for tomorrow's Church.  Offering local and global sharing, students, faculty and staff create a deep sense of community.  Lay students have the option of living in intentional communities, where they share meals and regularly reflect on their faith and ministry experiences.  This sense of being companions on the spiritual journey extends to our over 3,000 alumni who are serving as leaders in the Church, academia and beyond through a myriad of ministries around the world.
  • Gesu chapel is the space for communal prayer in the community. The Jesuits also have their own private chapels in their houses as well.Liturgical Life at JST

    At the heart of our community are Celebrations of the Word and Sacrament.  On Tuesday evenings of the academic year, JST gathers to bless and praise God and to pray for the life of the world.  We pray to the extent that we understand, experience, and embrace our identity as the Body of Christ - the Church.  Students, faculty, staff and friends of the community help to prepare our liturgies through liturgical ministries of proclamation, communion, hospitality and music.  Opportunities for Daily Eucharist are available as well. 
  • laycommunityLay Intentional Communities

    In addition to campus apartments, students may apply to live in one of two lay intentional Christian communities: Jean Donovan or Shabbat.  These communities spend at least one evening each week sharing dinner and prayer and reflection on their lives.  The application process includes an interview with current community members.  Students who choose this living arrangement embrace the idea of praying, eating, and participating in annual retreats together.  For more information on each community's mission statement and norms for living in community and the location of each, please contact the Dean of Students. 
  • spiritual3Spiritual Formation and Direction

    The Jesuit School of Theology spiritual formation programs serve personal and ministerial development through prayer days, retreats, faith sharing groups, spiritual direction, and liturgical prayer.  Student Services personnel are available to make recommendations to students seeking a spiritual director at any time during the year. The Office of Student Services recruits and maintains a list of qualified spiritual directors whose work is known to the school. Early in the fall semester there is an opportunity to meet some of the directors.  Student retreats are held in August and January, and others may be organized by the Office of Student Services as needed. A list of private retreat centers in the area is available for individuals or groups who wish to arrange their own retreat.
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