Santa Clara University

Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley

New Directions Staff

  • Website photo ROBRobert McChesney, S.J.

    Rob McChesney, S.J., serves as Director of the New Directions Sabbatical Program. He has served as a Jesuit priest for over 25 years. Rob is a former prison chaplain in a federal immigration detention center; director of the Jesuit Refugee Service in the United States; and university chaplain in a major urban area. He has wide experience in spiritual formation and direction, as well as leadership development within an intercultural framework. Presently Rob also serves as the Director of Intercultural Initiatives. Contact Fr. McChesney at
  • plopezPriscilla Lopez

    Priscilla Lopez is the program assistant for New Directions Sabbatical, Intercultural Initiatives, and The Hispanic Institute. She is from Los Angeles, but has made a new home in the Bay Area. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A in Political Science. She also studied at La Universidad Catolica Pontificia de Chile in South America. She has also worked with Hispanics in Philanthropy and The ACLU (The American Civil Liberties Union). Priscilla has a passion for social justice and serving the community. When not at JST you can find her spending time with family and taking dance classes. Contact Priscilla at
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Contact Information


Robert McChesney, S.J.

Tel: 1-510-549-5049
Toll Free in the US and Canada: 1-800-824-0122

Program Assistant

Priscilla Lopez
Phone: 510-549-5028


Mailing Address:

Jesuit School of Theology
New Directions Program
1735 LeRoy Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94709
United States of America

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