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Jesuit School of Theology

Alumni Newsletter     ♦     Vol. 1     ♦     April 5, 2013

In this issue:



Thomas Massaro, S.J.

Ad majorem Dei gloriam


I hope this note finds you well and eagerly engaged in the work of our lives as Easter Season unfolds. This year has brought many changes for JST-SCU and I want to share some of them with you, as well as give you a preview some of what we look forward to in coming months.

I am still discovering new strengths and challenges facing our school several months into my tenure as Dean. It has been a great pleasure to meet so many fine people associated with the school: faculty, staff and students, among others. I hope to touch base with as many JST alums as possible over the coming months and years. I would love to hear your ideas for making our school even stronger in the future. In the meantime, here are some updates from around the school:

Our search for a new Director of Ministerial Formation is nearing completion. This key position will organize the field education requirements for the Master of Divinity and lead various JST programs in this important area of ministerial preparation. I look forward to introducing you to our new DMF in the near future!

On Sept. 28, JST's Board of Directors approved a new five-year Strategic Plan for our school that identifies a number of areas for growth, including the expansion of fundraising and enrollment goals and enhanced achievement in collaborative teaching, scholarship and leadership in theological research. The plan will be the primary roadmap for the progress of our school, providing the vision and many of the details for new initiatives. It consists of several priorities, goals, initiatives, tactics and metrics. A handy summary of our eleven-page Strategic Planning document appears on pages 6 to 7 of the spring 2013 issue of Bridge.

We are looking forward to our Commencement ceremony on May 25. Sister Dianne Bergant, CSA has been selected to be our Commencement speaker, and she will receive an honorary Doctor of Theology degree from JST-SCU that day. Dianne is a distinguished professor of Old Testament studies at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. You may know her from her immense contributions to biblical scholarship, her great run writing “The Word” column in America magazine, and her active participation in professional societies such as the Catholic Biblical Association and the Society of Biblical Literature. By all accounts, she is a wonderful colleague and a model of fine leadership in the community of women religious in the USA. A complete bio of Sister Bergant is available at

In late September we received the discouraging news of the intention of Franciscan School of Theology to depart from Berkeley and the GTU at the end of 2013. We were all stunned to learn that our Franciscan partners will be relocating to the San Diego area. It is too soon to know any practicalities concerning how it will impact JST, but I do hope that we can continue to relate closely with our long-time FST neighbors, perhaps with the use of occasional teleconferenced theology seminars and courses to serve the mutual needs of our student bodies. We will also soon be saying goodbye to Jim Donohue, President of the GTU since 2000, who is moving on to serve as President of Saint Mary’s College in Moraga.

JST alums are always welcome to visit the campus and experience firsthand some of the people and developments described in these newsletters. I especially encourage alums to participate in the liturgical and social life of our school whenever they can. Tuesday evenings are still the highlight of most weeks, as our festive 5:15 liturgy spills over into a convivial soup supper and usually a lecture, workshop or participative event afterwards for theological or spiritual enrichment. You might also wish to attend some of the other events sponsored by JST.  Please see below for a calendar of events.  Even if you cannot attend, I hope that you will find many ways to stay in touch with JST.

With every best wish for a joyful Easter season for each of you,

Thomas Massaro, S.J.
JST Dean


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Alumni Spotlight: Lacy Gregor, M.Div.

Since graduating from the Jesuit School of Theology in May of 2012, I have been employed with Carondelet High School, an all-girls Catholic school in Concord, CA. As the Director of Campus Ministry, I am responsible for carrying out the Catholic mission of the school. This includes directing the school's retreat programs, organizing school-wide liturgies, connecting students with opportunities to serve in the community, and helping students develop the skills to become the next leaders of our Church. As I reflect on the past year, I am more aware than ever of the gift of my vocation, and of how JST fostered and called forth this gift within me.

Alma Garden Dedication

On March 1, JST celebrated the unveiling of a plaque in the Alma Garden behind our school building. The plaque is a long overdue tribute to the Jesuit brothers who contributed so much and so generously to the life of our predecessor school, the Jesuit theology center called Alma College, located about one hour south of Berkeley. After over three decades of operation (1934 to 1969), the school of theology moved to Berkeley, joined the GTU and opened its doors to laity and other religious, after serving exclusively Jesuit formation needs. The presence of this plaque, as well as the large crucifix that hangs in our current chapel after decades in the old Alma chapel, is a wonderful embodiment of our school’s current marketing motto: “A 2000-year-old faith, a twenty-first century approach.”



Connect Online

Connect Online

If you haven't yet connected with JST online, please visit our pages on Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and Twitter.  Another way to keep in touch with other JST alumni is to participate in the SCU Alumni Directory.  You can conveniently update your contact information there, as well.

JST Publications

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Career Services

Career Services

Is your organization hiring? Send the posting to our Career Services coordinator to be included on our career opportunity web page and weekly bulletin to students.




Instituto Hispano

25th Anniversary of the Instituto Hispano

JST’s Instituto Hispano has a new director, Cecilia Titizano, who came on board in August, shortly after the conclusion of a very successful summer Instituto in July. We had 44 students, and hope to increase those numbers next year and to expand our educational offerings for Latino ministers onto the campus of Santa Clara University. The Instituto is about to celebrate its twenty-fifth anniversary, and is experiencing new vitality, with a new set of foci and substantial support from three new grants it has won. We are planning to host a gala celebration on Friday, July 26, 11:30 am- 3:30 pm, at which we will honor the founder of the Instituto Hispano, Father Allan Deck, S.J., who recently joined JST’s Board of Directors. Alumni who wish to attend the event are most welcome to join us that day.  Please contact Robert McChesney, S.J. for more information or to RSVP.

Women of Wisdom and Action

Luce Women of Wisdom and Action Initiative

Another exciting development just getting off the ground here at JST is the new “Women of Wisdom and Action” initiative to bring Asian women religious to Berkeley for theological education. To support the role of Catholic women religious in Asia as agents of social change, the Henry Luce Foundation has awarded a very sizable grant to JST, enabling a pilot group of Catholic nuns from such countries as Vietnam, India and China to pursue advanced theological degrees at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.  It will also enable them to receive support from the worldwide network of Jesuit institutions and missions when they return to their home countries. We are hoping to raise funds adequate to bring additional cohorts of sisters to our campus even after this four-year grant is concluded. Sister Julia Prinz, V.D.M.F. has assumed the position of coordinator of this program. See pages 6 and 7 of the Fall 2012 issue of Bridge for further details about our hopes for the success of this creative program.


Media Mentions & Articles

  • When news of the Papal resignation broke on February 11, and again when the Jesuit Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope on March 13, many reporters were eager to interview Catholic theologians for reaction, information and perspective. The phone in the dean’s office was ringing off the hook on each occasion. Our most astute Vatican watcher and Italiophile, JST Professor Thomas Cattoi appeared on over a dozen media outlets, including quotations in newspapers like the San Jose Mercury-News and rather photogenic appearances on television news such as KTVU.  We thank Professor Cattoi for raising the profile of JST on each of those momentous occasions.  See his commentary in the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, KCBS, KTVU, KLIV and KSFB radio, and Bay Area Reporter.  Mr. Jim Purcell (Special Assistant to the President for JST Advancement) wrote an op-ed for the San Jose Mercury News after the Pope's historic election.
  • Dean Thomas Massaro, S.J. wrote a column for America magazine about "the essential question" that is often asked by those who've been through natural disasters.
  • Professor Gary Macy (SCU Religious Studies, JST professor by courtesy) wrote an article about the history of women's ordination for National Catholic Reporter.
  • Student Joseph Hoover, S.J. penned articles for Lent that ran in and America magazine.
  • Professor Lisa Fullam contributed an article for the Washington Post On Faith section about the Catholic Church and its teachings on sex.

Awards & Publications

On February 3, Sr. Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M., Professor Emerita at JST, received the prestigious “Monika K. Hellwig Award for Outstanding Contributions to Catholic Intellectual Life” from the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities, recognizing her great contributions to both scholarship and prophetic leadership. Congratulations, Sandra!  Sandra also delivered the Mary Milligan, R.S.H.M. Lecture in Spirituality at Loyola Marymount Unversity on April 4.  She presented on the topic of "The Resurrection:  Did It Really Happen and Why Does That Matter?" 





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Archbishop Emeritus Quinn


"Ever Ancient, Ever New: Structures of Communion in the Catholic Church"

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Vatican II Lecture Series | T. Howland Sanks, S.J.


 "Collegiality & Synodal Governance"






Theology in the City: New York | Dean Tom Massaro S.J.


"Catholics in the Public Square: The Landscape since Vatican II"

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JST Baccalaureate Mass








JST Lay Sending









JST Commencement


 Due to space constraints, attendance is limited to invited guests only.






Instituto Hispano Graduation and 25th Anniversary Celebration



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