Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University Volume 4, Number 2, Fall 2009
Volume 1, Spring 2008 Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley Bridging Theology and the Cultures of the
Bridging Theology and the Cultures of the World
Back to the Future:
Celebrating 75 Years and Integration with Santa Clara University
Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University Bridging Theology and the Cultures of the World
Vol. 4, No. 2, Fall 2009
FEATURES Ecclesiology Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 J.B. Metz Addresses Graduates . . . . . . 12 Citation for J.B. Metz . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 75 Years Then & Now Photo Essay . . . 14 Celebrating 75 Years & Affiliation with Santa Clara . . . . . . 17 Integration: A View from the Main Campus . . . . . . 26 Alumni Retreat Save the Date . . . . . . 36
DEPARTMENTS Editor’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 President’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Profiles in Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Faculty News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Alumni Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34 The Bridge is the semi-annual magazine of the Jesuit School of Theology. The Jesuit School is a theological school faithful to the intellectual tradition and the apostolic priority of the Society of Jesus: reverent and critical service of the faith that does justice. The Jesuit School achieves its mission through the academic, pastoral and personal formation of Jesuits and other candidates for ministry, ordained and lay, in the Roman Catholic Church. The Development Department produces the Bridge. Editor: Robert W. McChesney, S.J. associate editor: Catherine M. Kelly Photography: Students & Staff DESIGN AND LAYOUT: Molly McCoy BOARD OF DIRECTORS William J. Barkett Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Betsy Bliss Louis M. Castruccio Marx Cazenave Paul G. Crowley, S.J. Most Rev. John S. Cummins Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo Michael E. Engh, S.J. (President) Sr. Maureen Fay, O.P. John D. Feerick
Loretta Holstein Mark A. Lewis, S.J. Paul L. Locatelli, S.J. John P. McGarry, S.J. David Nygren Stanley Raggio D. Paul Regan John D. Schubert Anthony E. Sholander, S.J. Thomas H. Smolich, S.J. David J. Suwalsky, S.J.
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Though my undergraduate atfavorable Holy Cross I am delighted to report oncareer the very Where to begin? To write that it has been a momentous summer and fall would scarcely capture the historic events celebrated in this special issue of the Bridge. Seventy-five years ago the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JSTB) was founded as Alma College in the Santa Cruz Mountains. In September of 1934, it opened as a theologate, or seminary, for Jesuits of the Oregon and California Provinces. In 1958, the school affiliated with Santa Clara University (SCU) as its School of Theology. Forty years ago, Alma College moved to Berkeley as JSTB, opening its doors in September, 1969 Now, JSTB has dropped the “B” and become “JST”. On July 1, 2009, JSTB officially became the “Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University”. JST-SCU. For the second time the institution has affiliated with SCU — back to the future! The Bridge is pleased to publish this commemorative issue, which highlights the historic integration between JST and SCU, as well as the 75th and 40th anniversaries of the one institution. Enjoy the photo essay and related articles which tell the institution’s story then and now. I am grateful to my predecessor as Editor, Catherine M. Kelly, who returns as Associate Editor and whose remarkable skills made this issue possible. Of course, “Ordinary Time” must also be served — the JST mission remains the same, and very little has changed for students and faculty. This issue of the Bridge contains its usual complement of news and features. Speaking of the future, do mark your calendars for February 20, 2010, when JST celebrates an “Alumni Retreat and Festive Evening”. By then we will have caught our collective breath. Robert W. McChesney, S.J. Editor RMcChesney@jstb.edu
Cover: Jesuit School of Theology Photograph by Don Doll, S.J. COVER PHOTO INSET: Aerial view of Alma College c. 1937 Photograph from the California Province Archives
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE Dear Friends, Dear Friends, Academic year 2009-2010 marks important milestones for the Jesuit School of Theology: the first year of its affiliation with Santa Clara University, the 40th year since its relocation from the Santa Cruz Mountains, and the 75th anniversary of its founding. Never in my student days here did I imagine that one day I would be serving in the leadership of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. God does work in mysterious ways! I owe deep appreciation to the architects of the affiliation, Joseph P. Daoust, S.J., and Paul Locatelli, S.J., along with the respective trustees and legal counsels who worked through the many intricacies of the formal agreement. The crowning of their efforts came last summer with initial Vatican approval of our affiliation documents through its Congregation of Catholic Education. With all papers signed, there are now two campuses for one university, with one coordinated administration: JST/SCU. We are working diligently at the operational level to synchronize our respective offices and to coordinate efforts in one direction. An Integration Committee consists of staff and administrators of both sites who collaborate through all the means of modern communication. And yes, they also meet face-to-face, so that friendly relationships can span the 50 miles that otherwise separate us. I am grateful to Sonny Manuel, S.J. from SCU, and Rob McChesney, S.J. from JST, who are heading up the effort on the administrative side during this academic year. Throughout the 11 months that I have been president of Santa Clara, I have found outstanding assistance from Kevin F. Burke, S.J. He has led well in times of transition, and I am heartened that he shall continue as executive dean on the Berkeley campus. I shall continue to rely upon him for advice and guidance as we take advantage of the great opportunities the affiliation will provide. I am pleased and excited about the many benefits that this agreement makes possible. JST’s distinguished faculty joins their 21 worthy counterparts in the Religious Studies Department on the SCU campus who support the 120 students in the Pastoral Ministries graduate program. Possibilities for collaboration in courses, conferences, and programs are immense. The urban and international operations of the JST campus expand opportunities for the study of theology in a global context. The students from around the world who study in Berkeley will now have opportunities for classes with faculty from the Santa Clara campus. In fact, Michael Buckley, S.J. and Father Manuel are presently teaching the first such courses, and I look forward to many more such offerings. Let me thank you for your interest and support as together we write yet another chapter in the history of this fine institution. I extend special thanks to the members of the Board of Trustees who continue now as the Board of Directors for JST/SCU. Their generous commitment reflects that found in our faculty, students, staff, alumni, and friends. May the gracious God that brings so many of us together in this ministry continue to inspire and bless our work for the good of God’s holy church. Rev. Michael Engh, S.J. President
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Capitalizing upon its expertise in a culturally contextualized theological methodology, the Jesuit School of Theology last spring hosted an international conference entitled “Many Tongues, One Spirit: Local Ecclesiologies in Dialogue”. From May 28-31, 2009, 75 theologians, pastoral workers, and advanced theology students from around the world gathered to pray together, present brief papers and conduct small, substantive discussion groups. For most participants, the conversation with so many and diverse international colleagues was unprecedented. Some participants shared concrete narrative experiences from their local church settings to illuminate or raise particular theological questions. Others discussed those questions, and others, in light of
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e c n re fe n o C y g lo o si le c c E s st o H JST the church’s tradition on ecclesiology, that is, the mission and life of the church. Many wondered if this contextual mix of local, universal and intercultural ingredients might one day be regarded as integral to theological method. Matching grants from the Lilly Endowment, Inc and the Office of the President of Santa Clara University made possible the unusual gathering. The Bridge is delighted to share with you a reflection from one of the participants, Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J., Provincial of the Eastern Africa Province of the Society of Jesus and an alumnus of the school.
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Conversation-as-Meal for the Community Called Church Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J. (S.T.L. 1998)
n Chinua Achebe’s critically acclaimed novel, Things Fall Apart, the award-winning Nigerian novelist remarks that in Africa the art of conversation or dialogue can be likened to the act of eating, and proverbs serve as the special condiment for this conversation-as-meal. For Achebe, proverbs are the “palm-oil with which the words are eaten.” His point is simple: conversation and dialogue are to the community what food is to the body. Dialogue is vital nourishment for the community called church. When 75 participants from around the
world gathered last May in Berkeley, California at the Jesuit School of Theology for an international conference on ecclesiology, little did they anticipate the rich banquet that awaited them.
Daily Eucharistic and liturgical celebrations interwove color, gesture, and cultural symbols from many regional contexts to create a harmony of voices in praise and worship of the One God. Conversations, and perhaps especially debates, were delicious and filling. The sumptuous fare of reflections came from Asia, Africa, Latin America, North America, and Europe. For three consecutive days, many tongues spoke in various images and symbols of local ecclesiologies, and many stories and experiences converged to serve a splendid feast of local ecclesiologies in dialogue.
“Only the tongue can tell what is happening inside the mouth”
Occurring on the eve of the universal church’s celebration of Pentecost, the title of the conference, “Many Tongues, One Spirit”, was apt. The diversity and variety of dialogue partners’ voices echoed the event of Pentecost. On the surface, no one local ecclesiology was precisely like the other. At a more fundamental level, the connection was unmistakable.
The many tongues at the conference spoke of the emerging vibrant church comprised of Adivasis in India, the “original persons” or pre-European indigenous inhabitants of the land; they described the efforts in indigenous churches of South America to create a dynamic Andean ecclesiology; they presented ecological ecclesiological concerns from Indonesia; they outlined some ecclesial strategies and modalities of social justice engagement in the Philippines and Kenya; they proclaimed the dynamic theological interaction between global and local (“glocalization”) variables in Asia and Africa; they celebrated interreligious dialogue in China; and they feted the successes of parish-based renewal and catechetical programs in Europe and North America. The stimulating narratives from various perspectives highlighted the fact that the church is undergoing PHOTOS Left to right: Keynote Speaker Rev. Virgilio Elizondo; Bienvenu Mayemba, S.J. with Selva Rathinam, S.J. in the background; Bishop Francisco Claver, S.J. celebrates Eucharist assisted by Deacon Richard Tambwe, S.J. BRIDGE FALL 2009
The Pentecostal Spirit of the risen Christ is animating many emerging voices to celebrate the richness of the community called church and to jointly shape its future in a shrinking world
liturgical celebrations interwove color, gesture, and cultural symbols from many regional contexts to create a harmony of voices in praise and worship of the One God who, to paraphrase the words of the popular liturgical song by Ricky Manalo, C.S.P., wakes our hearts, stirs our souls, and by the Spirit of God brings us together in Christ.
re-creation, re-birth, and renewal. When theological voices interact across cultural frontiers, a richer understanding of “catholicity” emerges. Through dialogue and shared prayer, the conference achieved its goal to make it possible to see and hear what was happening in the universal Catholic Church in a variety of local contexts.
“When a person invites neighbors to a meal, it is not because he cannot see the moon from his house; it is because it is good for sisters and brothers to gather in harmony”
“Those who eat together do not eat one another”
Taking a cue from Vatican II’s Gaudium et Spes, conference presenters articulated concrete joys and hopes, communal trials and burdens of the community called church around the globe. Participants typically spoke from a personal narrative experience enriched by theological reflection within their local community. Faculty of theological institutions took advantage of a rare opportunity to engage in substantive dialogue with pastoral workers and students in sharing ideas, insights, and experiences from their home settings. Advanced students of theology were intentionally included, in recognition that they are among the ecclesial voices of the future. Almost as diverse as the conference participants were the theological and pastoral institutions represented (see sidebar). In East Africa where I live and work, the local church is often referred to as a “dancing church”. This perception is popular, but ours is also a praying church. So I was pleased to experience a conference in North America in which communal prayer and Eucharistic celebration occupied such pride of place. Daily Eucharistic and
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Keynote speaker Rev. Virgilio Elizondo, Professor of Pastoral and Hispanic Theology at the University of Notre Dame, noted that in the 21st century we are “creating a church that can be a home of great diversity”. Diversity is a hallmark of the Pentecost community; it makes possible the experience of integral communion and fellowship. We the People of God are redeemed by Christ and called into fellowship with God and with all humanity. The conference realized this ideal of communion through a network of friends — academics, pastoral workers and theology students — animated by dialogue and mutual understanding. In a real sense, conference organizers recognized that relationship is foundational to church unity, perhaps uniquely in a “glocalized” world and church.
Listening to the hopes, dreams, and challenges with a culturally contextual ear requires patience, humility, and courage.
Affiliations of Conference Participants: Archdiocese of Anchorage, AK Ateneo University, Manila, Philippines Boston College, Boston, MA Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL Catholic University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Argentina Centre for Buddhist Studies at Rangjung Yeshe Institute, University of Kathmandu, Nepal Diocese of Bontoc-Lagawe, Philippines Diocese of San Jose, CA Facultas Teologi Wedabhakti, Yogyakarta, Indonesia Fu Jen University, Taipei, Taiwan Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology, Nairobi, Kenya Holy Rosary Mission, Pine Ridge Reservation, SD Institute of Theology, Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire
“The person who listens carefully can hear the crab coughing”
Listening to the hopes, dreams, and challenges with a culturally contextual ear requires patience, humility, and courage. How else can we maintain unity within such diversity? If the community called church must teach, preach, and act both globally and within a local context, a prerequisite of that mission will be the ability to listen humbly to a variety of voices and to fluently conduct multiple dialogues that aim to renew and recreate the church internally and externally. Participants in the JST Conference dramatically displayed such linguistic, intercultural and human giftedness. From the contexts of many overseas continents to the Diocese of Oakland, the Pentecostal Spirit of the risen Christ is animating many emerging voices to celebrate the richness of the community called church and to jointly shape its future in a shrinking world. The ecclesial dialogue and humility that conference participants experienced at the Jesuit School of Theology last May caused many
Jesuit Interprovincial Theologate of Belo Horizonte, Belo Horizonte, Brazil Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, Berkeley, CA Jnana-Deepa Vidyapeeth, Pune, India Mexican American Cultural Center, San Antonio, TX Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Bogotá, Colombia Pontificia Universitá Gregoriana, Rome, Italy Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA Sophia University, Tokyo, Japan Universidad Iberoamericana, Mexico City, Mexico University of California, Berkeley, CA University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity, San Francisco, CA Vidyajyoti College of Theology, Delhi, India
to suggest that they were participating in a Pentecostal event. They carried home with them to their local dioceses and institutions a precious experience of the global Catholic Church in the modern world: one, holy, catholic and apostolic. (For a video presentation, visit http://www.scu.edu/ jst/whatwedo/events/archive/dialogue.cfm) PHOTOS OPPOSITE PAGE: Left to right: Bishop Claver preaching; Poulose Mangai Varghese, S.J. leading a discussion group; JST Professor Hal Sanks, S.J. listening to his former student, Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J. PHOTOS THIS PAGE: Left to right: Amy Richardson (M.Div. 2009) leads Evening Prayer to open the Conference; Conference clergy concelebrate the Feast of Pentecost at St. Patrick’s Church in Oakland, as Pastor and JST faculty member, Greg Chisholm, S.J., presides; Students Helena Im, O.P. (Special Student 2009) and Besem Oben Etchi (M.Div. 2010), prepare the altar for Eucharist. Still photos from video by Kiran Elana Goldman
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in Ministry A Song of Africa James Ackerman, S.J. (M.Div. 2010)
The bare earthen trails along the streets of Nairobi, Kenya facilitated a wonderful opportunity for spiritual reflection about life, the church, God, and the three-week international theological exchange project I participated in during January 2009 at Hekima College. I enjoyed navigating the brown mud paths, the occasional puddles, and the seedling trees that sprouted up, juxtaposed with the noisy din of human traffic passing by. The feel of the ground under my feet afforded a natural connection with Mother Earth — God’s creation. Equally fascinating were the vistas of Kenya: blue skies, white and grey sailing clouds, and green, lush foliage. The brown and red earth contrasted beautifully with the sky. As Danish author and Kenyan resident Karen Blixen wrote in Out of Africa, “If I know a song of Africa, does Africa know a song of me?” Likewise, the colorful scenes that formed “a song of Africa” reflected the African church for me. Like the Kenyan people, the church seemed earthy in character, richly textured, dyna mic. Musical, nurturing, friendly and hospitable, the many Kenyans and other Africans I encountered seemed as brilliant as the night stars that twinkled in the 180-degree panoramic sky — big, wide and inviting.
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Serving and Witnessing the Growing Church in Africa During the January 2009 Intersession, Rev. Thomas J. Scirghi, S.J. (M.Div. 1986), Associate Professor of Liturgy, was a guest lecturer at Hekima College Jesuit School of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya. From there he wrote home to his colleagues at the Jesuit School of Theology. The BRIDGE is pleased to publish that letter. Tom is now Associate Professor of Systematic Theology at Fordham University. January 10, 2009 Dear Colleagues, Jambo! Jambo!1 It has been 12 days since I landed at Jomo Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, and thought to let you know how our “mission” has progressed. I am here with our colleague, Fr. Gregory Chisholm, S.J. and two scholastics, John Mark, S.J. and James Ackerman. S.J. My first impression is that Hekima College feels like an extension campus of the Jesuit School of Theology (“JST”). We have met a number of former students who are now either on the faculty or the administration of the school. Some of you will remember Agbonkhianmegne Orobator, S.J., now Rector of the college; Joseph Afulo, S.J., the Principal; Aquiline Tarimo, S.J., the Dean; and Gabrielle Mmassi, S.J., Professor of Ecclesiology. Also, Gaspar Sunhwa, S.J. is the Delegate for Formation and stopped by just the other day to visit with his scholastics. Mike Evans, S.J. lives nearby and works for the development office of the East African province.2 It is good to be working alongside all these Jesuit alumni of JST. And not just Jesuits . . . Sr. Margaret Aringo, F.S.J. arrived last week. 2 It is great to see her here, clad in her white dress and veil, brimming with enthusiasm as she 1 Hello! Hello!
Above: The chapel at Hekima College. (GC) PHOTOS OPPOSITE PAGE: Top to bottom: Rev. Tom Scirghi teaching a Homiletics class at Hekima College (JA); Zebras at the Lake Nakuru National Park in the Great Rift Valley of Kenya, northwest of Nairobi (GC); Jim Ackerman, S.J. with Sr. Rose Lufutu, F.M.M., Director and teacher at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary School of AIDS Orphans in Kibera section of Nairobi, Kenya (JA).
begins her career as Professor of Scripture. With only two days to recover from the 14-hour trip from Berkeley, she met her first class. Just before she arrived, there was some campus gossip: her class of third-year students had warned the dean that previously, women teachers have not succeeded at Hekima. The students were wary. However, she wowed them on the first day. I asked one of the fellows what makes Sr. Margaret different. He explained: “She really knows her subject. She is well prepared. She will do well with us.” Margaret wanted all of you to know how grateful she is for her academic training and for the communal life of JST. Hekima College feels like a small village within the city of Nairobi. The campus consists of several buildings all within a compound about the size of a city block. There are seven small community residences for Jesuit faculty and students, an administration building, a library with classrooms, and a dining hall. A garden of shrubs and flowers fills the center. All of this is surrounded by a high stone wall topped with barbed wire, and a gate at either end, each with a guard. (You do not leave the compound at night on foot.) 2 Agbonkhianmegne Orobator, S.J. (S.T.L. 1998); Aquiline Tarimo, S.J. (S.T.D. 1998); Gabrielle Mmassi, S.J. (S.T.D. 2002); Gaspar Sunhwa, S.J. (S.T.D. 2004); Mike Evans, S.J. (M.Div. 1983). 3 Sr. Margaret Aringo, F.S.J. (S.T.D. 2008) BRIDGE FALL 2009
in Ministry The teaching is going very well thanks to a lively class. We are teaching the third-year students, 29 of them. All are African except for one Mexican and one South Korean. Greg and I are teaching three courses. We share the course on “Presiding,” in which we will take the class through the rituals for celebrating the Liturgy of the Eucharist, a baptism, a wedding, and a funeral. Besides this, Greg instructs them in hearing confessions, and I am providing them with some experience in preaching. Each course meets for four hours per week, which is hardly enough time as we try to cram a full semester’s work into three weeks. However, I am happy to say that the students are responding well to the demands of the courses, preparing their liturgies and homilies, and critiquing each other with kindness and candor. Our scholastics, John and Jim, are superb, inserting themselves into the scholastic community, and assisting Greg and me with our classes. As an extracurricular activity, Greg and I delivered the annual “Hekima Forum” lecture entitled, “Introducing the Third Roman Missal”. It is a public event, and about 400 people — students, academics from local colleges, and religious — filled the auditorium for the presentation and discussion. On Sunday, we celebrated the dedication of a new Jesuit church, Christ the King, which is an “out-mission” of the Jesuit parish, St. Joseph the Worker. The parish has outgrown its church so they needed to build a second one on the other side of the parish boundary. Here you will find two more JST alumni: Michael Kyalo Kituu, S.J. (pastor), and James Lomulen, S.J. (associate). 3 Their parish is in the heart of the Kingame slum (as it is called). Home to 350,000 people, here is the worst poverty I have seen since I visited Calcutta. James gave us a tour of his parish. Riding in an SUV, we drove along a bumpy dirt road, part of which was flooded from two days of rain. We crawled in between lines of pedestrians, with goats scampering across the road, and the stench of burning garbage and outhouses surrounding us. Little children chased after us smiling and shouting, “Hi, Wuzungu!” (“Hi, white people.”) James assured us this was a friendly greeting. After 20 minutes we reached the new church, a simple structure of cinder block walls and a metal roof, which seats about 500 people. It was built mostly with donations from the parishioners, collected in 50- or 100-shilling notes (about $1.00). Nairobi’s Cardinal, John Njue, presided over the four-hour liturgy. The dancing and singing were delightful, and the Cardinal held the congregation in rapt attention for his one-hour sermon, which he delivered in part Swahili, English, and a local dialect. 3 Michael Kyalo Kituu, S.J. (Th.M. 2006) and James Lomulen, S.J. (S.T.L. 2006)
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As a liturgical theologian, I was fascinated with their celebration. Here is a profound illustration of what the Second Vatican Council calls “active participation.” We heard this participation in the lively singing of the congregation; we saw and felt it in the dancing throughout the worship. This robust activity then contrasts with the silence of the church while listening to the scripture readings, the preaching, and the reading of the prayer of the faithful. The African adage, “If you can talk, you can sing; if you can walk, you can dance” played out here. This experience has given me an insight into teaching my courses back at JST. After the celebration, we toured the parish facilities, which resemble an old-fashioned Jesuit mission. Besides the parish ministry and a primary school, there is a computer-training center, a doll-making shop, and a tailor, which help to train adults for a craft. Along the way we met the staff of these ministries as well as some who benefit from them. Visiting Hekima has been one of the proudest moments of my time at JST: seeing so many of our former students at work here, as teachers and administrators, pastors and formatores. I am grateful for this opportunity to serve and witness the growing church in Africa. Kwaherini tutaonana!4 Thomas J. Scirghi, S.J. 4 Bye-bye and we meet again!
Rev. Greg Chisholm, S.J., Mr. John Mark, S.J., Rev. Tom Scirghi, S.J., Mr. Jim Ackerman, S.J., Rev. Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator, S.J. (S.T.L. 1998 and current Provincial of East Africa Province) at Hekima College, Nairobi, Kenya (JA). Photographs by Jim Ackerman, S.J. (JA) and Greg Chisholm, S.J. (GC)
Bye-bye and we meet again!
“CONTRIB Coordinator” Recognized as “Particularly Helpful Moodler” Anthony Borrow, S.J. (M.Div. 2010) Last year, the Graduate Theological Union (GTU)
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switched to a new Learning Management System called Moodle. The switch from Blackboard represents a savings of several thousand dollars over the commercial product. Seldom is the selection of one software product over another all that noteworthy, yet I found myself pleased, since I enjoy a bit of history with the Moodle community. During an introductory course with the GTU faculty, I was able to share my experience about how to effectively use this seven-year-old tool. I first encountered Moodle as a Jesuit regent while teaching theology at Dallas Jesuit College Preparatory. I wanted to provide a way for conversation to begin before class. I thought that perhaps I could provide an online forum discussion to get things started and to encourage more introverted students. As I searched for a suitable tool, I stumbled across Moodle.org. Experimenting with the system, which aims “to give educators the best tools to manage and promote learning”, I discovered that I could do far more than have forum discussions. I was able to do online quizzes. I could share my PowerPoint presentations with the students, so that rather than trying to take notes, the class could better engage in conversation and more active forms of learning. The administration eventually decided to make Moodle available for the whole school. I began to participate in the Moodle.org forums to gain recognition as being someone who was willing to help answer questions and not just ask them. It did not take long to establish what is called “social credit”. I was quickly recognized in the community as a “Particularly Helpful Moodler”. Before long, I was answering more questions than I was asking, and began to dive into the code to customize Moodle to meet the particular needs of users. Some of the changes I suggested proved helpful and were subsequently incorporated. I realized that my contributions had the ability to transform the Moodle experience for learners all over the world. Moodle then asked me to take on an official role in the community, namely, “CONTRIB Coordinator”. My task is to encourage and organize others to share their own creative efforts to adapt Moodle for their institutions. A number of Jesuit high schools around the country have invited me to speak to their faculties and to explore with them this resource. I have discovered Moodle in use throughout Latin America, Africa, and Spain. When in
Nepal on a JST theological immersion, I discovered our hosts at the Centre for Buddhist Studies were preparing to use it for online courses. It has become a wonderful intercultural and global conversation starter, not to mention an effective educational resource. Moodle is particularly attractive during a period of economic downturn or when resources are scarce. The software, in fact, is free. As an open source project, the code for Moodle is available for anyone to download, install, study, and modify at no cost. Moodle is a good example of how an open source project can effectively compete with commercial, proprietary products. Moodle supports educational initiatives around the world by providing an alternative learning management system. For this reason I have been happy to assist the Jesuit Virtual Learning Academy in their initial efforts to offer online courses to students at Jesuit high schools. In a shrinking world and church, the potential for international exchange and for supporting education in remote and impoverished areas is virtually unlimited. The values and ideals I have found in Moodle foster a tolerant international community that embraces peoples of all cultures and invites them to collaborate together for the common good. Each person contributes according to his or her own ability and supports the building up of the whole body. As a Jesuit training for ordained ministry, such skills and experiences have been vital and better prepare me to serve the church of the 21st century. BRIDGE FALL 2009
Johann Baptist Metz Addresses Graduates: Privileging Human Passion, Connecting to Christ’s Passion and Living Intensely for God Rev. Kevin F. Burke, S.J., Executive Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology The emotions that commencement ceremonies unlock often range from the joyous and proud to the poignant and bittersweet. For such ceremonies inevitably represent turning points — endings and new beginnings — moments in time that speak to the meaning and richness of time, namely, human time and history. For that reason, it was an enormous privilege and gift to welcome Johann Baptist Metz, priest, professor, and theologian, to receive an honorary doctorate from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley (JSTB) at our 2009 commencement ceremony. Professor Metz spoke to our graduates and their families and guests with a remarkable charge entitled, “A Global Church in a Globalized World”. He also presented a brilliant new essay, “To Dare History”, to a Symposium of JSTB, Santa Clara University, and the Graduate Theological Union faculty members.
Johann Baptist Metz is famous in theological circles. One of the greatest Catholic theologians of the postVatican II era, he is perhaps the preeminent theologian of history living today. His most important work, Faith in History and Society, was recently retranslated into English and rereleased by Herder and Herder Press. Although he has received many awards and citations, none of these human honors can do justice to the personal and theological journey of his life, his own witness of faith lived in history and among real peoples. Born in 1928 in the Bavarian region of Germany, Professor Metz was drafted into the German army at the age of 16 just months before the end of the Second World War. He made his first “visit” to the United States as the youngest prisoner of war among some 170,000 German
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soldiers interned here. After the war, he entered the seminary and he came to study with Karl Rahner, S.J. whom he describes as his “father in faith” and to whom he became a dear friend and the most famous of his many disciples. Metz never lost sight of Rahner’s extraordinary achievements, but he did recognize a need to go beyond Rahner and formulate a theology that takes historical context and above all, the history of suffering with utter seriousness. For a German Catholic who grew up in Nazi Germany, this quest meant directly confronting his own wartime experiences and, most profoundly, the requirement that Christian theology must face the Jews and remember the horror of historical suffering that goes by the name of Auschwitz. For Metz, it is not enough to regard the historical and political as “dimensions” to be brought into theology. To do theology is to be political and to engage history. Our vocation as theologians, Professor Metz reminded us, is to give voice to every human passion and the memory of that passion. It demands that we privilege the experience of those who are suffering in this world. It impels us to uncover the intrinsic connections between the passion of Christ and the passion of humanity. Finally, it calls us to embrace the gift that Jesus calls “poverty of spirit” and to live with an intense passion for God – the God of the living and the dead –as followers of Jesus. PHOTOS Clockwise from top left: Rev. Johann Baptist Metz; Rev. Kevin F. Burke, S.J. presenting Rev. Johann Baptist Metz with citation; Rev. Joseph Li (S.T.D. 2009) receiving diploma; Rev. Jean-Baptiste Ganza, S.J. (S.T.L. & Th.M. 2009) offering benediction; Rev. Eduardo Fernandez, S.J. with Sr. Caroline Mbonu, H.H.C.J. (GTU Ph.D. 2009); Sr. Clarita Encomio (M.T.S. 2009). Photographs by Margi English
Citation for Johann Baptist Metz What are words alone to describe someone who draws the eyes to the heart of theology — eyes that see, that refuse to close, refuse to forget? A youth lost in an unspeakable catastrophe — lives beyond count destroyed — the nightmare of fascism threatening everything human: art, music, poetry, the very languages of life, the very soil where faith takes root, flourishes. What words could speak into that terrible darkness? What words might now recall that you called theology to be theology after Auschwitz; that you, with your dangerous memory of the open eyes of the dead, would fashion new words for faith; that you heard a whispering breeze speaking the Gospel of your life, commanding, “Do not forget the suffering you have seen.” In you the mysterium passionis echoes, “I will stand up for the dead.” The resistance that counters the forgetting of suffering weaves a dangerous scar through your theology. You challenged theology then and you challenge us today — theologians, artists, human beings — to open our eyes to the ones who suffer, to bear their suffering to the heart of the world.
Eyes for those who suffer: this is what renders your theology “political.” For “the political” is not about political systems, or the presentation of a political agenda (as other political theologies throughout history have done). In you, political theology intensifies the hearing of the Word towards the seeing of the World, where “Hearers of the Word, become “Open Eyes of the Word.” Become mystics of tomorrow. Your political theology inspired your great friend, Karl Rahner, who saw that you saw what he saw better than those who thought to defend him from you! He saw what you saw — that a post-Auschwitz world would demand of theology “not a longing that would storm the heavens, but much more a hushed sigh of the creature, like a wordless cry for light before the hidden face of God.” With your “Father in faith” you became a follower of Christ, a theological witness who embodies a passion for God that inseparably bonds justice and faith narrative and reason memory and hope apocalyptic and Cry — all in the name of the God of Jesus, all in the never-ending desire that the hidden face of God be revealed to open eyes. — Composed by Julia Prinz, V.D.M.F. & Kevin F. Burke, S.J. May 23, 2009 BRIDGE FALL 2009
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In recognition of the 75th anniversary of the school’s founding, the 40th anniversary of its move to Berkeley and its integration with Santa Clara University last spring, the Bridge celebrates 2009 as an historic year. Here follows a poignant 1934-2009 then-and-now photo essay, capturing snapshots JESUIT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY of the life of the school and the church; an article by Rev. Rob McChesney, S.J., Editor of the Bridge, chronicling key moments from the institution’s founding through the recent integration with Santa Clara; and an article by Rev. Paul Crowley, S.J. (S.T.L. 1992), Chair of the Religious Studies Department at Santa Clara, on the integration JESUIT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY from Santa Clara’s perspective. The editors owe a 1934-2009 huge debt of gratitude to Rev. Thomas E. Buckley, S.J., Professor of Modern Christian History, for Top to bottom: contributing the archival photos, his unpublished Alma College chapel with original history of the school, and hours of consultation. crucifix on far right; Any errors are ours. We would also like to thank JST’s Gesù Chapel Rev. T. Howland Sanks, S.J., Professor of Historical with Alma College crucifix on far right; and Systematic Theology, and Br. Daniel Peterson, S.J., Archivist of the California Province, for their Jesus Window and JESUIT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY tabernacle in JST’s generous assistance in helping us cobble together 1934-2009 Gesù Chapel. pieces of the history of the institution. Although the faces, names and locations may have changed over the years, the mission of the school to prepare leaders to serve the church and the world remains constant and vibrant. We hope you will enjoy celebrating how God has been and continues to be at work — then, now and on into the future.
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Clockwise from top left: While at Alma College, Jesuit scholastics taught catechism and donated blood; After the school moved to Berkeley, students tutored at inner city schools among other outreach activities; JSTB students joined the Anti-War Protest in spring 1971; JSTB students and then-President Rev. Joseph Daoust, S.J. protest at the School of the Americas (now known as Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation) at Fort Benning, GA in 2007; Jesuit deacon and priests, all students at JSTB, preach at San Quentin State Prison 2008; JSTB students at SOA protest 2008.
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Top to bottom left: Aerial view of Alma College c. 1937; JSTB Alma House 1969; JSTB Academic Center and Gesù Chapel 2007; Gesù Chapel 2007. Top to bottom right: Alma College classrooms (left) and additional 35 rooms for scholastics (right) built in 1935; View of the Santa Clara Valley from the Dr. Harry L. Tevis Estate which became Alma College.
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Back in 1934, it was common for the mothers of Jesuits attending our theologate to take a leadership role in fundraising for the school. Gone are the days of yesteryear but we still need mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters to raise funds to support the students and life of the school. We continue to rely on the generosity of “family” like you to support our programs and scholarships so that we can prepare leaders to serve the church throughout the world.
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Back to the Future:
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Rev. Rob McChesney, S.J. Editor
“Well, it finally happened……about 8:00 last night when all the signature papers had finally been exchanged and duly recorded by the various attorneys……..the [ Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley-Santa Clara University] JST-SCU integration agreement is finally completed and official. Lift a glass with me in a virtual toast!” In an electronic message to the Executive Team of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley ( JSTB) dated April 18, 2009 at 10:42 A.M Pacific Time, Acting President Kevin F. Burke, S.J. could barely contain his excitement. “.……I am notifying our Board members of this and I’ll send out an email to all our faculty and staff after I have finished this one.” Minutes later Fr. Burke wrote to all JSTB faculty and staff of his pleasure at the “virtual signing” of official papers conducted electronically by himself for JSTB, Michael Engh, S.J. as President of Santa Clara University (SCU), and Thomas Smolich, S.J. as President of the U.S. Jesuit Conference (ex officio Vice-Chancellor of JSTB). “Tom Smolich is on his way to Rome today and he will deliver the Integration Agreement and all the supporting documents to the Jesuit Curia early next week. I expect the agreement to make its way to the Congregation for Catholic Education very quickly……..we have the go-ahead to close the agreement as planned on June 30, 2009……..Please join me in offering a prayer of thanks.” For approximately the last three years the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley, led by former President Joseph P. Daoust, S.J. and Santa Clara University, led by former President Paul L. Locatelli, S.J., were engaged in deliberations regarding a proposed affiliation between the two Jesuit institutions. The respective boards of trustees and representatives from both schools participated in the complex series of conversations. As noted above, last spring a formal integration agreement was signed, bringing JSTB under the leadership of Santa Clara University as one of its professional schools.
Recognizing this historic occasion, as well as the 75th anniversary of the founding of JST as Alma College in 1934, the Bridge presents this overview of key institutional developments during those years. What follows is not meant as a thorough history but simply as an overview of the “three incarnations” of the one institution. The integration agreement was publicly announced in an official press release jointly issued by JSTB and SCU on May 4, 2009. “Under the new arrangement, JST will remain in Berkeley and become a school of Santa Clara University known as the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University. Degrees granted by JST eventually will bear that name……School officials say that many prized facets of JST and SCU will remain unchanged after the integration. For instance, JST will remain a member of the nine-school ecumenical Graduate Theological Union, which operates a worldclass theological library and the largest doctoral program of theology in the United States….Both schools will retain the academic freedoms they currently enjoy. The Vatican Congregation of Catholic Education in Rome will continue to set standards for the granting of JST ecclesiastical degrees.” On June 25, 2009, Fr. Burke again wrote to all JST faculty and staff with “good news to share”, alluding to working approval of the new Statutes approved by the Vatican’s Congregation of Catholic Education in Rome. “Mike Engh and I received word from Tom Smolich that the integration agreement between our school and Santa Clara has been approved........The surprising thing is that we received this approval so quickly (we only submitted the paperwork in late April).” Five days later, on June 30, 2009, Fr. Burke announced electronically to all JSTB faculty and staff, copied to Joseph P. Daoust, S.J., former president of JSTB: “I just got off the conference call with Mike Engh, Tom …continued on page 19 BRIDGE FALL 2009
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Clockwise from top left: Alma College Jesuit Community 1934; Alma College Curriculum 1936–1937 in Latin; JST Jesuit Community 2009 — for the first time in history, the majority of the members were born abroad; 2009 Master of Divinity Curriculum.
JESUIT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY 1934-2009 Smolich and the attorneys. The closing of the integration agreement has been finalized and will take place legally at 11:59 pm this evening. John Ottoboni (SCU General Counsel) is filing the paperwork with the State of California as I write. …..My resignation as ‘Acting President’ takes effect this evening as well and, as of tomorrow, Mike Engh will be signing a number of JESUIT SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY support documents in the name of the ‘Jesuit School of Theology’. It’s finally official.” 1934-2009 And so, as of July 1, 2009 and in its 75th anniversary year, the Jesuit School of Theology has officially begun its third incarnation.
Originally founded as Alma College in the Santa Cruz Mountains on property purchased from the Estate of Dr. Harry L. Tevis in 1934, the name was taken from the nearby village of “Alma”, located in the valley below the Tevis property. Alma served the lumber trade, which flourished in the mountains during that period, and was a train stop for the railroad over the mountains to Santa Cruz. The property comprised 950 acres, and held four artificial lakes and 27 miles of road. The price was $85,000. From April to September 1934, Jesuit Fathers William E. Donnelly as Vice-Rector and William L. Rice as Minister directed the work of remodeling. The Tevis home was converted into the faculty building and his library became the chapel. They supervised the construction of a library and a dormitory building with 52 rooms for Jesuit scholastics. Donnelly began begging for faculty from other Jesuit provinces. Eventually New York-Maryland sent two men, and New England “loaned” one. Alma College opened as a theologate (seminary) for Jesuits of the Oregon and California Provinces in September 1934. By 1937, there were 98 men in the Jesuit Community. Alma College became a pontifical faculty in 1945. The academic program was standardized for all Jesuit theologates around the world. Emphasis was on Dogmatic Theology taught in the thesis method. All courses were taught in Latin. Exams were oral and in Latin. Interestingly, in 1958, the theologate was affiliated with Santa Clara University as its School of Theology. In 1959, the Jesuit Community of Alma numbered 135 Jesuits from seven Provinces. School records from that year list 680 alumni from 31 Provinces. In the early 1960s, both the church and school were in ferment. The Second Vatican Council was on the eve of its third session in 1964 when the Alma faculty asked permission to join the Graduate Theological Union …continued next page
Top to bottom: Two of the key players in the decision to establish a theologate: Most Rev. Wladimir Ledochowski, S.J., Superior General; Most Rev. Zacheus Maher, S.J., California Provincial, with dog; Directions to Alma College for the 1934 Dedication; In 1964, Alma College Dean Rev. Harry Corcoran, S.J. contacted Graduate Theological Union (GTU) Dean John Dillinberger and Jane Dillinberger to discuss joining the GTU.
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(GTU), an ecumenical consortium of theological schools located in Berkeley. By January of 1966, the Vatican Council had ended and Alma College had become a member of the GTU, but the school remained in the Santa Cruz Mountains. The province was divided over its location. Most faculty and students wanted to move to Berkeley; some Jesuits wanted it relocated at the University of San Francisco (USF) which had a fine department of theology; and the California Provincial, John F.X. Connolly, S.J., preferred that Alma go to USF or remain where it was. The wooden buildings at Alma, constructed in the 1930’s, were in need of a major capital investment. The matter remained at an impasse until Jesuit Superior General Pedro Arrupe, S.J. intervened and appointed SCU President, Father Patrick Donohue, S.J. as the new provincial. In April 1969, he announced to the Alma Community that the school would relocate to Berkeley in the summer. A grand celebration ensued that evening. Thirty-five years after its founding in the Santa Cruz Mountains and 40 years ago, the institution was headed to the East Bay and its second incarnation. There was no time to lose, just five months prior to the opening of a new semester.
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Happily, many properties were available on the north side of the campus of the University of California, Berkeley. Between April and August, David McDonald, S.J., the Community Minister, purchased Alma (part of the current Academic Center), Claver, Shalom, the LeConte Street apartment house (today’s Hagemann), and the two Virginia Street apartment houses (today’s O’Hanlon and Arrupe) at prices that would be unheard of today. When, in September 1969, Jesuit leaders opened the academic year in Berkeley, the school officially became the Jesuit School of Theology of Berkeley, a member of the GTU. Being a member of the GTU opened up cross-registration and ecumenical opportunities, an advantage that continues to this day. Upon joining the GTU, JSTB ended its affiliation with SCU and sought independent accreditation for the first time from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the Association of Theological Schools. JSTB’s first president, Fr. Richard Hill, S.J., called the visitations of teams from those two accrediting agencies the most important event of JSTB’s second school year. In the 1970s, JSTB announced that it would open its enrollment to all qualified applicants. With an outstanding reputation for theological expertise, teaching and religious formation, there were many applications from Claretians, Salesians, Piarists and Oblates, as well as from lay men
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The faces of the students studying at JST has changed over the years from just American Jesuits to Jesuits, religious and lay persons from all continents. Clockwise from top left: First-year Jesuit theologians at Alma 1968; Lay Minister Sending Forth 2008; Graduation 2009; Instituto Hispano 2008.
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and women. Increased enrollment meant new faculty, both Jesuit and lay. The first woman on the faculty, Sr. Dorothy Donnelly, C.S.J., arrived in fall 1971. By 1988 there were 197 students, including 85 Jesuits and 55 women. In the 1990’s, significant numbers of Jesuits from abroad began to matriculate to take advantage of ecclesiastical degree JESUIT SCHOOL OFMany THEOLOGY programs. have returned Left to right: The Jesuit to home countries and provinces to 1934-2009 community dining in the staff local seminary programs, for refectory at Alma College. example at Hekima Jesuit School Waiters served all the meals of Theology in Nairobi, Kenya. (see them standing at right) When T. Howland Sanks, S.J. and a scholastic read aloud was asked to take the president’s job to the community from the in October 1995, the mandate from pulpit in the left rear; Jesuit the board was to lead the school scholastics grilling for Mass of through a strategic planning process. the Holy Spirit barbecue 2007. He posed the following questions to the broader JSTB community: Sr. Dorothy “What kind of a school? For what Donnelly, C.S.J., kind of Church? For what kind of the first female world?” The result of over a year’s faculty member, discussion became the primary straarrived in 1971. tegic initiative: JSTB would become more intentionally an international center for the culturally contextualized study of theology and formation for ministry. For two more years, faculty then deliberated the practical implications of this strategic priority, resulting in significant curricular reform. In fall of 2009, the Jesuit Community in Berkeley marked an historic watershed in a globalized church and Society of Jesus — for the first time more than one-half of the community members are foreign-born.
Back to the Future
And now, in the wake of the July 1, 2009 affiliation agreement, the wheel has come full circle. As was the case with Alma in its later years, JST will again be affiliated with SCU. Back to the future: the third incarnation has begun. Fr. Engh is now the president of JST, and Fr. Burke serves as executive dean. As such he is a member of the Council of Deans of the broader SCU, which includes the deans of the Leavey School of Business, the Law School, the School of Engineering, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the School of Education and Counseling Psychology. Fr. Burke will represent JST on the GTU Council of Presidents and the GTU Board of Trustees. JSTB’s former Board of Trustees has been reorganized as the JST Board of Directors and continues to play a key constructive role in the ongoing process …continued next page BRIDGE FALL 2009
of affiliation. SCU’s Board of Trustees’ purview now includes JST along with the other schools at SCU. On September 22, 2009, JST and SCU formally celebrated their integration in an Academic Convocation in the Gesù Chapel. The new Bishop of Oakland, the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, offered a greeting to the community as well as the Final Benediction. In his presidential address, Fr. Engh spoke “not only as president of Santa Clara but as an alumnus of JST, one whose priesthood was formed JST ‘a jewel in the crown and enriched here.” Fr. Engh lauded the of Santa Clara University’ outstanding faculty that he studied under, including current JST faculty member Sr. MaryAnn Donovan, S.C., Professor of Historical Theology and Spirituality. He cited three faculty members from the GTU who had had a major personal formative impact, one at Church Divinity School of the Pacific, one at Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, and in particular, Eldon Ernst at the American Baptist Seminary of the West. In the courses of Professor Ernst, he noted, “I formulated the approach to American religious history that I later developed in my dissertation, my first book and various articles.” Present for the historic festivities, GTU President and Professor of Ethics, James A.
Donahue, and several presidents of individual GTU schools beamed. Calling JST “a jewel in the crown of Santa Clara University”, Fr. Engh pointed out that the integration “will enable the university to work even more fruitfully with the local and universal church. We shall be better able to assist the church in the preparation of men and women from all over the world for ministry. We shall also continue a strong tradition of theological scholarship at the service of the church.” Concluding his essential animating presidential address, presence of theologians Fr. Engh emphasized the essential animating in the Catholic Church presence played by and university theologians in the Catholic Church and university. “For these reasons I welcome the Jesuit School of Theology to augment the fine work of the Department of Religious Studies on the Santa Clara campus. Together, this new school and this department energize the Catholic intellectual tradition that is Santa Clara’s proudest heritage.” …continued on page 25
Presidents:1969–Present Top row: left to right: Rev. Richard Hill, S.J. (1969–75, 1977–82); Rev. Joseph Tetlow, S.J. (1975–77); Rev. Lyndon Farwell, S.J. (1982–85); Rev. Thomas Gleeson, S.J. (1986–95). Bottom row: left to right: Rev. T. Howland “Hal” Sanks, S.J. (1996–97); Rev. Joseph Daoust, S.J. (1998–2008); Rev. Kevin Burke, S.J. (Acting President 2008–09, Executive Dean 2009–present); Rev. Michael Engh (2009–present). The school has had several acting presidents who are not captured here.
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Visits by Fathers General
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Clockwise from top left: Most Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. greeting scholastics at Alma College 1966; Rev. Richard Hill, S.J., JSTB president, Most Rev. Pat Donahoe, S.J., California Provincial, Bishop Floyd Begin of Oakland, Rev. Michael Buckley, S.J., rector, and Most Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. at JSTB 1971; Most Rev. Adolfo Nicolàs presiding at Mass at JSTB February 6, 2009; Santa Clara University President, Rev. Michael Engh, S.J. with Most Rev. Adolfo Nicolàs, S.J. and then-Acting President of JSTB, Rev. Kevin Burke, S.J. February 6, 2009; Most Rev. Pedro Arrupe, S.J. at Alma College 1966; Most Rev. Peter Hans Kolvenbach, S.J. (second from left) visiting JSTB October 9, 2000 with Board Chairman, John E. Kerrigan, Jr. on far right.
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Beginning in 1973, the school offered sabbatical programs for those in ministry. Originally created as the Institute for Spirituality and Worship (ISW) with Rev. Don Gelpi, S.J. and Rev. Jake Empereur, S.J. as its first coordinators, it later evolved into the New Directions Sabbatical Program. Left to right: First ISW class 1973–1974 and most recent New Directions class on retreat, May 2008.
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Clockwise from top left: Archbishop Edward J. Hanna dedicating Alma College, October 20, 1934; Most Rev. Zaccheus Maher, S.J., California Provincial, Archbishop Hanna, and Most Rev. Walter Fitzgerald, S.J., Oregon Provincial at 1934 Dedication; Most Rev. Thomas Smolich, S.J., President of U.S. Jesuit Conference, Bishop Emeritus John Cummins, Rev. Joseph P. Daoust, S.J., then-President of JSTB concelebrate Mass at September 29, 2006 Dedication of Gesù Chapel and JSTB Academic Center; Choir leads congregation in song at 2006 Dedication; Bishop Emeritus John Cummins dedicating Gesù Chapel.
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Two weeks later, the celebration shifted south to the the South Bay to the East Bay: “God our Father, you main campus in Santa Clara for the traditional Mass taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending of the Holy Spirit inaugurating the new academic year. them the light of your Holy Spirit. In that Spirit we beg With Fr. Burke and Fr. Anthony Sholander, S.J., Rector you now to bless the efforts of the Santa Clara community of the JST Jesuit Community, alongside, Fr. Engh preto educate and sided over this centuries-old Eucharistic tradition in form leaders of “What kind of school? Jesuit colleges and universities. The Mission Church at competence, For what kind of Church? SCU overflowed with students, faculty, staff and friends. conscience and JESUIT OF as THEOLOGY Fr. Engh warmly welcomed the large contingent fromSCHOOL compassion we For what kind of world?” Berkeley, and in his homily again addressed the theme begin our 159th 1934-2009 year. We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, of the essential role of theology in a Catholic university. who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one Adapting the Opening Prayer from the Roman Sacramentary’s Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, Fr. Engh God, forever and ever.” In its historic 75th anniversary year, let the JST family say “Amen”! led the congregation in worship. The prayer echoed from
Ordinations Clockwise from top left: Priestly ordination at St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco in 1930s or 1940s; Diaconate ordination 2006 at St. Augustine’s in Oakland; Diaconate ordination 2007; Diaconate ordination 1969.
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A View from the “Main Campus” on Integration
Rev. Paul Crowley, S.J. (S.T.L. 1992) Jesuit Community Professor and Chair, Religious Studies Department, Santa Clara University and Board of Directors, Jesuit School of Theology
Over three years ago, representatives from the
faculties of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley ( JSTB) and the Santa Clara University (SCU) Religious Studies Department met over lunch at Adobe Lodge on the Santa Clara campus to discuss the idea of an affiliation of JSTB with SCU. At that time none of us had a clear idea of what “affiliation” would look like or how the faculties would formally interact. But from the beginning, both faculties insisted, “Let’s talk about mission.” How would JSTB fit into and enhance the mission of Santa Clara as a whole, and how might Santa Clara’s mission as a Jesuit Catholic university enhance the mission of JSTB as a professional school of theology and ministry? This question drives to the role of theology in the mission of the Jesuit university, and of the university in relation to theology. As the dream of affiliation matured into a systemic project of the integration of the many parts of JSTB into SCU and vice versa, this academic concern has remained the heart of the matter.
There are, of course, certain differences between the specific mission of JST and the wider mission of Santa Clara University. There are also differences between the JST mission and the mission of the Religious Studies Department, which includes the 25-year-old Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. And this is as it should be, for every school and department within the university has a distinctive mission. At the same time, there is a shared mission that derives from the fact that Santa Clara is a Catholic university, a mission that is specified in its Jesuit foundations and animating principles, its academic life, and its commitments to the wider world. It is this aspect of Santa Clara’s mission that gives the university its distinctive identity, even as a Catholic university. And this is where the addition of JST to Santa Clara as a school of theology and ministry promises to specify further that identity and to strengthen its mission. It all gets down to the role of theology in the life of a Catholic Jesuit university.
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In an Academic Convocation speech at JST on with Santa Clara faculty. This year, for example, the September 22, 2009, at which JST and SCU formally Religious Studies Department is adding two JST celebrated their integration, Santa Clara President doctoral students as lecturers in the Department. JST Father Michael Engh, S.J. summarized well how thefaculty have been regular contributors to Santa Clara ology serves as a kind of “synthesizing center” for the undergraduate classes as guest lecturers. And, with prouniversity. He was referring not to theology as an arcane jected new video-conferencing capabilities, we will be discipline standing in splendid isolation from other disable to “drop” a visiting lecturer from JST directly into a ciplines, but as a vital intellectual enterprise in dialogue Santa Clara classroom. In the future we expect to work SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY with other disciplines and ways of knowing.JESUIT Why is this out arrangements for JST faculty to spend a full quarter important for the university? As Father Engh said so on the main campus, working either with our majors or 1934-2009 well, “by the integration of JST into the life of Santa with graduate students in the Graduate Program in Clara, the university now becomes just that much more Pastoral Ministries. fully the Catholic, Jesuit university that it most certainly Of course, it works the “..a shared mission... already is.” Indeed, there is already vigorous theological other way, too. During specified in its Jesuit life at Santa Clara, not only within the Religious Studies academic year 2009– Department, but through an array of interdisciplinary 2010, two SCU faculty, foundations and programs such as Catholic Studies and new Core Pathways, Michael Buckley, S.J., animating principles, as well as the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education and the from Religious Studies, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics. But we have not had and Gerdenio Manuel, its academic life and the benefit, until now, of a whole set of colleagues engaged S.J., from Psychology, are commitment to the full-time at the graduate level of theological studies, or of giving graduate courses a theological school that shares so centrally in many of the at JST. There will doubtwider world.” values of Santa Clara itself as a Jesuit institution. less be more faculty How is this integration taking shape at Santa Clara? exchanges in the future, First, the faculties have been coming together in conwhich is a benefit to both faculty and students. versations for quite some time. While the project of The Religious Studies Department has a particular integration has required the generosity and expertise of interest in the integration, because we have a superb administrators and staff from all sectors of the University, faculty and research projects that we are eager to share frank discussion among faculty about both possibilities with our Berkeley colleagues. Theology today calls for and potential pitfalls have been crucial to integration, and interreligious and intercultural dialogues, and the SCU will continue to be so as the process unfolds over time. Department specializes in this kind of contextual shaping The result of these conversations and contacts has been of theology. Our experts in Judaism, Islam, Buddhism a growing list of plans and projects that are drawing JST and Hinduism, in African and Latin American religion, …continued next page faculty and graduate students into working relationships
An important part of the current curriculum is studying theology in particular and diverse cultural contexts. First-year students are required to participate in a theological immersion trip to Mexico and upper-level students have the option of participating in theological immersions to India, Nepal, Indonesia, Guatemala, and elsewhere. Opposite page and this page, left to right: Students on immersion in Mexico, India, and Nepal.
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indigenous religions and spirituality, as well as in scripture, history, ethics and systematic theology itself, will provide JST theologians a natural set of academic partners. And our “Local Religion Project”, which surveys the local manifestations of global religions throughout the Bay Area, can play a key role in this partnership. In fact both campuses have already begun working together on various joint “theology serves as a kind projects. Last May, even before the integration of ‘synthesizing center’ agreement had been signed, JST and SCU for the university” co-sponsored on the Berkeley campus an international conference, “Many Tongues, One Spirit: Local Ecclesiologies in Dialogue”. That conference brought together people from all continents into open and constructive dialogue around issues facing the church. Several other projects are in the works, including a conference on Teilhard de Chardin and cosponsorship of the National Hispanic Pastoral Institute, to be held on both campuses. We are also working together to build professional relationships with theologians on the Pacific Rim, most recently with scholars at Fudan University in Shanghai, China. We hope to build a distinctive approach to theology on the West Coast, one that is shaped in part by the world we inhabit and which we are called to serve. There is so much more that could be said from the perspective of the “main campus”. What is evident is that with the arrival of JST, Santa Clara University is embarking on an exciting and historic journey.
Welcome, New Directors. Farewell, Departing Trustees. With the affiliation of the Jesuit School of Theology at Berekley and Santa Clara University, the School welcomes Rev. Paul Crowley, S.J. and Rev. David Suwalsky, S.J. to the Board of Directors. Thank you, Paul and David, for joining the board and offering your knowledge, resources and expertise to our school. The School wishes to express its deepest gratitude for the generosity, wisdom, and years of dedicated service of the trustees who recently completed their terms: Rev. Thomas Feely, S.J., Rev. Walter Modrys, S.J. and in a special way, to long-time board chair and friend of the School, John E. Kerrigan, Jr.
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Top to bottom: Jesuit scholastics at Alma during Christmas holidays. Before the 1960s Jesuits did not ordinarily visit their families over the holidays. Instead they remained in community and all the entertainment was there. Some of it was extremely creative as, for example, when a classroom was transformed into a casino! Students dressed as the Angel Gabriel, the Virgin Mary and Saint Joseph for Las Posadas at JSTB 2007.
Many dedicated men have served as rector of the Jesuit community for the School. Here we show one from 40 years ago and one today. Left to right: Rev. Michael Buckley, S.J. 1969; Rev. Tony Sholander, S.J. 2009
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Clockwise from top left: At Alma: playing pool, playing baseball, fishing at Santa Cruz summer villa, post-Vatican II open air Mass; Celebrating on JSTBâ€™s back patio after Mass of the Holy Spirit 2007; Jesuit scholastics performing at JSTB Music Night 2007; lay students at JSTB Music Night 2007; Hagemann II Jesuit community 1981 including current SCU President, Rev. Michael Engh, S.J. rear row, second from left.
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Sr. MaryAnn Donovan, S.C. Rev. Bill Oâ€™Neill, S.J. (as student in 1981 and now as professor)
Faculty Greg Zuschlag
Rev. Hal Sanks, S.J.
Rev. Don Gelpi, S.J.
Sr. Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M.
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John E. Kerrigan, Jr., first and long-time lay chair of the board of trustees
in the colloquium. In addition, this summer he recorded his first audio book with Now-You-Know media entitled, An Introduction to Catholic Theology, the collection includes two dozen 25-minute lectures on topics ranging from the meaning of faith and the dynamics of revelation to the use of Scripture in theology. In addition, he and his sister, Eileen Burke Sullivan, S.T.D., Assistant Professor of Theology at Creighton University, co-edited a volume in the Spirituality in History series from Liturgical Press entitled, The Ignatian Tradition. The book introduces a sampling of the writings and stories of 20 exemplars of Ignatian spirituality, including Ignatius himself and the newest superior general of the Jesuits, Rev. Adolfo Nicolás, S.J. Thomas Cattoi, Ph.D., Assistant
Rev. Kevin F. Burke, S.J., Executive
Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic Theology, hosted the first International Colloquium on the Thought of Ignacio Ellacuría, S.J. at JST July 25-28, 2009. Participants included Rev. Rudolfo Cardenal, S.J., one of two members of the Univer sidad Centroamericana (UCA) Jesuit community who escaped the 1989 massacre in which Ellacuría and seven companions were murdered, and Rev. Dean Brackley, S.J., currently teaching at the UCA, who gave a public lecture entitled, “The Church and the Crucified Peoples: Learning from Ignacio Ellacuría”. JST alumnus and former faculty member, Bob Lassalle-Klein (M.Div. 1986, S.T.L. 1993, GTU Ph.D. 1995), and Rev. Martin Maier, S.J., a student of Ellacuría and editor of Stimmen der Zeit, were among the participants
Professor of Christology and Cultures, spent the summer as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute for Orthodox Studies of Cambridge University in England, working towards his book on Theodore the Studite. He also taught a course on Christology and Iconoclasm at the Pappas Patristic Summer School in Brookline, MA. In September, he read a paper on iconoclasm in Lviv, Ukraine, at the first international Patristic Conference of the Greek Catholic University. He announces the launch of the new Journal of Interreligious Dialogue, of which he is a board member. The purpose of this journal is to encourage the publication of articles on interreligious themes which faculty and possibly graduate students who work and study at universities, seminaries and divinity schools write. The journal is available online at http://irdialogue.org. Gorgias Press recently published his book, Divine Contingency: Theologies of
Divine Embodiment in Maximos the Confessor and Tsong Kha pa. Rev. John C. Endres, S.J., Professor
of Sacred Scripture (Old Testament), published an article, “Eschatological Impulses in Jubilees” in: Gabriele Boccaccini* Giovanni Ibba, eds., Enoch and the Mosaic Torah: The Evidence of Jubilees (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2009), pp. 323-337. He co-directed with Sr. Elizabeth Liebert, S.N.J.M. “Retreat with the Psalms” at Villa Maria del Mar, Santa Cruz, CA, July 15-22, 2009. From June 12 to July 11, 2009, he participated in an “Asia Formation Journey” with Rev. Eduardo Fernandez, S.J., Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry, and Sr. Julia Prinz, V.D.M.F. (S.T.L. 2004, GTU Ph.D. 2007), Adjunct Faculty, Lecturer in Christian Spirituality. He reports: we visited various religious formation programs and communities in Asia, with a goal of learning from them practices in their programs that reflect the cultural and religious contexts in which they are located. We hope to learn from them some aspects of formation that may assist our own programs at JST. Our greatest and most joyful surprise was meeting our own JST graduates at almost every location to which we traveled! Some of them include the following: in Manila at the Ateneo we met with Rev. Mario Francisco, S.J. (S.T.L.
Jerome P. Baggett, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religion and Society, taught a Sociology of Religion course for UC-Berkeley’s Sociology Depart ment. He also delivered a keynote lecture entitled, “The State of the Catholic Church in the United States: Living Tradition in a Post-Traditional Society”, at the Form/Reform Conference in San Jose, CA. Lastly, the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion has recently elected him as a Council Member.
Rev. Eduardo Fernandez, S.J. with alumnus, Rev. Kien Nguyen, S.J. (N.D. 2004, Th.M. 2006) in the Jesuit chapel, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
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in their teaching positions. Finally, in India Rev. Peter Ignatius, S.J.
(S.T.D. 2006) accompanied us on our visit in Patna; he is presently director of studies at the Regional Theological Center there. In Ranchi, we journeyed with Rev. Francis Minj, S.J.
(S.T.D. 2009), who just completed his S.T.D. degree this spring, and had a glorious homecoming; he now begins teaching at the Regional Theological Center in that province. Rev. John Endres, S.J., Sr. Julia Prinz, V.D.M.F. and Rev. Eduardo Fernandez, S.J. in front of the Great Buddha Statue, Bodh Gaya (site of Buddha’s illumination under the Bodhi Tree), Patna, India.
1986), president of the Loyola School of Theology, and Rev. Jeff Chang, S.J. (S.T.L. 2000), spiritual director at the Arrupe International Jesuit House of Studies. Sr. Cecilia Claparols, R.A. (M.T.S. 2001), now engaged in base community work on the island of Mindanao, and Sr. Helen Graham, M.M. (S.T.M. 1983), longtime faculty member of the Institute for Formation and Religious Studies accompanied us. In Hong Kong, we journeyed with Sr. Maria Goretti Lau (I.S.W. 1978), a professor of ecclesiology at Holy Spirit Seminary, and Ms. Linda Sin (M.T.S. 2001), researcher and executive secretary of the Hong Kong Catholic Biblical Institute. In Vietnam, we met two recent JST graduates: Rev. Ngo Phan Dinh Phuc, S.J. (S.T.L. 2008) and Rev. Trung Kien Nguyen, S.J. (N.D. 2004, Th.M. 2006). In Tokyo at Sofia University, Fathers Mark Koo, S.J. (S.T.D. 2002), and Thierry Roböuam, S.J. (S.T.D. 2008), and Osamu Takeuchi, S.J. (S.T.D. 2002) seem to be thriving
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Rev. Eduardo C. Fernández, S.J.,
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry, published the Spanish translation of his first book: La Cosecha: Harvesting Contemporary United States Hispanic Theology (1972–1998) . Neela Kale (M.Div. 2008) did the final editing work. Buena Prensa of Mexico City is the publisher. Eddie reports: this summer I also served as a consultant for the “National Symposium on the Present and Future of Catholic Hispanic Ministry in the U.S.” ( June 8–10) held at Boston College, in partnership with Barry University and Loyola Marymount University. Besides teaching a course on the Eucharist for JST’s Summer Instituto Hispano in July, I gave a bilingual presentation entitled, “Their Eyes Were Opened: The Bible and Prayer”, for a conference held at Notre Dame, “Camino a Emaús: The Word of God and Latino Catholics”, July 30-August 1. Rev. John Endres, S.J., Sr. Julia Prinz, V.D.M.F. (GTU Ph.D. 2007) and I studied formation for women and men religious in Asia, traveling to various countries during one month.
Lisa Fullam, Th.D., Associate
Professor of Moral Theology, following her climb of Mount Kilimanjaro last summer, she consulted with co-climber Martha Stortz as to what lay ahead…and this fall finds them on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela in Spain. Their pilgrimage may be followed at http://theprogressofpilgrimage. blogspot.com/. She published her first book, The Virtue of Humility. A Thomistic Apologetic and received tenure at JST last spring.
Alejandro Garcia-Rivera, Ph.D., Professor of Systematic Theology, was the keynote speaker at the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education national conference in Richmond, VA in October, 2008 and at the National Cursillo Move ment, San Bernardino, CA in July. He was an invited speaker (along with Rev. Thomas Scirghi, S.J.) at the North American Academy of Liturgy where they discussed liturgical aesthetics and their recently published book, Living Beauty: The Art of Liturgy (Rowman and Littlefield) in Baltimore, MD, in January. He was a Templeton Scholar at the Chattalhuyyuk Archaelogical Research Project, in Konya, Turkey in July. His article, “Beauty in the Living World”, was published in Zygon: Journal of Religion and Science in July. Fortress Press will publish his book, The Garden of God: A Theological Cosmology, in October. He also is a participant in an interdisciplinary aesthetics reading group at Santa Clara University. Rev. George Griener, S.J., Asso ciate Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology, was invited to deliver three lectures at Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, China, in early June. The philosophy department of the university will translate into Chinese and publish two of them on German philosophy of religion
Rev. Francis X. McAloon, S.J.,
Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality, received tenure in spring 2009. In addition to serving as faculty director of the Master of Divinity program, he became convener for the Christian Spirituality doctoral program at the Graduate Theological Union. This past summer, he began his tertianship in the California Province.
Mia M. Mochizuki, Ph.D., Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Associate Professor of Art History and Religion, reports: the big thing for January–September 2009 was receiving tenure and pro motion to Associate Professor. I concluded my first term as Convener of the Graduate Theological Union Art and Religion Area. I also received the following: the Samuel F. Kress Foundation Fellowship in Renais sance Art History, Renaissance Society of America (RSA) for original research in Belgium in August 2009, the Henry Luce III Fellowship in Theology, Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in support of my sabbatical for the academic year of 2009-2010, and the Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowship, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) in support of a research leave for the academic year of 2010-2011. This fall I will be a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy in Rome. One article also appeared: “Deciphering the Dutch in Deshima”, in Marybeth
Carlson, Laura Cruz and Benjamin J. Kaplan, eds, The Boundaries and their Meanings in the History of the Neatherlands (Leiden: Brill, 2009), 63-94. One book review appeared: “Jaime Lara, Christian Texts for Aztecs. Art and Liturgy in Colonial Mexico”, Worship 83 (2009): 263-64. I gave a keynote address at UC-Berkeley: “Perspectives on the Global Eye,” Keynote Address for “Collapsing Spaces: The Arts in the Premodern World,” Respondent: Professor Tim Brook (Oxford University), Conference for Japanese Arts and Globalizations, Multi-Campus Research Group, University of California, UC-Berkeley, May 15–16, 2009. And I co-directed the first meeting of the Yale Initiative for Religion and Visual Culture at Yale Divinity School in Cape Elizabeth, ME, in June. Rev. Bill O’Neill, S.J., Associate
Professor of Social Ethics, offered a paper, “A Little CommonSense: Restorative Justice for Undocu mented Migrants in Catholic Social Teaching”, at the Catholic Theological Society of America Convention from June 4–7. He also participated in a Seminar on Christianity and the Holocaust, offered at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C. from June 15–19. He published articles on migration policy: “‘No Longer Strangers’ (Eph. 2:19): The Ethics of Migration” in the journal, Word & World (Summer, 2009), and on the Rwandan genocide, “Souvenir du mal, et réconciliation sociale” in Rwanda: Récits du Génocide, Traversée de la Mémoire. His commentary on Pope Benedict XVI’s new encyclical, Caritas in veritate, appeared on the California Catholic bishops’ website: www.cacatholic.org/index. php/teaching/charity-in-truth/472caritas-in-veritate.html.
in the 19th and 20th centuries. He had also lectured there in June 2007, and has been serving as an academic resource for several of the graduate students since then. On the way to Guangzhou, he visited in Beijing with faculty members from Peking University who in recent years had spent research sabbaticals at the Graduate Theological Union and the neighboring UC-Berkeley.
Jean-François Racine, Ph.D., Associate Professor of New Testament, gave a talk “She Has Been a Benefactor to Many and to Me as Well (Romans 16:2): Paul’s Female Partners in Ministry” at Saint Rita Parish, Fairfax, CA, March 17, 2009. He presented a paper, “Le potentiel de la catégorie du ‘sublime’ pour interpréter les épisodes de la tempête apaisée (Lc 8,22–25) et de la tranfiguration (Lc 8,28–36),” delivered at the 66th annual meeting of the Association Catholique des Études Bibliques au Canada, Saint Paul University, Ottawa, Ontario, June 2, 2009. He delivered a much expanded English version of the previous: “The Potential of the Category of ‘Sublime’ for Reading the Episodes of the Stilling of the Storm (Luke 8:22–25) and of the Transfiguration (Luke 9:28–36),” at the 72nd annual meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association of America, at Creighton University, Omaha, NE on August 4, 2009. Sandra M . Schneiders, I.H.M.,
Professor Emerita of New Testament Studies and Spirituality, gave Holy Spirit Lecture entitled, “Whose Sins You Shall Forgive....The Holy Spirit and Forgiveness of Sin(s) in the Fourth Gospel” at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA to a public audience of 250 on June 12, 2009, and participated in a follow-up colloquium with a panel of scholars on Saturday, June 13, 2009. On June 14, 2009, she presented a lecture on vowed religious life entitled, “God So Loved the World....Ministerial Religious Life in 2009”, to the I.H.M. community in Monroe, MI. On August 4, 2009, she began her term as President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America at its annual meeting at Creighton University, Omaha, NE.
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Sr. Eleanor Gilmore, C.S.J.P., a Sr. Patricia Cruise, S.C. (M.T.S. Sister of St. Joseph of Peace, (I.S.W. 1992) began ministry as President of 1988) recently returned from El SalSeton High School in Cincinnati, OH vador where she completed nine years on July 1, 2009. The Sisters of Cha with PazSalud, a healthcare program rity of Cincinnati sponsor Seton High that she initiated in 1999. PazSalud School, of which Professor MaryAnn is a “joint venture” of PeaceHealth, Donovan, S.C. is a graduate! a NW health system sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace and Rev. Bruce Morrill, S.J. (M.Div. the Congregation’s NW Province, to 1991) reports: I have just completed provide opportunities for employees my twelfth year on the Boston in their six health regions in WA, OR College faculty. I came directly from and AK, to participate in healthcare completing my Ph.D. at Emory back missions in El Salvador. Following in 1996. My website (the artistic I.S.W., Eleanor joined Jesuit Refugee part of me enjoys designing and Services in El Salvador and started updating it) tells the story of my there a healthcare service for refugees, writing, teaching, service: www2. most of whom were Salvadorans who bc.edu/~morrilb/ In addition, I had recently returned from exile in renewed my pastoral relationship Honduras and other countries, to with the Yup’ik people on Alaska’s their “places of origin” in El Salvador. Central Bering Seacoast. I have Following the December 1992 Peace made an average of one trip per year Accords, she returned to the NW to there since 2000. This service is an again work in the PeaceHealth System. invaluable gift to me, a way to have Seeing an opportunity for Peace some direct contact with and for Health employees to deepen their own the poor, who give me much more sense of healthcare as ministry, in than I, them. This year for Holy Week 1999 she received approval to develop I was in Newtok (population 315). I an El Salvador-based program where just finally professed my final vows as a Jesuit on April 25 at St. Ignatius Sisters and PeaceHealth employees would participate in rural healthcare Church, Chestnut Hill, MA. missions. The mission continues Rev. Martin Connell, S.J., (M.Div. under new direction. The PazSalud website includes pictures of the mis- 1993) is headed off to Dodoma, the sions and reflections of the volunteers. www.pazsalud.org.
legislative capital of Tanzania, where he will be joining fellow JST alumnus Rev. Sossy Luyembe, S.J. (S.T.L. 2002), to start a new Jesuit educational venture: the Our Lady Queen of Peace Educational Centre. This center, located on 500 acres deeded to the Jesuits by the Tanzanian government for the project, will include a boarding school for close to 1,000 students, a 200-student two-year post-high school trade school, and a 200-student teachers college. The project will proceed in phases, with the first class of students starting at St. Peter Claver High School in January 2011. He will be blogging about this initiative at www. crosshairsofprovidence.blogspot.com. Rev. Edgar Borchardt (Th.M. 1996) toured Israel and Palestine this summer as a participant in the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Global Fellowship program. The program prepares priests, deacons and seminarians to visit parishes to acquaint Catholics with the work CRS does in the areas of emergency relief, economic development and peace building around the world.
Jon Pedigo (S.T.D. 2002) is serving
presently as the Diocesan Director for
Richard Pitre (Th.M. 1988) is married and has five kids ages 19 to five. He recently stepped down as Executive Director of the Portland Conservatory. He currently serves as the director of music for St. Charles Parish, Brunswick, ME and The New Camerata Singers. He is also teaching philosophy part-time at a local community college and completing a doctoral dissertation on the philosophy of music. Catholic Relief Services Global Fellows group on tour of Palestine and the West Bank. Rev. Edgar Borchardt (Th.M. 1996) is on the far right.
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the Catholic Campaign for Immigra- Kairos to College Retreat and for Jesuits have been on the frontiers of tion Reform: Justice for Immigrants at the Junior Retreat. In addition to communication and I look forward to the Diocese of San Jose, CA. presiding and preaching regularly helping reach today’s faithful men who at campus liturgies, he trains and are contemplating joining the Society.” Claire Foley Hansen (M.Div. 2005) supports Eucharistic Ministers. writes: I am teaching New Testament He also co-directs the R.C.I.A. Sr. Margaret Aringo, F.S.J. (S.T.D. and working in the Community Program and serves as faculty advi- 2008) presented a lecture on “Gender Involvement Program (CI). CI is and Participation in Governance: the sor to Loyola Alive, the campus the realization of Presentation High Contemporary Kenyan Situation” pro-life group. Rev. Frederico is a School’s motto, “Not Words But at the Hekima Forum for Exploring resident chaplain on the 6th floor Deeds.” I (along with two other mod- of Campion Tower residence hall, Faith in Public Life at Hekima erators) am responsible for immersion where many admire his fine Italian College, Jesuit School of Theology, trips, social justice projects, service Nairobi, Kenya where she is a lec cuisine. opportunities, and fundraisers to turer. The April 18 talk addressed support the Presentation Sisters’ the present political dispensation Rev. Robert Ballecer, S.J. (M.Div. ministries in Latin America during indicating a struggle for power that 2007) The Jesuit Conference of the the Lenten season and the Sacred cuts across gender. More and more, United States has appointed him to Heart Community Service Center the newly created position of Director the gap between the political class during the winter holidays. Peter and the rest of the populace continues of National Vocation Promotion Hansen (M.Div. 2005) and I are to widen. Old habits die hard; the cast for the Society of Jesus. “With his married and living happily in the area. extensive background in web-based of recycled political actors include people with a patriarchal mind-set. technologies, Robert will bring a unique skill set to the Society’s voca Although women shoulder the burden of reckless leadership, their voice and tional efforts, one that is required, participation in governance remain and expected, by today’s tech-savvy largely a token of what is required. young people,” said Rev. Thomas Smolich, S.J. (M.Div. 1986), president Dr. Aringo presented a critique of the contemporary situation and of the Jesuit Conference. “This is an proposed gender inclusive models important step in our work in the ‘vineyard of the Lord’ as we use these of participation and governance for new technologies to help young men Kenya and the rest of the continent. discern their calling to the priesthood.” Robert also has relevant experience Rev. Vincent Karatunga in campus ministry and Jesuit parishes. (Th.M. 2009) sends this message: His responsibilities will include work- “Greetings every one at the JSTB. Rev. Charles A. Frederico, S.J. ing with the 10 U.S. Jesuit Provinces I miss you all. I am glad to inform (M.Div. 2006) is the new Director to implement the recommendations you all that I am back home in of Vocations for the New York and of “Weaving a New Net”, the Uganda and that currently, I have Maryland Provinces of the Society document which the Task Force been assigned by the Uganda Epis of Jesus. He attended the Culinary on Vocations prepared and which copal Conference to work as the Institute of America, earning an A.O.S. proposes a re-energized vocation Executive Secretary for the newly in occupational studies (Culinary promotion process. He will focus established office of Interreligious Arts) and earned a bachelor of science on clarifying the vocation process, Dialogue and Ecumenism. Pray for in food marketing from St. Joseph’s creating a common vocation website me. Blessings.” University in Philadelphia. He likes and forming a viral vocations strategy. to tell people he met the Jesuits in “I am honored to be considered for Michael Smith (M.Div. 2009) the spirit at the C.I.A. (the old St. this appointment and excited to bring reports: I have taken a job as Direc Andrew on Hudson Novitiate, now tor of Religious Education at St. my background in multimedia tech the Culinary Institute of America) Dominic’s Catholic Church in San nology and social networking to and in the flesh at St. Joe’s. Since July Francisco. My position is demanding the efforts of finding innovative of 2006, he has worked in Campus and exciting — I am responsible ways of attracting candidates who Ministry at Loyola College in Mary are called by the Spirit to join us,” for growing the faith formation land. He oversees the teams for the programs for families and youth. said Ballecer. “Throughout history, BRIDGE FALL 2009
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