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Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (Berkeley campus) Volume 6, Number 2, Fall 2011 Bridging Theology and the Cultures of the World

FEATURING OUR Endowed Chairs Also inside:

Alumni Resources Vocations of Theologian & Minister Today Integration Update Rev. Don Gelpi, S.J. Tribute


Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (Berkeley campus) Bridging Theology and the Cultures of the World

Vol. 6, No. 2, Fall 2011

Contents FEATURES Alumni Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Integration Update . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Spotlight on Endowed Chairs . . . . . . . 10 Tribute to Fr. Gelpi . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 New Faces on Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 ACHTUS Awards for JST & Fr. Fernandez . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

DEPARTMENTS Editor’s Note . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Dean’s Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Profiles in Ministry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4–5 Faculty News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Alumni Updates . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 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: Catherine M. Kelly associate editor: Robert W. McChesney, S.J. DESIGN AND LAYOUT: Molly McCoy BOARD OF DIRECTORS William J. Barkett Thomas E. Bertelsen Betsy Bliss Louis M. Castruccio Paul G. Crowley, S.J. Most Rev. John S. Cummins Rev. Virgilio P. Elizondo Michael E. Engh, S.J. Katherine R. Enright Maureen A. Fay, O.P. John D. Feerick Leo J. Hindery, Jr. Loretta Holstein

St. Anselm defined theology as faith seeking understanding. In this issue, we explore faith seeking understanding and expression through the eyes of students, alumni, faculty, including our two endowed chairs, and staff. Rich Magner, S.J. (M.Div. 2012) reflects on his ministerial experience as a children’s hospital chaplain; Professor Emerita, Sr. Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M. and SCU alumna, Teresa Pleins, present on the vocations of theologian and minister today; alumnus Michael Lovette-Colyer (M.Div. 2001) and Assistant Dean of Students, Paul Kircher, offer resources for continued spiritual growth and professional development for alumni; and alumna Sr. Ursula Lyimo Kavishe, S.S.J. (N.D. 2010) shares her experience of transition and transformation in the New Directions Sabbatical Program. We learn about the opportunities for theological inquiry that our endowed chairs, Dr. Mia M. Mochizuki and Dr. Thomas Cattoi, enjoy; and the progress of the integration of the JST faculty and the SCU Religious Studies faculty. We welcome new faculty, staff and board members to JST and pay tribute to the life and contributions of Professor Emeritus, Rev. Don Gelpi, S.J. Enjoy! Catherine M. Kelly Editor

Mark Lewis, S.J. Most Rev. Robert W. McElroy Edison H. Miyawaki John Nicolai Robert W. Peters Stanley Raggio D. Paul Regan Anthony E. Sholander, S.J. Martin J. Skrip Thomas H. Smolich, S.J. Michael Tyrrell, S.J. Most Rev. Michael F. Weiler, S.J.

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Cover: Niccolò School, Madonna of the Snow, ca. 1583–1614, Japanese colors and gold on paper, mounted on a hanging scroll. Nagasaki, Twenty-six Martyrs Museum.


DEAN’S MESSAGE In this issue of the Bridge, we peek into the worlds of our two endowed

chairs, Dr. Thomas Cattoi and Dr. Mia Mochizuki. Earlier this year I had the privilege of attending the inauguration of a new chair at a fellow Jesuit institution. My sister, Eileen Burke-Sullivan, S.T.D., was named the inaugural holder of the Barbara Reardon Heaney Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology. There I learned about the critical role of academic chairs in the life cycle of a university; how they uniquely link past, present and future; how they embody crucial partnerships between the worlds of scholarship, philanthropy, and faith. The donor of the chair expressed his belief in the importance of theology. Indeed, it is important and you, the friends of the Jesuit School of Theology ( JST), understand the unique value of this discipline and its impact on the spiritual and pastoral formation of our students — men and women from all over the world who come to Berkeley in order to return to their home towns, provinces, religious communities, and countries of origin to serve the Kingdom of God in a thousand different ways. At JST, we are privileged to host the Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Interreligious and Ecumenical Dialogue and to co-host (with the Graduate Theological Union) the Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Chair in Art History and Religion. The enormous generosity and theological vision of our friends, John Schubert and the Dwan family, and Thomas Bertelsen, has brought to our school two brilliant scholars, Dr. Thomas Cattoi and Dr. Mia Mochizuki. In both cases, the donors of these chairs identified crucial places where theology meets the world we live in: the space where different religious traditions find and share what they know of God’s ways with us, on the one hand, and the intersection of art, imagination, religion, and theology, on the other. In both instances, our donors empowered us to meet the challenges placed before us by recent popes and Jesuit leaders to “go to the frontiers” and engage questions of faith in terms of the cultures that shape our languages and experiences of God. We are grateful to have this opportunity to remember and thank those who make it possible for Thomas and Mia to offer the services they provide to the worlds of interreligious dialogue and theological aesthetics, to the theological formation of the next generation of religious leaders, and to the academy which benefits in countless ways from their scholarship. As JST moves forward with its strategic planning over the next few years, we will discern what other aspects of our mission are worthy of the honor and support that goes with the name, “endowed chair.”   Kevin F. Burke, S.J. Dean




in Ministry “I was sick, and you visited me” (Matthew 25:36) Rich Magner, S.J. (M.Div. 2012)

The second year of the Master of Divinity program

at the Jesuit School of Theology includes ministry in the community for eight to ten hours each week. My ministry placement is in the chaplaincy department of Children’s Hospital in Oakland, a freestanding pediatric hospital and trauma center serving northern California and adjacent states. In this work, I have come to see and experience the truth of Jesus’ words, “I was sick, and you visited me” (Mt 25:36). Indeed my ministry with the sick has afforded me the opportunity to encounter Christ in ways I never would have expected. I thought I would be the one bringing God to the sick, but I have found that it is in fact the patients and their families who bring Jesus to me. Ernie1 is 18 and was seriously injured in an automobile accident. He was now learning to walk and talk all over again. Over a three-month period, I never failed to find his father, Larry, right by his side. He was always there for his son, from the first day when Ernie lay motionless in a comatose condition to the day he walked out of the hospital with a big smile and surrounded by his loving family. I met Jesus in Ernie and Larry. Robert is 14 and has cerebral palsy. He cannot walk or speak, but he can smile. Grace is Robert’s mother. From suctioning secretions from Robert’s mouth and throat to rotating his position in bed, Grace cared for her son so easily and naturally. It was all in a day’s work for her. I reflected that for 14 years Grace has been providing for Robert’s every need. Thus she did so seemingly without effort and with great tenderness. Love does such things. I met Jesus in Robert and Grace. I vividly recall arriving for ministry one afternoon and learning from my supervisor, Sr. Bernice Gotelli, that one of my patients had died the previous day. Agnes was only two, a drowning victim who, the last time I saw her, had seemed to struggle for every breath, even on a ventilator. Now she was at peace with God. Sr. Bernice helped me make it through that day. I have met Jesus in her many times, as have thousands of children and 1 To protect the privacy of patients and their families, their names have been changed.


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Master of Divinity students Sara Brabec, Lacy Gregor and Rich Magner, S.J. with supervisor Sr. Bernice Gotelli, P.B.V.M. (second from right)

parents during her 27 years as chaplain. She is in fact the only chaplain for the entire hospital, which requires that she minister, in both English and Spanish, to patients and families in ICU, surgery, oncology, neo-natal, rehab, and every other part of the hospital on a daily basis. Sr. Bernice does, however, receive some assistance from her three JST student interns: Sara Brabec, Lacy Gregor, and myself. Visiting the sick and their families has been a blessed experience for me, not easy by any means, but most certainly blessed. And while I never know quite what to expect when I enter a patient’s room, I have learned from experience to expect to meet Jesus.

“my ministry... the opportunity to encounter Christ”


New Directions Sabbatical Program Sr. Ursula Lyimo Kavishe, S.S.J. (N.D. 2010) I am Sr. Ursula Lyimo Kavishe from Tanzania, working

in Kenya. I am the Major Superior of the Order of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Archdiocese of Mombasa, Kenya. We are a diocesan congregation of 240 sisters, 15 novices, and 18 postulants and aspirants. We work in 14 dioceses. The first aim of the order is evangelization through various apostolates that enhance holistic human development. Before coming to the Jesuit School of Theology ( JST), I was working as the Major Superior and had been in ministry for 38 years. I had just completed my first term of office and was elected for a second term of six years. I decided to take a sabbatical to help me gain strength to continue for another term. The responsibilities and demands of my position are great. I felt exhausted to the point of despair and needed a sabbatical period. I shared my desire with the moderator of our general chapter who directed me to approach the Jesuit fathers in Nairobi who advised me to apply to JST. Upon my arrival, Father Rob McChesney, S.J. and Paulina Espinosa welcomed me and immediately made me feel at home. I will live to remember and always keep them in my prayers. The New Directions Sabbatical Program helped me tremendously. I had time to pray and to reflect on my life: past, present and future. Above all, I had time to reflect on spiritual texts and books written by inspired persons in my courses on Transition/Transformation and Women’s Spirituality Quest. Here I was able to discover that I have a uniquely personal relationship with God which complements the spirituality of my order. I am now able to name God in a way I feel more comfortable. The program started with a five-day retreat, which helped me relax and ushered me into the program gracefully. The two classes, along with regular spiritual direction and weekly workshops, were extremely helpful. I gained a greater sense of myself as a woman in relationship with God. I was deeply inspired by female writers who emphasized the importance of accepting ourselves as we are. Life grows within women and therefore without women there is no family life.

Sr. Ursula Kavishe, S.S.J. enjoying the beauty of the Pacific Ocean in Monterrey, CA while on sabbatical at JST.

Transition is a lifetime process and I have learned new techniques to help prepare our sisters for the transitions that they will face. For example, when they are transferred to other places or return to school or go on a mission, these skills will help them embrace their new responsibilities with open hands and hearts. After sabbatical, I look at things differently and do things at my own pace to provide the best service without stress. I hope to write a book to share what I have learned through my experiences at JST. I would not have been able to attend the sabbatical program if the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth did not sponsor me. I would like to assure JST’s donors that they are making worthy investments in humankind and the Church. Thanks to your generosity, nuns like me have greatly benefited emotionally, intellectually and spiritually. They have received support, stimulation and inspiration and have experienced a sense of renewal. May I call upon major superiors to partake of sabbatical programs like this for their own good and the good of their congregations. I urge JST’s donors to continue helping those who need financial support. I am a proud ambassador of JST in Kenya and Tanzania, referring my colleagues to JST. May the good Lord bless you abundantly. BRIDGE FALL 2011


Alumni Resources One alumnus inquired about resources available for alumni for continued professional development and spiritual growth. This article responds with suggestions from Assistant Dean of Students, Paul Kircher, and alumnus Michael Lovette-Colyer’s (M.Div. 2001) accompanying theological reflection on how he, as Director of Campus Ministry at the University of San Diego, keeps his spirituality alive. If alumni would like to suggest additional resources, please visit JST’s Facebook page.


Programs offered at the school include: Theology After Hours, New Directions Sabbatical Program, and Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality. Theology After Hours, profiled in the Spring 2011 issue of the Bridge, offers evening courses, weekend intensives, online classrooms and classes in San Francisco — all part of JST’s new initiative to make graduate theology courses more accessible to people hungering for that experience of learning and community. For more information, visit our website: or contact Grace Hogan at (510) 549-5013 or The New Directions Sabbatical Program offers men and women, priests, religious, and laity, the opportunity to tailor their sabbatical experience so it provides them with a balance of personal reflection, relaxation and renewal, and updating in theology and spirituality. In addition, sabbaticalists who want to do independent scholarly research may also come as visiting scholars. If interested in either option, alumni should inquire with Grace Hogan at (510) 549-5013 or For more information, visit our website: http://www.scu. edu/jst/whatwedo/newdirections/index.cfm The Companions in Ignatian Service and Spirituality program is for people 50 or older who desire to serve the poor and the marginalized and who seek a deeper relationship with the Lord. For more information, contact Kay Mascoli at (408) 666-7506 or or visit the website:

Alumni Workshop & Class & Support Group

“Cultivating Excellence: a Workshop for Catholic High School Educators”. In response to the growing trend in the past decade of 35% of lay graduates of the M.Div., M.A. and M.T.S. programs working as high school teachers and administrators and an additional 23% working in campus ministry (many in high schools), Katie Hennessey (GTU M.A. 2007 and GTU Ph.D. candidate) and Dr. Lisa Fullam sought and received a


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Michael and the USD immersion group take a break from painting a church.

Bannan Pedagogical Grant through the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education of SCU to create and execute a workshop for our alumni who are working as Catholic high school educators. The weekend workshop aims to serve these educators who are furthering the Ignatian charism in their work, and to help make JST a place where Ignatian educators are purposefully cultivated. This cultivation involves providing tools for educating the whole person as well as instilling in educators resources for a spiritually resonant approach to their work. Approximately 20 alumni excitedly signed up for the workshop which occurred July 15–17, 2011. Katie and Lisa hope to offer another workshop in the future. “Catholic High School Teaching & Ministry” course. In addition, Katie and Lisa successfully applied for a Newhall Scholarship through the GTU to support the

The God of New Life Greets Me in Tijuana Michael Lovette-Colyer (M.Div. 2001) I lean in, razor in one hand and shaving

cream in the other. I struggle for the right positioning of my feet and legs, searching for the position around the wheelchair that ABOVE: Michael and student visit to Centro Comunitario will allow me to get as close as possible. Teresa, a community organization that assists people The elderly man — one of the abuelos, who live and work in a landfill. RIGHT: At work in Tijuana: or grandfathers, whom the Missionaries of Michael and USD students building a retaining wall to preCharity care for — is a non-verbal stroke vent the road from washing away during the winter rains. survivor. He cannot tell me if I am hurting him, so I proceed with caution; I watch his eyes for tears stresses of daily life. or other signs of discomfort. That morning, as our group of University of San Diego The cheeks are relatively easy. The feel of the razor students walked into Casa Juan Diego — a dining room, on his week-old stubble is familiar; it feels exactly the migrant shelter, and hospice which the order of nuns same as it does on my face. I recognize the smell of the founded by Mother Teresa operates — we were expecting wool blanket, and of the man’s sleepiness. For a moment, to do service. We were not expecting such a powerful my heart aches with memories of my own grandfather. I and visceral experience of intimacy, of solidarity, of God. lose myself in this shaving process, feeling an inexplicable That experience of God is why I keep going back. In but unmistakable intimacy with a man who cannot tell my daily life, a great deal comes between God and me: me his name. professional deadlines, demands, and conflicts; personal Now I am on to the chin and, even more challenging, insecurities, difficulties, and frustrations. All of which the space between his upper lip and nose. The more serve to distract and distort my relationship with God. intricate the task becomes, the more I lean in. Despite In Tijuana, however, my usual defenses and preoccuthe coolness of this morning in Tijuana, I feel sweat pations are no match for the central reality of life into trickle down my back. I am consumed by the task at which the poor draw me. In solidarity with them, I hand yet dimly aware that I am way beyond my comfort experience a clarity of purpose and an intensity of feeling zone. When was the last time I was this physically close that puts the rest of my life into proper perspective. to anyone other than my wife? I keep going, intent In Tijuana, the God of New Life consistently surprises on completing my task of offering this man the small me. This God unfailingly invites me to move beyond my dignity that comes from a fresh shave. comfort, let go of my preconceptions, re-evaluate my I am fully present in this moment, and fully alive. priorities, rediscover who I am, and open myself fully I am experiencing anew unfamiliar parts of myself; to God’s love and grace. In Tijuana, the God of New feeling, acting, living in ways that speak to the deepest Life greets me in the open arms of the poor, helping me longings of my heart that are too often buried by the come alive to praise, reverence, and serve.

development of a course for our current students that would extend the ideas and energy generated at the workshop. Alumni are welcome to register for or audit the course as well. The course (CESP-3055) will be offered this fall on Thursday nights from 6–9 p.m. For more information, please visit the searchable online course schedule at Molleen Dupree-Dominguez (M.Div. 2003) is helping coordinate a group of Bay Area alumni who work in

secondary education. Interested alumni may contact Molleen at

Employment Opportunities

Alumni who are interested in employment announcements in ministry and related fields may go to http://www.scu. edu/jst/students/studentservices/careeropps.cfm Finally, the JST Facebook page is an additional resource for alumni. BRIDGE FALL 2011


Hopes and Challenges for Theologians and Ministers Today Panelists Teresa Pleins and Sr. Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M. with moderator Jim Purcell.

Jim Purcell, Special Assistant to the President Santa Clara University (SCU) hosted a unique

gathering of 100 theologians and ministers on June 12, 2011. Theologians who attended the annual meeting of the Catholic Theological Society of America in San Jose joined alumni of the Jesuit School of Theology ( JST) in Berkeley and alumni of SCU’s Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries. After lunch, the participants viewed the university’s copy of the famous St. John’s Bible. Some then toured the historic Santa Clara Mission while others attended a panel session on “The Vocations of Theologian and Minister in Today’s Catholic Church: Hopes and Challenges”. Panelists included Sr. Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M, S.T.D., Professor Emerita of New Testament Studies and Christian Spirituality at JST, and Teresa Pleins, M.A., an alumna of SCU’s Pastoral Ministries Program and a chaplain with the Catholic Community at Stanford University. Schneiders emphasized the distinction between what a theologian does (teaching, research, etc.) and who a theologian is (one’s calling or vocation). She described how a theologian’s vocation is a special “Quest for the Living God,” (referencing Elizabeth Johnson’s recent book). For Schneiders, this quest is a never-ending primarily intellectual enterprise which acknowledges the ultimate ineffability of a God who “embraces and encompasses us, not by smothering us but by expanding and opening our capacities for life and love. As our capacities for experience expand, so does our capacity for God and for the knowledge of God.” Pleins described how her prayer life is a source of hope and encouragement in a Church where she sometimes feels like she is in a cage. Another source of hope for her is remembering that this Church is the same Church that has produced people like Dorothy Day, Gustavo Gutierrez, Sister Thea Bowman, Bishop Ken Untner, Cesar Chavez and Elizabeth Johnson —


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“prophets of light, giving voice to mystery, struggling to keep space between the bars [of the cage] — enough space for the Spirit to dance in our imaginations and remember, remember the Kingdom of God.” In describing students at Stanford, Pleins said: “They have a hunger for spiritual food and they are intellectually curious.” They are committed to service and the poor. Some of the points made during the Q&A session following prepared remarks included: • the courage needed to be a theologian in today’s Catholic Church (and the importance of being a very good scholar at the same time) • the importance of silence and self-inquiry as they relate to prayer and union with God and the challenge of teaching young people these disciplines in our over-stimulated world • the importance of finding a Eucharistic community that nourishes one’s soul Schneiders ended her remarks by saying: “The vocation of the theologian, like the vocation of Jesus, will be, sometimes and perhaps often, contentious and even dangerous. Persecution may touch some of us. Anguish will surely touch all of us. But Jesus says to us as he did to his first companions, ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid’ ( Jn. 14:27). The vocation of the theologian is where our deep joy in the quest for the living God meets the deep hunger of the world ‘to know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom [God] sent’ ( John 17:3).” Readers who would like a copy of the panelists’ remarks should send a request to Jim Purcell at

Getting to Know You:

Integration of JST and the Religious Studies Faculty at SCU Dr. Gary Macy, John Nobili, S.J. Professor of Theology Chair, Religious Studies Department, SCU with contributions from Dr. Bruce Lescher, Associate Academic Dean, JST


Future of the Religious Life is planned for March 2012. The two faculties are involved in the planning of the National Symposium on Hispanic Ministry Topics to be held at Loyola Marymount University in 2014. Moral theologians from both schools held a delightful (but of course virtuous) dinner with San Jose Bishop McGrath on February 16, 2011 and shared with him their dreams of a possible international conference on conscience. Meanwhile, SCU’s Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries has been in dialogue with JST in order to determine what relationship would best enhance all graduate programs. The dance continues, but it is beginning to resemble more of a waltz and less of a tango as we more deeply understand our Dr. Gary Macy partners in dialogue. Perhaps, after all, music is the best metaphor here. We are learning to make a marvelous and elegant harmony out of the different instruments we bring to the concert. With patience and careful tuning, the orchestra will grow and mature and produce a sound more beautiful than any of us could imagine on Dr. Bruce Lescher our own.

PHOTO BY Clare Ronzani

f fter dating for several years, the engagement of the Jesuit School of Theology ( JST) and Santa Clara University (SCU) is now in full bloom. After years of meetings planning what our first “dates” might be, we are now regularly meeting, talking, plotting and planning how to mutually support each other and bring out the best in both faculties. Most of this planning occurs in the Academic Integration Council, a body composed of faculty and administrators from JST and SCU, which the Provost chairs. The most obvious outcome of these encounters is the exchange of faculty between the two schools. SCU faculty member, Dr. Gary Macy, taught Modern Christianity in spring 2011 at JST and in fall 2010 directed a reading course for Jen Owens (GTU Ph.D. 2016). Coming from JST, Rev. Fulgence Ratsimbazafy, S.J. (S.T.D. 2011) taught Religions of Colonized People for SCU in the spring quarter 2011. Dr. Jerome Baggett, Professor of Religion and Society at JST, has also kindly agreed to read and respond to research papers from the SCU Religious Studies students. The exchange of faculty continues in 2011–12. Dr. Frederick Parrella from SCU is directing work on Paul Tillich by the visiting scholar, Rev. Bert Daelemans, S.J., at JST in fall 2011. Also this fall, GTU graduate, Dr. Oliver Putz (Ph.D. 2006), is teaching Issues in Science and Religion at SCU, and in the spring, Dr. Macy will return to JST to teach a seminar, Women’s Ministry in Christian History. Besides burning up the freeway between our respective locales with regular teaching jaunts, several projects have kept our faculties and students mutually engaged. The conference, “Teilhard de Chardin for a New Generation” held at SCU from November 18–21, 2010 was the first such successful joint undertaking since the affiliation. A second conference, “Bridges to Infinity: Humankind, God, and the Scientific Enterprise,” co-sponsored by the School of Engineering and JST, occurred on May 6, 2011. A third conference on the



Jim Purcell, Special Assistant to the President, and Dr. Mia Mochizuki, Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Associate Professor of Art History & Religion

Spotlight on

Endowed Chairs

Dr. Mia M. Mochizuki currently holds the GTU/JST Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Chair in Art History and Religion and Dr. Thomas Cattoi holds the Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Interreligious and Ecumenical Dialogue. During the last two years, Professor Mochizuki has been researching for her book on the Jesuits and the earliest European art in Japan, including the story of the Madonna of the Snow (Sancta Maria ad Nives, Yuki no Santa Maria) (fig.1). The name is a reference to the miraculous snow the Virgin sent on a hot August night in Rome to indicate where the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore should be built. How did S. Maria Maggiore’s benefactress end up on a small scroll in Nagasaki? Professor Mochizuki has traced the journey across continents and seas from Belgium to Italy, Portugal to Japan. Antwerp

Antwerp, sixteenth-century printing press to the world, provided the formal precedents of the Nagasaki Madonna. With few images of Mary available as visual models in a non-Christian land, the artist turned to European Madonnas for inspiration, specifically the popular post-Tridentine subjects of the Immaculate Conception and the Assumption (figs. 2–3).


Rome supplied an artist. St. Francis Xavier understood that images could be the dictionaries of the otherlanguaged. By 1583, the demand for religious art had become so great the Neapolitan Brother Giovanni Niccolò, S.J. would found an atelier in Japan that became the single largest producer in Asia (fig. 4). It was here, in Niccolò’s workshop, that the Madonna of the Snow was likely painted.


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2 Johannes Stradanus, 1 Niccolò School, Madonna of the Snow, ca. 1583–1614, Japanese colors and gold on paper, mounted on a hanging scroll. Nagasaki, Twenty-six Martyrs Museum.

Madonna of the Immaculate Conception with the Symbols of the Laurentian Litany, after ca. 1611, engraving. London, British Museum


Lisbon then offered the means by which to reach Japan. Portuguese carracks trolled the eastern trade route “for Christians and spices” from Lisbon to Goa to Macao and finally Nagasaki. On a blustery day we can still see the same view that met every Jesuit departing from the Tower of Belém (fig. 5).


But it is Nagasaki that preserves the memory of another local Madonna of the Snow. The Beginning of Heaven and Earth (Tenchi Hajimari no Koto), a nineteenth-century record of a sixteenth-century Japanese Christian oral tradition, describes how this Madonna, after likewise producing snow on a summery day, escaped a marriage proposal by flying to heaven. Crowned with flowers, she found freedom in life after death, a potent message when Christians were being persecuted in Japan.

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI reminded us of the need for art history in the theologate, and the endowment of the Thomas E. Bertelsen, Jr. Chair in Art History and Religion ensures that original research in the field translates into breakthroughs in the classroom and beyond. Teaching and research in the field of Art History and Religion is one way to address the challenges of a pluralistic society — religiously, linguistically, economically. This “new world” requires fresh approaches to appreciate, not simply tolerate, the different cultures that, together, can model the truly inclusive ekklesia of the future. JST is fortunate to have Professor Mochizuki teaching in this new world to continue to build the Church of the future.

3 Hieronymus Wierix, Assumption of the Virgin, before 1573, engraving. Brussels, Koninklijke Bibliotheek Albert I, Prentenkabinet.

• Theology of Desire. An exploration of the role of desire in spiritual practice in early Christianity, Vai´snavite Hinduism, and Tibetan Buddhism. • Theology after 1965. A survey of contemporary Catholic and Protestant theology mainly geared towards students in the first year of the GTU doctoral program in Systematic and Philosophical Theology. In addition to his classroom work, Professor Cattoi plays a key role in organizing and leading theological immersions for students. Professor Cattoi’s scholarship and research includes a new book, soon to be published: Perceiving the Divine

4 Niccolò School, World Map and Rulers and Cityscapes of Lisbon, Seville, Rome and Constantinople, pair of 8-panel screens, 1610–20, India ink,

5 Tower of Belém, 16th century, Belém (Lisbon).

color and gold on paper. Kobe, Kobe City Museum

Another important path to meeting the theological challenges posed by a pluralistic society is Interreligious Dialogue. Dr. Thomas Cattoi holds the Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Interreligious and Ecumenical Dialogue. His interests include Christology and Patristics, Mahayana Buddhism (with particular attention to the Tibetan tradition) and the Theology of Interreligious Dialogue. Some of the courses he has taught recently include: • Christology: Ancient, Modern and Contemporary. A development of Christological doctrine from the beginning to the present, with a special focus on the challenge posed to traditional Christology by religious pluralism. • Theology of Religions. An exploration of different theological approaches to religious pluralism, with forays into Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism. • Patristic Theology. A survey of Greek Patristic literature from the apostolic period to the Council of Chalcedon.

through the Human Body: Mystical Sensuality. In the words of JST Dean, Rev. Kevin Burke, S.J., “Thomas is a rising star in the areas of Interreligious Dialogue, Comparative Theology, and especially the dialogue with Buddhism around such central concerns as the way Christians understand and speak about Jesus Christ. If it were not for the endowed chair funded with the help of John Schubert and others, we might not have been able to keep Thomas on the faculty here at JST. We remain very grateful for benefactors like this.”

Dr. Mia Mochizuki

Dr. Thomas Cattoi BRIDGE FALL 2011


Rev. Donald (“Don”) L. Gelpi, S.J., Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and co-founder of the John Courtney Murray group, passed away on May 6, 2011. In tribute to Don, the Bridge is honored to publish these reflections from his friends, colleagues, and students. They offer a glimpse of his spirit and the gift he was to our school and the field of inculturation. For a full obituary, please visit

Tribute to Rev. Don Gelpi, S.J. (1934–2011) I first encountered Don in

Madagascar through his writing on the Spiritual Exercises in Promotio Iustitiae. I experienced Don as my mentor and my close friend. “Do not use ‘to be’ if unnecessary,” he urged. He translated his deep scholarship and spirituality into practical life through his generosity. A true Jesuit — a man for others. —Rev. Fulgence Ratsimbazafy, S.J. (S.T.D. 2011)

Don Gelpi had a unique kind of holiness: an intimate relationship with God that focused the integration of his intellectual and academic life, his insightful use of philosophical method, his love of the outdoors, his closeness to his family, his loyalty to his friends and students, and his Jesuit lifestyle. —Rev. Si Hendry, S.J., Director of Catholic Studies Program, University of Detroit Mercy

Don Gelpi, S.J., was a brilliant theologian and teacher, a restless and original American thinker, and a dear friend. Don will be remembered by future generations as perhaps the foremost interpreter of C.S. Peirce and the pragmatic philosophical tradition for Catholic theology after Vatican II. For many students Don’s gentle brilliance was overshadowed by other stars in the JSTB galaxy of the 1980s and 90s. Yet after four years of divinity studies I will never forget the shock of my first encounter with the striking originality and brilliance of Don’s thought as a doctoral student in a 1993 seminar on praxis. Here was a theologian who had understood and absorbed the revolutionary implications of neuropsychology and systems theories I was studying at UC-Berkeley. Don had his own theological system, which was complex, intricate and powerful. But for me the system was secondary to its driving insights: thinking, feeling, and acting are physiological processes from beginning to end; transcendence and grace are historical and cultural realities; and conversion is a series of choices to accept responsibility for the psychological, political, ethical and/or religious dimensions of our lives together. Like the title of his book on Josiah Royce, Don Gelpi was an “endless seeker.” His mind was restless and impatient with philosophical and theological concepts, and cultural attitudes (like racism and American exceptionalism) that he deemed inadequate to the task of an inculturated Catholic U.S. theology. But he faithfully tended the bonds of friendship, love, and commitment to communities of shared inquiry that he was convinced produced the best theology. I am deeply grateful to have known Don Gelpi as a brilliant theologian, a remarkable teacher, a treasured colleague, and most importantly, a dear friend. —Dr. Robert Lassalle-Klein (M.Div. 1986, S.T.L. 1993), Assoc. Professor of Religious Studies and Philosophy, Coordinator, Religious Studies, Holy Names University


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Don wedded whimsy and a

work ethic in unforgettable ways. At Academic Council Prof. Gelpi’s pointed comments flowed, while his hands were totally engaged — with needlepoint! The first night of a hiking trip in Death Valley he gave a memorable lecture on “Camping in Bear Country.” Later I was crawling into my pup tent, admittedly fearful — when I heard “Just remember — you’re not their natural food.” An inimitable “good night!” And will I ever forget a long Saturday walk tracking a stream in one of the Oceanside parks, to where it tumbled, singing, into the Pacific? Time for such companionship — and he always had a work in progress for publication. A friend and model indeed! —Sr. Mary Ann Donovan, S.C., Professor Emerita of Historical Theology and Spirituality, JST

Paul Kircher, Assistant Dean of Students Paul has a long history with the Jesuit School of Theology. He first arrived at the school as a student in 1989, and completed an M.A. in Religion and the Arts in 1993. His thesis examined a creation-centered theology as presented in the writings of Thomas Berry and Wendell Berry. For the next several years, he worked in teaching, parish ministry, and career management training until he returned to the school in 2001 as the part-time Career Development Director for the three Catholic schools of the Graduate Theological Union. In 2004, he also became International Student Advisor for the Jesuit School. In his new position as Assistant Dean of Students, Paul will oversee all areas of student life and student services, including liturgy, community life, housing, health and safety, career services, and international student services. A full-time assistant will work with him in addressing students’ needs in these areas. Paul is looking forward to tapping student leadership in revitalizing student life, and cultivating a sense of unity amid the marvelous diversity of cultures and charisms in the school community. He also intends to continue the process of greater integration with Santa Clara University. Paul is originally from Rochester, N.Y., where he grew up in a large Catholic family and attended McQuaid Jesuit High School. He earned a B.A. in French at Tulane University and an M.A. in French Literature at the University of California at Berkeley, and taught French and English as a Second Language before undertaking his theological studies. Paul sings in the local choral group, Cantare Con Vivo, and enjoys the rich culture and geography of the Bay Area.

New Faces on Campus This fall the Jesuit School of Theology welcomes new faculty, staff and board members. The Bridge is delighted to introduce our readers to our new faces on campus. They describe in their own words their background, their role at the school, their attraction to JST, and what they are looking forward to here.

Rev. Paul Janowiak, S.J., Associate Professor of Liturgical Theology Father Janowiak comes to JST from Seattle University’s School of Theology and Ministry (STM). There he was the first holder of the Patrick J. Howell, S.J., Professor of Theology and Ministry. Father PHOTO BY Doug Ogle Janowiak will serve as Associate Professor of Liturgical Theology, filling the spot which Rev. Tom Scirghi, S.J. vacated when he returned to Fordham University. He will “teach courses that relate to celebrating the Eucharist and other sacramental liturgies of the Church. For example, this fall I will teach a course on the theology and pastoral practice of hearing confessions.” Father Janowiak brings with him experiences which will help him integrate easily into JST’s mission of culturally contextualized theology and the ecumenical and interreligious environment of the Graduate Theological Union (GTU). Like JST and the GTU, he describes STM as a place where “[w]e have to wrestle with diversity in theological, multicultural and denominational perspectives in a way that corresponds with the way the world really is.” His familiarity providing “the formation and pastoral elements that…speak to the need for ministers who appreciate that the integration of one’s spiritual and relational identity shapes the way one serves others and opens up the liberating call of the Gospel” will benefit JST’s students. (Excerpts of an “All Things Jesuit” interview with Father Janowiak reprinted with permission of The Commons, Seattle University).



Rev. Joseph Lobo, S.J., Visiting Professor of Christology I am a Jesuit priest belonging to the Karnataka Jesuit Province (India). I earned a Master’s degree in Sociology at Pune University, India and a Doctorate in Systematic Theology at the University of Innsbruck (Austria). Since 2004, I have been teaching various courses in Systematic Theology at the Jesuit Theological Extension Center in Bangalore, St. Joseph’s Diocesan Seminary in Mangalore, and Jeevan Jyothi Theological Institute in Hyderabad. Prior to my arrival in Berkeley in August, I served as the director of the Jesuit Regional Theologate at Bangalore. I look forward to my time as a visiting scholar at the Jesuit School of Theology. As a Jesuit school, it stands for quality theological education, with a space for creative and critical thinking in the educational process. The course that I plan to offer is “Christologies in Context”. Though the inputs will include some Indian paradigms of Christology, the focus will be on their methods and theological as well as hermeneutical considerations. I hope to provide the course participants with an experience of doing Christological reflections in their own preferred contexts. I also look forward to learning from the contextual reflections of the students.

Dr. Zhao Dunhua, Malatesta Scholar Dr. Zhao Dunhua, from Peking University (PKU) in Beijing, China’s flagship university in the humanities, was a close friend of Rev. Ed Malatesta, S.J. They collaborated in the establishment of the Religious Studies area within the Philosophy Department at PKU. After 20 years, Prof. Zhao has retired as chair of the department and is taking a sabbatical to research Biblical Studies at JST for the fall semester. The Malatesta Program: Renewing the Friendship: Developing Religious Studies/ Theology and Related Academic Disciplines in Chinese Universities is hosting Prof. Zhao’s sabbatical.


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Sr. Maeve Heaney, V.D.M.F., S.T.D., Bannan Fellow I am a 2011–12 Bannan Fellow at the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education at Santa Clara University and assigned to JST, where I will teach Theological Anthropology and Theological Aesthetics. I am looking forward to teaching these courses, which I consider central to theological formation and important for the contemporary Christian culture. In addition, I plan to further develop my research on the hermeneutics of music and musical meaning within a theological context, particularly the context of Ignatian theology and spirituality. To this end, I will also be working at the Santa Clara campus, giving a conference on my area of research (music, theology and spirituality) and planning a collaborative event with SCU. On a more personal note, although I have lived abroad for many years, I feel “very Irish”, with a deep love for family, music and good conversation. I entered my community young and therefore intuit that my identity is marked quite deeply by our spirituality and outlook. My time working in Spain, England and Italy makes me want to live open to the different ways culture affects and colors the way we perceive things. My attraction to JST began when I visited here at the start of my research for the doctorate in 2007 and loved it. I sensed a welcoming atmosphere of respect and encouragement, together with a creative quest for theological excellence. Even in that short space of time, I made friendships which I value. When the opportunity came to be a part of that endeavor, and that within the field of research I feel called to focus on, I had no doubt it was the right thing to do. I am looking forward to everything at JST! I have no doubt it will be a big change from my last environment, at the Gregorian University in Rome, and am looking forward to the richness (and challenges!) of that change. I am open to whatever the Spirit wants to teach me during this year.

Sr. Mary Coloe, P.B.V.M., Visiting Associate Professor of New Testament I am an Australian Presentation sister and a tenured lecturer at the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne. I completed my doctorate on the Gospel of John in 1999. At JST, I will teach the Gospel of Luke and the Gospel of John. Professor Sandra Schneiders’ writing attracted me to JST and has greatly influenced my work as a Johannine scholar. Her work on symbolism back in the late 1970’s was a great insight for me. In 2002, I came to attend one of Sandra’s classes and we ended up co-teaching. This rich experience led to a research grant with which I was able to come to JST for 18 months in 2004–2005. Again I had the pleasure of working closely with Sandra and we have continued our collaboration. Whenever I come to the States I am deeply impressed by the faith commitment of the many young and matureage lay people who want to do theological study to be involved in full-time Church ministry. I look forward to engaging with students and with the texts of these two Gospels and seeing how these are Good News for us today. I am also looking forward to sharing the rich liturgical and extracurricular life that JST offers. I intend to continue

to work with Sandra and to push ahead on my current research project which is looking at John’s understanding of salvation. There is another book germinating within and perhaps this time will enable some of it to come to birth. For information on my publications, visit

Welcome, New Directors. Farewell, Departing Directors.

JST welcomes several new directors who joined our board since our last New Faces column in fall 2010: Katherine Enright, Director of the Office of Parish Life, Archdiocese of Los Angeles; Leo Hindery, Jr., Managing Partner, InterMedia Partners; John Nicolai, Ernst & Young; Auxiliary Bishop Robert McElroy (S.T.L. 1985), Archdiocese of San Francisco; Ed Miyawaki, Chairman, President & CEO, Family Health Inc I and II, Hawaii; Martin Skrip, Partner, KPMG; Rev. Michael Tyrrell, S.J., Socius and Province Treasurer, Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus; and Rev. Michael Weiler, S.J. (M.Div. 1988), Provincial, California Province of the Society of Jesus. Thank you for joining our 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 directors who recently completed their terms: Marx Cazenave, Rev. John McGarry, S.J., David Nygren, John Schubert, and Rev. David Suwalsky, S.J.

Jesuit School of Theology and Eduardo Fernandez, S.J., Receive Awards for Contributions to Hispanic Theological Research and Reflection PHOTO BY Harold F. Baque

The Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University (JST) and Professor Eduardo Fernandez, S.J., received awards from the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians in the United States (ACHTUS) for their contributions to Hispanic theological research and reflection. The awards were presented at ACHTUS’s annual colloquium on June 7, 2011 in San Jose, CA. JST received the ACHTUS Award, which since 1993 has been granted to an institution or organization “for institutional contributions to theology in keeping with the mission of the Academy.” Previous winners of this award include the Catholic Campaign for Immigration Reform, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Secretariat for Hispanic Affairs, and the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio, Texas. Father Fernandez received ACHTUS’ Virgilio Elizondo Award, which since 1989 has been awarded to an individual “for distinguished achievement in theology, in keeping with the mission of the Academy.”




Dr. Jerome P. Baggett, Professor

of Religion and Society, was recently elected to the Executive Council of the Association for the Sociology of Religion. This summer he also reviewed two important books on American Catholicism: Tricia Bruce’s Faithful Revolution: How Voice of the Faithful is Changing the Church (Oxford, 2011) and John Seitz’s No Closure: Catholic Practice and Boston’s Parish Shutdowns (Harvard, 2011). He also published a lengthy article in the journal Implicit Religion on culture and atheism entitled “Protagoras’s Assertion Revisited: American Atheism and its Accompanying Obscurities.”

Rev. Tom Buckley, S.J., Professor Modern Christian History, contributed a chapter entitled “Establishing New Bases for Religious Authority,” to From Jamestown to Jefferson: The Evolution of Religious Freedom in Virginia, edited by Paul B. Rasor and Richard Bond (Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2011). In March, he participated in a panel on the state of Virginia’s religious history at the annual meeting of the Virginia Forum held at Washington and Lee University and VMI in Lexington. At Boston College, he taught a spring course on the English Reformation and presented the spring Gasson lecture entitled “Thomas Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom: Its Unintended Consequences.” Fr. Buckley completed his term as Gasson Professor in May and at the same time retired from his tenured position at the Jesuit School of Theology. In the coming academic year, he will be teaching one course each semester as an adjunct professor at JST. Dr. Thomas Cattoi, Assistant Professor of Christology and Cultures, Dwan Family Endowed Chair in Ecumenical and Interfaith Dialogue, taught a class on


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Buddhist-Christian Dialogue in May and June 2011 at Minzu University in Beijing under the auspices of the Malatesta Foundation. His article on the theology of Basil of Caesarea was published in Chinese translation as the introduction to the Chinese edition of Basil of Caesarea’s Hexaemeron and De Spiritu Sancto by Hang Zhou University Press. His article on sacred images in different traditions has appeared in the Salesian Divyadaan: Journal of Philosophy and Education published in India. In mid-June, he presented a paper at the annual CTSA meeting in San Jose on the notion of holiness in Catholicism and Vajrayana Buddhism. He has become a member of the steering committee of the CTSA comparative theology group. He also presented a paper on the notion of composite hypostasis in the writings of Leontios of Byzantium at the Patristic Conference held on August 8–11, 2011, in Oxford, U.K. He has completed editing Mystical Sensuality: Finding God in One’s Body, which Palgrave Macmillan will publish in November. He is working on publishing the proceedings of the Local Ecclesiology Conference held at JST in 2009.   Rev. Eduardo C. Fernández, S.J., Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Ministry, gave several lectures during the Spring in the cities of Tucson, Mexico City, and San Francisco on the missiology of Padre Eusebio Francisco Kino (1645–1711). He also developed and taped two media courses for the Now You Know Series, one on the topic of Mission in English and the other on Catechetics in Spanish. In early April, he traveled to Beaumont, TX to deliver a keynote in Spanish for a diocesan day on Hispanic ministry organized by JST Instituto Hispano alumnus, Jesús Abrego.

He participated in his province’s congregation in New Orleans and was elected to represent them in July 2012 at the international gathering of Jesuits in Nairobi, Kenya. He traveled to Bogota, Colombia for the yearly meeting of Latin American Jesuit theologians reflecting on the reception of Vatican II in Latin America. The Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) at their annual colloquium held in San Jose, CA, honored JST and him with the Virgilio Elizondo Award for his work in theology. He received a Social Pastoral Research Grant from the U.S. Jesuit Conference to prepare teaching materials exploring  new understandings of international and intercultural missiology from an Ignatian perspective. Rev. David Gill, S.J., Adjunct Professor of Greek, Latin, and Septuagint, will also be Acting Pastor of Saint Patrick’s Parish in West Oakland for the coming year. Dr. Gina Hens-Piazza, Professor of Biblical Studies, delivered a series of lectures St. Mary’s Center, Buffalo, NY entitled, “Whispering Voices Roar — The Major Importance of Minor Characters” in June 2011. She conducted a Women’s Day of Recollection at the Newman Center at the University of California-Berkeley on “Women of Exodus — the Power of Women Working Together” in July 2011. She completed an article on “The New Historicism” for a forthcoming volume, New Meanings for Ancient Texts.  Rev. Paul Janowiak, S.J., Associate Professor of Liturgical Theology, published Standing Together in the Community of God: Liturgical Spirituality and the Presence of Christ (Liturgical Press: October 2011).

Associate Professor of Christian Spirituality, received a fellowship at Santa Clara University as a Jesuit Scholar in Residence for the winter–spring quarters 2011. In addition to researching and writing for his forthcoming book Touch Me Afresh: Transforming Prayer through the Poetry of G. M. Hopkins (Paulist Press), he participated in an international conference entitled “The Power of the Word: Poetry, Theology, and Life” jointly sponsored by University of London and the Jesuit School of Theology, Heythrop College, Kensington Square, June 17–18. The paper presented was entitled “‘Let him easter in us’: A Reader’s Guide to Spiritual Delight and Despair in the Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins.” While in the U.K., he pursued additional research on Hopkins.

Dr. Mia M. Mochizuki, Thomas E.

Bertelsen, Jr. Associate Professor of Art History and Religion, continued research for her manuscript on the “The Jesuits and the Earliest European Art in Japan, 1549–1639.” An abridged version of her lecture at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, U.K. (November 19, 2010), appeared as “The Abject Object,” in Art and Christian Enquiry 65 (Spring 2011): 6–9. Another article, “Seductress of Site: The Nagasaski Madonna of the Snow,” was published in Anton W.A. Boschloo, Jacquelyn N. Coutré, Stephanie S. Dickey, Nicolette C. Sluijter-Seijffert, Eds., Aemulatio. Imitation, Emulation and Invention in Netherlandish Art 1500 to 1800. Essays in Honor of Eric Jan Sluijter (Zwolle: Waanders, 2011, 76–88+). She was honored to receive the Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace from the Middlebury College Language Schools to continue her study of Portuguese language and Lusophone culture, only

disappointed not to be able to attend due to prior commitments. In May, she was appointed to the Millard Meiss Publication Fund Jury of the College Art Association. She is looking forward to being back in residence and teaching in the fall. Rev. George Murphy, S.J., Director of Spiritual Formation, and Sr. Jane Ferdon, O.P. co-directed the 21st Summer Practicum in Spiritual Direction. Participants came from China, France, Ireland and the U.S. Rev. Bill O’Neill, S.J., Associate Professor of Social Ethics, offered a paper on restorative justice at an international conference on religion and conflict resolution at Emory University in July. He offered a paper on religion in the public sphere at a conference on Catholicism and Democracy, sponsored by Loyola University of Chicago, in Lima, Peru. In August, he participated in the Episcopalian/Catholic dialogue of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington, D.C. An article on peace and restorative justice, co-authored with his Ph.D. student, Mathew Gaudet, appeared in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.

August 2011. At the same meeting, he organized and participated in a panel discussion on the “Materiality of the Bible” within the task force of biblical hermeneutics which he co-convenes. Sr. Sandra Schneiders, I.H.M., Professor Emerita of New Testament Studies and Christian Spirituality, published Prophets in Their Own Country: Women Religious Bearing Witness to the Gospel in a Troubled Church (Maryknoll, NY: Orbis, 2011); and “The Word in the World,” Pacifica: Australian Theological Studies 23/3 (October 2010) 247–266. I had the following speaking engagements: February 7–12: “Theological Seminar: Theology of Consecrated Life: Identity and Significance of


Rev. Francis X. McAloon, S.J.,

Dr. Jean-Francois Racine,

Associate Professor of New Testament, recently published “Une seconde dose d’Esprit Saint. Contribution d’Ac 4, 23–31 à l’intrigue des Actes des Apôtres,” in L’Esprit du Ressuscité? Perspectives lucanienne et néotestamentaire. Mélanges en honneur à Odette Mainville. Eds. André Gagné, Alain Gignac, Sylvie Paquette (Sciences bibliques; Montréal: Médiaspaul, 2011) 283–302. He gave an abridged version of this essay in English at the annual meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association of America in

Apostolic Consecrated Life” sponsored by the International Conferences of Female and Male Religious, Rome, Italy, during which I gave a paper, “The Radical Nature and Significance of Consecrated Life”; February 7: gave a lecture to the English speaking Major Superiors in Rome, “Religious Life in the Future”; June 9: gave a talk to JST and BRIDGE FALL 2011


at Bard College in Annandale-onHudson, NY; and August 5–9: participated in the annual convention of the Catholic Biblical Association at Assumption College in Worcester, MA. Dr. Catherine P. Zeph, Director of

Ministerial Formation, attended the annual Association of Graduate Programs in Ministry (AGPIM) meeting at the Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio, TX, February 24–27, 2011 ( JST’s Assistant Dean of Students, Paul Kircher, is AGPIM’s secretary and also attended); and the Association of Jesuit Colleges

1980s Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J. (S.T.L.

1986, G.T.U. Ph.D.) will become the 32nd president of the College of the Holy Cross in January 2012. Fr. Boroughs is currently vice president for mission and ministry at Georgetown University. Rev. Patrick Conroy, S.J.

(M.Div. 1983) has been named the 60th Chaplain to the House of Representatives. He is the second Catholic priest and first Jesuit to serve in this position. He told Seattle’s Catholic Sentinel on May 10, 2011: “One does not aspire to become the Chaplain to a chamber of Congress. This opportunity to serve is an extraordinary gift, and I hope to be worthy of the trust the Speaker of the House and the Minority Leader are extending to me.” Conroy said that Jesuit spirituality focuses on making


and Universities’ Conference on Ministerial, Pastoral, and Theological Education, held at the Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat Center in Sedalia, CO, March 31–April 2, 2011. She serves as treasurer of this group, which is planning a national conference to be held at Loyola University Maryland in April 2012. She represented JST at the 2011 Collegeville National Symposium on Lay Ecclesial Ministry, held at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN, August 2–5, 2011. She continues to serve as the North American Book Review Editor for the Journal of Adult Theological Education.

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SCU religious studies program alumni: “The Vocation of the Theologian”; July 14–15: gave a seminar in the Distinguished Scholar Series of the Doctor of Ministry in Spirituality Program of Washington Theological Union (D.C.) and delivered a public lecture, “Christian Mission to the World: What Are We Called to and Why?”; July 21–24: participated in and spoke at the national convention of Giving Voice (Association of Women Religious under the age of 50) at Loyola University Chicago; August 2–4: participated in the annual convention of the Society for New Testament Studies

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hope I’d be able to remind everyone what they’re about. They are not about winning something so someone else loses, but winning so everyone wins. They are there to serve, not to gain glory.” One of his goals would be “to help House members and staff discern which urges are coming from God and which are coming from them...[because] You need to know the difference.” Rev. Eduardo A. Samaniego, S.J.

Rev. Philip Boroughs, S.J.

good decisions, based on the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola in the 16th century. According to Conroy, “that could fit well in the business of the House of Representatives. I would

(M.Div. 1989, Th.M. 1990) since graduating I have served three apostolates in the California Province of the Jesuits. I served as Associate Pastor at Dolores Mission in East L.A., and as principal of the S.E.A. alternative high school; associate pastor and then pastor at Christ the King in San Diego; and currently serve as pastor at Most Holy Trinity Parish and School. I published

two books, one in English and one in Spanish: If you preach it, they will come (San Jose, CA: Resource Publications), and Bien predicada, la gente vendra ( iUniverse). Both are manuals on how to organize and deliver your homily/sermon/ presentation, and include a collection of my best Sunday homilies. In addition, I taught homiletics at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. I have delivered “How to Preach Better” workshops to the Dioceses of Stockton and San Jose. I deliver “how to speak in public” to the Institute for Leadership in Ministry of the San Jose Diocese each year. I have given Preaching to Stewardship for the Annual Diocesan Appeal priests and deacons of the diocese, “Preaching the Just Word I & II” for the Interfaith Council for Economic and Social Justice. I find that homilies are the most important thing a priest does. Why? Where else can you influence 20,000 people a month? We have 10 minutes to make a difference in delivering God’s message. 1990s Ruth Chojnacki (M.Div. 1992) happily reports on the publication of a book inspired by my M.Div. field study in the Diocese of San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico: Indigenous Apostles: Maya Catechists Working the Word in Highland Chiapas. Vol. 26 in Studies in World Christianity and Interreligious Relations. Amsterdam and New York: 2010. I married Edward Cary Tucker in August, 2009, at Gesu Church, Milwaukee, WI, witnessed by David Stagaman, S.J., former JSTB Dean. I currently direct outreach at the International Human Rights Law Institute of DePaul University and serve as adjunct instructor in Christian Ethics for the Instituto de Liderazgo Pastoral, which trains Spanishspeaking deacons and lay ministers

for the Archdiocese of Chicago. I looked forward to connecting with JSTB folks at SCU/CTSA in June where I presented a paper based on the project that led to my Ph.D. dissertation (U. Chicago, 2004) and the book cited above. Truth to tell, I can trace each of these items to the joyous and deeply fulfilling years I spent at JSTB, for which I am ever grateful. Sr. Clare McCarthy, R.S.M. (I.S.W. 1993–94, M.T.S. 1995) I have great memories of my time at JSTB. It truly was a refreshing time. I  continue on the journey (it took time and various challenges) aided now by the good fortune of having a very nourishing community. We are three, living in the suburbs of Cork. Since 1996, I have facilitated a women’s spirituality group as a means of taking the spirit of Berkeley forward for myself. Three years ago I did a Capacitar course with Pat Cane from CA. Its aim is to empower people to heal themselves from the traumas of life through a series of exercises. I now take a group at our family center for a 6-week program each term. I love the Tai Chi exercises. The body work, which was so much part of the I.S.W. year, is truly energizing. I continue to teach English to immigrants, some are refugees. Clare Ronzani’s course on Spirituality and Liberation, particularly our visit to that refugee shelter, surely made an impact.

2000s Sr. Mary Whited C.PP.S. (M.A. 2001) served as General Superior of her congregation and as 2008 President of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. She passed away from cancer on August 31, 2011. Neela Kale (M.Div. 2008) After many years wandering the world (literally!) I finally decided it was time to go home. So I have accepted

a position as DRE/youth minister at St. Alexander Parish in Cornelius, OR (Archdiocese of Portland.) I think the parish is a good fit for me. It feels like a mission parish in many respects; it is very poor, 90% Mexican, and very active. I am sad to be leaving St. Joseph in Pinole, CA, which has been a wonderful starting place for me as a parish minister.

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Meredith MacDonald (M.Div. 2008) and her husband, Christian Spencer, announce the birth of a baby girl, Moira Honorah MacDonald-Spencer, weighing 7 pounds 3 ounces, born at 4:11 p.m. on March 21, 2011. Moira was baptized on Easter Sunday. In August, they moved to Denville, NJ.

2010s Jude Odiaka, S.J. (N.D. Spring

2011) has been named the new Provincial of the Jesuit Province of North-West Africa, which includes his home country of Nigeria as well as Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, and Sierra Leone. Jude will be the first African to serve in this position, succeeding American Jesuit George Quickley (M.Div. 1982). BRIDGE FALL 2011


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