Fr. Steven Bell, CSP Arrives

Please welcome 
our newest associate


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In the Paulist search to fill our associate pastor position, we experienced the decline in numbers limiting the number of men to ask to come.  However, one Paulist wanted to be close to ailing parent. Another was not ready to move so quickly, wanting to establish himself first in in first assignment.  Fr. Steven graciously told the Paulist president, if you have need of me, I am available.  Those are magic words our president loves to hear, instead of “no.” 

God is in control and so I believe God is always working on sending those needed for God’s mission at Berkeley.  The No’s led to right Yes.  We are blest to have Fr. Steven join our parish team.  He comes with an abundance of spirit, charisma, and talent. 

Based in New York City, he currently leads parish missions, retreats, revivals and workshops, all of which consider the importance of reconciliation and healing.  Visit - the Healing Pagefor articles and more related to Fr. Steven's ministry in this area.  Fr. Steven previously served as a Catholic campus minister at St. Thomas More Newman Center at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.  To hear some of his powerful homilies at the Newman Center, please visit, their podcast archive   He also previously served as associate pastor of St. Austin Church in Austin, TX, and as associate director of our young adult media ministry, Busted Halo.  

A native of Washington, D.C., Fr. Steven was ordained a priest on June 22, 2008, by then-Archbishop Edwin O'Brien of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  He will be arriving here at Newman on August 2nd. Please give him a warm Newman welcome when he arrives.

Women in Conversation (9/14) - Prof. Gina Hens-Piazza

Women in Conversation - September 14

Silence Breakers: Woman Zion & the #Me Too Movement Lamentations 2: 20-22 as Path to Resilience

Professor Gina Hens-Piazza

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"Silence surrounding the violence against women is deadly in both the biblical tradition and in our own world. But a counter-story of the personified City Woman Zion in the Book of Lamentations boldly raises her voice against the abuse and trauma inflicted upon her. Thus, this silence breaker not only emancipates from the clutches of self-blame and victimhood but occasions a space for other victims to break their silence and move forward in an embrace of the full value of their lives."

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Professor Gina Hens-Piazza holds the Charles S. Alemany Endowed Chair in Biblical Studies at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University at the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley. She is the author of six books, the most recent being a feminist commentary on The Book of Lamentations in the Wisdom Commentary Series published by Liturgical Press (2017). A frequent lecturer nationally and internationally, Hens-Piazza currently serves as one of four editors for the forthcoming New Jerome Biblical Commentary. This past August, she was elected as the 81st President of the Catholic Biblical Association of America at their national meeting.

Parish Mass & Picnic in Tilden Park


It’s time to have some sun and fun before the craziness of Fall comes upon us.
We’re having a parish picnic on

Sunday, Sept. 15 from 10am to 3pm

Location: Mineral Springs Picnic Area
(click for directions)

Everyone is invited!!

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We will have a community Mass at 11am followed by food and games. Note, there will NOT be a 10am Mass at Newman that weekend because we will be bringing our Christ light to Tilden with Mass and fun.

Newman will provide the main dish; just bring sides, salad or dessert to share and bring drinks. There is no running water at the grounds. Also bring chairs and canopy (if you have one).

Please RSVP so we can get an approximate headcount to have enough food.

Also sign up for a committee at Newman to help make this community event amazing!!