Boston College School of Theology and Ministry Viewbook
A Catholic theological institution in the Jesuit tradition, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry provides a rigorous academic and ministerial education to prepare lay and religious students for leadership in the Catholic Church.
school of theology and ministry contents 1 2 4 6 12 14 16 18 About the School Boston College Boston and the Boston Theological Institute Academic Programs Our Faculty Formation for Leadership Careers & Alumni Admissions & Funding Your Education 20 At a Glance cover: Detail of the stained glass window in the loft of the chapel at 9 Lake Street, School of Theology and Ministry. Photograph by Gary Wayne Gilbert Catholic theological institution in the Jesuit tradition, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry provides a rigorous academic and ministerial education to prepare lay and religious students for leadership in the Catholic Church. A about the school 1 boston college 2 boston college school of theology and ministry T he School of Theology and Ministry (STM) is a professional school of Boston College—a vibrant Jesuit, Catholic university with 14,400 students and a national reputation for excellence. As a student at the STM, you will enjoy the best of two worlds: the intimate community of the School itself, along with a wide array of resources and opportunities oﬀered by a major university. chelsea myers, m.div. ’15 “There are so many ministerial opportunities available in the Boston College community and beyond. The PULSE program reinforced my love for service learning. The program is about applying philosophy and theology to the outside world, and it was an incredible experience to mentor students from a wide range of disciplines as they helped their peers integrate the process of learning, serving, and reﬂecting into their lives. STM provides every opportunity I can imagine; it’s just a real gift.” a strong heritage of jesuit education As a Jesuit, Catholic university, Boston College oﬀers an education that integrates intellectual, personal, ethical, and religious formation and engages the whole person. campus & academic life From football games to art exhibitions to faith-sharing groups, Boston College is a place to get involved, stretch your mind, and have fun. You may also take courses at the University’s other professional schools. ministerial opportunities As a graduate student, you can gain practical experience ministering to Boston College undergraduates through Campus Ministry and the Center for Student Formation, which oﬀers programs that help students explore the connections between their talents, their dreams, and the world’s most pressing needs. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu boston college 3 boston 4 boston college school of theology and ministry B oston is a great place to live and learn. Home to 43 colleges and universities, a wealth of world-class cultural institutions, and a wide array of professional sports teams, the city buzzes with energy, knowledge, and new ideas. And with the Charles River and Atlantic Ocean, Boston oﬀers endless recreational possibilities. What’s more, the city has an unlimited variety of opportunities to get involved with direct ministry. At local parishes, prisons, nonproﬁts, and beyond, you will enhance your spiritual development and ministry skills as you prepare to serve the Church and the world. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmboston susan reynolds, m.t.s. ’13, ph.d. ’17 “During my ﬁrst year at Boston College I lived in a parish house in Roxbury, helping to provide hospitality at a parish that didn’t have a resident priest. The door was open during the day, and there was always something going on, whether it was Mass in the chapel or people cooking and laughing in the kitchen. Living in this diverse, multilingual community reinforced the overarching themes of an STM education—meeting people where they are, stepping outside of your comfort zone, and being there for others. And it helped me understand how theology intersects with the lives of real human beings.” boston theological institute The School of Theology and Ministry is a member of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI), one of the oldest and largest theological consortia in the United States. The BTI comprises eight Boston-area theological schools and seminaries in addition to Boston College. As a student at the STM, you will have full access to a wide array of resources at all BTI member institutions. For instance, you might take Hindu Ethics at Harvard Divinity School, or a Byzantine music course at Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary. You might attend a lecture series at Andover Newton Theological School or participate in a service mission through Episcopal Divinity School. Along the way, you’ll expand your options and deepen your faith. Learn more: w w w.bostontheological.org boston 5 academic programs T he Boston College School of Theology and Ministry oﬀers more than 15 academic programs, ranging from certiﬁcate programs to master’s programs to doctoral degrees. Each program combines academic rigor with a grounding in life experience. master of divinity m.div. The School’s most comprehensive program, the threeyear M.Div. oﬀers a detailed course of theological, pastoral, and spiritual formation to prepare students for ordained ministry, professional lay ecclesial ministry, or doctoral studies. M.Div. students at the STM have a demonstrated passion for ministry and service to the world, and often go on to careers in parish ministry, campus ministry, chaplaincy, teaching, and nonproﬁt work. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmmdiv master of arts in theology and ministry m.a. Merging theological study with the pastoral arts, the Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry prepares students for ecclesial ministry in parish, campus, or health care settings, or to intentionally put their faith to work in contexts of social service. Students have the option of pursuing a Hispanic Ministry concentration or combining the M.A. with a degree from Boston College’s other professional schools through the School’s dual degree programs. An optional concentration in Religious Education prepares students to be eﬀective practitioners of faith education in schools and across communities and cultures. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmmatm 6 boston college school of theology and ministry peter folan, s.j., m.div. ’13, s.t.l. ’13 “The M.Div. program is a great option for students who want to study theology and learn how to put it into practice. No matter what we’re studying, we always come back to the big ‘So what?’ question: How do you put this into action? What does this mean when you’re preaching at a funeral or talking to someone who’s suffering? The School of Theology and Ministry has a peerless faculty, too. My advisor, Richard Lennan, is easily one of the best teachers I’ve had at any level of my education; he’s a great scholar, and I can talk to him about anything—whether it’s what I want to study or my calling to be a priest.” hosffman ospino Assistant Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education “In a complex, globalized world like ours in the twenty-ﬁrst century, intellectual perspectives that bring faith and life into fruitful conversation are more urgent than ever. Our interdisciplinary degrees, our partnership with various schools of theology in Boston through the BTI, and our increasingly diverse student population make the STM an ideal community to shape the minds and the hearts of those called to be hope for the Church and society today.” academic programs 7 master of theological studies m.t.s. The two-year M.T.S. program introduces students to the various disciplines of theology and gives them the option to specialize in an area of particular interest. With a ﬂexible curriculum and a special emphasis on scholarship, the M.T.S. program is appropriate for students preparing for doctoral studies in theology, as well as those interested in pursuing work in social justice, educational, and community-based organizations. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmmts ecclesiastical degrees s.t.b., s.t.l., s.t.d. The ecclesiastical degrees—Bachelor, Licentiate, and Doctorate of Sacred Theology—are part of a three-degree cycle oﬀered only by an ecclesiastical faculty and granted in the name of the Holy See. The degrees provide training in advanced theological areas, preparing students to teach in a seminary or for religious and lay leadership positions in the Catholic Church. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmecclesiastical 8 boston college school of theology and ministry matthew glassman, m.t.s. ’12 “At the School of Theology and Ministry I had the privilege of working with world-class scholars and leaders. The coursework for my M.T.S. was rigorous, challenging—and great preparation for doctoral work. Now that I’ve graduated, I’m in a doctoral program at Yale University. The academic rigor of my STM education, combined with the opportunity to study ancient languages through the Boston Theological Institute, prepared me well for the challenges I’m ﬁnding at Yale.” jean luc enyegue, s.j., s.t.l. ’13 “I come from Cameroon, and I studied in Congo and Madrid before coming to Boston to complete my theological studies. The School of Theology and Ministry is one of the best Catholic theology centers in the world, and I’m grateful to have so many academic opportunities here. After I ﬁnish my S.T.L., my Provincial’s wish is for me to earn a doctorate in history and serve in the Historical Institute of the Society of Jesus in Nairobi. My education at Boston College has helped me to see the Church from a broader point of view—and to prepare to be a Catholic priest in a changing world.” academic programs 9 doctor of philosophy in theology and education ph.d. The doctoral program educates scholars in the interdisciplinary ﬁeld of religious education. Participants take courses in theology, education, and religious education; faculty members from each of these areas serve on both the comprehensive examination committee and the dissertation committee. The program is oﬀered in conjunction with the Boston College Theology Department and the Lynch School of Education, and the degree is awarded by the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmphd summer programs The Summer Institute brings together the STM faculty with leading U.S. and international theologians to provide courses on a variety of theological and ministerial topics. Lay and religious men and women come from all over the world to take individual classes, pursue a Post-Master’s Certiﬁcate in Spiritual Formation, or complete an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry (over a series of Summer Institutes), as well as to participate in on- and oﬀ-campus activities. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmsummer The Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry, designed for students of all ages and career backgrounds, is completed entirely through the Summer Institute over the course of ﬁve summers. Graduates of the program go on to careers in parish ministry and administration, campus ministry, religious education, spiritual direction, faith-based social service, and hospital chaplaincy, among others. Students have the option of pursuing a concentration in Hispanic Ministry or Religious Education or combining the M.A. with a degree from Boston College’s other professional schools through the School’s dual degree programs. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmmapm 10 boston college school of theology and ministry katherine greiner, ph.d. ’15 “The professors in my doctoral program trust me as a scholar and encourage me to build my coursework and papers around the issues and questions that are important to me. For example, I’m interested in questions about mission and identity at Catholic colleges and universities, so one of my professors encouraged me to write a paper exploring the history of American Catholic colleges founded by women religious. Although my ﬁnal paper might not have matched what my classmates did, it provided a great foundation for future projects.” other degree programs Master of Theology (Th.M.) Certiﬁcate of Advanced Educational Specialization, Religious Education (C.A.E.S.) M.A./M.S.W. M.A./M.B.A. M.A./M.A. Counseling M.A./M.S. Nursing The School also oﬀers certiﬁcate programs, including the Post-Master’s Certiﬁcate in Spiritual Formation, Pastoral Ministry Certiﬁcate, and Hispanic Ministry Certiﬁcate; the Supervised Practicum in Spiritual Direction; lectures and events through Continuing Education; and online learning through C21 Online. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmacademics academic programs 11 our faculty Pictured: (left to right, front to back) O. Ernesto Valiente; Theresa A. Oâ€™Keefe; Francine Cardman; Melissa Kelley; Catherine M. Mooney; Nancy Pineda-Madrid; Christopher R. Matthews; Christopher Frechette, S.J.; Mark Massa, S.J.; Hosffman Ospino; James J. Conn, S.J.; Thomas A. Kane, C.S.P.; Richard Lennan; Colleen M. GrifďŹ th; Daniel J. Harrington, S.J.; Thomas H. Groome; John F. Baldovin, S.J.; John R. Sachs, S.J.; Richard J. Clifford, S.J.; Thomas D. Stegman, S.J.; Andrea Vicini, S.J. Not pictured: Khaled E. Anatolios; James T. Bretzke, S.J.; Dominic F. Doyle; Margaret Eletta Guider, O.S.F.; Philip Browning Helsel; Mary Jo Iozzio; Jane E. Regan; and Michael Simone, S.J. 12 boston college school of theology and ministry W ith 27 full-time faculty members, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry boasts one of the country’s largest faculties at a Catholic theological school. As a student, you will also have access to the 32 full-time faculty members of Boston College’s theology department. Combined, the two comprise the largest—and one of the most respected— theology faculty in North America. STM faculty members are nationally recognized for their leadership and scholarship in service to the Church. Beyond their scholarly work, they are known for their passionate commitment to the spiritual and pastoral formation of their students. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmfaculty Mark Massa, S.J., dean and professor of Church history, teaches Catholics and American Culture and conducts research that focuses on the American Catholic experience from the end of World War II to the present. His latest book, The American Catholic Revolution: How the ’60s Changed the Church Forever (Oxford, 2010), examines the impact of Vatican II on Catholic culture in the United States. A public intellectual as well as a theologian and historian, Fr. Massa was featured in the PBS series God in America. mark massa, s.j. our faculty 13 formation for leadership TÂ he School of Theology and Ministry has a deep commitment to the academic, pastoral, spiritual, and human formation of all students, whether religious or lay. Discernment workshops, social justice outreach programs, individual advising, retreats, and courses provide opportunities for students to reďŹ‚ect on their experiences and prepare for eďŹ€ective leadership. Students at the STM learn and grow in a diverse community of Jesuits, other vowed religious, lay men and women, and international students. In class, liturgical life, ministerial activities, and service, STM students learn to collaborate and prepare to serve in a changing and increasingly diverse Church. Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmformation 14 boston college school of theology and ministry melissa kelley Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling and Contextual Education “Everything we do at the School of Theology and Ministry strives toward forming people for service to the Church. We’re offering students more than a program of study; we’re offering them opportunities to grow and develop in all aspects of what it means to be human. Clearly, academic formation is important, but we’re also interested in pastoral formation, human formation, and spiritual formation. Beyond the classroom, we address those pieces explicitly through advising and mentoring, internship opportunities, social justice activities, and our active liturgical community.” formation for leadership 15 careers & alumni 16 boston college school of theology and ministry T oday, graduates of the STM are studying in some of the world’s most selective doctoral programs and serving in a variety of ministries— including campus ministry, teaching, parish ministry, liturgical planning, religious education, youth ministry, pastoral ministries, family therapy, hospital/hospice chaplaincy, spiritual direction, health care, law, and social work. We will guide and support you as you seek a vocational path that suits your interests and talents. Most importantly, as you prepare to graduate, we will work one-on-one with you, oﬀering personalized placement assistance. dan cosacchi, m.t.s. ’10 “Going to the STM was one of the best decisions I could have made to prepare for a career with one foot in the Church, and one in the academy. Not only was I able to form lifelong friendships with fellow students and professors, I formed lifelong relationships with Christian thinkers throughout history. I am currently a doctoral student at Loyola University, Chicago. And I am wholly conﬁdent that there would have been no more ﬁtting place to whet my theological appetite than the STM. I will always be grateful for my experience there.” Learn more: w w w.bc.edu/stmalumni karla alvarado, m.a./m.a. ’14 “Boston College’s dual degree program in pastoral ministry and counseling really spoke to the experiences I had as a volunteer in Ecuador. I learned how to sit with people and hear their stories; now I’m learning the therapeutic skills I need to offer substantive help, both spiritually and emotionally. I love that the program is so versatile, too. With this degree I can go into campus ministry, I can teach theology, or I can go into social services with an extra set of skills.” careers & alumni 17 admissions & funding your education T he School of Theology and Ministry seeks applicants who demonstrate a high level of intellectual, social, and religious maturity. When evaluating applications, the Admissions Committee takes into account grade point averages, GRE scores (if applicable), letters of recommendation, work and/or volunteer experience, interviews (if applicable), and personal statements. Speciﬁc admission application information and requirements are online at www.bc.edu/stmprocess. funding your education The School of Theology and Ministry oﬀers generous funding through several types of ﬁnancial assistance: • tuition scholarships: Based on academic achievement, potential for ministerial success, demonstrated leadership, available funding, and ﬁnancial need, these scholarships provide tuition remission. They are generally renewable, assuming no signiﬁcant changes in need and academic standing. Decisions regarding tuition scholarships are made at the time of admission. • non-service stipends: A limited number of stipends that help cover the cost of living expenses for one academic year are awarded to students whose admission applications demonstrate superior academic, ministerial, and leadership abilities. They are generally renewable, assuming no signiﬁcant changes in academic standing. Decisions regarding non-service stipends are made at the time of admission. • graduate assistantships: The School of Theology and Ministry oﬀers a number of assistantships that provide 100 percent tuition remission and a generous stipend in return for work at the School. Many other campus oﬃces and departments also oﬀer assistantships and fellowships to STM students with compensation that typically includes both tuition remission and a stipend. • student employment: Various on- and oﬀ-campus employment opportunities, such as research and teaching assistants, general oﬃce work, and work within parishes, are available. • federal loans: In addition to scholarship and grant funding, the University participates in the Federal Direct Loan Program. Students can borrow up to the total cost of attendance, minus any funding they are receiving from the STM through the Staﬀord Loan and PLUS Loan Programs. Speciﬁc costs and the application process for scholarships, assistantships, and federal loan programs are online at www.bc.edu/stmfunding. 18 boston college school of theology and ministry admissions & funding your education 19 at a glance 20 boston college school of theology and ministry The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is an international theological center that prepares leaders for service to the Church in the Jesuit tradition. history & affiliations A professional school of Boston College, the STM was founded in June 2008 with the reaﬃ liation of the Weston Jesuit School of Theology and the Boston College Institute of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, along with C21 Online. The School is a member of the Boston Theological Institute. student body The School enrolls approximately 270 full-time and 90 part-time students, representing a wide variety of backgrounds and geographic locations. Among students entering the School in 2013, 65 percent are lay, with 35 percent representing a religious order or diocesan priests. The 2013 incoming class includes representatives of 31 nations and every continent. Students range in age from 21 to 75. faculty Classes are taught by 27 full-time faculty members at the STM, in conjunction with 32 members of the Boston College theology department faculty. The faculty-to-student ratio is 1:12. accreditation The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is a fully accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada. For more information, go to www.ats.edu. Accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: M.Div., M.A. in Theology and Ministry, M.T.S., Th.M. The Commission contact information is: The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada 10 Summit Park Drive Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA Telephone: 412–788–6505 Fax: 412–788–6510 Website: www.ats.edu non-discrimination Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1863, Boston College is dedicated to intellectual excellence and to its Jesuit, Catholic heritage. Boston College recognizes the essential contribution a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff makes to the advancement of its goals and ideals in an atmosphere of respect for one another and for the University’s mission and heritage. Accordingly, Boston College commits itself to maintaining a welcoming environment for all people and extends its welcome in particular to those who may be vulnerable to discrimination, on the basis of their race, ethnic or national origin, religion, color, age, gender, marital or parental status, veteran status, disabilities, or sexual orientation. Boston College rejects and condemns all forms of programs of study Master of Divinity (M.Div.) Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry (M.A.) Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (M.A.) (summer only) Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Education (Ph.D.) Master of Theology (Th.M.) Certiﬁcate of Advanced Educational Specialization, Religious Education (C.A.E.S) Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) Doctorate of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.) M.A./M.S.W. M.A./M.B.A. M.A./M.A. Counseling M.A./M.S. Nursing Post-Master’s Certiﬁcate in Spiritual Formation Pastoral Ministry Certiﬁcate Hispanic Ministry Certiﬁcate Supervised Practicum in Spiritual Direction Summer Institute harassment, wrongful discrimination, and disrespect. It has developed procedures to respond to incidents of harassment whatever the basis or circumstance. Moreover it is the policy of Boston College, while reserving its lawful rights where appropriate to take actions designed to promote the Jesuit, Catholic principles that sustain its mission and heritage, to comply with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination in employment and in its educational programs on the basis of a person’s race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, marital or parental status, veteran status, or disability, and to comply with state law prohibiting discrimination on the basis of a person’s sexual orientation. 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