the bos ton college school o f t h eo lo g y a n d minis try is a Jesuit, Catholic theological institution that prepares students for leadership roles in service to the Church and the world. At the STM, you will undertake a comprehensive curriculum of rigorous academic inquiry, training in pastoral care, and spiritual formation that will prepare you for a wide range of academic and ministerial careers. Here, at the heart of a university with a strong tradition of faith leadership training, you will find a vibrant student community, rich in diversity and bonded through common cause. You will study with Jesuits, other men pursuing ordination, women religious, and lay men and women from around the world. You will become a part of an international community dedicated to study and putting faith into action that serves the mission of the Catholic Church today. The STMâ€™s keen focus on how you learn, how you train, and how you live is part of what makes this school specialâ€”and why there is no better place to pursue your graduate studies.
l e arning: t he he ar t of b ei n g a d is c i p l e thomas d. stegman, s.j. “One of the most famous passages in the New Testament is John 14:6, where Jesus says, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the light,’” says Thomas Stegman, S.J., dean of the School of Theology and Ministry, as he reflects on what motivates him as a scholar and a teacher. “I take that very seriously—that Jesus is the embodiment of God’s truth, and that all truth comes from God. In the pursuit of new knowledge, in the pursuit of truth, we ought not to be afraid of what we’re going to discover. Learning is at the heart of being a disciple.” For Fr. Stegman, a New Testament scholar who focuses on the interpretation of the Pauline letters, deep immersion in Scripture as text and as theological grounding helps enhance and round out a life of faith. His scholarly mission lives in productive dialogue with the STM’s broader pastoral mandate, he says. “This is a school of theology and ministry,” he explains. “That means we approach theology not only as an academic discipline but also with a view that our students are going to be doing active ministry. That perspective colors the way I teach through the questions I raise, the pastoral concerns I highlight, and the discussions that are evoked.”
The STM’s fundamental mission—to train learned ministers, in Stegman’s articulation—plays out across a variety of settings: through rigorous analysis of sacred texts and traditions, through classroom encounters that are enriched by a remarkable diversity of voices and experiences, through pastoral work that is informed by study and in turn enhances study, and through ongoing reflection. “The call to ministry comes from God, but the skills, the learning, the vision for church—all of these things are inculcated here. It is important to appreciate that one can only give what one has received,” he says. “So this is really a time to open ourselves to receive so that we have something to offer to God’s people.” Stegman believes the STM’s commitment to comprehensive and rigorous academic, pastoral, and spiritual formation embodies the Jesuit tradition of educating the whole person and equips students with the skills needed for effective and authentic ministry. “I try to suggest to our students that their learning here will ultimately transform lives,” he says. “First, their own lives, because theology brings them face to face with God; and then the lives of those to whom they minister, because they will bring God’s word to them.”
how you le arn The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is a vibrant, international center of theological study that is home to a distinguished faculty and a collaborative community that supports your academic development. At the STM, you will study with a faculty of scholars, ministers, and mentors dedicated to educating and forming students who want to serve Catholic and Christian communities throughout the world.
Degree Programs master of divinity / m.div. The Master of Divinity program is a three-year, 84-credit course of study that provides a comprehensive theological and practical foundation in preparation for the ordained priesthood or for full-time lay ecclesial ministry in the Catholic Church. Women and men, lay and ordained, work and study side by side, developing the tools and perspectives needed for leadership roles in ministry today.
master of theological studies / m.t.s. A two-year, 48-credit program that exposes students to the various disciplines of theology, the Master of Theological Studies is frequently the degree of choice if you intend to go on to doctoral studies in religion or theology. Because it balances coursework in general theological literacy and competence with an expansive set of electives, students pursue the degree out of intellectual curiosity, to enrich their professional lives, or to prepare for work with religious or other nonprofit organizations.
master of arts in theology and ministry / m.a. The 48-credit Master of Arts program prepares you for ecclesial ministry roles in parish, campus, health care, or social service settings. You may choose a standard ministry track, religious education track, or Hispanic ministry track within the program. A supervised ministry experience augments the academic course of study. This program can also be completed through a combination of online and summer coursework. In collaboration with other Boston College professional schools, the STM also offers the opportunity to pursue dual-degree programs, combining its M.A. with master’s degrees in social work (M.S.W.), business (M.B.A.), counseling (M.A.), or nursing (M.S.).
» Doctor of Philosophy, Theology and Education (Ph.D.)
» Bachelor of Sacred Theology (S.T.B.)
» Master of Theology (Th.M.)
» Doctor of Sacred Theology (S.T.D.)
» Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.)
and professional de velopment progr ams »Certificate in Theology and Ministry »Certificate in Hispanic Ministry »Certificate in Religious Education »Post-Master’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation »STM Online: Crossroads (online, noncredit courses) »STM Continuing Education (on-campus lectures and workshops) www.bc.edu/stmprograms
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courses offered in theology throughout Boston College
759 courses offered through the Boston Theological Institute
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Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and its Department of Theology are part of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI), a consortium that brings together the resources of universities and divinity schools throughout the metropolitan area to form an academic hub unlike any other. You can take courses offered by other BTI institutions and enjoy access to their theological libraries as well as a wide array of programming, lectures, certificate programs, study and service trips, and student fellowship opportunities. bos ton theologic al ins titute members: »Andover Newton Theological School »Boston College Department of Theology »Boston College School of Theology and Ministry »Boston University School of Theology »Episcopal Divinity School »Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary »Harvard Divinity School »Hebrew College »Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology »St. John’s Seminary
Our Faculty Our full-time faculty is devoted to your holistic formation—your academic success, practical development in ministerial work, and the cultivation of your faith and spiritual expression. The STM faculty are recognized experts on Church matters. Their connections across the Church and in the academy are valuable for forming your own professional network. Together with the faculty in the Boston College Department of Theology, they make up the largest faculty at a Catholic theological school in North America. john f. baldovin, s.j., Professor of Historical and Liturgical Theology
james t. bretzke, s.j., Professor of Moral Theology andré brouillette, s.j., Assistant Professor of Theology francine cardman, Associate Professor of Historical
richard lennan, Professor of Systematic Theology rafael luciani, Visiting Associate Professor mark s. massa, s.j., Professor of Church History catherine m. mooney, Associate Professor of Church History
Theology and Church History
theresa a. o’keefe, Associate Professor of the Practice
richard j. clifford, s.j., Professor Emeritus of
of Youth and Young Adult Faith; Faculty Codirector of Supervised Ministry
james j. conn, s.j., Professor of the Practice of Canon Law andrew r. davis, Assistant Professor of Old Testament dominic f. doyle, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology brian dunkle, s.j., Assistant Professor of Historical Theology colleen m. griffith, Professor of the Practice of Theology; Faculty Director of Spirituality Studies
thomas h. groome, Professor of Theology and Religious Education
margaret eletta guider, o.s.f., Associate Professor of Missiology
angela kim harkins, Associate Professor of New Testament franklin t. harkins, Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Church History
mary jo iozzio, Professor of Moral Theology melissa kelley, Associate Professor of Pastoral Care and Counseling; Faculty Codirector of Supervised Ministry
hosffman ospino, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education
felix palazzi, Visiting Associate Professor nancy pineda-madrid, Associate Professor of Theology and Latino/Latina Ministry
jane e. regan, Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Education; Chair, Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry michael simone, s.j., Assistant Professor of Old Testament thomas d. stegman, s.j., Dean, School of Theology and Ministry; Associate Professor of New Testament
o. ernesto valiente, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology
andrea vicini, s.j., Associate Professor of Moral Theology; Chair, Ecclesiastical Faculty
joseph weiss, s.j., Professor of the Practice of Liturgy www.bc.edu/stmfaculty
incoming cl a ss
150 incoming students in fall 2016 30
average number of students in each masterâ€™s program
s tudent demogr aphic s
30% ordained and/or members of religious orders 25% international students 53% female students Students range from 22â€“70+ years old s t m l ay s t u d e n t s come from 27% Undergraduate studies 18% Professional work (business, law, other professions) 15% Full-time volunteer work 15% Professional ministry 11% Graduate studies
“It was a great opportunity for us to show what we’re made of, academically speaking.” chelsea king M.T.S. ’14, Th.M. ’15, editor of Lumen et Vita, currently in a Ph.D. program at the University of Notre Dame “Lumen et Vita—the student-run online journal—hosts an annual graduate theological conference. In 2015, the theme was ‘Sustained by Hope: The Place and Significance of Christian Hope in the World.’ As aspiring theologians, we must be prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks us the reason for the hope that we have. “The whole event was structured around students—they were able to present in front of their peers, with an STM faculty member serving as a mentor, providing feedback, and really challenging the student who was presenting. It was a great opportunity for us to show what we’re made of, academically speaking.”
cooper mccullough M.A./M.S.W. ʼ16, social work clinician, The Home for Little Wanderers “My goal is to bring the knowledge of social work to bear on churches and parishes, and to connect churches to their communities— to engage in community development within their neighborhoods. BC had the right combination of very intelligent people, people who were committed to their faith, a sense of community among the students, and a sense of joining together on a common learning journey. I know that leaving BC, I can go in any direction I need to go.”
“I know that leaving BC, I can go in any direction I need to go.”
“We support students as they try to find their theological voice and learn how to be part of a community where they share ideas.” andrea vicini, s.j. Associate professor of moral theology “Both in the academy and in pastoral and ministerial work, students can rely on different tools that they can acquire through their studies—a greater familiarity with the Bible, with theological debates and theological reasoning, the ability to express and articulate ideas in a paper. But there is another dimension, which is being persuasive and being able to share ideas in ways that convince people and can animate people, so that ideas do not continue as nice ideas in a corner in the academy but become lived experiences. “We support students as they try to find their theological voice and learn how to be part of a community where they share ideas, they accompany persons in their struggles, and they try to become ready for being part of a larger community in ecclesial context and of society.”
joann m. lopez M.Div. ’15, campus minister for liturgy, Seattle University “Before coming to the STM I was interested in liturgy, but more as a spiritual experience. My coursework there, particularly my first-year Eucharistic Theology course, framed liturgy theologically, which helped me to see it as deeply tied to the human experience of life and the sacred. “I spent my final year at the STM serving as the liturgy graduate assistant, planning and coordinating the liturgical life of the community. I worked closely with the staff and faculty to think through how liturgy is formational—in the lives of theologians, ministers, and all people who experience it. A directed reading course during my final semester helped to tie my interests in formation and liturgy together. My time at the STM was this amazing experience of study and practice, which fed each other to prepare me for my current role.”
“My time at the STM was this amazing experience of study and practice.”
a p l a c e f o r d i a lo g u e julia campagna, m.div. ’15 Julia Campagna says she came to the STM to find a context in which to explore justice, poverty, good, and evil. All of these came into stunning focus during her formative experiences in El Salvador and Ecuador, and more recently while she was working at a shelter on the U.S./Mexico border, ministering to migrants fleeing violence. “It’s a violent reality that is hard to conceptualize if you haven’t lived it,” she says. Originally from Rhode Island, Campagna became fascinated by border culture and immigration after traveling west to pursue her undergraduate degree at the University of San Diego. In Ecuador, where she volunteered with the organization Rostro de Cristo, “I was invited into a reality that helped me understand a lot more about what life is like for immigrants before they start their journey.” Her later experiences at a migrant shelter in El Paso left her with “questions about suffering and about evil and about where you find the divine—questions about where I am called to be, where we are called to be, and how we are called to be with one another and for one another. “
Campagna wanted to explore these questions in a theological context, “to integrate practical application and pastoral application, and to wrestle with these issues.” She hopes her work at the STM will help her develop a more sustainable approach in her current work as a resident minister at the University of San Diego. “The STM is a place where there is dialogue, and where not everyone is going to agree with me. It has challenged me to be more articulate about what I believe in.” For Campagna, the study of theology must be relevant, above all. “It’s been important to take the time to examine motivation,” she says. “It’s easy to sit around and say, ‘I want to change the world and help poor people.’ How we do that is a big question, but also why. What part of who you are is the part that’s driving this? I need my day-to-day life after the STM to be coming from a place of abundance. That means I need to know who I am.”
how you tr ain Programs in supervised ministry, graduate assistantships, and research and volunteer work will develop your leadership and problem-solving skills and prepare you to serve as a leader in a changing and increasingly diverse Church. You will ask challenging questions and develop insights that will sustain you throughout your career.
Ministry Training supervised ministry The M.Div. and M.A. programs include field experience in which you observe and explore ministerial work in different contexts, deepen practical skills, and examine how your experience relates to theological study. With faculty guidance, you select your placement based on your own experience and interests, with an emphasis on the opportunity for growth. Veteran supervisors oversee your work, and weekly meetings provide a forum for STM students to reflect on and synthesize ministry experiences within a classroom setting.
stm student initiatives STM student groups and committees organize many projects in which you can gain substantive exposure to ministry. The Prison Ministry Initiative, the El Salvador Immersion Experience, and the Faith and Justice and Liturgy committees are just a few of the many student groups that can provide you with experience in shaping and guiding faith communities.
on- and off-campus ministry STM students are sought after for paid and volunteer ministry positions at Boston College. You might serve as a graduate assistant with the Universityâ€™s Campus Ministry or its Center for Student Formation, or help lead undergraduate retreats and immersion experiences. The Graduate Ministry Corps, Womenâ€™s Center, Volunteer and Service Learning Center, and Residential Life also offer graduate assistantships. The STM funds several positions in local ministries through its externship program. You can also choose to volunteer in a local parish, intern with the Archdiocese of Boston, or work in other roles that offer ministry practice in a large, urban area.
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A large and diverse city provides a panorama of options for supervised ministry placements. In recent years, STM students have completed placements with the following organizations, among many others:
g r a d u at e p l a c e m e n t s
18% Ph.D. / further study 16% Parish ministry 14% High school teaching 9% University / seminary faculty
boston metropolitan area Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Boston College High School Boston University Emmanuel College Franciscan Hospital for Children Horizons for Homeless Children Our Lady Help of Christians Parish
9% Campus ministry 8% Administration (higher education and business) 7%
Mental health counseling
Retreat center administration / spiritual direction
4% Clinical pastoral education residency 10% Other
Malden Catholic High School Massachusetts Correctional Institutions Refugee Immigration Ministry San Damiano House of Prayer St. Catherine of Genoa Parish
beyond boston Ecole Primaire Notre-Dame des Anges, Kigali, Rwanda St. Theresa Kisubi Girlsâ€™ School, Kisubi, Uganda United Nations, New York City
job pl acement six months after graduation
p r epa r i n g m i n is t er s f o r t o d ay ’ s c h u r c h thomas h. groome
“What prepares people to do ministry well, in ways that are life-giving and emancipatory, liberating, justice-building, peace-bringing?” asks Professor Thomas Groome, one of the Church’s most thoughtful observers of the history and practice of religious education and the author of the influential textbook series Coming to Faith and God with Us. He has spent a career seeking answers to that question. “In other words, how do we prepare people to be able to do God’s will on earth as it is in Heaven?” The answer does not lie in a single formula or a uniform prescription, says Groome. At the STM, answers begin to emerge during students’ academic, pastoral, and spiritual formation—an integration that is central to the STM experience. “We try to teach the academic courses in ways that are eminently pastoral and applicable,” Groome says. “Our practical courses are very academic. We try to teach them both in ways that nurture people’s own spiritual growth. The academic, the pastoral, and the spiritual—letting all three suffuse each other
and inform and color each other. We don’t see these as a triangle. We see them as integrated.” For Groome, that “holistic integration” is what makes the STM distinct from other institutions. “Part of our commitment is to communicate this faith tradition to people who need to know it deeply, but who also need to make it their own and be able to re-present it, to make it present again, and to do so with credibility. All of that has to be done according to the mode of the receiver, as Aquinas said. We have to be able to craft what we’re doing in a way that people can hear it, take it to heart, embrace it, and then be ready to make it present again in their own ministries.” By focusing on the whole student, Groome says, “We hope to turn out people who are well integrated themselves; people who have taken this faith and made it their own, in ways that are deeply life-giving for them, in a very eminent, very explicit way. Because it needs to be so, if they’re to be catalysts for others.”
le arning the l anguage of schol arship matthew glassman, m.t.s. ’12 Matt Glassman knew when he came to the School of Theology and Ministry to work toward his M.T.S. that he had the scholarly commitment to fuel a trajectory toward a Ph.D. What he lacked was exposure to the ancient Semitic languages that any student seeking admittance to a top-tier Ph.D. program would need. Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic are important to an Old Testament scholar, of course. But so are other ancient tongues, such as Akkadian and Sumerian. Thanks to the dedication and guidance of a pair of premier biblical scholars and Jesuit priests, Richard J. Clifford and the late Daniel J. Harrington, Glassman developed the expertise he needed. He is now in the dissertation stage of a Ph.D. program in Near Eastern languages and civilizations at Yale University, preparing for a faculty career as an Old Testament specialist. He focuses on Assyriology— the study of the languages and civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia, the setting for the earliest books of the Bible. But teaching is closest to his heart, and Glassman says he plans to pursue an academic career that values close interactions with students, probably at a small Catholic college. His experiences at the STM gave him an appreciation of the fullness of scholarly life, of what it means to be an excellent teacher and mentor, and what it means to be rigorous in one’s approach to research. “I always enjoyed helping people learn,” he says, “but one thing that was really impressed upon me at the STM was how to be a scholar—how to go about doing scholarly work, and how to really be a part of the scholarly conversation.”
Research Training scholarly research The STM offers research assistantships in which you can expand your academic horizons and scholarly identity through work with STM faculty members on academic research projects. The school provides financial support should you wish to attend or present at theology conferences. You can also pursue research interests through thesis work, directed readings, and research seminars. Faculty members offer guidance and support to students preparing for academic careers as they apply to Ph.D. programs. Alumni often return to campus, visiting classrooms to share their experiences in doctoral or ministerial work or leading workshops on the Ph.D. application process. Students help one another as well, meeting in groups to encourage and keep each other on track.
theology and ministry library One of seven in the Boston College library consortium, the Theology and Ministry Library (TML) is the largest Catholic theology library in the country. Its collection of 250,000 volumes is known for its holdings in biblical studies, Catholic theology and history, canon law, and Jesuitica. Because the STM is home to New Testament Abstracts, its library is a depository of virtually all significant international publications in the New Testament and related fields. The library’s resources are augmented by theological research workshops led by TML staff and technology training and support.
Lumen et Vita Lumen et Vita, meaning “Light and Life,” is the graduate journal of the School of Theology and Ministry. An online, open-access volume of research, reflections, and reviews by a range of STM students, its goal is to encourage ongoing dialogue within the school and fuel interdisciplinary conversations across the Boston College community. In addition to shining a light on the rich variety of interests at the STM, Lumen et Vita provides students with a professional editorial forum in which to share their scholarly work and organizes and hosts an annual graduate conference where students can present their work. Past themes have included the Gospel in contemporary culture and the place and significance of Christian hope.
deepan rajaratnam M.T.S. ’16, current graduate student, Vanderbilt University “I’ve found that the ministry opportunities here were formative and grounding for my academic, theological work. The work I did with the Graduate Ministry Corps reminded me that one of the reasons we do theology is to help people grow closer to the Gospel. I collaborated with the resident director to establish a ministry of presence in the residence halls and create a space of openness and trust. The first-year students came with different backgrounds and questions about scriptures and Catholic teaching. Because STM professors challenged us to take complicated theological concepts and break them down, thinking about how best to communicate or explain an idea to another person, my courses prepared me to accompany the first-year students in their faith journeys. At STM, the focus isn’t on doing theology for its own sake, but rather doing theology to help people develop and grow their relationship with God and work through struggles they have.”
“The ministry opportunities here were formative and grounding for my academic, theological work.”
theresa a. o’keefe Associate professor of the practice of youth and young adult faith and faculty codirector of supervised ministry “Our students come from such diverse settings and from all different ecclesial communities. What we’re very good at doing is helping students analyze context and think theologically about what’s going on in settings, so that they can then return to their community and create programming and ministerial responses that are most appropriate. “One of the really important pieces with supervised ministry is asking students, What is your growing edge? You’ve come in here with a lot of experience, and you’re heading somewhere, but at this moment in time, what do you see as the next step for you to take? The focus is really on the students’ own growth.”
“The focus is really on the students’ own growth.”
“My experiences in contextual education ... helped me to see and understand so many other perspectives in ministry.” karina sandoval M.A. ’16, stewardship coordinator, Diocese of El Paso “The STM transformed me in so many ways and it was a home for me away from my border town in Texas. I always planned to return to the border, and the tools that STM gave me helped me develop a new vision of how I can help people in need. Specifically, my experiences in contextual education and my supervisor in that program helped me to see and understand so many other perspectives in ministry. The professors at STM also modeled how to be welcoming and inclusive: how to listen to others and be humble in the ways we serve.”
jeremy zipple, s.j. B.A. ’00, M.Div. ’13, S.T.L. ’14, executive editor, America Media “One of the great advantages of preparing for ordained ministry at the STM is the opportunity to study alongside lay colleagues. It brings an important perspective that is regrettably lacking in most priestly formation. Again and again in my classes, I found myself challenged to grow by the experiences of students whose lives were quite different from my own but whose calling to ministry was just as real— women, married people with families, international students from the developing world, for example. Having such dialogue partners has made me a much more effective minister.”
“I found myself challenged to grow by the experiences of students whose lives were quite different from my own.”
how you live The STM values not only rigorous academics, but also attention to spiritual and personal development, connection, and collaboration. Your involvement with the STM community—through liturgical life, formation experiences, and social and classroom interactions—will engage and challenge you, introducing you to new ideas and influencing your vision of your work or vocation.
Liturgical Life on Campus Liturgy is at the heart of community life on our campus and is central to students’ spiritual growth. Our liturgical celebrations bring together women and men from diverse cultures and backgrounds, animating the community with a shared sense of purpose. Mass is offered daily in the STM Chapel. The highlight of the week is the Thursday liturgy and lunch, when our students, faculty, and staff set aside a block of time to come together as a community for a liturgy at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, followed by a simple repast at the school. A student-led Liturgy Committee helps groups organize, host, and plan gatherings such as Liturgy of the Hours, Adoration, Taizé prayer, and seasonal events commemorating feast days and liturgical seasons.
spiritual and personal formation Deepening your faith through study, praxis, and prayer is an essential part of the STM experience. Opportunities for spiritual formation are abundant within our academic programs and ministerial practice. You can enrich your faith life through spiritual direction, retreats, workshops, and immersion experiences. The school provides financial assistance for many of these programs.
s tudent forum groups Boston Interreligious Dialogue Students (BIRDS) Corazon Latin@ ECOsySTM El Salvador Immersion Experience Faith and Justice Committee Gaudete www.bc.edu/stmgroups
International Students Association Liturgy Committee Lumen et Vita Prison Ministry Initiative Social Organizing Committee STM Choir Women’s Group
a ns w e r i n g t h e c a l l alyssa adreani, m.a. ’11 The STM felt like home to Alyssa Adreani as soon as she arrived. “I was 34 years old when I started the program, and it was the first time in my life that I felt like I was in the right place, at the right time, with the right people,” she says. “I found myself so satisfied—it was the energy, the community. Up until that point, I had always been in an environment where my interest in ministry was sort of closeted.” Adreani had long suspected that she was meant to wind up exactly where she is today—a hospital chaplain, working to bring comfort and spiritual care to patients and caregivers. But her path to discernment was long; it wasn’t until she had gotten an ill-fitting master’s degree in linguistics and worked for more than a decade in nonprofit fundraising that she learned about the STM’s graduate program in theology and ministry. Immediately, she knew it was what she had been waiting for. Her STM experience “opened up so many different ways of prayer and contemplation and reflection that I didn’t grow up with,” she says. “It was eye-opening and encouraging to
see that there are so many different ways to pray, and that there is always a place for people who have a hard time praying. There’s still a place for them to be held spiritually by community. “ Adreani is putting these insights into practice as the coordinator of the spiritual care department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital, outside Boston. Drawing on her pastoral and administrative backgrounds, she is developing innovative responses to the changing needs of the patient population, particularly the large number of people who identify as spiritual but not necessarily religious. She has also focused on pastoral care for employees, hoping simply to “open the door, so people will identify the chapel space as a peaceful, quiet refuge” from their frenetic workdays. “I want to take the sense of inaccessibility or crisis away from the notion of spiritual care,” she says, “and make it more of an everyday thing that is open and available to everybody.”
social and community life A dynamic community will welcome you to the School of Theology and Ministry. Our students range in age from 20s to 70s. They are single, married, priests, and vowed religious. They share a mission to develop their academic and ministerial gifts in service to the Church and the world.
living in bos ton
Within this rich and multi-textured community, discussions that begin in the classroom often continue later on at STM social gatherings—open-mic nights, excursions to Boston, student get-togethers, and group meetings. As you build relationships within an environment of shared experience, you will benefit from the personal formation fostered by an attentive and supportive community.
Greater Boston is a terrific place in which to live and study— a diverse, international city that is also a collection of tight-knit neighborhoods. Home to some 43 colleges and universities, the city is a world-class center of medicine and technology, with major sports teams, flagship cultural institutions, and a vibrant art and music scene. Boston is a gateway to New England’s seasonal pleasures: you can go north for fall foliage viewing or winter skiing; west to hiking trails and arts offerings in the Berkshire Mountains; or south to explore the beaches of Cape Cod. Public transportation via the MBTA, the subway and bus system better known as “the T,” makes it easy to travel from Boston College to downtown Boston, the Back Bay, the North End, Harvard Square in Cambridge, and other neighborhoods. A Boston College student ID gives you free or discounted admission to many area museums, local restaurants, theater and symphony performances, and Boston Bruins games.
Jacqueline Regan Associate dean of student affairs “My role is one of the best at the school. I get to work with students in all aspects of life here outside the classroom, making sure that we’re providing the holistic formation for ministry that’s important for leaders in today’s Church. We try to cultivate a spirit of ownership and community so that students really feel part of something, and I enjoy helping them develop and strengthen their vision of what the school community is and can be. It’s about empowering students to claim their voices and to integrate their spiritual and personal formation with their theological learning.”
“We’re providing the holistic formation for ministry that’s important for leaders in today’s Church.” gRace koleczek M.Div. ’18 “Getting caught up in academics as a grad student is all too easy, so part of what I really value at the STM is its focus on forming the whole person and fostering community. Spiritual direction and a faculty/student mentor group organized by the school’s Women’s Group have been important spaces for me to grow in my own spirituality and sense of self. “There are ample opportunities here to bring my own interests to the community. With several other students, I organized social storytelling nights as a way to build community and share parts of ourselves we might not otherwise. The STM’s variety of spiritual, communal, and social opportunities has contributed to my personal growth as an integrated person in a community of faith.”
“There are ample opportunities here to bring my own interests to the community.”
“Meeting people from so many places helped me adjust to a new country, too.” Jean Luc enyegue, s.J. S.T.L. ’13, a native of Cameroon, West Africa, and current Ph.D. student at Boston University “It’s not just a few students from Europe or Africa; there are people here from Asia, Europe, Africa, South America, and Australia. It’s a very rich community. Meeting people from so many different places helped me to adjust to a new country, too.”
matt schweitzer M.T.S. ’18, parish financial services consultant, Archdiocese of Boston “For any employee, it is critical to be familiar with the mission of the organization you work for. As an employee of the Church, my understanding of the Church’s mission and my passion to see that mission fulfilled have been greatly enriched by my studies at the STM. “My academic life at the STM also enhances my work with pastors and business managers. Relationships are extremely important in what I do, and when they see that I’m really invested in the mission of the Church, it completely changes the dynamic of the relationship.”
“My academic life at STM also enhances my work with pastors and business managers.”
c r e at i n g a co h o r t margaret eletta guider, o.s.f. As the longtime teacher of a core introductory course for M.Div. students, Associate Professor of Missiology Margaret Guider, O.S.F., focuses on laying the academic foundation of a rich theological education as well as the social and emotional foundation of a life’s calling. She wants her students to feel connected to their sense of themselves as ministers as well as to one another and the world. “We’re creating a cohort,” says Sr. Guider, an expert in religious congregational life, missionary societies, and Catholic institutions. “We want these students to develop a collective identity,” to build an environment of trust as they explore issues of human formation that will be key to their ministerial lives, she adds.
dynamics and their implications for us as people preparing for ministry.” She encourages her students to develop fully, to take part in the opportunities that surround them on campus and in Boston, to “connect to the best part of a liberal arts education that nourishes the soul.” Sister Meg, as she’s commonly known, also teaches courses on global Catholicism, world mission studies, and the many intersections between religion and culture, including a course on Mary that encompasses not only religion but history, art, and politics.
Teaching is ever-changing, she says, responsive to the times and the individuals in the room. “Solutions to last year’s problems often become the new problems for this year’s In class, conversations are aimed at developing students’ emo- course,” she notes, requiring her to stay fluid and innovative. tional intelligence, Sr. Guider says. They look at a series of “One of the reasons why I love teaching here, and being here, is issues—sexuality, relationships, professional fulfillment, and that the opportunity for mentoring is very significant,” she qualities like “fear, courage, and virtue. It’s about how we says. “I’ve had the privilege of mentoring students who circle understand ourselves in relation to the arts, to the world, and back every four years, 10 years, even every 20 years. It’s not as to creation,” she continues. “This is not therapy, but we are if we’re in contact all the time, but that process of circling back nonetheless in a process of thinking through some of these is the proof of the value of the mentoring.”
begin your gr aduate school journe y Today’s church requires talented and skilled scholars, ministers, and leaders to meet the needs of our ever-changing world. At the STM, we are dedicated to helping you find that place where your great joy meets the world’s great need. We invite you to consider joining our vibrant community, where we will encourage and actively support you as you develop your own theological voice and a clear sense of vocation. Here, you will be challenged by a first-rate faculty and a globally diverse student body to understand and explore the vast theological tradition of our faith and to apply that faith in responding to difficult questions. When you leave the STM, you will be well prepared to make a difference. Our admissions office welcomes visits to campus throughout the year. We are also available to answer any questions regarding the application process. To continue exploring the STM, please visit bc.edu/stm.
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