school of theology and ministry
Rooted in the Catholic and Jesuit theological tradition, academics and academic rigor are foundational to our mission. There are 27 full-time faculty members at the STM, acknowledged for their scholarship, teaching, and commitment to the mission of the church in the world. Recent publications by faculty include:
- Evangelización y catequesis en el ministerio hispano: Guía para la formación en la fe (Evangelization and Catechesis in the Context of Hispanic Ministry: A Guide for Faith Formation) - Hosffman Ospino (Liguori, MO: Liguori Press, 2013)
- Handbook of Moral Terms - James Bretzke, S.J. (Washington, D.C.: Georgetown University Press, 2013)
- Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment - ed. Fr. Richard Lennan and Nancy Pineda-Madrid (New York: Paulist Press, 2013)
Boston College has an additional 32 faculty members in the Department of Theology, which is part of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. STM students have full access to the faculty and courses within the department of theology. Combined, Boston College has one of the largest Catholic theology faculties in the world.
The STM is a member of the Boston Theological Institute (BTI). The BTI is one of the largest theological consortia in the world, bringing together the resources of universities and divinity schools throughout the greater Boston area. STM students can take up to one-half of their coursework through other BTI institutions. Students also have full access to all the theological libraries of the BTI.
As a graduate professional school within a major research university, the STM receives many additional academic benefits:
- The Theology and Ministry Library, already the largest Catholic theology library in the country, is enhanced by the collections of the other seven libraries of Boston College and by the universities in the greater Boston area.
- Lecture series, continuing education programming, and other university departments and programs enrich the academic life of our students.
- The graduate schools of Social Work, Education, Business, and Nursing create an interdisciplinary educational experience with the STM through our dual-degree programs.
The faculty approaches the study of theology as something that can have real impact on the world, posing questions like:
- How does the study of the development of Christological doctrine affect the lives of teenagers in America today?
- How do our life experiences shape our understanding of Christian faith, and how can that faith transform how we live our lives?
- Does the way we understand ecclesiology - the study of the church - change the way we see the church relating and addressing the needs of the world?
- Can the Eucharist change how people live together as a family? a neighborhood? a community?
STM Students serve as formators and leaders for a variety of undergraduate programs:
- Kairos encounter retreats
- The Arrupe International Immersion Program
- The Graduate Peer Ministry Program
- RCIA program and Confirmation preparation
A Diverse Classroom
An STM classroom is populated with a diversity of experiences, interests, and degrees. Future pastoral ministers are encouraged to delve more deeply into the theology behind the ministry they hope to provide, while pre-doctoral and doctoral students are challenged to relate theological concepts to real-life questions and problems.
This combination of degree programs in the classroom is also enhanced by a variety of other demographics:
- 30% of the student body is ordained and/or members of religious orders
- 25% of the student body is international
- Over 20 countries are represented
- 45% of the student body is female
- Students range from 22-70 years old
Central to the spiritual development of our students is the liturgical life at the STM.
- Daily liturgy is offered, and our all-school liturgy is every Thursday with lunch provided by the University to follow.
- Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer are offered daily, and Eucharistic Adoration is offered weekly.
- Taize Prayer, Lessons and Carols, and other liturgical events are offered at various times throughout the school year.
The STM provides several opportunities for spiritual development.
- Spiritual Formation for Ministry is a year-long one-credit course that aims on integrating into a student's life and spirituality what is being learned in the classroom.
- Resources for spiritual direction, retreats, and development are available through the STM's associate dean of student affairs.
- Several student-led prayer and Bible study groups exist, and constantly welcome new members.
The STM's formation approach has created a thriving community at the School.
- Open mic nights showcase the wide range of talent in the student body.
- Trivia nights allow our students to show their prowess over non-theological material.
- Off-campus social events allow students to unwind after a long week of classes.