Josephine Namayanja, I.H.M.R., M.Ed. ’14, M.A. ’16
master of arts program
Sister Josephine Namayanja, I.H.M.R., thought she would return to her native Uganda as soon as she finished her Master of Education Leadership degree at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. She planned to continue her work at two rural Catholic schools and her ministry as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix-Ggogonya. But she saw an opportunity in the STM’s M.A. in Theology and Ministry program to deepen her own formation in ways that would help her lead her congregation and enhance the schools. “My formation here has put me in a position to help form others,” she says. “I have been nurtured and nourished by class readings and group sharing experiences, and I feel empowered in really authentic ways.”
In Uganda, Sr. Namayanja will work to develop a retreat center at her Mission’s Motherhouse, then take on a leadership role in the schools. Sr. Namayanja’s time at the STM has also given her a deep theological background, she says, which she hopes to pass on to young women in Uganda, where theology is not widely taught outside of seminaries.
The STM has helped Sr. Namayanja connect to the international theological community—one to which she already contributes as a co-leader of the International Students Association. “I feel happy and blessed to be part of this, because I’ve had wonderful encounters with students and faculty from all over the world within the same universal Church.”