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Summer at STM Community and Events

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Daily Worship
The diverse student community comes together not only in the classroom, but also to pray and reflect during daily Mass and student-led prayer services.  Daily worship is celebrated at 12:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday during both summer sessions. Students are invited to participate in liturgical ministries, including lector, ministers of Holy Communion, Eucharistic Bread bakers, acolytes, and music ministers.

Summer Weekly All-School Mass and Repast

A weekly repast is offered on Wednesday afternoons following liturgy offering a simple lunch around which the community can gather.  View a video from our academic year Liturgy and Lunch events.

"Tasty Tuesdays"
The STM hosts a coffee and pastries event each Tuesday morning during the summer sessions.  This is a great opportunity to meet other students, talk with faculty, or sort out any questions with STM staff members.  Coffee will be available during breaks, Monday-Thursday.

Theology and Ministry Library (TML)

The services and collections of the TML, located at 117 Lake Street in the heart of the Brighton campus, are dedicated to supporting the curricular and research needs of the faculty, students, and staff of the STM. TML staff members look forward to meeting summer students and are excited to be of service. The staff of the TML hopes students will visit often to enjoy the beautiful setting and to use the many resources provided in support of their studies. For additional information, please visit the TML's webpage.

Continuing Education Events (2018)  

18th ANNUAL Evelyn Underhill Lecture in Christian Spirituality
Beyond Its Use-By Date? Pondering the Future of Faith

Saturday, July 14, 10:00-11:45 a.m.
Rev. Richard Lennan, STM professor of systematic theology and professor ordinarius
Robsham Theater, Chestnut Hill Campus
The future of faith and the prospects of the Church can seem bleak. Is there room for hope?  If so, what shape would hope take?  This lecture explores a hope for the future that holds together trust in God, self-criticism, and openness to the unexpected. Sponsored by STM

10th Annual Mary of Magdala Celebration
Images of the Magdalene: A Natural History

Friday, July 20, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Francine Cardman, STM associate professor of historical theology and Church history
St. Ignatius Church and Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
Mary Magdalene has occupied a significant place in Christian imagination from the time of the New Testament.  This celebration of the feast day of St. Mary of Magdala begins with Mass, followed by lunch and a lecture.  This lecture explores key images of Mary Magdalene over the centuries, the contexts in which they appear, and the cultural currents to which they respond.  According to the needs of their times, successive generations placed her in the company of or conflated her with other Marys in the Gospels, with the woman who anointed Jesus’s feet, and even with the adulterous woman. In the twentieth century, newly discovered texts and novelistic theories saw in her Jesus’s companion or wife.  But through it all, Mary remained the preacher of Jesus’s resurrection and “Apostle to the Apostles”: perhaps the image most needed in the Church of the twenty-first century.
Sponsored by STM

Flynn Recreation Complex

Summer memberships are available at the Flynn Recreation Complex.  For more information, please visit

Exploring Boston
Summer students often take advantage of the many events and happenings in Boston during the summer months.  Students explore the city in the summer, enjoying duck boat tours and Red Sox baseball games, and taking part in the country's best-known Fourth of July celebration.