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Summer Courses

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Summer at STM offers a number of course opportunities.  Students can take a 3-credit course over a 3-week session, take an online course over a 5-week period, or take a weeklong course for enrichment and renewal.  Our summer language program also offers Biblical language courses over a 6-week period.  Learn more about all of the 2018 courses below.

Please note: Many courses require work prior to your arrival in Boston.  Course syllabi and information regarding pre-arrival work will be posted here beginning in late March/early April.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: or 617-552-6506.

Online Course

May 22 - June 22, 2018 (3-credit course)

TMST 7058 Sacraments in the Life of the  Church
This course will assist participants in developing the sacramental dimension of their pastoral perspective. After exploring sacrament in its broadest sense and other fundamental elements of Roman Catholic sacramental theology, we will examine each sacrament both in its role in the life of the church as well as its role in each individual's faith journey. We will address historical background and contemporary issues about the Sacraments of Initiation - Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist; the Sacraments of Healing - Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Sick; and Sacraments of Vocation; Marriage and Holy Orders.
Barbara Radtke 

On Campus

Monday through Thursday, unless noted

Session 1: June 25 - July 12 (3-credit courses)

TMPS7060 Education in Faith: Foundations and Practices
This course proposes theological, spiritual and pedagogical foundations for a participatory and empowering approach to faith-based education, pastoral ministry and service. Reflecting religious education as a mode of practical theology and concern for the spiritual foundations of Catholic education, the course invites participants to develop their own praxis of educating from and for faith. This is the purpose of the Church’s educational work in the world. However, it is also a responsibility of every Christian person and of every function of ministry and faith based service.
Thomas H. Groome
8:30am – 11:45 am

TMPS7093: Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
In this introduction to pastoral care and counseling, you will reflect on the discipline as a charism for the whole people of God that can be practiced in empowering and teachable ways. Focusing on how people shape their lives through stories, you will explore congregational and personal family systems and self care practices. Particular topics to be addressed will be family counseling, violence, crisis ministry, depression, substance abuse, and boundaries in ministry. You will explore the theological horizons of pastoral care and counseling, including the interface between counseling ministry, sacramental ministry, and Ignatian spirituality.
Melissa Kelley
8:30 am – 11:45 am

TMNT7047 The Gospel of John
This course will explore the Gospel of John with attention to its distinctive literary and theological voice within its historical context. Topics that will be given special consideration include Johannine Christology, the relationship between the Johannine communities and the Jewish groups of their time, the understanding of discipleship in the Fourth Gospel, and the reception of this Gospel in the history of the Church.
Sherri L. Brown
8:30am – 11:45 am

TMST8016 Global Catholicism
This seminar traces the evolution of global Catholicism in the light of demographic shifts within the Roman Catholic Church from 1910-2010. Drawing upon insights and perspectives from church history, ecclesiology, theology, world mission studies, and post-colonial theory, the seminar examines the interactive dynamics of faith and culture as it explores the transformation of Roman Catholic ecclesial consciousness in the twenty-first century. Additional resources for research and analysis include the working documents, proceedings, and outcomes of recent Special Synods as well as international, regional, and national General Conferences of Episcopal Conferences, Assemblies of Conferences of Religious, and World Youth Days.
Margaret E. Guider, OSF
5:45pm – 9:00pm

TMHC7195 Ancient Wisdom for Discerning the Spirits
A study of the discernment of spirits in the ancient church, beginning with the Old and New Testaments, select Church Fathers, the Life of St. Anthony, the sayings of the desert fathers and mothers, and Evagrius Ponticus and John Cassian. For the purposes of showing their relevance for the present day, continuities with the "Spiritual Exercises" of St. Ignatius Loyola and "The Screwtape Letters" of C. S. Lewis will be considered.
Barton T. Geger, SJ
5:45pm – 9:00pm

TMPS7160 Management in Ministry
The administrative side of ministry is often overlooked and undervalued, much to the detriment of our mission and our ability to have a lasting impact. In this course, we’ll execute a mad romp through the basics of working in (or managing) a faith-based non-profit organization, using Catholic parishes and K-12 schools as particular examples. Readings will be drawn from (for-profit and non-profit) management literature, with a liberal sprinkling of Church documents and (short) theological reflections. Topics will include: leadership and management; financial planning; human resources; fundraising; communications; making the most of technology, and more.
Adam Krueckeberg
5:45pm – 9:00pm

Session 2: July 16 - August 2 (3-credit courses)

TMST7024 Christology
This course seeks to clarify what it means to confess that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, and why this is a significant claim. The course examines the New Testament, the early councils of the Church, the writings of early and medieval Christian theologians, the dogmatic teachings of the Church and the contributions of contemporary theologians. Two main questions will be addressed: Who is Jesus? How does Jesus save us?
Brian Robinette
8:45am – 11:45am

TMPS7041 Practice of Ministry with Youth and Young Adults
This course aims to explore elements critical to the effective practice of ministry for and with youth and young adults. Considering the broad demographics herein, this class attends to fostering the skills of discernment and mentoring, which would be valuable across the spectrum of these varied constituencies and contexts. Together the class explores the contexts of the ministry (ecclesial and social), identifies a vision for the work, and considers how that vision might assist in discerning God's action in and direction for work with youth and young adults.
Theresa A. O’Keefe
8:45am – 11:45 am

TMOT7067:  Introduction to Old Testament
A literary, historical, and theological introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)—the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Wisdom Literature and Psalms, and Prophets.
Angela Kim Harkins
8:45 am – 11:45 am

TMCE7004:  Moral Dimensions of the Christian Life
This course provides a foundational and systematic overview of the basic components of Catholic moral theology. The content of the course is an exposition and analysis of topics traditionally treated under the heading of fundamental moral theology: moral character, moral freedom and its limits, the relationship of spirituality and morality, sin and conversion, conscience, the use of scripture in moral reasoning, natural law, the teaching authority of the church in moral matters, the development of moral norms, discernment and moral decision-making.
Marcus Mescher
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

TMPS7192:  Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis
Being in a position of leadership in parishes and churches and other communities of faith is an open invitation to people who are in crisis. Clergy, faith leaders, and lay ecclesial ministers are first responders in situations of crisis because most persons turn to their faith community when faced with acute situations that exceeds their own capacity to respond and cope. Consequently, this course will explore in depth the ministry of pastoral care and counseling in times of crisis in an interdisciplinary process. We will explore together the historical and contemporary definitions, types, and dynamics of crises, and bring them into conversation with our theological and spiritual resources in a praxis of pastoral caregiving. In our exploration, we will identify practices – both personally and communally – to respond to crisis situations and assist persons in identifying their resiliency, rediscovering hope, and creating new meaning for the future in a spiritually integrative way.
William D. Roozeboom
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Special One-Week Courses (1-credit courses)

June 25 – June 28
TMRE7191: The Craft of Teaching Theology: A Pedagogical Toolkit for the High School Teacher
This course is designed to assist students in developing religion curriculum for adolescents, particularly at Catholic secondary schools. It invites students to consider the goals of a high school religion curriculum and the pedagogical approaches that are most useful in reaching those goals. It attends to the practices of effective teaching, such as curricular planning, resource selection, and pedagogical strategies, and places those practices within a framework of Catholic educational philosophy and theology.
Cynthia Cameron
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

July 16 – July 19
TMPS7190:  Ministering with the LGBTQ Community

A study of sexual minorities in Christian moral theology and pastoral theology; especially, in relationship with a particular emphasis on LGBTQ persons in light of the dignity of the human person, the principle of imago Dei, and the struggle to live authentically as a sexual minority in the twenty-first century American culture.Theological issues focus on core Christian values such as covenant, human dignity & respect, and fidelity, and with special emphasis on Catholic ecclesial teachings. Pastoral issues concentrate on sexuality (orientation, identity, and expression), compassion, sensitivity, advocacy, support, and pastoral care of the LGBTQ person.
Arthur D. Canales
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

July 23-26, 2018
TMPS7189:  Wise and Holy Women and a Few Good Men
This heavily visual course will use art to tell the stories and explore the spiritual legacies of 5 great women across church history--Mary, Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Therese of Lisieux-- and will explore some of the ways in which their lives and teaching have left lasting impacts on our church and world today.  We will also consider contributions from some of the great spiritual men, including: Popes Francis and St. John XXIII; Sts. Francis de Sales and John of the Cross, and Thomas Merton. Occasional hands-on creative activity will be incorporated into class sessions.
Mickey McGrath, OSFS
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Summer Language Courses: June 11 - August 2 (6-credit course)

TMST2008:  Introductory Latin: Summer Intensive
This elementary course in Latin presumes no prior study of the language. Basic principles of Latin phonology, morphology and syntax will be treated in classes and reinforced by regular  homework exercises and their review in class. Emphasis will be placed on the vocabulary that is appropriate to the various theological disciplines. This course is highly intensive and requires significant weekly work and a fair measure of independent learning. Students will be expected to master the basic grammar and most common vocabulary.
Franklin T. Harkins
8:45am – 11:45 am

TMNT2010: Introductory Greek: Summer Intensive (New Testament Greek)
An introduction to the grammar and vocabulary of the Greek New Testament with a focus on the ability to read the New Testament books in their original language with a dictionary by means of mastery of the basic grammar and syntax of koine Greek, and by building a working vocabulary of koine Greek words and the forms in which they appear in the New Testament.
Maria Kakavas
8:45am – 11:45 am

Post Master's Certificate in Spiritual Formation (2 credits)

July 16 – July 27
TMPS8050:  Post Master's Certificate in Spiritual Formation
Colleen Griffith, Professor of the Practice of Spirituality, STM

summer tuition rates

Summer at STM tuition rates are structured "per credit," and you pay based on the number of credits you take.  The credit rate for Summer 2018 is $1,106 per credit.  For a 3-credit course, the cost to take the course at full-credit is $3,318.  The cost per audited credit is $553, so to audit a 3-credit class, the cost is $1,659.