Community Life and Formation
school of theology and ministry
Students in the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) come from all over the world to deepen their knowledge and commitment to their faith, making the STM a unique place where cross-cultural collaboration is part of everyday student life. Students, both male and female, range in age from their early twenties to seventies; they are single, married, priests, and vowed religious; they come from local, national, and international locations. International students represent 24 countries, and Jesuits from 24 countries complete their studies in preparation for ordination to the priesthood. Others come directly from volunteer experiences based in the United States and internationally. Still others have left established careers in business, law, nursing, and teaching to begin again.
All STM students share the call to develop their unique ministerial gifts in service of a global Church. At STM, students find the life resources they need to pursue their academic goals, build new friendships and vocational contacts, and further develop personal and communal spiritual practices. Students play an integral role in all aspects of the STM community in hope that they will grow in faith and understanding, and go on to be leaders in the Church and society by sharing faith, promoting justice, and serving the hearts and minds of those in need.
Because STM is a constituent school of Boston College, its students enjoy both the advantages of the relatively small School of Theology and Ministry community and the opportunities afforded by Boston College, a major national and international university. Both school and university offer comprehensive student services that provide an easy-to-navigate and student-centered learning environment.
"The richness and diversity of our student body are quite remarkable, and this makes teaching here a privilege. I often come away from our classes, saying to myself, 'This is the next thing to heaven.'"
— Daniel J. Harrington, S.J. Professor of New Testament, Professor Ordinarius, Ecclesiastical Faculty