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The Student Forum of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is a council of representatives from the STM student body comprised of elected officers and appointed committee chairs who work with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to coordinate and fund student programming; to provide a forum for discussions of school academic and student life policies , curriculum, community life and formation; and to act as a liaison between STM students, administration and faculty.

The purpose of the Student Forum:

  • To actively engage students in the mission of the STM, particularly as it seeks to foster a community within a Catholic and Jesuit university that is “contemplative, critical and collaborative.”
  • To organize, promote, and fund activities that will serve the needs and interests of students.
  • To provide a forum for students to meet and discuss specific issues of importance regarding school academic and student life policies, curriculum, community life, worship, and formation.
  • To promote  student interests and act as the primary liaison between the student body, administration, and faculty.
  • To represent the student interests of the STM within the broader Boston College community

Student Forum Moderator 2016-2017
Amy Northrup


BIRDS: Boston Interreligious Dialogue Students
The Boston Interreligious Dialogue Students seek to help facilitate dialogue opportunities for students and faculty on college campuses throughout the Boston area in the hopes of raising awareness of the diversity of faiths. In so doing, we hope to help not only in learning about each other’s faiths in their similarities and differences, but also to move beyond those elements that separate us to work together toward common goals as we respect the uniqueness of each person’s faith.
James Burraston |


ECOsySTM is a group of students and faculty inspired by Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home, which asks us to hear the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor. As a school of theology and ministry committed to the “promotion of justice and reconciliation” we have a responsibility to respond to this cry, infusing all aspects of our institution with an ecological consciousness.

In light of the STM’s mission to “form a community that is contemplative, critical, and collaborative,” ECOsySTM is dedicated to cultivating “ecological conversion” at the STM through education, action, and prayer. This includes naming and responding to the links between environmental destruction, economic exploitation, and racism; opening the hearts and minds of all who learn and pray here to God’s self-communication through creation; and promoting a culture of sustainability and ecological stewardship as an institution.
James Dechant |
Hyun Jin Yoo |

El Salvador Immersion Experience

Each year the STM sends a delegations of students  to El Salvador over Spring Break . Hosted by CRISPAZ, the delegation visits several faith-based organizations that are directly involved in the work of post-war reconstruction, education and social justice outreach. The trip is one of accompaniment, where participants learn about the history and present reality of El Salvador from the Salvadoran people themselves. The trip will include a two-night homestay with families in the village of Cinquera. Issues such as the impact of war, neo-liberal economics, U.S. foreign policy, and a tradition of liberating faith are explored during the seven-day experience. Students visit the National Cathedral, Divine Providence and the University of Central America (UCA).
Jessica McCarthy |
Christian Santa Maria |

Faber Jesuit Community Student Liaison

Marcus Fryer, S.J. |

Faith and Justice Committee

The Faith and Justice Committee of the STM promotes critical fidelity to the church's rich history of Catholic Social Teaching in the faith that does justice as a foundation to our teaching, service, prayer and ministry.

The purpose of the Faith and Justice Committee is to be a resource to sustain faculty, staff and students to a lived expression and concrete embrace of the gospel love of neighbor, and mutuality and equality among peoples and cultures that brings human dignity to all. We also hope to promote careful and respectful use of the resources of creation, peaceful and just reconciliation of conflicts, and, in theological study, creative research and pastoral practice with a special concern for those on the margins of society and Church.

The Committee meets monthly and seeks to raise pertinent issues of social justice and encourage methods for practical implementation in STM courses and programs.


Gaudete is a welcoming and affirming community of STM students, which recognizes the dignity of each person and seeks to enrich the STM with openness and acceptance. We are the STM extension of the greater LGBTQ and ally resources at Boston College and look for ways to connect to the wider community.  We provide a space for hope, witness, and dialogue for all students.  We celebrate inclusivity through fellowship, discussion, workshops and event sponsorship.
Ariell Watson |

International Students Association

The International Student Association hosts two International Evenings each semester, which feature the distinctive aspects of church, society, art and culture from a particular region of the world. These are occasions for faculty and students to gather and discover the richness of culture and tradition through liturgy, a shared meal, and creative presentations.
Sam Zhai |
Colleen Quigley |

Corazon Latin@'

The committee "Corazon Latin@'" endeavors to foster a sense of comunidad among students who are preparing or are interested in working with Latina/o communities.  In carrying out this goal, the committee works to promote awareness and celebrates the Latina/o religious culture in three distinct areas: building community, liturgy, and spirituality.  The committee collaborates with the Hispanic Ministry program in carrying out these tasks.
Victor Gacitua, S.J. |
Jaime Gil |
Jim Davila |

Liturgy Committee

The STM Liturgy Committee assists in the planning and coordination of the STM liturgical program, which includes daily Eucharist, the All-School Thursday Liturgy, and prayer services that enhance the spiritual life and learning environment of the School. Serving on the Committee is an opportunity for students to expand their knowledge of liturgy, learn liturgy planning skills, and participate in planning prayerful and vibrant liturgical celebrations for the STM community. Serving on the Committee is also among the options for fulfilling the STM spiritual formation requirements.
Laura McCormack |

Lumen et Vita

Lumen et Vita
, meaning “Light and Life,” is the graduate journal of Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry. We attempt to present the best research and reviews of our diverse student body, while using an online, open access format that will encourage ongoing dialogue both in the School and in the wider academic community. The journal itself can be viewed here.
Ryan Wise |
Jack Pappas |
Kathleen Schmitz |

O.F.M. Capuchin Student Liaison

Will Tarraza, O.F.M. Cap. -

Prison Ministry Initiative

The Prison Ministry Initiative is a group run through the School of Theology and Ministry at Boston College.  In our call to live out and share the good news of the Gospel, the STM Prison Ministry Initiative, inspired by the Jesuit commitment to faith and justice, seeks to promote the dignity and wholeness of all those affected by incarceration.

Social Organizing Committee
The Social Organizing Committee plans and provides social events for the entire STM community. These events offer students, faculty and staff the opportunity to come together, outside the classroom, for evenings of entertainment and community building. The committee is open to all STM students, faculty and staff who are interested in providing engaging and exciting events for the STM community.
Jeff Hatgas |
James Luisi |
Anna Mazur |
Steven Patzke |
Christian Santa Maria |
Lizzie Sextro |

Women's Group

The Women’s Group exists to foster a sense of community and support for the women at the STM.  Through conversation, social gatherings, and networking opportunities, the group will inspire and encourage women as they experience the STM and discern their futures.  As an inviting and vibrant community, the Women’s Group will offer opportunities for members to freely discuss their experience and deepen their social, academic, and faith lives as they converge in and out of the STM.
Mary Leahy |
Katie Dorner |
Maddie Jarret |
Alex Crockford |

Students listening in class

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) is richly gifted by the presence of an international student community. While approximately seventy percent of the students come from the United States, over twenty-four different countries are represented within the other thirty percent of the student population.

The STM is dedicated to educating men and women for service in a global Church. Our international students contribute to the diversity which is so important for the learning environment. Whether in the classroom or planning liturgies or parties, students from around the world come together to share their experiences and perspectives - making the STM a unique place where cross-cultural collaboration is part of everyday student life.

The school administration seeks to assist the students for other countries to have a smooth transition to study while here in the U.S. Before the formal orientation takes place for all new students, an orientation gathering for international students is held. Here, international students have the chance to meet one another and to acquire information specific to their needs.  Special opportunities for international students to gather are scheduled. These are usually evening gatherings of time for prayer, sharing, and a meal prepared by students featuring foods of their respective countries.

Academic assistance for international students is needed most in the area of writing theology in English. For this purpose the school has developed a comprehensive tutorial program. Students are provided with group sessions as well as one on one review of theme development and writing skills. In summary, the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry is committed to seeking ways to assist students from other countries to accomplish their study objectives, in an environment that is supportive and conducive to their well-being.

As an international student at Boston College, you’ll have access to a variety of resources offered through the University’s Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS). Their web site has valuable information regarding current immigration regulations, visa applications, and health care in addition to BC international orientation and intercultural programming. The OISS provides advisement and services for all academic year international students.  The office is located in 21 Campanella Way.  Click here to visit to OISS website.

The cosmopolitan environment of the Boston area and of Boston College itself offers an exciting setting for international students. STM students often meet other students from their respective countries who are studying at one of the several BC graduate schools and other world - renowned academic institutions in the area. Opportunities abound at Boston College for international social exchange and intellectual dialogue.