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School of Theology and Ministry

October 2009
Dick Clifford, SJ

Dear friends
of the STM:

I am delighted to introduce Amici in Domino (Friends in the Lord), a bimonthly newsletter from the School of Theology and Ministry (STM). This September marks our second academic year as a professional school at Boston College, and as a community of individuals working for the advancement of the Church. I thank you for being part of that community. I hope you enjoy reading the news items below, and welcome your thoughts and feedback.

Sincerely yours,
Richard J. Clifford, S.J., Dean

Newly ordained deacons

Newly ordained

Congratulations to STM students and Capuchins Richard Crawley and Andrew Nowak, who were ordained to the presbyterate and the diaconate, respectively, by Bishop John Corriveau, O.F.M., Cap., on October 3 in Yonkers, New York. Congratulations also to the seven STM students and Jesuits (pictured) who were ordained to the diaconate by Seán Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, O.F.M., Cap., Archbishop of Boston, on October 10 at Chestnut Hill's St. Ignatius Church. Back row: Bradley Schaeffer, S.J., rector of the Weston Jesuit Community; Miguel Yaksic, S.J.; Kevin B. Dyer, S.J.; Michael S. Christiana, S.J.; and Richard J. Clifford, S.J. Front row: Miguel Carbajal, S.J.; Derrick J. Weingartner, S.J.; Cardinal Seán; John P. Mulreany, S.J.; and Richard E. Ross, S.J.

STM building in spring


In mid-August, movers transported the offices of the School of Theology and Ministry 300 yards from 129 Lake Street (formerly Bishop Peterson Hall) to a refurbished four-story building at 9 Lake Street (formerly St. William’s Hall). Our new, permanent home was under reconstruction for nearly a year, and stands at the highest elevation on the Boston College Brighton Campus. Alumni are always welcome to visit.

Hispanic ministry attendees

National gathering on Hispanic ministry

In June, 61 leaders in Hispanic ministry—bishops, scholars, administrators, and hands-on pastors—took part in the National Symposium on the Present and Future of Catholic Hispanic Ministry in the United States. The event was organized by Adjunct Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino, presented in partnership with Loyola University and Barry University, and held at Boston College’s Connors Family Retreat and Conference Center in nearby Dover. Read about it in Cardinal Seán’s blog, on the Catholic News Agency’s Web site, and in the Los Angeles Archdiocesan newspaper The Tidings. Pictured: Liliana Flores, Archdiocese of Denver youth minister, Archbishop José H. Gómez of San Antonio, and Reinardo Malavé, former president of the National Catholic Network de Pastoral Juvenil Hispana (La RED) and chairperson of the First National Hispanic Youth and Youth Adult Ministry Encuentro.

Professor Michael Himes

Summer Institute headlines top theologians

Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., M. Shawn Copeland, Michael Himes (pictured), and 18 other renowned U.S. and international theologians taught 271 students from all over the world at the 47th annual Summer Institute, held June 22 through July 31 at the STM. Students and faculty quickly formed a community through classes, worship, conversations, and social events such as Red Sox games and Boston Duck Tours. We hope you join us next summer, when the Summer Institute faculty will include scholars Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., Richard Rohr, O.F.M., and Joan Chittister, O.S.B., among many others.

New faculty

We welcome Ernesto (Neto) Valiente to the faculty as an instructor in theology. A former student of Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., and an alumnus of Weston Jesuit School of Theology and the University of Notre Dame, Valiente’s research focuses on Christology from a Liberation Theology perspective.

Staff news

Andrew McMillin is the new assistant director of admissions. A graduate of the University of San Diego and former Augustinian Volunteer, he is also currently enrolled on a part-time basis in our Master of Divinity program.

Growth in entering classes

In September we welcomed 154 first-year students in comparison to 125 last year, a remarkable 38 percent increase in our M.Div., M.T.S., M.A. in Pastoral Ministry, and M.Ed. degree programs. Overall at the School, we experienced a 23 percent increase in students.

Alumni access to library resources

Alumni receive free access to a database of electronic full-text versions of more than 140 theological journals, called ATLAS. ATLAS is provided by the Boston College Libraries, including the Theology and Ministry Library. Visit the Libraries’ Alumni Services page for more information.

Second annual STM Anniversary Lecture

Later this month you will receive an invitation to the second annual STM Anniversary Lecture on November 10, at which Seán Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, O.F.M., Cap., Archbishop of Boston, will give a talk titled “The Eucharist and Our Formation as the People of the Church.” We hope you will join us.

STM in the news

Look for an article about the STM in the next issue of Boston College Magazine, in which you will meet some of the individuals in our community.