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School of Theology and Ministry

March 2010
Dick Clifford, SJ

Time of transition

Dear friends of the STM,

Since the School of Theology and Ministry was established, enrollment has increased significantly; we recently completed an accreditation review; and we are finding ways to operate as a single faculty while keeping the best practices of our diverse legacies. With the STM now a major Jesuit, Catholic school of theology, this summer I will step down as founding dean and return to full-time faculty work. I am grateful to you, the entire STM community—alumni, students, friends, and staff—and a truly excellent faculty for their support and commitment during the past three years. I look forward to working together to further the mission of the School.

Sincerely yours,
Richard J. Clifford, S.J., Dean
richard.clifford.1@bc.edu

Janet Eisner, SND

Janet Eisner, S.N.D., to speak at graduation

Sr. Janet Eisner, M.A. ’69, Hon. ’05, president of Emmanuel College, will speak at the STM diploma ceremony, following University Commencement on May 24. A Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, Eisner has influenced education and public policy in Massachusetts and across the nation. During her 30-year tenure as president of Emmanuel, she helped found a consortium of six institutions that share academic and cultural resources; she oversaw the admission of men into the undergraduate student body; and she brought Merck Research Laboratories to campus. Sr. Eisner is a graduate of Emmanuel College and Boston College (from which she received a Master of Arts and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters), and she holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Michigan. Read more »

Crowd of women religious

Cardman article on cover of America magazine

The January 4 cover of America magazine featured an article in which Associate Professor Francine Cardman revisits Vatican II to discuss the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States. Initiated by the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life “in order to look into the quality of the life” of women religious in the United States, the visitation recently entered the third of its four phases, on-site visits to selected congregations.
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STM banner at March for Life

STM delegation marches for life

On January 22, 11 STM students, faculty members, and administrators were among the 65 Boston College students and Jesuits who attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C. The Boston College contingent joined representatives from 19 other Jesuit schools at a “Mass for Life” held in St. Aloysius Jesuit Church on the morning of the march. STM attendees included Professor James T. Bretzke, S.J.; John Brown, S.J.; Chris Collins, S.J.; Dan Cosacchi; Kevin Dyer, S.J.; Joe Laramie, S.J.; Andrew McMillin, assistant director of admissions; Joe Miller; Boa Ngyuen, S.J.; Aaron Pidel, S.J.; and Sean Porter, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid.

STM Redemptorist Students

Redemptorists join the STM community

The spring issue of Called to Serve, the STM magazine, features a story on the School's newest religious order.
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Faculty news

Dominic F. Doyle won a Templeton Award for Theological Promise from FIIT Heidelberg and the John Templeton Foundation for his book The Promise of Christian Humanism: Thomas Aquinas on Hope.
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Reclaiming Catholicism: Treasures Old and New (Orbis Books, 2010), co-edited by Thomas H. Groome, includes essays by John F. Baldovin, S.J., and Francine Cardman. Read more »

The new Liberation Theologies in the United States: An Introduction (NYU Press, 2010) includes a chapter by Nancy Pineda-Madrid titled “Latina Theology.” 

In January, Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., was honored by the Center for Christian-Jewish Learning for bridging the historic chasm between Judaism and Christianity during a colloquium titled “The Word Set Free: Presenting the New Testament in its First Century Context.” 

The Pastoral Review published “New Testament Images of Priesthood: A Fresh Look at Luke 4:16-30” by Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., in its March issue. Stegman was also interviewed on Relevant Radio.

Thomas Massaro, S.J., gave a paper titled “Fighting Poverty and Providing Safety Nets: The Agenda of ‘Economic Justice for All’ and Where We Are Now” at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Christian Ethics in San Jose, California.

The Washington Post quoted James T. Bretzke, S.J., in an article about the moral implications of needle-exchange programs.
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Summer Institute: June 21-July 30

Renowned theologians Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Joan Chittister, O.S.B., Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., Rev. Michael Himes, and Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., are among the faculty of this year’s Summer Institute.
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New: Summer Sabbatical

Two-, four-, and six-week sabbaticals are available for experienced ministers seeking to balance learning with spiritual growth, intentional reflection, and community life.