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School of Theology and Ministry

May 2010
Mark Massa, SJ

Mark S. Massa, S.J., named dean

Boston College is pleased to announce that Mark S. Massa, S.J., WJST M.Div.’80, Karl Rahner Distinguished Professor of Theology and director of the Curran Center for American Catholic Studies at Fordham University, has been named the second dean of the School of Theology and Ministry.

A respected theologian and scholar, Fr. Massa’s research focuses on the Catholic experience in the United States since World War II. 

Fr. Massa holds a doctor of theology in Church history from Harvard University, a master of divinity from the Weston Jesuit School of Theology, a master of arts in history from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor of arts in history and theology from the University of Detroit. He will join the STM this summer. Read more »

Professors Valiente, Kelley, and Cardman

STM delegation remembers Romero

In March, the STM sent a delegation of faculty members, an administrator, and a student to represent Boston College during the events surrounding the 30th anniversary of Archbishop Oscar Romero’s assassination. The group attended commemorative masses and a talk for international delegations, and participated in a march at which the president of El Salvador spoke. They also visited the Hospital of Divine Providence, where Romero lived and was killed while celebrating Mass. Pictured: professors Neto Valiente, Melissa Kelley, and Francine Cardman.

James Carroll at podium

Award-winning author at the STM

James Carroll, National Book Award-winning author, Boston Globe columnist, and Suffolk University distinguished scholar-in-residence, read from and spoke about his book, Practicing Catholic (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2009), to a standing-room-only crowd on Wednesday, April 21. The lecture was part of the Church in the 21st Century Center’s Art of Believing series.

STM Prison ministry group

Prison ministry group honored

Twelve students who this year founded a prison ministry program at the Suffolk County House of Correction were recognized with the STM School Award at the Boston College Graduate and Professional Awards Dinner on Tuesday, April 20. Led by Brian Vallimont, M.T.S.’10, who has volunteered at the prison since 2007, the students held Sunday Communion services, led reflections on Scripture readings, and organized faith-sharing groups. Pictured left to right: Arsene Brice Bado, S.J., Brian Vallimont, Elke D’Haeyer, Aaron Pidel, S.J., Dean Richard J. Clifford, S.J., Jocelyn Collen, Eric Martin, and Jaclyn Champagne. (Not pictured: Alyssa Adreani, Sarah Attwood, Geoff Gusoff, Katherine Klauser, and Paul Kozak.)

Dick Clifford, SJ at sending forth liturgy

Graduating students sent forth

On Thursday, May 6, at the STM all-school liturgy, the 125 STM students receiving degrees this year—May 2010, August 2009, and December 2009 graduates—were blessed as part of the annual Rite of Sending Forth. The Mass was followed by a celebratory luncheon. Pictured: Joachim Aghoja, C.Ss.R., M.A.’10, and Dean Richard J. Clifford, S.J.

Faculty news

John F. Baldovin, S.J., gave the plenary address at a conference titled “Liturgy, Ethics, and the Interpretation of Vatican II,” which was hosted by the Boston College Theology Department in March.

Dominic F. Doyle has been selected to participate in the Wabash Center’s 2010-11 Teaching and Learning Workshop for Pre-tenure Theological School Faculty.

Melissa Kelley has been promoted to associate professor of pastoral care and contextual education, and granted tenure.  

Hosffman Ospino recently gave four presentations: two at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress in March, and two at the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership in Las Vegas in April.

In April, Nancy Pineda-Madrid presented a lecture titled “Feminicide and the Re-invention of Religious Practices” and participated in the plenary roundtable at the biannual meeting of the Association of Practical Theology, held in Boston.

The Pastoral Review published “Luke in the Lectionary,” by Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., in its May issue. Fr. Stegman was also interviewed on Catholic TV’s “This is the Day” (his interview begins at the show’s 19:40 minute mark) and on Relevant Radio (click “Hour One”).

An essay by Edward Vacek, S.J., titled “A Catholic Theology of Philanthropy,” was included in the recently published book, Religious Giving: For Love of God (Indiana University Press, 2010).

Save the date: July 10

Richard Rohr, O.F.M., will be the featured speaker at the 2010 Evelyn Underhill Lecture in Spirituality, which will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 10, in Boston College’s Robsham Theatre.

Following the lecture at 12 noon, alumni are invited to a lunch in the Murray Room of the Yawkey Center. RSVP now »