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School of Theology and Ministry

September 2010
Mark Massa, SJ

Dear alumni and friends,

A highlight of my first months at the STM has been greeting familiar faces and meeting new ones. I very much look forward to making your acquaintance, and hope to see you at my inaugural lecture, the third annual STM anniversary lecture, on November 3. It will be followed by a reception. (Look for your invitation in October.) Until then, I welcome your thoughts and reactions to the recent School news below.

All good things to you,
Mark S. Massa, S.J., Dean

Gustavo Gutierrez, OP

Summer Institute faculty comprises renowned theologians

Joan Chittister, O.S.B., Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P. (pictured), Michael Himes, Richard Rohr, O.F.M., Richard Gula, S.S., and 19 other prominent U.S. and international theologians taught 380 students from around the world at STM’s annual Summer Institute, which ran from June 21 through July 30. Students and faculty came together as a community outside of the classroom during worship services and social events held both on campus and in the city of Boston.

Next year’s Summer Institute faculty will include scholars Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I., and Thomas Groome, among many others.

Blessed Peter Faber Jesuit Community

Jesuits move to new Brighton residences

In late August, 75 Jesuits moved into the newly constructed Blessed Peter Faber Jesuit Community at 188-196 Foster Street in Brighton. The new community is made up of 45 STM students and faculty (all members of the former Weston Jesuit community in Cambridge), 28 new STM students, and two administrators. The five-acre compound includes seven residential houses, four residents’ chapels, administrative offices, and a community chapel. Bradley Schaeffer, S.J., is rector of the community, and Richard H. Roos, S.J., serves as minister. Read more »

STM Assumptionist students

Assumptionists are fourth order to attend STM

Two Augustinians of the Assumption brothers have joined the Jesuit, Capuchin, and Redemptorist orders whose members are studying at the STM this year. Eddy Gonzalez (left) and Ronald Sibugan, A.A., are pursuing Master of Divinity degrees and preparing for ordination. Brother Eddy is in the process of becoming a postulant. Brother Ronald, who has completed his novitiate year (and hence wears the habit), has taken his temporary vows.

STM building in spring

Incoming class enrollment at all-time high

The STM welcomed 172 new students this September. That’s a 12 percent increase over new enrollment last year, and a remarkable 38 percent increase over the number of new students who entered in September 2008, when the STM officially opened its doors. The School’s total enrollment is now 402.

Tune in to PBS’s “God in America”

This six-hour documentary series exploring faith and the varieties of religious expression in the United States airs on three consecutive nights, October 11, 12, and 13, on PBS. Watch for commentary by Dean Massa on October 12 and 13. Read more »

Faculty news


Khaled E. Anatolios presented a paper titled “Ousia, Hypostasis, and the Rules of Trinitarian Contemplation: Gregory of Nyssa’s Ep. 38” at the North American Patristics Society’s annual meeting.

John F. Baldovin, S.J., served as president for the fourth meeting of the International Jungmann Society for Jesuits and Liturgy, and had a paper titled “Idols and Icons: Reflections on the Current State of Liturgical Reform” published in Worship

Bible Today published “How Can Ethics Be Christian? What the Pontifical Biblical Commission Might Offer in Response” by James T. Bretzke, S.J.

Dominic F. Doyle and Richard Lennan gave a paper titled “Lived Hope in a Secular Age” at the Catholic Theological Society of America’s annual meeting. Doyle’s article, “Spe salvi on Eschatological and Secular Hope: A Thomistic Critique of an Augustinian Encyclical,” was published in Theological Studies.

Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., published two books this summer: Jesus the Revelation of the Father’s Love and Historical Dictionary of Jesus.

Commonweal published Mark S. Massa, S.J.’s article “A Model Theologian,” and Oxford University Press released his latest book, The American Catholic Revolution: How the Sixties Changed the Church Forever.

The Papacy Since 1500: From Italian Prince to Universal Pastor includes an essay by Thomas J. Massaro, S.J., titled “The Social Question in the Papacy of Pope Leo XIII.”

Hoffsman Ospino’s essay, “Theological Horizons for a Pedagogy of Accompaniment,” was published in Journal of Religious Education.

Nancy Pineda-Madrid presented lectures at the annual meetings of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States. She also contributed chapters on Latina theology to Liberation Theologies in the United States: An Introduction and New Feminist Christianity: Many Voices, Many Views.

Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., gave a paper titled “Is Wright Right about Righteousness” at the annual international meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association. He is a visiting professor this fall at Marquette University, where he holds the Francis C. Wade, S.J., Chair of Theology.