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School of Theology and Ministry

December 2010
Sister Barbara Quinn, RSCJ

Sister Quinn to lead spiritual formation at the STM

Barbara Quinn, R.S.C.J., known for her work as founding director of the Center for Christian Spirituality at the University of San Diego, has been appointed associate director of spiritual formation at STM. A Religious of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Sr. Quinn will coordinate all aspects of spiritual formation at the School, administering the holistic formation for ministry and spiritual formation programs, and assisting with the STM liturgical program. Sr. Quinn, who will assume her new position in February, earned a Master of Divinity from Weston Jesuit School of Theology in 1981 and a Doctor of Ministry from the Catholic Theological Union in 1998.

Dean Mark Massa, SJ

Massa on change, American Catholics, and the STM today

Dean Mark Massa, S.J.,delivered his inaugural address and the third annual STM Anniversary Lecture, “Things Change: How Historical Consciousness Changed the American Church in the 1960s,” to a standing-room-only crowd in Boston College’s Heights Room on November 3. More than 300 alumni, faculty, students, and deans turned out to hear Fr. Massa talk about the dramatic and traumatic changes American Catholics experienced during the 1960s, and how those changes influence contemporary Catholicism and the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry today. View video »

Paul Knitter at podium

Profits and prophets face off at interfaith symposium

Paul Knitter, the Paul Tillich Professor at Union Theological Seminary, cast free market proponents and religious leaders in sharp relief in a plenary address titled “Profits and Prophets: Economic Development and Interreligious Dialogue” that kicked off the third annual Symposium on Interreligious Dialogue, held October 7 through 9 at Boston College. A crowd of nearly 300 students, faculty, and visitors turned out for the opening lecture of the symposium, which was cosponsored by the STM and The Church in the 21st Century Center. Boston College Magazine covered Knitter’s talk, in which he characterized the free market economy as “a religion in dire need of dialogue with other religions.” 
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Cantor at Advent Lessons and Carols

A joyful noise

Some 150 Boston College faculty, staff, students, alumni, and family members gathered in the STM chapel on December 4 for the School’s annual celebration of Advent lessons and carols. Organized by the Student Liturgy Committee and directed by STM music director Lynn Burns, the evening featured Scripture readings, poetry, and musical performances by student and faculty musicians and liturgical ministers. One of the highlights of the evening was a moving rendition of “For Behold, Darkness Shall Cover the Earth” from Handel’s Messiah, sung by Michael Magree, S.J., M.Div.’13. The program was followed by a dessert reception in the STM lobby.

Faculty news


Khaled E. Anatolioscontributed a chapter titled “The Christ of the Creeds” to The Blackwell Companion to Jesus(Blackwell, 2010).

Worship published John F. Baldovin, S.J.'s article “Idols and Icons: Reflections on the Current State of the Liturgical Reform.” Fr. Baldovin also lectured at Catholic University of America's School of Canon Law.

Richard J. Clifford, S.J., took part in a book review panel at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).

Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., reviewed the bookCreation Untamed: The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters for Americamagazine.

Thomas A. Kane, C.S.P., is welcoming inactive Catholics back to the Church through Landings International, a program of the Paulist Fathers.

The Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity (Cambridge University Press, 2010) includes three entries byThomas J. Massaro, S.J., who delivered the keynote address at the Archdiocese of Boston’s Social Justice Convocation.

Christopher R. Matthewsis editor of Oxford Bibliographies Online’s new biblical studies section. He also presented a paper at the SBL's annual meeting.

Catherine M. Mooneywas an invited respondent to a Harvard University Medieval Seminar on “Preaching, Heresy, and the Writing of Female Hagiography.”

Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations publishedTheresa A. O’Keefe’s “Relationships Across the Divide: An Instigator of Transformation.”

Hosffman Ospino's article “Why Catholics Must Know Our Faith” appeared in The Pilot. He also spoke at the Archdiocese of Miami’s Catechetical Congress.

Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., published reflections on the September and October Sunday readings in The Pastoral Review.

Edward Vacek, S.J., gave a talk titled “Moral Abortion? The Phoenix Catholic Case” at Caritas Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, MA.