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September 2012
Assistant Professor Philip Browning Helsel

Philip Browning Helsel joins faculty


Philip Browning Helsel has joined the faculty as assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling. An ordained minister of Word and Sacrament in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Helsel holds a Ph.D. in pastoral theology from Princeton Theological Seminary. In his research he examines pastoral care and counseling and spiritual transformation in Christian communities and nonprofit settings. Helsel, who previously taught at Candler School of Theology in Atlanta, will teach Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling, Trauma and Addiction, and Integrating Faith, Counseling, and Service of Justice at STM.

STM Student Sam Sawyer, SJ

Jesus, politics, and pop culture


The hits just keep coming at The Jesuit Post, a new web and social media site that Sam Sawyer, S.J., ’00, M.Div. ’14, and three fellow Jesuit scholastics launched earlier this year. Dedicated to Jesuits thinking and writing at the intersection of faith and culture, the site features blogs, news, and videos on subjects such as “Jesus, Politics, and Pop-culture … the Catholic Church, Sports, and Socrates.” The Post is not officially endorsed by the Society of Jesus or the Catholic Church. But with articles like “I Can’t Stand Tim Tebow … But He Makes Me a Better Person” and “Crowdsourcing the Saints,” it aims to provide content that is “easily shareable on Facebook and interesting to people who wouldn’t ordinarily visit a website called The Jesuit Post,” says Sawyer. Current readers are mostly “people who are already committed,” Sawyer notes. “But we hope we’re offering to them the sort of stuff they can share with friends who might not be as connected to the Church, as a sort of common denominator, a way to get the conversation started.” Read The Jesuit Post »

STM student Michael Rozier, SJ

Study awards take STM students abroad


Michael Rozier, S.J., M.Div. ’14 (pictured), and Nicholas Collura, M.Div. ’14, spent two weeks in Europe in June as fellows in the 2012 Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics summer program for seminary students. The two traveled to Berlin, Krakow, and Auschwitz to explore how moral reasoning and the roles clergy played in Nazi Germany and during the Holocaust can inform ethical issues facing the clergy today.

James Martin, SJ

On campus

  • On July 14 nearly 500 people turned out to hear James Martin, S.J., deliver the annual Evelyn Underhill Lecture in Spirituality titled “Laughing with the Saints: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life.”
  • This year’s Summer Institute drew 250 students from around the world to campus for the annual program, which ran from June 25 through August 3.
  • The school welcomed 131 new students in September, bringing the school’s total enrollment to 355.
  • The newest issue of the STM graduate student journal Lumen et Vita is now online. Read the journal »
Boston College Professor M. Shawn Copeland

Fifth annual STM Anniversary Lecture


M. Shawn Copeland, associate professor, Boston College Department of Theology, will deliver the fifth annual STM Anniversary Lecture, “Education and Life, the Good Life, and Eternal Life,” on October 30. Open to the public. More information »

Faculty news

Khaled E. Anatolios gave talks at the annual meetings of the Catholic Theological Society of America and the North American Patristics Society.

James T. Bretzke, S.J., published two scholarly book reviews, one in Catholic Studies: An Online Journal and another in Theological Studies.

The Crossroad Publishing Company published Dominic Doyle’s new book, The Promise of Christian Humanism: Thomas Aquinas on Hope.

Ugarit-Verlag published a new book by Christopher Frechette, S.J., titled Mesopotamian Ritual-prayers of “Hand-lifting” (AkkadianŠuillas): An Investigation of Function in Light of the Idiomatic Meaning of the Rubric.

Philip Browning Helsel had three articles published—one in Pastoral Psychology and two in Reviews in Religion and Theology.

Death Studies published “Assessing the Role of Attachment to God, Meaning, and Religious Coping as Mediators in the Grief Experience” by Melissa Kelley.

Mark Massa, S.J., hosted this summer's meeting of the Catholic Conversation Project on the topic of faith in the public square at Boston College’s Connors Center in Dover, Massachusetts.

Catherine M. Mooney delivered the keynote address at Washington Theological Union’s Franciscan Symposium in Washington, D.C.

Hosffman Ospino contributed chapters to The Word of God and Latino Catholics (American Bible Society, 2012) and In the Name of the Church (Liturgical Press, 2012).

Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., published three articles, one in Novum Testamentum and two in The Pastoral Review.

Andrea Vicini, S.J., discussed stem cell research at a joint meeting of the International Society for Cellular Therapy Europe and the Associazione Italiana di Colture Celluari in Italy.

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