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September 2013
Hispanic Ministry Leaders meeting

Hispanic ministry leaders convene


Seeking to establish networks of support for an emerging generation of leaders in Catholic Hispanic ministry in the U.S., 35 representatives from organizations around the country gathered at the National Convocation of Emerging Catholic Leadership in Hispanic Ministry in the United States, which was facilitated by STM Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino. Held July 29–31 at the Connors Center in Dover, Massachusetts, the convocation brought together 24 emerging leaders in Hispanic ministry with officers from established organizations that support and promote creative projects in service to Hispanic Catholics. Participants shared ideas and forged connections through presentations, small group discussions, and sessions considering the past, present, and future of Hispanic ministry in the U.S.

STM Professor Mary Jo Iozzio

STM welcomes Professor Mary Jo Iozzio


Mary Jo Iozzio has joined the faculty as professor of moral theology. Iozzio is an alumna of Pennsylvania State University, Providence College, and Fordham University, where she earned a Ph.D. in systematic/moral theology. Her research interests include fundamental moral theology, social justice, bioethics, and feminist ethics. Iozzio most recently was professor of moral theology at Barry University. She is series editor of the Content and Context in Theological Ethics book series and from 2006 to 2013 she was co-editor, with Patricia Beattie Jung, of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.

Speakers at Catholic Conversation Project

Moving beyond ideological labels


Nineteen up-and-coming theologians from Catholic universities across the United States met at Boston College’s Connors Center on August 13 for the Catholic Conversation Project. The initiative assembles young professors for two days of discussion aimed at transcending the polarization that has increasingly marked American Catholic discourse. Boston College has hosted the annual meetings since 2011, and today they are coordinated by STM Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino and Assistant Professor Charles Camosy of Fordham University. STM Dean Mark Massa, S.J., initiated the project with Camosy in 2010.

“The Catholic tradition is so deep that no one person or group can encompass the tradition,” noted Massa, who led a panel of four prominent Catholic journalists and academics on the first day. John Carr of America magazine and director of the newly formed Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University, Greg Erlandson of Our Sunday Visitor, and Zeni Fox of Seton Hall University joined that discussion.

The young scholars met among themselves on the second day of the gathering. While those talks were off the record, attendees said that the relationship between theologians and the Church’s hierarchy was among participants’ key concerns. That conversation extended into an August 15 meeting between Cardinal Sean O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Boston and nine members of the group.

More than 40 theologians have participated in at least one of the summer colloquies since they began. Nearly all have been laypeople, and nearly half did their doctoral training at Boston College, organizers said.

Massa noted that the Conversation Project aims in part to “get people early in their careers who are still making up their minds about the theological agendas they want to press, who aren’t invested” in ideological positions staked in books and articles they’ve published. Ospino said the goal is not to seek agreement among participants but to encourage them to “model the differences” in creative and constructive ways.

Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ

On campus


  • On July 13, Elizabeth A. Johnson, C.S.J. (pictured), distinguished professor of theology at Fordham University, delivered the 2013 Evelyn Underhill Lecture in Christian Spirituality, “Ask the Beasts: Spirituality and the Evolving Earth.” View video »
  • Sandra M. Schneiders, I.H.M., presented “Encountering the Risen Jesus: Mary Magdalene as Prototype,” the Fifth Annual St. Mary of Magdala Lecture, on July 19. View video »

Upcoming event

Coworkers in the Vineyard: The Role of the Catholic Laity
in the Life of Public Service and Scholarship

September 26, 7:15 p.m.
Robsham Theater

Panelists will discuss the role faith plays in their public service work during this conversation, moderated by STM Dean Mark Massa, S.J. Participants include Simone Campbell, S.S.S., executive director of NETWORK; E.J. Dionne Jr., syndicated columnist, Washington Post, senior fellow, Brookings Institution, and professor, Georgetown University; Thomas H. Groome, STM professor of theology and religious education; Jane McAuliffe, former president, Bryn Mawr College; and Timothy P. Shriver, chairman and CEO of Special Olympics. The event is part of the “Legacy of Vatican II” symposium sponsored by STM, which marks Boston College’s Sesquicentennial and the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Read more » Register »

Faculty news

John F. Baldovin, S.J., published an essay, “The Gorham Controversy and Infant Baptism as an Ecumenical Problem,” in Drenched in Grace: Essays in Baptismal Ecclesiology Inspired by the Work and Ministry of Louis Weil. He gave lectures at the International Liturgical Conference at the Monastery of Bose, Italy, and at the Societas Liturgica Congress in Würzburg, Germany. Baldovin also gave a plenary address at the Hymn Society of the United States and Canada’s annual conference in Richmond, Virginia, and lectured at the annual convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians in Washington, D.C.

Theological Studies published James T. Bretzke, S.J.,’s scholarly review of the third edition of On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives on Medical Ethics. In September, he concludes his tenure as president of the New England–Maritimes Region of the American Academy of Religion.

Richard J. Clifford, S.J.,’s lecture “Enjoying the Old Testament” was published by Now You Know Media. The series is composed of 24 half-hour lectures in DVD, CD, or MP3 format.

Mary Jo Iozzio published “Liturgical Anthropology of a Soulful Sister: Thea Bowman, FSPA” in the Journal of Religion, Disability & Health.

Thomas A. Kane, C.S.P., gave a lecture at “Tradition and Progress: Sacrosanctum Concilium After Fifty Years,” a symposium at the Catholic University of America.

Christopher R. Matthews published two critical book reviews: one in Novum Testamentum and another in the Scottish Journal of Theology.

Hosffman Ospino published “Religious Education and the Communal Shaping of a Christian Social Consciousness: The Testimony of César Chávez” in Religious Education, and also published essays in Pastoral Liturgy and Boston College’s C21 Resources. He gave academic presentations at the University of Notre Dame and for the Boston College Roche Center for Catholic Education’s Two-Way Immersion Network for Catholic Schools. Ospino gave a pastoral presentation at Catholic Relief Services Northeast in Radnor, Pennsylvania. He also served as codirector of the annual meeting of the Catholic Conversation Project.

Barbara Quinn, R.S.C.J., traveled to India to facilitate the province retreat for the Religious of the Sacred Heart as they began the celebration of their 75th anniversary as a province. Quinn was also nominated to serve on the governing board of the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality; voting will occur in November.

Andrea Vicini, S.J., was named an editorial consultant for Theological Studies and was interviewed on the America podcast “The Ethics of the BRAIN Initiative.” He gave a public presentation at Parrocchia di Santa Sofia, Anacapri, in the province of Naples, Italy. At Catholic Theological Ethics in the World Church’s conference in Berlin, Germany, Vicini organized and participated in the European regional conference and the Planning Committee for the Future. He also participated in the Catholic Conversation Project in Dover, Massachusetts.