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Amici in Domini

Twenty STM students ordained

Newly ordained deacons, STM students

Archbishop of Indianapolis Joseph W. Tobin, C.Ss.R., ordained 20 STM students to the diaconate during a Mass at the Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola on October 11. The group of 16 Jesuits, one Capuchin, and three Redemptorists is the largest diaconate ordination class to graduate from the STM since its founding in 2008. The men, most of whom are currently enrolled in the school’s master of divinity program, will pursue the licentiate in sacred theology or a master’s or doctoral degree in theology once they graduate in June.

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Come to the Table

Icon of angels at Eucharist

Come to the Table, a national traveling exhibition currently on display in the Theology and Ministry Library Atrium Gallery, features 35 works by artists including Albrecht Dürer, Jasper Johns, and Sadao Watanabe as well as contemporary pieces by member artists of Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA). Cosponsored by STM and University Libraries, the exhibit is an important one for the STM according to Dean Mark Massa, S.J., who said it “illustrates the deep and rich understandings of the Eucharist through the centuries” and invites “conversation about the exhibit: what it manifests; what it hides; what we share in common in our understanding of the Eucharist and what divides us.” Come to the Table will be on display through January 4.

Read Boston College Chronicle coverage of the exhibit»  View a slideshow»

Upcoming Events

Lumen et Vita Graduate Theological Conference: “Sustained by Hope: The Place and Significance of Christian Hope in the World”

January 31, 2015 | 9 Lake Street | Brighton Campus

Keynote speaker: Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., Distinguished Professor of Theology at Fordham University

2015 Dean’s Colloquium: “Liberalism vs. Libertarianism: A Catholic Conversation”

Monday, April 6, 2015 | 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. | Gasson Hall, Room 100 | Chestnut Hill Campus

Keynote speaker: Alan J. Ryan, William H. Bonsall Visiting Professor, Stanford University, and professor of politics, Princeton University
Cosponsored by STM and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

C21 Online mini-course reaches 100,000 downloads

Statues at nativity scene

“The Birth of Jesus: Two Gospel Accounts,” the popular STM C21 Online mini-course, marked a milestone this month. On December 12, more than 100,000 visitors had downloaded the session, which was launched in 2006. Written and narrated by Philip A. Cunningham, former executive director of Boston College’s Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, “The Birth of Jesus” explores the infancy narrative from the gospels of Matthew and Luke. C21 Online visitors around the world have viewed the self-paced course according to Jane Regan, STM director of continuing education. “People are searching for flexible, reliable resources for spiritual growth and theological formation,” says Regan, who adds: “We are fortunate to have a great theology faculty and these online offerings give us the opportunity to share their expertise with the wider church.” 

“The Birth of Jesus” mini-course»

STM delegation travels to teach-in

A group of 20 STM students, faculty, alumni, and administrators traveled to Washington, D.C., to attend the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice (IFTJ) November 15–17. The Ignatian Solidarity Network sponsored the annual Catholic social justice conference, which drew more than 1,600 representatives from Jesuit institutions across North America. Among those who gathered to learn, reflect, pray, network, and advocate were STM students Phil Garrity, M.Div. ’17, Bob Shine, M.Div. ’17, Ellen Romer, M.Div. ’15, and Rose Miola, M.T.S. ’15, all of whom gave presentations. Jeremy Zipple, S.J., ’00, M.Div. ’13, S.T.L. ’14, introduced the premiere screening of his new short film, La Voz del Pueblo, about a Jesuit-run radio station in Honduras.

Read more about the IFTJ»

On campus

Aerial view of BC Thanksgiving Liturgy

JoAnn Lopez, M.Div. ’15., was a featured speaker at “For This I am Grateful,” Boston College’s 2015 Multifaith Thanksgiving Celebration November 20 in Gasson Hall. Lopez, who grew up in India and Singapore, spoke about what she has learned about Thanksgiving traditions and community. The yearly multifaith event is dedicated to bringing together the Boston College community to express gratitude through song, reflections, prayer, and sharing of sacred texts.

In an October 28 talk at Boston College’s Theology and Ministry Library on “Life Matters: Reflections on the Synod on the Family,” James Bretzke, S.J., considered key themes that emerged during the recent meeting of bishops and Church leaders at the Vatican. He discussed the ways in which officials addressed hot-button topics including homosexuality, same-sex relationships, and divorced or remarried Catholics during the Extraordinary Synod; the wide range of responses to its final document; and the pope’s closing speech.

View video of the lecture»

Faculty News

The Holy Trinity in the Life of the Church, edited by Khaled Anatolios, was published by Baker Academic.

John F. Baldovin, S.J., contributed an essay, “Baptism and Justice,” to Sacraments and Justice (Liturgical Press, 2014).

Éditions du Cerf published Le lieu du salut: Une pneumatologie d'incarnation chez Thérèse d'Avila (The space of salvation: A pneumatology of incarnation in St. Teresa of Avila) by André Brouillette, S.J.

Richard J. Clifford, S.J.’s article, “Learning from Our (First) Parents,” appeared recently in America magazine.

Melissa Kelley gave a community lecture on “Finding Hope and Meaning After Loss” at the Hospice of Davidson County in North Carolina, where she also led a daylong program for professionals, “The Mosaic of Grief: A Workshop on Spiritually Integrated Care in Times of Loss and Grief.” She presented “Grief and Loss: A Spiritual Challenge” to the Clarendon Hill Presbyterian Church in Somerville, Mass.

Kevin Mayhew Publishers released Nicholas King, S.J.’s The Helplessness of God, which explores how leadership has been exercised within Christianity.

Christopher R. Matthews and Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., with Christopher Frechette, edited Biblical Essays in Honor of Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., and Richard J. Clifford, S.J.: Opportunity for No Little Instruction, published by Paulist Press.

Hosffman Ospino presented “Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes” to representatives of the archdioceses of Houston, Seattle, and Chicago. He also lectured across the country, making stops at Loyola University New Orleans and the fifth Encuentro Nacional Hispano de Pastoral in San Antonio, among others. In addition, Ospino delivered the keynote address, “Mission,” at a National Council for Hispanic Ministry gathering in San Antonio, Texas.

Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., lectured on “The Meaning of Scripture Then and Now: The Interpretation of the Bible in the Church” at Creighton University. His lecture was part of a series celebrating the legacy of Vatican II.

Andrea Vicini, S.J., contributed to a paper and poster presentation at the European Association of Communication in Healthcare’s 12th International Conference on Communication in Healthcare, held in Amsterdam. Vicini published book reviews in Theological Studies and the website Syndicate, and wrote an essay included in Proceedings of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He was also interviewed for an article on genetic information and testing in Clinical OMICS and gave a talk on genetics and cancer at Regis College in Weston, Mass.