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Dean’s Colloquium: “Why Libertarianism Isn’t Liberal”

Lumen Et Vita Student Board

THE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY INVITED POLITICAL THEORISTS, THEOLOGIANS, AND WRITERS to address the legal, political, and theological aspects of libertarianism from a Catholic context at its fourth annual Dean’s Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture. Cosponsored by the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, the April 6 conference began with a keynote address by Alan J. Ryan (pictured above), the William H. Bonsall Visiting Professor at Stanford University, on libertarianism as an issue in political philosophy. The event included two panel discussions as well as a talk by Boisi Center Director Alan Wolfe, a professor of political science.

“In the past few election cycles,” said STM Dean Mark Massa, S.J., “libertarianism has emerged as an issue that has generated a great deal of discussion among religious leaders, political pundits, and public intellectuals.” The colloquium “continued that tradition with an array of very smart individuals focused on the issues that surround the libertarian impulse as a religious, political, and social stance.”


Upcoming Event

Save the Date: “Our Common Home: An Ethical Summons on Climate Change”

September 28–October 1, 2015

Distinguished presenters will discuss the implications of Pope Francis’s newly released encyclical on the environment and climate change, “Laudato Si': On Care for Our Common Home.”



STM faculty assume new leadership roles

Thomas H. Groome and Jane Regan

UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT WILLIAM P. LEAHY, S.J., RECENTLY APPOINTED THOMAS H. GROOME, a professor of theology and former chair of the STM's Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry (DREPM), as director of Boston College's Church in the 21st Century Center. Groome (pictured left) assumed his duties on July 1 and will continue to teach at the STM.

Jane E. Regan (pictured right), STM director of continuing education and associate professor of theology and religious education, has been elected to replace Groome as DREPM chair. She will also now serve as director of STM summer initiatives.


Commencement 2015

Dick Clifford, S.J. giving remarks

BOSTON COLLEGE CONFERRED ADVANCED DEGREES ON 119 STM STUDENTS during the 2014–15 academic year. Graduates celebrated May 18 at the University’s 139th Commencement, where Chicago Archbishop Blase Joseph Cupich (pictured above), leader of the country’s third-largest Catholic diocese and a champion for the economically and socially disenfranchised, addressed the graduates. He encouraged them to “speak for those who have no voice” and said that the world “needs the hope of those who know and are inspired by the givenness of life, the grace of life.”


Front Cover of Festschrift

HEAR FROM SOME OF OUR NEWEST ALUMNI about how their studies at the STM prepared them for their current work. Kristi Haas, M.T.S. ’15 (pictured left), now serves as a research associate at the Catholic Peacebuilding Network at the University of Notre Dame.



On campus

THE THIRD SESSION OF THE STM’S SUMMER OFFERINGS BEGINS JULY 20 and includes “Moral Dimensions of the Christian Life” with Boston College Associate Professor of Theology Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., as well as a conference on Catholic campus ministry.


STM professor and alumnus win Catholic press awards

Student in El Salvador

STM Assistant Professor Hosffman Ospino's article “The Church’s Changing Face,” published by OSV Newsweekly, won second place in the Catholic Press Association (CPA)’s annual awards for “In-Depth News/Special Reporting.” 

The CPA also honored Jeremy Zipple, S.J., ’00, M.Div. ’13, S.T.L. ’14, who served as director, producer, and cinematographer for America Media’s video Jesuit and Lakota: Graduation at Red Cloud. The short film won first place in the “Best Freestanding Online Presentation of Video” category.

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Faculty News

John F. Baldovin, S.J., contributed “Liturgical Reform and the Public Role of the Catholic Church” to The Legacy of Vatican II (Paulist Press) and published book reviews in Worship and Theological Studies. He  presented a paper, “The Sacramentality of the Word,” at the third annual meeting of the Malines Conversation Group, held at Boston College.

James T. Bretzke, S.J., appeared on NPR’s “The Diane Rehm Show” to discuss the ramifications of Pew Research’s study on the declining religious affiliations reported in the American population. He also published two scholarly book reviews in the online journal Catholic Books Review.

Thomas H. Groome’s most recent book, Will There Be Faith, has been published in Korean and Swedish. Veritas published Living as a Disciple of Jesus in Society, the social justice text of Groome’s Credo series for Catholic high schools.

Margaret Eletta Guider, O.S.F., coauthored “Productive resistance: A study of change, emotions, and identity in the context of the Apostolic Visitation of U.S. women religious, 2008–2012," which was published in Research in the Sociology of Organizations and has been selected as an​ “Outstanding Author Contribution” in the 2015 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. 

Mary Jo Iozzio presented “Introducing Intersections between Theological Ethics and Disability Studies” at the College of the Holy Cross, in Worcester, Mass. 

Melissa Kelley presented a two-part webinar on bereavement and meaning-making for the National Association of Catholic Chaplains.

Mark Massa, S.J., was one of 15 deans of divinity and theological schools invited to participate in the Lilly Endowment sponsored “Consultation on the Future of Theological Education in the U.S.” in Philadelphia.

Our Sunday Visitor selected Hosffman Ospino as one of the 2014 “Catholics of the Year,” acknowledging the national impact of his research on Hispanic ministry in the United States. Ospino received a First Book Grant from the Louisville Institute as well as a grant from Loyola Marymount University. Our Sunday Visitor Press published a bilingual edition of his Hispanic Ministry in Catholic Parishes: A Summary Report of Findings from the National Study of Catholic Parishes with Hispanic Ministry. Ospino also presented numerous lectures at meetings around the country, including the Lay Ecclesial Ministry Summit in St. Louis, MO, organized by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the conference “Vatican II – Remembering the Future: Ecumenical, Interfaith and Secular Perspectives on the Council’s Impact and Promises” at Georgetown University.

Nancy Pineda-Madrid gave the keynote address at “Engaging Rhetorics of Violence against Women,” the first conference organized by the Boston Theological Institute Women’s Group. Ten current and former STM students presented papers or moderated sessions at the event, which was hosted by the STM.

THOMAS D. STEGMAN, S.J.,  published a book, Opening the Door of Faith: Encountering Jesus and His Call to Discipleship (Paulist Press).

Andrea Vicini, S.J., coedited and contributed a chapter to The Legacy of Vatican II (Paulist Press). The volume publishes the lectures of the 2013 Boston College Sesquicentennial conference organized by the School of Theology and Ministry. He translated a chapter as well. Vicini reviewed several books on bioethics in the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics.