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Summer 2016: New courses, vibrant community

Summer at STM

The School of Theology and Ministry is gearing up to launch Summer at STM, a robust roster of on-campus and online courses that can be applied toward a degree program or taken for personal or professional development. Building on and augmenting STM’s longstanding Summer Institute, Summer at STM offers three-week, three-credit courses on topics in theology, ministry, and education; one-credit weeklong courses for enrichment or renewal; and introductory Latin and Greek language courses (over an eight-week period). Some 300 lay and ordained students from around the world are expected to converge this summer at the STM, which will offer daily Mass and prayer services and sponsor social and extra-curricular activities for its summer community. Registration begins in April 2016.

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Simboli Hall dedication

Simboli Hall dedication

Boston College dedicated and renamed 9 Lake Street, home of Boston College’s School of Theology and Ministry and Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, as Simboli Hall in honor of real estate developer and longtime University benefactor Anthony C. “Tony” Simboli ’50, M.A. ’50, and his wife, Gloria. University President William P. Leahy, S.J., joined the Simboli family, Dean of the School of Theology and Ministry Mark Massa, S.J., and other University officials for the September 16 dedication.

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Why graduate study at the STM?

Slideshow of STM grad students

Six students from the STM’s Fall 2016 incoming class of 135 share their reasons for pursuing graduate study in theology and ministry at the STM.

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Upcoming Events

Lumen et Vita Graduate Theological Conference: “Sacramental Vision and Rejuvenating Word: Embodying Theological Conversations with a Troubled World”

Saturday, January 30, 2016 | 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Robsham Theater, Chesnut Hill Campus | Simboli Hall, Brighton Campus

Keynote speaker: Kelly Brown Douglas, professor of religion, Goucher College
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Fifth Annual Dean’s Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture: “The Theology of Pope Francis: Real Reform or Window Dressing?”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 | 5:30 p.m.
Corcoran Commons, Heights Room | Chestnut Hill Campus

James Bretzke, S.J., STM professor of moral theology; Kristin E. Heyer, professor of theology, Boston College Theology Department; Susannah Heschel, Eli Black Professor of Jewish Studies, Dartmouth College; Thomas Reese, S.J., senior analyst, National Catholic Reporter; and Michael Sean Winters, visiting fellow, Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies, The Catholic University of America. Moderated by Mark Massa, S.J., STM dean and professor of Church history.

Supervised ministry: developing pastoral skills

Supervised ministry video

Codirected by STM associate professors Melissa Kelley and Theresa O’Keefe, the Supervised Ministry program guides students in choosing ministry placements that reflect their personal and professional interests. Its goal is to help students form, develop, cultivate, and deepen their pastoral skills and explore how those relate to their theological study.

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“The Birth of Jesus: Two Gospel Accounts” translated into Spanish

A fragile world belonging to all - photo of Earth from space

STM Online: Crossroads (formerly C21 Online) recently released a Spanish-language version of one of its most popular mini-courses. “El Nacimiento de Jesús: Dos Relatos Evangélicos,” translated by STM Assistant Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education Hosffman Ospino, explores the infancy narrative from the gospels of Matthew and Luke.

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On campus

“Rereading the Roman Tea Leaves: The Francis Effect in the Synods on the Family,” a lecture by Professor of Moral Theology James Bretzke, S.J., with a response from STM Ph.D. student Susan Reynolds, M.T.S. ’13, was one of eight lecture programs sponsored by the STM’s Continuing Education Office this past fall.

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Faculty News

John F. Baldovin, S.J., led a workshop for the Novices of the Canada, Maryland, and US Northeast provinces in Syracuse, New York.

James T. Bretzke, S.J., published “The Francis Effect on the Munus Docendi and Gubernandi of the Church” in Horizons. The article was part of the theological roundtable discussion, with responses by Julie Hanlon Rubio and Reid B. Locklin. He also contributed “A Closer Look at Synod Paragraph #85 of the Synod Final Report” to the online journal Wake Up Lazarus.

Colleen M. Griffith gave a talk, “Thomas Merton: A Prophet for Our Time,” at Boston College.

Angela Kim Harkins coedited Religious Experience and the Dead Sea Scrolls, a special themed issue of Dead Sea Discoveries. She contributed an article, “The Emotional Re-Experiencing of the Hortatory Narratives Found in the Admonition of the Damascus Document” and coauthored the editorial note in the same edition. Harkins also published articles in 40 Futures: Experts Predict What’s Next for Biblical Archaeology, a themed edition of Biblical Archaeology Review and in Ancient Jewish Prayers and Emotions: A Study of the Emotions Associated with Prayer in the Jewish and Related Literature of the Second Temple Period. She presented a paper at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature in Atlanta, Georgia.

Theological Studies published Mary Jo Iozzio’s review of Flannery O'Connor: Writing a Theology of Disabled Humanity by Timothy Basselin. Iozzio also contributed two articles to The First. She gave several presentations at the University of Vienna, including “A Just and Joyful Mercy Where the Moral and Theological Virtues Meet: The Witness of Pope Francis.” She also gave two presentations in Atlanta, Georgia, for the annual meetings of the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Literature. She serves as a board or committee member in several national organizations.

Theresa A. O’Keefe presented a paper, “Digital Technology: Inhibitor of or Aid to Relationships?” at a meeting of the Association of Youth Ministry Educators in San Diego, California. 

Hosffman Ospino published “Affirming a vocation culture in Hispanic families” in HORIZON, Journal of the National Religious Vocation Conference. He delivered the Fr. Lydio F. Tomasi, C.S. Annual Lecture in El Paso, Texas, and a lecture sponsored by the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of Notre Dame.

The Pastoral Review is running a series of five articles by Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., on Pauline theology and spirituality. The series is called “Written for Our Instruction.”

Fordham University Press published a book by O. Ernesto Valiente, Liberation through Reconciliation: Jon Sobrino’s Christological Spirituality.

Andrea Vicini, S.J., reviewed Marilyn Martone’s Over the Waterfall in Heythrop Journal and presented a paper at the American Academy on Communication in Healthcare’s 2015 International Conference on Communication in Healthcare in New Orleans, Louisiana. He gave the plenary lecture “End of Life Care: The Role of Emotions,” at the “Human Dignity at the End of Life: The Vital Role of the Healthcare Professional” conference in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.