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Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., named dean

Thomas Stegman, S.J.

Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., associate professor of New Testament and former chair of the Ecclesiastical Faculty at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, was named dean of the STM in early July. Stegman, who is a member of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, is serving this fall as a delegate to the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus, which opened in Rome on October 2. 

A New Testament scholar whose research focuses on the interpretation of the Pauline Letters, Stegman earned his Ph.D. in New Testament studies from Emory University. He holds an M.A. in philosophy from Marquette University as well as an M.Div. and an S.T.L. from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. The author most recently of Opening the Door of Faith: Encountering Jesus and His Call to Discipleship (Paulist Press, 2015), he has written two other books, co-edited two titles, and published dozens of journal articles and book chapters on theological topics ranging from St. Paul’s letters to Pope John Paul II’s use of Scripture.

“I very much look forward to serving the STM in our mission to prepare individuals for ordination and lay ministry in the Church,” Stegman said. “The call to ministry comes from God, but the skills, the learning, the vision for church—all of these things are inculcated here.”

Read an article in the Boston College Chronicle »


Upcoming event

Tending Your Own Garden: A Spirituality for Active Ministry

Friday, November 4, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. | Corcoran Commons | Chestnut Hill Campus

Presenter: Colleen M. Griffith, STM professor of the practice of theology

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STM welcomes Joseph E. Weiss, S.J.

Joseph Weiss SJ

Joseph E. Weiss, S.J., M.Div. ’84, has joined the faculty as professor of the practice of liturgy. He will teach courses in Liturgical Preaching. Weiss comes to the STM from the Church of Saint Thomas More in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he was pastor. He has taught at Creighton University and was a professor of theology at Notre Dame. His writing focuses on liturgy, spirituality, and sacramental theology. 

A member of Societas Liturgica and the North American Academy of Liturgy, Weiss holds a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame.

Student travels to Uganda for practicum

Uganda teaching

Aly Monteleone, M.A. ’17, spent eight weeks over the summer at St. Theresa's Girls Primary School in Kisubi, Uganda. Monteleone taught religious education to girls in third, fourth, and sixth grade, and lived on the school’s campus with the students, teachers, and administrators. Run by the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Reparatrix, the school provides an academic curriculum as well as a farming program to educate students on the practicalities of Ugandan living. “I saw the STM's international practicum opportunity as a chance to experience my faith in a global context and develop my ministerial and teaching skills,” Monteleone said. “My time in Uganda affirmed my interest in working with international populations in intercultural faith settings.”

Picturing Paradise


A new exhibition, “Picturing Paradise: Cuadros from the Peruvian Women of Pamplona Alta as Visions of Hope,” opens with a reception at the Theology and Ministry Library on the Brighton Campus on October 24 at 4:00 p.m. Featuring more than 40 embroidered and appliquéd fabric pictures (cuadros) created by women from two art cooperatives in Pamplona Alta, on the outskirts of Lima, Peru, the exhibition tells the women’s stories.

Learn more and register for the opening presentation and panel discussion »

STM Continuing Education launches resource on preaching


STM Continuing Education introduced a new video series, Flesh Made Word: The Art of Crafting a Homily. Produced and directed by Thomas A. Kane, C.S.P., who retired in May from his post as associate professor of homiletics and liturgical practice, the free online resource includes nine video recordings of a wide range of homilies as well as interviews with a variety of preachers.

View the Flesh Made Word series »

On campus

Amy-Jill Levine

More than 200 lay and ordained men and women from around the world came to the Boston College campus in June, July, and August for Summer at STM. New offerings included language courses and the launch of the hybrid Master of Arts in Theology and Ministry degree program.

Ilia Delio, O.S.F., gave the 2016 Evelyn Underhill Lecture in Christian Spirituality on “Evolution and the Primacy of Love” on July 16. And Amy-Jill Levine (pictured) presented “Telling Stories about Women” for the July 22 Mary of Magdala Celebration.

View video of “Evolution and the Primacy of Love” »
View video of “Telling Stories about Women” »

Faculty news

John F. Baldovin, S.J., taught a three-day course, Worship and Social Justice: The Implications of Belonging to a Worshipping Community, in seven cities in South Africa last summer. Baldovin also published “Worship: Ninety Years of Early Liturgical History” in the journal Worship; “Facing East During the Liturgy: Fact and Fiction” in America magazine; and several book reviews.

James T. Bretzke, S.J., published an article, “Conscience and the Synod: An Evolving Quaestio Disputata” in the Journal of Moral Theology. He also presented a workshop on Catholic moral teaching for the faculty and board of Sacred Heart School in Greenwich, Connecticut. Bretzke has served on the Sacred Heart board since 2010.

André Brouillette, S.J., recorded a lecture series, What Does It Mean to Be Saved?: The Theology of Salvation, for Now You Know Media. He also gave a two-day formation workshop on Jesuit history for the Canadian novices of the Society of Jesus.

Angela Kim Harkins was invited to be a member of the editorial board of the Journal for the Study of the New Testament. She presented at the Enoch Seminar on the Gospel of John, held in Camaldoli, Italy, and gave an invited paper at the annual meeting of the Society of New Testament Studies in Montreal, Canada. Harkins also served as chair of the program committee of the annual meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association at Santa Clara University. She is participating in a 2016–17 interdisciplinary faculty cohort on contemplative pedagogy at Boston College.

At the convention of the Catholic Theological Society of America, held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Richard Lennan participated in a panel discussion of Bruce Morrill's book The Essential Writings of Bernard Cooke. He also presented a paper, “Pope Francis and the Changing, Unchanging Church” at the Broken Bay Institute in Sydney, Australia, and gave the Inaugural Cathedral Lecture at the Sacred Heart Cathedral in Newcastle, Australia.

Catherine M. Mooney presented a lecture on “Medieval Holy Women and Their Multiple Franciscan Identities” at the conference “Franciscan Women, Medieval and Beyond” sponsored by the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University, New York.

Hosffman Ospino received a grant from the Our Sunday Visitor Institute to support the publication of a book on ministry with Hispanic Catholic youth and young adults. Ospino published articles in Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal and To All the World: Preaching and the New Evangelization, and coauthored an article in Implementation Science. Ospino also wrote “Grateful Remembrance: Taking Memorized Prayer to Heart,” which was included in the 2016 Catechetical Sunday Kit. He coordinated the National Colloquium on Ministry with Hispanic Catholic Youth and Young Adults, held at Boston College, and gave a lecture at the Catholic Theological Society of America’s annual meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico. He also gave a presentation on “Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church” for the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation.

Jane E. Regan’s new book, Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Transforming the Parish through Communities of Practice, was published by Paulist Press.

Michael Simone, S.J., published “A 'Chariot of Fire' in Amos 7:4: A Text Critical Solution for qōrē' lārīb bā'ēš” in Vetus Testamentum.

Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., gave an invited lecture, “Four Key Texts: Markan Indicators for the Why and How of Prayer,” at the 79th International Meeting of the Catholic Biblical Association in Santa Clara, California.