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Reflecting on GC36

Thomas Stegman, S.J. meets Pope Francis

STM Dean Thomas Stegman, S.J., a delegate to the 36th General Congregation of the Society of Jesus (GC36) this fall, met Pope Francis on October 24 during the pontiff’s four-hour visit with delegates at the Jesuit Curia in Rome. The congregation gathered in October and November to elect a successor to retiring Superior General Adolfo Nicolás, S.J., and to discuss petitions and requests from individual Jesuits and provincial congregations. Arturo Sosa, S.J., of Venezuela was elected the 31st superior general of the Society of Jesus on October 14.

BC News reports on Stegman’s reflections on GC36 »


Historic meeting on Latin American theology

Gustavo Gutierrez

On February 8, 2017, more than 40 Latin American, U.S. Latino/a, and Spanish theologians will gather at Boston College to discuss the current status of Latin American theology in a globalized world and the challenges it poses to evangelization and geopolitics. STM will cohost a panel discussion highlighting some of the key insights of this gathering, including ways in which Pope Francis has defended Latin American liberation theology and how it influences and shapes his teachings and pastoral actions. Panelists include Gustavo Gutierrez, O.P., John Cardinal O’Hara Professor of Theology, University of Notre Dame (pictured); Juan Carlos Scannone, S.J., professor, Faculty of Philosophy and Theology of San Miguel, Argentina; and Jon Sobrino, S.J., professor of theology, Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas, El Salvador. Thomas H. Groome, STM professor of theology and religious education and director of the Church in the 21st Century Center, will moderate the discussion.

Read more about the panel and register for the event »

Graduate assistantships offer practical experience

Genesis Arocho

Graduate assistantships, offered by or in partnership with the STM, each year provide some 30 students financial aid and meaningful work experience related to their interests and career goals. Genesis Arocho (pictured), a graduate admissions assistant, and other students share their experiences.

View slideshow of graduate assistants »


Upcoming events

Healing After a Time of Discord

STM Online: Crossroads Course
Begins January 25 | $25

Featuring videos with Fr. Kenneth Himes, O.F.M., Boston College professor of theology

Register for the course »

Deepening Catholic Citizenship Today: Drawing from Scripture and Tradition

Thursday, March 9 | 5:30–7:15 p.m. | Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus

Presenters: Richard J. Clifford, S.J., STM Emeritus Professor of Old Testament, and Thomas Massaro, S.J., professor of moral theology, Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University
Register for the presentation »

Alumni profile: Danielle Roberts, M.T.S. ’12

Danielle Roberts

Danielle Roberts, a program officer for university engagement at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Baltimore, Maryland, returned to campus November 7 to talk with STM students at this year’s Ministry Expo. Roberts coordinates the CRS Student Ambassador Program, working with student leaders and staff on almost 100 campuses to train and equip them to mobilize campus communities to pray, learn, act, and advocate in solidarity with the global community through CRS.

While pursuing her graduate work at the STM, Roberts completed the Certificate in Human Rights and International Justice, a program she says helped her think critically about her “role in the world as a person of faith and the broader role of the Catholic tradition in engaging our global community in a positive way.”

“My studies at BC gave me the academic and intellectual underpinnings for the work of developing programs, resources, and communications that engage students and staff in reflecting on why and how their faith connects them to our global human family and invites their participation in the co-creation of a world made new,” Roberts says.

On campus

Week of Service @spoonful0fjam

Second Annual STM Religious Education Lecture
On October 27, Jane E. Regan, STM associate professor of theology and religious education; director, STM Continuing Education; and chair, STM Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, presented “Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Transforming the Parish through Communities of Practice.”
View video of the lecture »

Week of Service
From October 30 to November 6, STM students, faculty, and staff volunteered at sites in and around Boston, serving food at Boston Rescue Mission and St. Francis House, helping with farm tasks at Drumlin Farm (pictured) and The Food Project, cleaning up litter on the Boston College campus, and assisting with communion at the South Bay House of Corrections.


Faculty news

John F. Baldovin, S.J., contributed a chapter, “Liturgical and Sacramental Preaching,” to A Handbook for Liturgical Preaching, edited by Edward Foley and published by Liturgical Press.

James T. Bretzke, S.J., presented a paper, “Conscience and Magisterium in the Next Half-Century: An Emerging Quaestio Disputata,” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas. Bretzke gave interviews to a wide range of national and international news media on Catholic voting and the November 2016 election as well as Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter Misericordia et misera.

André Brouillette, S.J., presented “The concept of Pilgrim as Key to Self-identity in Ignatius Loyola’s Autobiography” at the Annual Symposium for Pilgrimage Studies at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He also offered a recollection on the theme of the pilgrimage for members of the French Catholic community in Boston. Collaborating with the Jesuit Archives in Canada and private collectors, Brouillette gathered a complete set of Textes Ignaciens for a digitization project with Boston College Libraries.

Andrew R. Davis published “Eden Revisited: A Literary and Theological Reading of Genesis 18:12-13” in Catholic Biblical Quarterly and “Re-reading 1 Kings 17:21 in Light of Ancient Medical Texts” in the Journal of Biblical Literature.

Oxford University Press published Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan, by Brian Dunkle, S.J.

Angela Kim Harkins published an article, “The Pro-Social Role of Grief in Ezra’s Penitential Prayer,” in Biblical Interpretation. Her essay “Job in the Ancient Versions and Pseudepigrapha” appeared in A Companion to Job in the Middle Ages (Brill). She also presented a paper, “Second Temple Prayers: Looking Forward and Looking Back,” at the annual meeting of the Society of Biblical Literature and was appointed to its national Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession.

Rafael Luciani published “Los signos de los tiempos como criterio hermenéutico fundamental del quehacer teológico” in Attualidade Teologica, “La opción teológico-pastoral de Francisco” in Perspectiva Teológica, and two articles in Razón y Fe, including “Francisco y la geopolítica pastoral de los pueblos y sus culturas.”

Catherine M. Mooney published a book, Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance, in print and electronic formats with University of Pennsylvania Press.

Theresa A. O’Keefe contributed a chapter, “Making Connections: Neurobiology and developmental theory,” to Neuroscience and Christian Formation (Information Age Publishing). She also presented a workshop, “The Language of Justice: The place of the arts in religious education for prompting the imagination, both for seeing and responding to domestic and global issues” with STM Ph.D. candidate Lakisha Lockhart at the Religious Education Association annual meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  

Hosffman Ospino and co-editors Elsie Miranda and Brett Hoover published Hispanic Ministry in the 21st Century: Urgent Matters (Volume 2: Bilingual) with Convivium Press. He also contributed an article, “The Coming Hispanic Majority: Challenges and Opportunities for Pastoral Musicians,” to Pastoral Music. Ospino organized an art exhibit at the Theology and Ministry Library, “Picturing Paradise: Cuadros by the Peruvian Women of the Pamplona Alta as Visions of Hope.” He also joined a group of bishops and other pastoral leaders to present the Fifth National Encuentro of Hispanic/Latino Ministry to various leaders at the Vatican. Ospino presented “Theological Education at a Crossroads: Wrestling with Emerging Cultural Paradigms” at the American Academy of Religion Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas, and offered keynote addresses at conferences in Orlando, Florida; Stockton, California; and San Jose, California.

Franciscan Media published “Praying with the Gospel of Mark,” a chapter by Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., in Handbook on Prayer in the Catholic Tradition, edited by Robert J. Wicks.

Andrea Vicini, S.J., presented several academic lectures, including “Moral Frameworks and Decision Making” for the Research and Scholarship Integrity Program at Boston College and “Bioethical Care for Our Planet” at College of Our Lady of the Elms in Chicopee, Massachusetts, and gave talks at Stuart Country Day School of the Sacred Heart in Princeton, New Jersey, and Mercy College of Health Sciences in Des Moines, Iowa. Vicini also gave several public presentations at workshops and retreats held at Boston College.