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Faculty scholarship

Faculty scholarship

The STM community gathered in the Theology and Ministry Library atrium April 3 to celebrate new books by four STM faculty members and to recognize more than 50 journal articles, book chapters, and edited volumes their colleagues have published within the past year. Brian P. Dunkle, S.J., an assistant professor of historical theology, offers a critical overview of his subject in Enchantment and Creed in the Hymns of Ambrose of Milan (Oxford University Press). Associate Professor Catherine M. Mooney counters enduring beliefs about her subject in Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance (University of Pennsylvania Press). Jane E. Regan, an associate professor and chair of the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, discusses the challenges ministers face in Where Two or Three Are Gathered: Transforming the Parish through Communities of Practice (Paulist Press). And Associate Professor O. Ernesto Valiente taps into his experiences in his native El Salvador for Liberation through Reconciliation: Jon Sobrino’s Christological Spirituality (Fordham University Press).

Learn more about Brian P. Dunkle, S.J.’s book »
Read a BC News article about Catherine M. Mooney’s scholarship »
Watch a video of Jane E. Regan’s lecture about her work »


El Salvador immersion trip

El Salvador immersion

STM sent a delegation of nine students and one administrator to El Salvador during spring semester break in March. Their goal was to listen and learn from community organizers, leaders of nonprofit organizations, and ministers about Salvadorans’ socioeconomic and ecclesial experiences and the resilience and power of solidarity in their communities. 

Associate Dean for Student Affairs Jacqueline Regan, who traveled with the group, said the immersion experience was particularly meaningful for those preparing to be pastoral ministers and theologians. It enables them to be better prepared to serve culturally diverse communities here in the United States, she said. This is the seventh year the school has offered the trip, which it plans in partnership with CRISPAZ, a faith-based organization in El Salvador.

Read more about the trip »

Upcoming events

The Meeting of East and West: Spirituality Beyond Boundaries


Saturday, July 8  | 10:00–11:45 a.m. | Robsham Theater

Pre-Lecture Alumni Breakfast, 8:30–9:30 a.m.
Presenter: Rev. Dr. John Philip Newell, author-teacher and founder of the School of Celtic Consciousness and distinguished visiting scholar of spirituality at the Iliff School of Theology, University of Denver
Read more about the event and register »

Mary Magdalene and the Women Disciples in the Gospel of Luke


Friday, July 21 | 12:00–3:00 p.m. | St. Ignatius Church | Chestnut Hill Campus

Presenter: Barbara Reid, O.P., vice president and academic dean and professor of New Testament studies at Catholic Theological Union at Chicago
Read more about the event and register »

Alumni profile: Andy Otto, M.A. ’15

Andy Otto

The creator and editor of the website God In All Things recently published God Moments: Unexpected Encounters in the Ordinary with Ave Maria Press. The book focuses on discovering the unexpected beauty of God’s presence in quotidian moments and routines. Dave Dwyer, C.S.P., executive director of the Paulist Fathers media resource Busted Halo, called Otto's book “a modern-day spiritual treasure” that “helps all of us discover a God who wants to relate to us in the ordinary messiness of our day-to-day lives.” In addition to editing God In All Things, which shares Ignatian spirituality through a blog, weekly podcast, and other resources, Otto is a campus minister and theology teacher at Mercy High School in Red Bluff, California.

Read a blog post on God in All Things about the book »

Commencement 2017

Tom Stegman

ON MAY 22, STM CELEBRATED the 139 students who earned advanced degrees this year at the STM diploma ceremony in front of Cadigan Alumni Center.

Earlier that day, STM Dean Thomas D. Stegman, S.J. (pictured), offered the invocation at the University’s 141st Commencement Exercises in Alumni Stadium.

View video of the Commencement Exercises »


Jesuit priests

Jesuit priests

Ten recent graduates of the School of Theology and Ministry are among the 29 Jesuits being ordained to the priesthood this month in the United States, Canada, and Haiti. The ordinands have been assigned to ministries that include parish and retreat center work, serving migrants in Haiti, teaching at Jesuit schools, and continuing their studies toward advanced degrees.

Read more about the ordinands »

On campus

Summer at STM

The second session of Summer at STM begins July 17. The three-week session includes three-credit courses on ecclesiology, sacramental theology, religious education, and pastoral care. Full-time area ministers can receive discounts for audited courses.


Faculty news

James T. Bretzke, S.J., was elected to a three-year term as the regional director of the New England Maritimes American Academy of Religion (NEMAAR) and presented a lecture at the group’s annual convention in April. He also published “From Moral Act to Moral Event: Joseph Selling’s Contribution in Re-focusing Roman Catholic Fundamental Moral Theology” in Louvain Studies. He provided comments and interviews to a number of media outlets, including the New York Times, WBUR, and WBZ News.

André Brouillette, S.J., gave a lecture on the theology of pilgrimage to Maison Provinciale des Soeurs de l’Enfant-Jésus in Rivière-du-Loup, Québec, and presented a paper, “Reclaiming an Early North American Spiritual Heritage: The Mystic Jean de Brébeuf,” at the 63rd Annual Convention of the College Theology Society at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island.

Andrew R. Davis gave a talk, “Prophets to the Nations: God’s Word to Those in Exile,” at the New York Catholic Bible Summit in New York City.

Margaret Eletta Guider, O.S.F., was elected second vice president of the Association of Professors of Mission and will serve as president in 2019–2020. She also presented “Embracing the Clarian Dimension of Franciscan Life” to the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany at congregational regional assemblies in New York, New Jersey, Florida, Brazil, and Jamaica. She gave various presentations to the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, women religious in the Chicago area, and Daughters of St. Mary of Providence.

Angela Kim Harkins published the essay, “How Should We Feel about the Teacher of Righteousness?” in Is There a Text in This Cave? Studies in the Textuality of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Honour of George J. Brooke. She presented “Looking at Individual Experiences of Lived Religion in the Past as More than the Cultivation of the Self” at the concluding conference of the “Lived Ancient Religion” research program in Eisenach, Germany. She also participated in an interdisciplinary panel discussion on chronic pain and the Testament of Job at Southern Methodist University’s Perkins School of Theology in Dallas, Texas.

Franklin T. Harkins was recently named president of the International Albertus Magnus Society. He also delivered a paper at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies last month entitled “The Suffering of Job and the End of the Lord: Christ and Salvation in the Super Iob of Albertus Magnus.”

Christopher R. Matthews published an essay, “Markan Grapplings,” in Redescribing the Gospel of Mark, edited by Barry S. Crawford and Merrill P. Miller, in the Society of Biblical Literature series Early Christian Literature.

Catherine M. Mooney organized two sessions of papers on the cultural and devotional significance of stigmata in medieval religious history and commented on the papers at the International Congress on Medieval Studies in May.

Hosffman Ospino published Interculturalism and Catechesis: A Catechist’s Guide to Responding to Cultural Diversity with Twenty-Third Publications, and “Catholic Schools in an Increasingly Hispanic Church: Musings Inspired by a Recent National Study” in Momentum, co-authored with Patricia Weitzel-O’Neill. He presented “Reinventing American Catholicism from Below: Hispanic Migrants in Parish Life” at the International Academy of Practical Theology in Oslo, Norway, and was a panelist on “Research, Advocacy, Leadership Development” at the convening of US Academic Centers on Catholic Social Thought with Cardinal Turkson and the Vatican at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. He also offered a number of ministerial keynotes at workshops and religious education congresses across the country.  

Nancy Pineda-Madrid was visiting professor at the Universidad Centroamericana José Simeón Cañas–San Salvador, El Salvador, where she taught “La mujer en la teología latinoamericana.” She co-organized the symposium “Beauty and Knowledge, Love and Justice: A Symposium Celebrating the Theological Contribution of Roberto Goizueta” at Boston College. Pineda-Madrid also offered several academic presentations, including “Sin as Alienation, Salvation as Theosis & Communion” at the Catholic Theological Society of America’s Annual Convention and the 2017 Most Reverend John McCarthy Lecture on the Catholic Church in the 21st Century at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas.

Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., published a book chapter entitled “Some Ethical Implications of St. Paul's Vision of the ‘New Creation’” in The Bible and Catholic Theological Ethics. Along with James Gartland, S.J., he gave a formal presentation, “Reflections on General Congregation 36,” at the gathering of the USA Midwest Jesuits at Marquette University. 

Andrea Vicini, S.J., published “On the Inner Life of Physicians: Analysis of Family Medicine Residents’ Written Reflections” with A.F. Shaughnessy and A. Duggan in Journal of Religion and Health and “The Role of Emotions at the End of Human Life” in Studia Moralia. He reviewed B. Waters’s Christian Moral Theology in the Emerging Technoculture: From Posthuman Back to Human in Theological Studies.