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Faculty members collaborate on new book

Holy Spirit book cover

STM scholars published The Holy Spirit: Setting the World on Fire (Paulist Press, 2017) to help guide the Catholic faithful to greater awareness of the Holy Spirit’s presence and movement in their lives. Co-edited by Professor Rev. Richard Lennan and Associate Professor Nancy Pineda-Madrid, it is a collection of essays from 17 members of the STM faculty. In the book, each author addresses the topic of the Holy Spirit from his or her area of study—from history, ethics, and spirituality to pastoral theology, systematic theology, and the Bible.

This is the second collaborative book project from the STM. Previously, Fr. Lennan and Pineda-Madrid co-edited Hope: Promise, Possibility, and Fulfillment, to which 17 STM faculty members contributed essays.

Read more about the book in BC News » 


New faculty at the STM

Gergen photo

THIS FALL, THE STM WELCOMED FOUR SCHOLARS to its faculty. Barton T. Geger, S.J. (pictured), is assistant professor of the practice, research scholar at the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, and general editor of Studies in the Spirituality of Jesuits. Rafael Luciani, associate professor of the practice, and Felix Palazzi, associate professor of the practice, will teach as well as lead the Formación Continua program. William D. Roozeboom joins the faculty as assistant professor of pastoral care and counseling.


Ministry Expo

Ministry expo

On October 30, STM alumni working in a variety of ministries and faith-based service careers visited Simboli Hall to talk with current students about ministerial career options and paths. Campus ministers, hospital chaplains, teachers, parish ministers, higher education professionals, and Ph.D. students discussed their specialties and shared information about their discernment experiences.

Upcoming events

Leadership for Ministry

Instructors: Jacqueline Regan and James Gartland, S.J. | Begins January 24

Prenuptial Investigation and Preparation

Instructor: James Conn, S.J. | Begins February 9

These new short-term, one-credit modules are offered on evenings and weekends for ministers who wish to explore leadership models and/or various programs of preparation for marriage.

Learn more about the modules »

“Witness to Faith: The Biblical Art of Sadao Watanabe”

Wantanabe artwork

ON VIEW THROUGH December 20 IN THE THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY LIBRARY, this exhibit features more than 30 original momigami (wrinkled paper) and washi (Japanese paper) prints, calendars, and stencil Christmas cards by Japan’s foremost Christian artist, Sadao Watanabe.

Read more about the exhibit »

On campus

On October 19, STM Dean Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., presented a lecture, “Spiritual and Theological Riches in Paul’s Letter to the Romans,” at an event celebrating his new book, Written for Our Instruction: Theological and Spiritual Riches in Romans.

Lumen et Vita, STM’s graduate student academic journal, hosted “Reconciliation: Suffering, Grace, and Healing the Wounds of Division” on November 9 in Simboli Hall. Top papers from the symposium will be published in Lumen et Vita’s next issue.

Read the 2017 edition of Lumen et Vita »

Faculty news

John F. Baldovin, S.J., gave a plenary paper, ‘‘The Sacramentality of the Word,’’ at the annual meeting of the North American Academy of Ecumenists in Dover, Massachusetts, and a parish workshop in liturgy at St. Peter’s Church in Charlotte, North Carolina.

André Brouillette, S.J., published ‘‘Qu’est-ce que Thérèse enseigne au théologien?’’ in Le monde est en feu! Colloque du Ve centenaire de la naissance de Thérèse d’Avila. He presented “The ‘Idealtype’ of (Christian) Pilgrimage: A Phenomenological Proposal” at the Sixth Pilgrimage Studies Symposium at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. He also presented “The 95 Theses at 500: Luther and Ignatius in Dialogue” with Burt Howell and Bart Geger, S.J., organized by the Center for Ignatian Spirituality at Boston College.

James T. Bretzke, S.J., gave an international scholarly paper presentation, “Giving Voice to Shusaku Endo’s Novel Use of Zen Ascetical Spirituality,” at the international conference Catholicism, Literature and the Arts: 1850–Present at Durham University in the United Kingdom. He participated in two other academic colloquia and published six scholarly book reviews.

Thomas H. Groome published the eleventh and final text of the Credo High School Theology Curriculum, History of the Catholic Church. The Credo curriculum is now being used in some 250 United States Catholic high schools and a handful of Australian ones.

Angela Kim Harkins delivered “How Should We Feel about Second Temple Prayers?”—a keynote address in the Dead Sea Scrolls unit of the European Association of Biblical Studies. She was also an invited panelist on “Challenges that Women Biblical Scholars Face,” hosted by the Committee on the Status of Women in the Profession. Both events took place in Berlin, Germany. In addition, Harkins delivered a paper at the Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference at Villanova University. Her essay “The Function of Prayers of Ritual Mourning in the Second Temple Period” was published in Functions of Psalms and Prayers in the Late Second Temple Period.

Rafael Luciani was appointed advisor of the Theological and Pastoral Commission of the Conference of Latin American Bishops (CELAM) and advisor to the Second Vatican Council in Intercontinental and Intercultural Perspectives study group. He published two books, Retornar a Jesus de Nazaré and Pope Francis and the Theology of the People, in addition to two journal articles.

Catherine M. Mooney gave the plenary address “Lives That Matter: Philippine Duchesne and Solidarity Across Frontiers” to an international audience at the Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum at St. Louis University. She gave the Duns Scotus Lecture at the Chicago Theological Union on “Clare of Assisi: Stories of Sanctity for the 21st Century” and also presented “Clare of Assisi: From Historical Figure to Saintly Model” in the STM’s Continuing Education Lecture Series.

Hosffman Ospino launched a three-year set of Latino and Latin American initiatives with Rafael Luciani and Felix Palazzi. He published El Credo: Un encuentro con la fe de la Iglesia [The Creed: An Encounter with the Faith of the Church]. He also published numerous articles and book chapters. He gave several keynotes and presentations, including “The Gospel of Joy in America: Landscape and Priorities for Evangelization in a Diverse Church” at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando, Florida, and “Pope Francis’s Mission Spirituality through the Lenses of Aparecida and Evangelii Gaudium” at the United States Catholic Mission Association annual meeting in San Antonio, Texas.  

Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., published a book, Written for Our Instruction: Theological and Spiritual Riches in Romans, and gave the lead paper at a conference on Social Reconciliation in the Catholic Tradition at Creighton University. 

Andrea Vicini, S.J., published three journal articles and a book review. He produced a podcast, “Contending Modernities: Out of the Lab,” with Contending Modernities at the University of Notre Dame. He gave two presentations, “Bioethics Today” at the Boston University Catholic Center and “Addressing Race and Diversity in Teaching and Research” at the Professional Ethics Workshop at STM.