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School of Theology and Ministry

Mission Statement

school of theology and ministry

STM Mission Statement

The Boston College School of Theology and Ministry (STM) is an international theological center that serves the Church’s mission in the world as part of a Catholic and Jesuit university. Through the fostering of Christian faith and the promotion of justice and reconciliation, the school prepares its students for ministries that are as diverse as the composition of the student body – Jesuits and other candidates approved for ordination studies, women and men for lay ecclesial ministries and for service rooted in faith.

The STM is committed to the Catholic theological tradition, rigorous academic inquiry, interdisciplinary study, ecumenical and interreligious dialogue, and the engagement of faith and culture.

Through the Ecclesiastical Faculty and the Department of Religious Education and Pastoral Ministry, the STM offers graduate programs, including civil and ecclesiastical degrees in theology and ministry that integrate intellectual, spiritual, pastoral, and personal formation.  To form a community that is contemplative, critical, and collaborative, it draws on the Ignatian tradition and the rich diversity of its students and faculty who are lay, ordained, and members of religious communities.  Theological research, reflection, and pastoral practice are integral to the STM’s life and mission.  The STM reaches out to larger theological and pastoral communities through STM Online: Crossroads learning resources, the publication of New Testament Abstracts, and timely continuing education programs.