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Peter Folan, S.J. M.Div./S.T.L. '13

STM Student Peter Folan, SJ, MDiv and STL 2013

Peter Folan thought about joining the priesthood all through childhood and high school. But it wasn’t until he graduated from college and worked a few years that he took the plunge.

“I worked for the Conference of Catholic Bishops for a year, and then I taught religion at a Catholic high school,” he says. “I loved teaching, but I kept thinking about being a priest. Even though I loved my job, I was still thinking about being a Jesuit.”

Folan entered the Jesuits in 2003, professed his vows in 2005, and spent the next several years in the first stages of formation. He attended Boston College for the final stage, before ordination.

“The STM faculty is peerless, and the opportunity to take courses at other institutions through the Boston Theological Institute was very appealing to me,” Folan says. “In fact, I studied Hebrew at Harvard even before I started classes at BC.”

Folan also appreciates STM’s emphasis on connecting theological theory and practice. “Students here have a lot of opportunities to live out their theology,” he says. “I worked in young adult ministry at a local parish, and I invited my classmates to join me there to give talks, provide expertise, and give spiritual direction. There’s also a very well-established prison ministry.”