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Our summer programs are flexible.  We offer two-week long, one-week long, weekend, and month-long course options.  Students can take as few as one course or complete a degree or certificate.

Liturgy in STM chapel


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Online courses

May 18 - June 12, 2015

On-campus courses

June 22 - July 31, 2015

The STM's Summer Institute draws people from all over the world interested in exploring a wide variety of theological and ministerial topics.  An atmosphere of renewal and revitalization pervades. The academic work is stimulating and challenging, and summer students enjoy a great variety of on-campus activities, liturgies, and seminars, as well as the intrigue of historic Boston and the scenic New England seashore.


Saturday, July 11, 10:00 a.m.

Robsham Theater, Chestnut Hill Campus
What the Outsider Sees: Teresa of Avila and Marilynne Robinson on Knowing God

Most Reverend Dr. Rowan Williams, 104th Archbishop of Canterbury and Master, Magdalene College, Cambridge, England

St. Teresa’s thoughts on encountering and living with God are much shaped by her position as an outsider to the hierarchical world of her day – a woman, and someone from a Jewish background.  This lecture reflects on the question of what the outsider, the marginal person, brings to prayer and theology, and suggests how we might bring Teresa into conversation with the insights of Marilynne Robinson’s fiction, in which the perception of faith by the marginal person is consistently crucial.    
Cosponsored by STM and the Institute of Carmelite Studies


Wednesday, July 22, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
St. Ignatius of Loyola Church and Corcoran Commons, Heights Room, Chestnut Hill Campus
On the Strength of Her Testimony
M. Catherine Hilkert, O.P., professor of theology, University of Notre Dame

As Pope Francis emphasized in Evangelii Gaudium, all members of the Church are called to be missionary disciples.  Yet the testimony of faithful women, including that of Mary Magdalene who bears the title “apostle to the apostles,” frequently has been dismissed or relegated to the category of “unofficial” witness.  This lecture explores the vocation of women to preach the Gospel with particular attention to the testimony of women in the Gospel of John and the preaching of Catherine of Siena, the only lay woman to have been named a Doctor of the Church.  Early registration recommended; includes lunch.
Sponsored by STM