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Summer Courses

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Summer at STM offers a number of course opportunities.  Students can take a 3-credit course over a 3-week session, take an online course over a 5-week period, or take a weeklong course for enrichment and renewal.  Our summer language program also offers Biblical language courses over a 6-week period.  Learn more about all of the 2017 courses below.

Summer Information Guide (pdf)


Please note: Many courses require work prior to your arrival in Boston.  Course syllabi and information regarding pre-arrival work will be posted here beginning in late March/early April.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: or 617-552-6506.

Online Course

Summer 2017: May 23 - June 23 (3-credit course)

TMST7024  Christology
This course seeks to clarify what it means to confess that Jesus of Nazareth is the Christ, and why this is a significant claim. The course examines the New Testament, the early councils of the Church, the writings of early and medieval Christian theologians, the dogmatic teachings of the Church and the contributions of contemporary theologians. Two main questions will be addressed: Who is Jesus? How does Jesus save us?
Barbara Anne Radtke

On Campus

Monday through Thursday, unless noted

Session 1: June 26 - July 13 (3-credit courses)

TMRE7168  Foundations of Christian Education
This course explores contemporary philosophical and theological principles that sustain the art of educating Christians in the faith in religious education, schools, and pastoral contexts. Participants are invited to build on their own ministerial and educational experiences to envision effective approaches to religious education that are life giving. The course offers a survey of documents, theories, and methodologies that will give participants the necessary tools to develop their own philosophy of religious education.
Hosffman Ospino
8:30am - 11:45am

TMST7057  Theological Foundations in Practical Perspective
This course covers fundamental issues and themes in the practice of Christian theology. It explores diverse theological methodologies and considers concepts such as revelation, scripture, tradition, sense of the faithful, magisterium and their roles in the transmission and reception of the Christian faith. Fall: Taught from a pastoral perspective, this course offers an overview of contemporary Christian theology, introducing basic theological themes reflected in Co-Workers e.g. the cultural context in which we do theology, God, being human, Jesus, reign of God, Church. It considers theological methods and investigates the sources that contribute constructions of theological positions.
Nancy Pineda-Madrid
8:30am - 11:45am

TMCE7008  Catholic Social Ethics
This course introduces the rich tradition of social ethics engaged explicitly by Leo XIII, Rerum novarum (1891), continued by his successors and bishops conferences, and enriched by theological reflection that continues today. Attention will be given to the principal documents (encyclicals, Gaudium et spes (1965), pastoral letters), and the contexts from which they emerged to gain facility in applying social analysis to contemporary concerns. Key themes to be studied: life and dignity of the human person, solidarity, social participation and the common good, the preferential option for the poor, and economic development and work, among others.
Stephen Pope
8:30am - 11:45am

TMOT7133  Women in Scripture
This course will begin with an overview of feminist biblical hermeneutics – its history and variety – and then we will examine depictions of women throughout the Christian Bible. Part of this analysis will consist of looking at these depictions from different feminist perspectives. Another part of our analysis will be a consideration of the stories’ social and cultural contexts, especially what archaeology can tell us about women’s lives in antiquity.
Andrew Davis
5:45pm - 9:00pm

TMST7074  Finding God in All Things: Ignatian Spirituality in Theory and Practice
This course has three parts. First, it explores Ignatius Loyola’s context and life as sources for his spirituality and introduces his writings and key spiritual themes such as inner freedom, “contemplation in action,” service of others, discernment and “finding God in all things.” The course will then focus particularly on the Spiritual Exercises in contemporary context – their purpose, structure and dynamic, their teaching on prayer, discernment and choice, and their approach to spiritual guidance. Finally the course will relate Ignatian spirituality to some critical issues in Church and world: social justice, gender and sexuality, global cultures, inter-religious dialogue, the environment, the future Church.
Timothy Muldoon
5:45pm - 9:00pm

Session 2: July 17 - August 3 (3-credit courses)

TMST7020  The Church
The ecclesial dimension of Christian faith is the focal point of this course. The course will locate the church within both a Trinitarian theology and a theological anthropology. Specific topics for exploration include the place of the church in the Creed, the sacramentality of the church, a theology of mission, and of structure and authority. The course will also explore current issues shaping the church's life and its place in the wider culture
Richard Lennan
8:45am - 11:45am

TMST7058  Sacraments in the Life of the Church
After exploring sacrament in its broadest sense, the meaning of sacramentality, and other fundamental elements of Roman Catholic sacramental theology, we will examine each sacrament both in its role in the life of the church as well as its role in each individual's faith journey. We will address historical background and contemporary issues about the Sacraments of Initiation, Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist, the Sacraments of Healing, Reconciliation and the Sacrament of the Sick; and Sacraments at the Service of Communion, Marriage and Holy Orders.
Liam Bergin
8:45am - 11:45am

TMPS7173  All Shall Be Well: Psychological and Theological Resources which Promote Flourishing for Individuals and Communities
Pastoral care has been dominated by a focus on the healing of individual suffering without sufficient attention to the transformative power of joy as an essential element of health and wellbeing. This interdisciplinary course draws upon the disciplines of positive psychology, neuroscience, interplay, appreciative inquiry, biblical studies and a theology of joy. We will learn about and experience the impact of cultivating practices, attitudes and dispositions which heighten the experience of joy and contribute to a flourishing life for individuals and communities. The class will utilize multiple pedagogical methods that require an openness to experiment with novelty.
Brita Gill-Austern
8:45am - 11:45am

TMRE8081  Religious Education in an Interreligious Context
Our world is a place of profound religious diversity. In this context, the prevailing pedagogy requires that religious education occur in an environment that separates those being educated from those whose faith is different. This course will challenge that perspective by exploring the riches to be gained through education that is not only cognizant of the religious “other” but which is actively engaged in interreligious learning. Our premise will be the following: If it ever was, it is now no longer acceptable—or wise—for religious educators to teach about their religion alone.
John Switzer
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Special One-Week Courses (1-credit courses)

July 10 - July 13
TMPS7170  Dorothy Day: A Revolution from the Heart
This course will examine the life and message of Dorothy Day (1897-1980), exploring the literary, political, and spiritual sources that influenced her as well as her ongoing legacy in the church. Drawing on her published writings, we will consider her prophetic response to war and injustice, and the spirituality that underlay her witness. In light of her proposed canonization, we will also examine her invention of a new model of holiness for our time, and consider her significance for contemporary movements in the church, particularly in the era of Pope Francis.
Robert Ellsberg
6:00pm - 9:00pm

July 24 - July 27

TMPS7171  Cultivating Spirituality in a Technological Age
Whether we are “digital natives” thoroughly at home in a world of gadgets, or individuals desperately trying to stay afloat in a device-saturated culture, contemporary technology exerts a tangible influence on how we understand ourselves, relate to others, and discern the presence and action of God in our lives. Our contemporary preoccupation with a “culture of connection” has led to a “contemplative deficit” in many of our lives. Becoming “spiritual Luddites” (those who simply renounce modern technology) is not a viable option. Besides, we all recognize that technology provides us with far too many benefits to repudiate it entirely. Rather what is needed, and what will be explored in this course, is a more profound grasp of the ways in which technology shapes our lives. Only then can we begin to cultivate a more discerning appropriation of technology in our lives.
Richard Gaillardetz
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Summer Language Course (6-credit course)

June 12 - August 3

TMST2008  Introductory Latin: Summer Intensive
This elementary course in Latin presumes no prior study of the language. Basic principles of Latin phonology, morphology and syntax will be treated in classes and reinforced by regular homework exercises and their review in class. Emphasis will be placed on the vocabulary that is appropriate to the various theological disciplines. This course is highly intensive and requires significant weekly work and a fair measure of independent learning. Students will be expected to master the basic grammar and most common vocabulary.
Maria Kakavas
8:45am - 11:45am

Post Master's Certificate in Spiritual Formation (2 credits)

July 17 - July 28
TMPS8049  Post-Master's Certificate
Two weeks: Monday-Friday
Morning (8:45am - 11:45am) and afternoon (2:00pm - 4:30pm) sessions

summer tuition rates

Summer at STM tuition rates are structured "per credit," and you pay based on the number of credits you take.  The official credit rate for Summer 2017 is $1,064 per credit.  For a 3-credit course, the cost to take the course at full-credit is $3,192.  The cost per audited credit is $532, so to audit a 3-credit class, the cost is $1,596.