Spirituality Studies

Launch of Spirituality Studies

Equip Yourself

Future ministers need to be prepared to help people in the formation and growth of their relationships with God, self, others, and the world. The best of Catholic formative, theological education appreciates the importance of translating theological truths into living practices of faith—in short, into spirituality. Christian spirituality, properly understood, is rooted in the tradition of the Church and the community of faith. 

Beginning in 2020, STM will offer a variety of programs and courses focused on spirituality. As an interdisciplinary academic field, Spirituality Studies explores the richness of the Christian spiritual tradition—its historical and contemporary texts, practices, figures, and movements.

Apply for Summer and Fall 2020

We invite you to join us as part of this exciting and dynamic new initiative. Learn more about how to apply here. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the admissions team with any questions.

Post-Master's Certificate in Spiritual Formation, Summer 2019

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Program Offerings

Concentrations

In the Th.M., S.T.L., and S.T.D. degrees, Christian Spirituality Studies can be chosen as a concentration. Students participate in critical study of the Christian spiritual tradition with an eye toward creative and constructive theological appropriation of these materials in ways that contribute to the church, the academy, and the world.

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Post-Master’s Certificate in Spiritual Formation

Take the next step in your career and strengthen your ability to transform the spiritual lives of individuals and faith communities. Three themes—prayer and discernment, the art of spiritual direction, and working within faith communities—highlight the program. 2020 Dates: July 13-24.

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Certificate Programs

Explore spirituality through one of our flexible 18-credit certificate programs. Certificates are offered for enrichment or enhancing your ministerial skills in the areas of Christian Spirituality, Ignatian Spirituality and Jesuit Studies, and Spiritual and Pastoral Care.

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Courses

Considering a career change, graduate program, or a return to campus? Want to further your educational and professional development? Explore a path through our nondegree coursework in spirituality.

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Intensive on the 19th Annotation

A one-week intensive on facilitating the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life, also known as the 19th Annotation retreat. This program consists of morning classes that explore central dynamics of the Spiritual Exercises, with the afternoon focused on the practice of facilitating the retreat for others. The program is open to trained spiritual directors who have experienced the 19th Annotation themselves. 2020 Dates: July 6-10. Learn more. 

Evelyn Underhill Lecture in Christian Spirituality

The annual Underhill Lecture is held each summer at Boston College in Robsham Theater. The lecture is named after the early twentieth century mystic Evelyn Underhill, author of the classic text Mysticism and numerous influential texts on the Christian spiritual life. Past Underhill lecturers have included Wilkie Au, Sandra Schneiders, Timothy Radcliffe, Elizabeth Johnson, Ilia Delio, and Rowan Williams. Andrew Prevot will give the 2020 lecture on July 11. 

Student Voices

Lay and religious men and women from around the world form our diverse community—one that represents a range of ages, interests, and experiences. Explore some of their stories.

I am excited that STM is developing programs in Spirituality Studies. Not only do we have the faculty resources to do so, but also Christian spirituality—focusing on ways of being disciples of Jesus—is at the core of what we try to inculcate in many, if not all, of our classes.
Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., Dean

Our Faculty

Colleen M. Griffith

Colleen M. Griffith

Professor of the Practice of Theology
Faculty Director, Spirituality Studies

André Brouillette, S.J.

André Brouillette, S.J.

Assistant Professor of Systematic and Spiritual Theology
Francine Cardman

Francine Cardman

Associate Professor of Historical Theology and Church History
Barton T. Geger, S.J.

Barton T. Geger, S.J.

Assistant Professor of the Practice
Angela Kim Harkins

Angela Kim Harkins

Associate Professor of New Testament
Catherine M. Mooney

Catherine M. Mooney

Associate Professor of Church History
Michael Simone, S.J.

Michael Simone, S.J.

Assistant Professor of Old Testament
Andrew L. Prevot

Andrew L. Prevot

Associate Professor
Boston College Theology Department
Brian Robinette

Brian Robinette

Associate Professor
Boston College Theology Department

Resources

STM students benefit from opportunities for retreats, spiritual direction, and additional courses and events offered by partner offices like the Institute for Advanced Jesuit Studies, the Church in the 21st Century Center, and the Center for Ignatian Spirituality.
 

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