Every year, more than 200 lay and ordained students from all over the world come together to form our lively summer study community. This continues our 50-year tradition of providing high-quality religious and pastoral ministry summer education.
We offer an array of courses that you can use toward a degree program or take for personal or professional development. Select from online courses, morning and evening three-credit classes that occur over three-week sessions, and a variety of one-credit options that take place over a one-week period.
If you have taken a course at BC before, please fill out the form below. You will need your Eagle ID to proceed. If you do not remember your Eagle ID, please call the STM admissions office at 617-552-6506, so that we can provide it to you.
If you have NOT taken courses at BC before, please fill out our online application form. You will only need to fill this form out once.
**There is an option to upload a personal statement, and we would ask that you submit a brief statement (one to two paragraphs) identifying the course you are interested in taking and why. Please also include if you would like to take the course for credit or audit.
If you have any questions about the best way to apply or register for the summer, please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-552-6506.
We look forward to seeing you at the STM this summer!
TMST 7058 Sacraments in the Life of the Church
This course will assist participants in developing the sacramental dimension of their pastoral perspective. After exploring sacrament in its broadest sense 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 of Vocation; Marriage and Holy Orders.
TMPS7060 Education in Faith: Foundations and Practices
This course proposes theological, spiritual and pedagogical foundations for a participatory and empowering approach to faith-based education, pastoral ministry and service. Reflecting religious education as a mode of practical theology and concern for the spiritual foundations of Catholic education, the course invites participants to develop their own praxis of educating from and for faith. This is the purpose of the Church’s educational work in the world. However, it is also a responsibility of every Christian person and of every function of ministry and faith based service.
Thomas H. Groome
8:30am – 11:45 am
TMPS7093: Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
In this introduction to pastoral care and counseling, you will reflect on the discipline as a charism for the whole people of God that can be practiced in empowering and teachable ways. Focusing on how people shape their lives through stories, you will explore congregational and personal family systems and self care practices. Particular topics to be addressed will be family counseling, violence, crisis ministry, depression, substance abuse, and boundaries in ministry. You will explore the theological horizons of pastoral care and counseling, including the interface between counseling ministry, sacramental ministry, and Ignatian spirituality.
8:30 am – 11:45 am
TMNT7047 The Gospel of John
This course will explore the Gospel of John with attention to its distinctive literary and theological voice within its historical context. Topics that will be given special consideration include Johannine Christology, the relationship between the Johannine communities and the Jewish groups of their time, the understanding of discipleship in the Fourth Gospel, and the reception of this Gospel in the history of the Church.
Sherri L. Brown
8:30am – 11:45 am
TMST8016 Global Catholicism
This seminar traces the evolution of global Catholicism in the light of demographic shifts within the Roman Catholic Church from 1910-2010. Drawing upon insights and perspectives from church history, ecclesiology, theology, world mission studies, and post-colonial theory, the seminar examines the interactive dynamics of faith and culture as it explores the transformation of Roman Catholic ecclesial consciousness in the twenty-first century. Additional resources for research and analysis include the working documents, proceedings, and outcomes of recent Special Synods as well as international, regional, and national General Conferences of Episcopal Conferences, Assemblies of Conferences of Religious, and World Youth Days.
Margaret E. Guider, OSF
5:45pm – 9:00pm
TMHC7195 Ancient Wisdom for Discerning the Spirits
A study of the discernment of spirits in the ancient church, beginning with the Old and New Testaments, select Church Fathers, the Life of St. Anthony, the sayings of the desert fathers and mothers, and Evagrius Ponticus and John Cassian. For the purposes of showing their relevance for the present day, continuities with the "Spiritual Exercises" of St. Ignatius Loyola and "The Screwtape Letters" of C. S. Lewis will be considered.
Barton T. Geger, SJ
5:45pm – 9:00pm
TMPS7160 Management in Ministry
The administrative side of ministry is often overlooked and undervalued, much to the detriment of our mission and our ability to have a lasting impact. In this course, we’ll execute a mad romp through the basics of working in (or managing) a faith-based non-profit organization, using Catholic parishes and K-12 schools as particular examples. Readings will be drawn from (for-profit and non-profit) management literature, with a liberal sprinkling of Church documents and (short) theological reflections. Topics will include: leadership and management; financial planning; human resources; fundraising; communications; making the most of technology, and more.
5:45pm – 9:00pm
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?
8:45am – 11:45am
TMPS7041 Practice of Ministry with Youth and Young Adults
This course aims to explore elements critical to the effective practice of ministry for and with youth and young adults. Considering the broad demographics herein, this class attends to fostering the skills of discernment and mentoring, which would be valuable across the spectrum of these varied constituencies and contexts. Together the class explores the contexts of the ministry (ecclesial and social), identifies a vision for the work, and considers how that vision might assist in discerning God's action in and direction for work with youth and young adults.
Theresa A. O’Keefe
8:45am – 11:45 am
TMOT7067: Introduction to Old Testament
A literary, historical, and theological introduction to the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible)—the Pentateuch, Historical Books, Wisdom Literature and Psalms, and Prophets.
Angela Kim Harkins
8:45 am – 11:45 am
TMCE7004: Moral Dimensions of the Christian Life
This course provides a foundational and systematic overview of the basic components of Catholic moral theology. The content of the course is an exposition and analysis of topics traditionally treated under the heading of fundamental moral theology: moral character, moral freedom and its limits, the relationship of spirituality and morality, sin and conversion, conscience, the use of scripture in moral reasoning, natural law, the teaching authority of the church in moral matters, the development of moral norms, discernment and moral decision-making.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
TMPS7192: Pastoral Care in Times of Crisis
Being in a position of leadership in parishes and churches and other communities of faith is an open invitation to people who are in crisis. Clergy, faith leaders, and lay ecclesial ministers are first responders in situations of crisis because most persons turn to their faith community when faced with acute situations that exceeds their own capacity to respond and cope. Consequently, this course will explore in depth the ministry of pastoral care and counseling in times of crisis in an interdisciplinary process. We will explore together the historical and contemporary definitions, types, and dynamics of crises, and bring them into conversation with our theological and spiritual resources in a praxis of pastoral caregiving. In our exploration, we will identify practices – both personally and communally – to respond to crisis situations and assist persons in identifying their resiliency, rediscovering hope, and creating new meaning for the future in a spiritually integrative way.
William D. Roozeboom
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
June 25 – June 28
TMRE7191: The Craft of Teaching Theology: A Pedagogical Toolkit for the High School Teacher
This course is designed to assist students in developing religion curriculum for adolescents, particularly at Catholic secondary schools. It invites students to consider the goals of a high school religion curriculum and the pedagogical approaches that are most useful in reaching those goals. It attends to the practices of effective teaching, such as curricular planning, resource selection, and pedagogical strategies, and places those practices within a framework of Catholic educational philosophy and theology.
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
July 16 – July 19
TMPS7190: Ministering with the LGBTQ Community
A study of sexual minorities in Christian moral theology and pastoral theology; especially, in relationship with a particular emphasis on LGBTQ persons in light of the dignity of the human person, the principle of imago Dei, and the struggle to live authentically as a sexual minority in the twenty-first century American culture.Theological issues focus on core Christian values such as covenant, human dignity & respect, and fidelity, and with special emphasis on Catholic ecclesial teachings. Pastoral issues concentrate on sexuality (orientation, identity, and expression), compassion, sensitivity, advocacy, support, and pastoral care of the LGBTQ person.
Arthur D. Canales
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
July 23-26, 2018
TMPS7189: Wise and Holy Women and a Few Good Men
This heavily visual course will use art to tell the stories and explore the spiritual legacies of 5 great women across church history--Mary, Hildegard of Bingen, Catherine of Siena, Teresa of Avila, and Therese of Lisieux-- and will explore some of the ways in which their lives and teaching have left lasting impacts on our church and world today. We will also consider contributions from some of the great spiritual men, including: Popes Francis and St. John XXIII; Sts. Francis de Sales and John of the Cross, and Thomas Merton. Occasional hands-on creative activity will be incorporated into class sessions.
Mickey McGrath, OSFS
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
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.
Franklin T. Harkins
8:45am – 11:45 am
We support our students year-round, offering affordable campus housing and other services and events during summer, including daily worship and on-campus dining and recreation access.
The diverse student community comes together not only in the classroom, but also to pray and reflect during daily Mass and student-led prayer services. Daily worship is celebrated at 12:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday during both summer sessions. Students are invited to participate in liturgical ministries, including lector, ministers of Holy Communion, Eucharistic Bread bakers, acolytes, and music ministers.
Summer memberships are available at the Flynn Recreation Complex. For more information, please visit bc.edu/offices/rec.html.
Home to over 40 colleges and universities, a wealth of world-class cultural institutions, and a wide array of professional and collegiate sports teams, the city buzzes with energy, knowledge, and new ideas. And with the Charles River and Atlantic Ocean, Boston offers endless recreational possibilities.
Students take advantage of many of these opportunites throughout the year.
Every Wednesday during the summer, our community gathers for liturgy and lunch, a time to worship and bond over our shared faith.
Greet the morning with coffee and pastries each Tuesday with your fellow students and STM faculty and staff. Tasty Tuesdays provide a great opportunity to connect with the community and ask questions.
With a 300,000-volume collection covering biblical studies, Catholic theology, canon law, Jesuitica, and other topics, the TML supports the STM community’s research, teaching, and learning.
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