Formation

We approach education with an emphasis on holistic formation—helping you grow and flourish as a whole person. From the moment you enter STM, we work with you to determine your goals and challenge you to reach them while helping you develop along the intellectual, spiritual, ministerial, and human dimensions of your life.

Academically, we emphasize rigorous thought and constructive critique in the classroom. We also support students with a variety of intentional opportunities to grow spiritually—offering prayer, worship, retreats, and individual direction.

We then encourage students to take the knowledge they gain about themselves and their disciplines into communities, serving others and growing as ministerial leaders in the process. Our students act as mentors in a variety of programs and conduct Confirmation, the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and faith formation programs.

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The administrators, faculty and staff at STM see their day-to-day work as a ministry, a vocation. Our commitment is to provide the best individualized programs so that each student continues to grow in wisdom and grace and to develop as mature, well-rounded ministers for the Church and the world today.
Sr. Barbara Quinn, R.S.C.J., Associate Director of Spiritual Formation

Spiritual Formation

Meet Your Spiritual Director

At the beginning of each fall semester, we host Meet Your Directors Night, at which students learn about our approach to spiritual formation and match with trained women and men who serve as spiritual directors. Students receive $100 toward spiritual direction during their time at STM.

Retreats

Reflection, quiet prayer, and common experiences off-campus grant us greater access to our inner gifts while building communal bonds, which is why we encourage students to attend retreats throughout the year. We maintain a list of retreat resources and offer up to $200 to help defray costs of longer retreats.

Opportunities to Serve

True to our mission and the ideals of Boston College, we offer many ways throughout the year for students to serve others. Our students help communities through parishes, nonprofits, retreats, and other opportunities locally and around the world.

Small Faith Sharing Groups

Every fall semester, trained student leaders invite interested students to participate in faith sharing groups that allow students to explore their own distinct spiritual journeys in community. These groups are shaped by those participating in them and aim to continue throughout the course of your studies.

International Experiences

Through immersion trips, supervised ministry placements, and coursework, students serve communities and strengthen their pastoral skills in a variety of places, from South America and the Caribbean to Rwanda and the Holy Land.