Living in Boston

Countless service and direct ministry opportunities at parishes, schools, and nonprofits, hundreds of places of worship and faith centers, unrivaled academic resources, an abundance of art and culture—Boston offers all this and so much more.

It’s also a center of American history and an internationally renowned hub for higher education, healthcare, and technology. Here, you’ll enjoy vibrant music and sports scenes and convenient access to green space—and the ocean and outdoor recreation are always nearby. With such a variety of offerings, Boston is an ideal city to pursue personal and professional fulfillment.

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Living in Boston


Colleges and universities in Greater Boston


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Schools in the BTI

Service in the City: Externships

Externships present a great opportunity to help communities while gaining professional experience, furthering the Church’s mission, and learning the city. Our students serve in positions throughout the Archdiocese of Boston and in parishes, schools, nonprofits and other settings.  Externship sites include:

Archdiocese of Boston, Catholic Schools Office

Basilica and Shrine of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Boston

St. Anthony’s Shrine

Manna Community, Boston

Catholic Charities, South Boston

Faith That Does Justice, Boston

The Ignatian Spirituality Project

Social Life

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.

  • Whale watching and harbor cruises
  • Boston Harbor Islands National Park
  • The Museum of Fine Arts (free with BC ID)
  • The Freedom Trail, Bunker Hill, and the U.S.S. Constitution
  • Red Sox baseball games
  • Concerts and events on Boston Common
  • Boston's vibrant Theater District
  • Kayaking on the Charles River
  • The historically Italian North End (filled with delicious restaurants)

  • Cape Cod and the Islands
  • Gloucester and other seaside towns
  • Easy travel to NYC, Montreal, Portland ME, and Newport RI
  • Walden Pond
  • Historic Lexington and Concord
  • Salem
  • Plymouth Rock
  • Hiking in the Blue Hills

The Hub of Interreligious Theological Education

Take courses at 9 theological schools in the Boston area through the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium. The BTI offers cross-registration in hundreds of courses, use of library resources of nine schools, and joint programming.

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