Emmaus: Exploring Theological Education

Emmaus is a two-day experience that invites participants to explore graduate theological studies through a particular encounter with the students, faculty, and staff of the Clough School of Theology and Ministry. Emmaus welcomes applications from young adults from communities that have been underrepresented in Catholic theological education. 

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Emmaus is a two-day, fully funded experience of discernment and encounter geared toward young adults age 19–29 from communities that have been underrepresented in Catholic theological education, including but not limited to race, gender, sexuality, class, and ability.

Emmaus will provide space for participants to discern the path to which God is calling them, and particularly, the place of theological education in pursuing that path. We hope that participants leave Emmaus with:

A sense of confidence in pursuing their theological and ministerial vocation

A network of individuals to support their ongoing discernment

A deep understanding of ministry and its many forms of service to the church and world


Program Features

  • Discernment workshop focused on attentiveness to how God is inviting participants to use their gifts in service to the church and world.
  • Various encounters with the community of the Clough School of Theology and Ministry, including sitting in on a course; attending mass; and meeting with current students, faculty, and staff
  • A community of peers who share a similar sense of calling
  • Introduction to the graduate school application process


Calista Robledo

Calista Robledo

M.Div. '26

Calista Robledo

M.Div. '26

"God appeared on the last day of classes in the midst of conversations about justice, hope, and faith. God appeared not only as a subject debated and questioned, but as an embodied experience of hopeful communal love through learning..."

Read Calista's full reflection.

Joe Penny

Joe Penny

M.A. '24

Joe Penny

M.A. '24

"Responding to Sr. Thea’s invitation to show up fully functioning, I turned to my first language, music. Rather than simply writing or talking about the idea of home, I wanted to indeed guide my people home..."

Read Joe's full reflection. 

 Gabriella Escalante

Gabriella Escalante

M.A. '23

Gabriella Escalante

M.A. '23

"This is my passion, to transmit the message of God's love creatively and simply. This is more than a project or a way of doing ministry; this has shaped me in different ways and helped me discover who I am and who I am meant to be."

Read Gabriella's full reflection. 


Students share the various journeys that have brought them to Simboli Hall. Read a selection of blog posts from our Encounter Blog.

Together on the Road

While accompanying the disciples on the road to Emmaus, Jesus helped them name and give voice to the fire that was burning in their hearts. You too will have the opportunity to walk with God and discover the creative fire that burns within yourself through discernment workshops, one-on-one conversations with faculty and staff, classroom experiences with current students, and the experience of breaking bread with members of your cohort.


Application Requirements


We plan to admit a small cohort of 12 participants. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received, so we encourage you to apply soon.

Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions: cstmapply@bc.edu or 617-552-6506.

Application Deadline: September 6, 2024



Please upload the most recent version of your resume.

Personal Statement

Please upload a personal statement as part of the application. The personal statement should be about two pages in length, double-spaced.

Your statement should address the following:

  • What leads you to apply to Emmaus? 
  • How do you understand the concept of "vocation" or "calling"? How do you understand your own sense of vocation? What has helped to shape this call?
  • What are your academic and/or ministerial interests? How do you hope these interests might be developed if you apply to graduate school in the future?


Please upload an unofficial copy of your undergraduate transcript.


We ask you to submit one recommendation using the online application system. The recommender should be someone who is familiar with your background and interests.

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