At STM, a rich variety of voices converge to form one dynamic community grounded in the Jesuit, Catholic values of intensive intellectual dialogue and reverence for all backgrounds and viewpoints.
Our students and faculty range in age from their 20s to their 70s. They’re women and men, single, married, priests, new graduates and career professionals, lay students and vowed religious from all over the world. In fact, international students make up 25 percent of our student body. We’re constantly working to ensure we reflect the rapidly changing demographics of the U.S. Catholic Church and international Church and provide resources that meet the needs of every student.
All of us share a single mission: to develop our academic and ministerial gifts in service to the Church and the world. And we value each student equitably—no matter their race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, immigration status, socioeconomic status, religion, ability, or age.
of students are lay students
of lay students are female
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“The School of Theology and Ministry prepares pastoral leaders and theological scholars to inspire others to imagine possibility and live with radical hope. We do this through a curriculum that honors a diversity of perspectives about what it means to be in relationship with God, others and the world. We model it through pedagogical commitments that foster serious inquiry and life-giving empowerment. We bring it to life through our research and service.”
The STM Committee on Race and Ethnicity (CORE) is a standing committee of STM faculty, administrative staff, and students. As an advisory committee to the STM dean, it seeks to advance and sustain the STM’s commitment to racial justice and diversity in the academic, spiritual, personal, and pastoral dimensions of STM formation.
As we read the signs of the times, our schoolwide formation must include an unlearning of racist attitudes, learning new ways of thinking and acting, and relearning how we are to be ambassadors of peace and reconciliation.
“As an openly gay and openly Catholic Latino studying at the STM and working in Campus Ministry, dialogue has been at the heart of my BC experience. The friendships I have formed at the STM have been sources of support and challenge as I figure out my place as a minister in the Church.”
Two STM students created an approach to anti-racism work that draws on significant themes in the Ignatian tradition. This document is guided by the reality that our formation must recognize the current ministerial contexts in which we serve, seeking to integrate our academic study with the personal, pastoral, and spiritual dimensions of formation. How might our discernment of God’s call for racial justice challenge the way we minister and work right now? How might it call us to bring this challenge and discernment to our communities?
Whether sung liturgically, privately, or performed in concert, the Spirituals are a truly unique American music genre, steeped and founded in the Black Church experience with longevity and relevance for our lives today.
Over the 13 years of his public social ministry, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., called our nation to self-reflection and action with regard to three urgent problems—racism, poverty, and war, which remain as urgent today as they did 50 years ago. This address explores King’s exercise of the prophetic and those problems from the vantage of political theology.
Responses to Covid-19 have only highlighted and exacerbated the racial and socioeconomic divides in this country, and as the contemporary civil rights movement pushes for reform and abolition, declaring yet again that Black lives matter -- where is God? Where is the (c)hurch? Together we reflect on both the questions and theological resources for pursuing community and racial justice.