Diversity & Dialogue

Coming Together as One Community

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.

70%

of students are lay students

54%

of lay students are female

26%

of students are international

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.
Hosffman Ospino, Associate Professor of Hispanic Ministry and Religious Education

Alumni Spotlight

Christian Rodriguez

Christian Rodriguez

M.Div. Alumnus

“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.”

Meet Our Students and Alumni

STM Resources

The Spirituals: An African American Music Idiom and Its Relevance to Our Lives Today

Meyer Chambers, campus minister for liturgical arts, Boston College, and Rev. Oscar Pratt, pastor, St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Dorchester, MA

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.

The Fiercy Urgency of Now

M. Shawn Copeland, professor emerita, Boston College Theology Department

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.

Do Black Lives Matter to God?

Amey Victoria Adkins-Jones, assistant professor of theology and African Diaspora studies, Boston College Theology Department

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.