Student Forum

The Student Forum is a space for students to dialogue about academic, spiritual, and vocational questions, goals, and aspirations. Student Forum leaders support student organizations and initiatives, which enhance our school community by providing opportunities and funding for students to engage with one another outside of the classroom. In addition, Student Forum leaders act as liaisons between STM students, administration and faculty. By providing spaces for students to socialize, pursue their interests, and address concerns, the Student Forum aims to constantly enliven and strengthen STM community life.

Student Forum Representatives

Anna Ryan

Anna Ryan

Program: MDiv 

Grad Year: '21

Hometown:        Philadelphia, PA

anna.ryan@bc.edu

Kelly Sankowski

Kelly Sankowski

Program: MATM

Grad Year: '21

Hometown: Washington D.C.

sankowsk@bc.edu

 Catherine Mikula

Catherine Mikula

Program: MDiv 

Grad Year: '22

Hometown:    New Jersey

mikulac@bc.edu

Student Organizations

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Student Forum Group

Student Forum Group

Contact | student-forum-ggroup@bc.edu 

The Student Forum is a council of representatives from the STM student body comprised of elected officers and appointed group coordinators. These student representatives work with the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to enhance and enliven STM community life through coordination and funding of student programs; providing a forum for discussions of academic and student life policies, curriculum, community life and formation; and acting as a liaison between STM students, administration and faculty. 

Signature Initiatives:

  • Opening barbecue at Faber Jesuit Community in late August or early September 

  • Apple picking in late September or early October (Social Organizing Committee) 

  • Safe space brunches (Gaudete) 

  • Fall symposium and spring conference (Lumen et Vita) 

  • Interreligious worship experiences (approx. three per semester) (Interreligious Engagement Group) 

  • Día de los Muertos altar (Corazón Latinx) 

  • Spanish Masses, particularly All Saints and Our Lady of Guadalupe Masses (Corazon Latinx) 

  • Imago Dei conference in October (Women's Group) 

  • Eschaton Week, a series of activities held at the end of the spring semester. Popular events of Eschaton Week in the past have included a block of tickets for STM students at a Red Sox game, a tour of Harpoon Brewery (with free pretzels!), Zumba, trivia, a field day, a trip to virtual reality at Boda Borg, a barbecue with a gelato truck, and hiking trips.  

Corazón Latinx

Corazón Latinx

Contact |student-forum-ggroup@bc.edu 

Corazón Latinx is a cultural affinity group for Latin@s and Latin American students that supports cultural events and discussions on theology from a Latin American and US Latin@ perspective. Past events have included hosting movie nights and discussions, organizing Spanish worship services, and celebrating Dia de Los Muertos, Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe and other cultural feast days. 

Faith, Peace and Justice Coalition

Faith, Peace and Justice Coalition

Contact |guterres@bc.edu 

The question is not whether we will live out a public faith but how. This student group is committed to providing the STM community with resources for prayer, education, advocacy, and action around issues that impact our global community and that call for a gospel response, especially immigration, climate change, racism, the upcoming election, and justice for the LGBTQ community. The group is committed to facilitating constructive dialogue that can serve as a bridge across various positions on these critical issues as together we search for just and peaceful responses to these contemporary needs. This year, the coalition implemented the STM's #CareforCreationLent initiative and co-sponsored the screening of two films from the New Immigrant and Refugee Visions film series. 

Gaudete

Gaudete

Contact |student-forum-ggroup@bc.edu

Gaudete is the STM extension of the greater lesbian, gay, bisesxual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) and ally resources at Boston College. We are a welcoming and affirming community of STM students, which recognizes the dignity of each person and seeks to enrich acceptance of diverse gender and sexual identities at the STM. We provide a space for hope, witness, and dialogue for all students. We celebrate inclusivity through fellowship, discussion, workshops and events sponsorship at the STM and beyond. 

Signature Initiatives: 

  • Safe Space Brunches 

  • Academic Conference 

  • LGBTQ Ally Workshop

Interreligious Engagement Group

Interreligious Engagement Group

Contact |curryce@bc.edu

The STM Interreligious Engagement Group seeks to provide students with information and awareness about the importance of interreligious engagement by providing chances to explore ecumenical and interfaith opportunities at Boston College and in the greater Boston community. Throughout the year, we strive to host interfaith and ecumenical discussion groups, lectures, and "Interfaith Journeys" to visit worship services and sacred spaces around Boston.



Lumen et Vita

Lumen et Vita

Contact | orozcoam@bc.edu | mccaffky@bc.edu | cowarth@bc.edu | infantim@bc.edu

Lumen et Vita is the student academic journal of the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) at Boston College. We are delighted to publish yearly the research, reflection, and reviews of our peers, from the many diverse areas of theology represented at the school.

Through this publication, we hope to bring this exceptional work to a wider audience. At an initial level, we intend to increase fellow STM students’ knowledge of the scholarship being done outside of their own specialty, thereby allowing us here at the STM to benefit from the rich variety of our school. At a further level, we hope that it may contribute to the interdisciplinary conversation at Boston College and in the larger academic world, and may demonstrate once more how mutually illuminating the interaction can be between Catholic theology, the academy, and the wider culture.

Another significant benefit of this publication is the opportunity for students to go through the formal process of sharing their work with the theological community. This opportunity is not limited to the publication, as Lumen et Vita also coordinates colloquia and symposia at the STM where this opportunity for exchange occurs in other formats.

 

Prison Ministry Initiative

Prison Ministry Initiative

Contact |christhf@bc.edu

The Prison Ministry Initiative (PMI) group at BC STM provides support for students and other members of the STM community involved in prison ministry. Members of our group minister at multiple institutions, including Massachusetts Correctional Institution in Framingham, MA, and Suffolk County House of Correction in South Boston. We have varying degrees of experience, ranging from members who have been ministering for over 10 years to those who are interested in prison ministry but have not had the chance to be involved yet. 

Our on-site ministry might include joining inmates for a common Mass, leading communion services, or visiting people in solitary confinement. PMI offers members a chance to reflect together on this ministry. We meet for potluck dinners three times per semester, which includes time for reflection and prayer led by one of our members. We are grateful to be able to create a space for our members to reflect on both the challenges and blessings encountered in prison ministry. New members are always welcome to join.

Social Organizing Committee (SOC)

Social Organizing Committee (SOC)

Contact |student-forum-ggroup@bc.edu

The Social Organizing Committee (SOC) organizes gatherings on and off-campus for faculty, staff, and students to deepen and enhance the social life of the STM. Such gatherings have included apple picking, the Great STM Bake Off, the Taste of the STM, and rosary making. We work in collaboration with student organization groups, and one of our big projects is to help facilitate Eschaton Week at the end of the spring semester. We put the SOC in social!

STM Border Encounter Delegation

STM Border Encounter Delegation

Contact |student-forum-ggroup@bc.edu

*Please note 2020/21 trips are cancelled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, but alternative events are being brainstormed. 

Every year, the STM alternates between sending a delegation to El Salvador or to the US/Mexico Border. The Border Encounter Delegation is an opportunity to deepen and expand one’s understanding of migration and to wrestle with the historical, theological, social, political, and emotional aspects that intimately influence the current reality. Throughout the year, the group will have pre-immersion meetings, fundraisers, a post-immersion retreat, and a week-long Encounter in El Paso/Juarez along the US/Mexico Border. Together, the group journeys on a year-long pilgrimage of encounter, discerning how to live into a faith that does justice.

 

STM Dialogues

STM Dialogues

Contact |student-forum-ggroup@bc.edu

The STM Dialogues is an annual event which aims to create a brave space that brings to life the sacred stories of our faith journeys. Loosely following a different uniting theme each year, it facilitates a "conversation" between faculty and students on the connections between narrative, embodiment, theology, and ministry. The Dialogues welcomes submissions in narrative prose, poetry, or visual art, as well as multilingual pieces and multi-writer submissions. Each selected written piece will be assigned to one or more performers in consultation with the author. In collaboration with student directors, the performers will share their interpretations of the written pieces at the STM Dialogues for two nights in the Spring semester. All submissions will remain anonymous. We look forward to hearing and sharing our stories with each other and to finding God speaking the very embodiment of our lives.

Women's Group

Women's Group

Contact |burbanoa@bc.edu | turnwald@bc.edu  

The STM Women's Group seeks to provide a community for all students, faculty, staff, and alumnae who identify as female. We strive to promote greater inclusivity by uplifting, empowering, and celebrating the voices of women and other globally marginalized persons. Working from a feminist model of leadership, we aspire to create inclusive spaces for dialogue, to facilitate community and collaboration with other STM groups, and to foster an equal educational environment.

Signature Initiatives:

  • Women’s Social (Spring and Fall semesters)

  • Imago Dei conference co-sponsors with the BTI

  • Women’s Winter Retreat

  • Spiritual Companioning

  • Faculty-Student Mentoring Groups

Jesuit Liaison

Jesuit Liaison

Contact |frhagert@bc.edu

The Jesuit Liaison serves as the primary representative between the Faber Jesuit Community and the various student organizations, particularly the Student Forum. The liaison helps organize two main events: the Super Bowl Party and the end-of-the-year cookout. The liaison helps with finding priests for student organizations, Masses, and events. The liaison also serves as an open ear for lay students to communicate with the community superior or with the community at large.