As part of our Strategic Plan, STM commits itself to continuing to serve as a premier Catholic institution for theological scholarship and for intellectual and pastoral formation of priests, religious, and lay women and men. An essential aspect of STM’s theological heritage is the training of clergy and laity together for learned ministry in the Church. Research and scholarship that bring the Catholic intellectual tradition to bear on critical issues remain central to the School’s mission.

The resources below, many produced by Boston College faculty and staff members, respond to contemporary challenges within the Church and seek to aid those dedicated to the future success of scholarship, leadership, formation, and ministry.

To Serve the People of God: Renewing the Conversation on Priesthood and Ministry

A scholarly group at Boston College has issued a statement on the priesthood and ministry in the contemporary Catholic Church that calls for reexamining the formation process for diocesan priests and eradicating the priesthood’s embedded clerical culture.

read the statement

Leaders for the 21st century

STM is commited to preparing students for leadership and service rooted in faith.

STM classroom

In Service to the Church and World

National Catholic Reporter recently highlighted STM's formation approach—preparing lay students alongside priests, women religious, and men preparing for ordination—in a series on priestly formation.

NCR Online Article

Richard Lennan

Health and Integrity in Church and Ministry

Richard Lennan presented a keynote paper presented as part of the Health and Integrity in Church and Ministry Conference, an ecumenical conversation on the task of rebuilding and renewal after the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Keynote Paper