Supervised Ministry: Resources for Supervisors

Supervised Ministry Resources

Participants and "recruiters" talking with each other at the STM Career Expo in Room 100 of Simboli Hall (9 Lake St.). Photographed for the Winter '18 issue of BCM. Dan Leahy of BC Campus Ministry talks with Dalia Gutierrez, a 2nd year MA student and John Gabelus, a 2nd year MA student.

The Role of a Supervisor (video)

In an effort to provide supervised ministry students with opportunities to cultivate a broad repertoire of pastoral skills, ministerial competencies, and styles of leadership, we place a high priority on partnering students with appropriate supervisors. The supervisor is typically a ministerial leader or educator who commits to assist the student’s reflection on her/his ministry and ministerial identity.  While the term ‘supervisor’ is used, in this context it is not meant in the clinical sense that is understood in some other fields. What we seek is a mentor who is able to assist the student in learning ministerial skills, as well as habits of theological and self-reflection.

We are convinced that a meaningful supervisory relationship, built upon honesty and trust, contributes as much, if not more, to the professional ministerial capacities and identity of the student as the experience of the ministry practicum itself.  Therefore, we at STM rely upon the ongoing collaboration with skilled and committed supervisors. In brief, supervisors share with the STM faculty the task and privilege of accompanying students in the formative process of developing habits that ground the lives of ministers in a faith that is characterized by compassion and justice.


The Basics

The information below provides details on the work of a supervisor.


The responses to these questions were crowdsourced among experienced ministry supervisors.

STM Student Placements

In recent years, STM students have completed placements with the following organizations, among many others:


Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Boston College High School

Boston University

Emmanuel College

Franciscan Hospital for Children

Horizons for Homeless Children

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish

Malden Catholic High School

Massachusetts Correctional Institutions

Newton Country Day School

Refugee Immigration Ministry

St. Catherine of Genoa Parish

San Damiano House of Prayer

Stonehill College

The United Nations, New York City

Ecole Primaire Notre-Dame des Anges, Kigali, Rwanda

St. Theresa Kisubi Girls' School, Kisubi, Uganda

La Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (UC) in Santiago, Chile