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Lumen et Vita theological conference explores hope

Lumen Et Vita Student Board

More than 200 graduate students, faculty members, and theologians attended this year’s graduate theological conference “Sustained by Hope: The Place and Significance of Christian Hope in the World,” hosted by the STM student journal Lumen et Vita. Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., distinguished professor of theology at Fordham University, opened the daylong conference in Robsham Theater with a keynote address, “Christ and the Pelican Chick.” Ph.D. student Susan Reynolds, M.T.S. ’13, responded to her remarks. The crowd moved to the STM, where they broke into session groups to explore themes of Christian hope. Thirty students presented papers on topics including “Hope Found in Scripture and Incarnation,” “Hope for Women,” and “Hope in the Church and Beyond.” The Lumen et Vita editorial staff (pictured above) will select one paper from each group to include in the 2015 journal. The day wrapped up with a faculty and student panel featuring STM Professor Richard Lennan and Associate Professor Nancy Pineda-Madrid, Rose Miola, M.T.S. ’15, and Marcel Uwineza, S.J., S.T.L. ’15.

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STM honors founding dean Richard J. Clifford, S.J.

Dick Clifford, S.J. giving remarks

Some 200 colleagues and students past and present, scholars, and friends of Richard J. Clifford, S.J., gathered on January 29 in Cadigan Alumni Center for a tribute to Clifford’s career as a distinguished scholar, teacher, and leader in theological education. The founding dean of the STM, Clifford served in that role from 2008 to 2010 and has since taught biblical studies at the school. Jon Levenson, Albert A. List Professor of Jewish Studies at Harvard University, and Boston College President William P. Leahy, S.J., were among those who spoke at the event, paying tribute to Clifford’s dedication to scholarly work and to the theological education of lay and ordained students. Leahy described Clifford as “a living example…of someone committed to faith and scholarship in service of the Church and wider society.” Clifford will become emeritus professor of Old Testament in fall 2015.

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Front Cover of Festschrift

Colleagues of Richard J. Clifford, S.J., presented him with a festschrift at the January 29 event, honoring his work and that of the late STM professor of New Testament Daniel J. Harrington, S.J. Edited by STM Associate Professor Thomas D. Stegman, S.J., Research Professor Christopher R. Matthews, and Christopher Frechette, Biblical Essays in Honor of Daniel J. Harrington, S.J., and Richard J. Clifford, S.J.: Opportunity for No Little Instruction (Paulist Press) features work by 18 scholar friends and colleagues of the honorees.

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Upcoming Event

Fourth Annual Dean’s Colloquium on Religion and Public Culture: Why Libertarianism Isn’t Liberal

Monday, April 6 | 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. | Gasson 100 | Chestnut Hill Campus

This daylong conference explores the political, theological, and legal issues raised by libertarianism, from a Catholic context. Alan J. Ryan, William H. Bonsall Visiting Professor, Stanford University, and professor of politics, Princeton University, gives the keynote speech. Cosponsored by the STM and the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.

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Liturgy and Lunch: Coming together as a community

Students and Faculty walking to 9 Lake St.

Take a look inside Thursday’s Liturgy and Lunch at the STM, when students, faculty, and staff set aside a block of time to come together as a community for Mass at St. Ignatius of Loyola Church, followed by a repast at the school.

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On campus

“Whoever Saves a Single Life...Rescuers of Jews During the Holocaust,” an exhibition by the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous, showcases some of the rare instances in which people fought to safeguard their Jewish fellow citizens during the Holocaust. On view through April 17 at the Atrium Gallery in the Brighton Campus Theology and Ministry Library, the exhibit is cosponsored by the Boston College Center for Christian-Jewish Learning, the Boston College Libraries, and the STM.
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Registration begins in April for the STM Summer Institute, which provides opportunities to study with renowned theological and ministerial scholars, including John Baldovin, S.J., M. Shawn Copeland, Katie G. Cannon, Richard Gaillardetz, and Fr. Richard Lennan. The institute offers one-, two-, four-, or six-week programs as well as online and weekend courses. 
Learn more about the summer institute »

STM students travel to El Salvador

Student in El Salvador

Each year during spring break, the STM sends a delegation of students to El Salvador for an immersion experience. Hosted by Christians United for Peace, students visit several faith-based organizations that work in post-war reconstruction, education, and social justice outreach. This year’s delegation of 12 students and Associate Director of Spiritual Formation Barbara Quinn, R.S.C.J., visited the Monument to Memory and Truth at Cuscatlan Park (pictured above), the National Cathedral, Divine Providence Hospital, and the University of Central America. More than 75 students have participated since the STM began offering the trip in 2008.

Faculty News

James T. Bretzke, S.J., is the spring 2015 Wade Chair at Marquette University, teaching cross-cultural Christian ethics and delivering the 2015 Wade Lecture on “Re-Reading the Roman Tea Leaves on the Synods on the Family: Reflecting Back and Looking Forward.” He gave the plenary address, “Reasons of the Heart: Ongoing Moral Formation for Sacred Heart Mission,” at the East Coast Conference of the Boards of the Sacred Heart Schools in Greenwich, Conn. 

Richard Lennan reviewed two books by Gerald O’Collins, S.J., A Midlife Journey and On the Left Bank of the Tiber in The Way. He also presented “A Church for Goldilocks?” to faculty of the St. Ignatius Preparatory High School in San Francisco and lectured on Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium to the Carmelite Sisters in Boston.

Theresa A. O’Keefe was promoted to associate professor of the practice. She is also faculty co-director of contextual education.

Thomas Stegman, S.J., gave the Spring Day of Renewal to teachers and administrators of Salina Diocese Catholic schools in Hays, Kansas.