News from the STM 
Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Thursday Liturgy and Lunch

At 12:15 p.m. tomorrow, Rev. Thomas Stegman, SJ will preside over our community Mass at St. Ignatius Church. Lunch will follow  at the STM. All members of the STM community are welcome!

Prison Ministry Initiative (PMI)

Join the Prison Ministry Initiative at its first meeting of the year tomorrow, Thursday, September 17, at 2:15 in room 243. PMI works with several different facilities throughout the greater Boston area where we volunteer our time and talents. Come to the meeting to learn more and to get involved!

Faith and Justice in Action (FJA)

The FJA student organization will have its fall meeting this Thursday, September 17 from 6-7 p.m. in room 243 at the STM. We will be discussing our upcoming events (Day of Service) and brainstorming other ways (events, advocacy, etc.) to bring peace and justice issues to our community. All are welcome, so spread the word! Any questions or comments? Contact Rachelle Simon at


Student Forum Report

The STM Student Forum had their first monthly meeting last week to discuss STM events and various issues affecting the student community. We will keep the entire STM student body updated on our work each month with abbreviated minutes. 
The topics below were discussed at the September meeting:
  • Funding for Students: Conference funding for individual students and STM event funding for student organizations.
  • STM Social Media: ways to keep students informed of STM events via Twitter and Instagram.
  • Liturgy at the STM: The Liturgy is the source and bond of the community. Liturgy is meant to express who we are and what we need. We strive for STM liturgy to be reverent, hospitable, and vibrant. The Liturgy Committee is always open to feedback or suggestions from students. 
The Student Forum recognizes our position as student leaders in being the voice of the student body, so we welcome any thoughts or questions about the discussed topics or new topics from any student. Contact Michelle Verner, Student Forum Moderator, at

Conversations That Matter: 
Taking the Temperature on Climate Change
On  Thursday, September 24 , from 6:30-8:30 in Room 135, we will explore the implications of Pope Francis' encyclical, "Laudato Si" for our life at STM and for each of us personally.  A panel will represent very diverse views on the issue in an open conversation.  This will be followed by a reflection on "Laudato Si", discussion in small groups, and comments and questions from all attending.  A light supper will be served, so please  RSVP to Barbara Quinn, RSCJ ( ) by  9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23 , to be sure we have enough food!

Care for Creation Prayer Service

Mark your calendars for Monday, September 28 at 12:15 p.m. in the STM chapel for a special ecumenical prayer service focused on the theme of Care for Creation. The prayer service will coincide with BC's "Our Common Home: An Ethical Summons on Climate Change" conference and will be a great opportunity to reflect prayerfully on our vocation to be stewards of the earth! 

STM Retreat: October 17  from 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Come and be filled up at our annual STM Retreat in Framingham! It promises to be an uplifting day of prayer, fellowship, insight, challenge and reflection. $15 covers a light breakfast, lunch, transport, venue, and program. Sign up here You can pay the full cost of the day in advance at the STM Retreat table, which will be at Thursday repast on September 24 and October 1 .

If you would like to run a small group or be involved in Liturgical Ministry (singing, playing an instrument, reading, EM) on the day, please contact Fiona Dyball at by October 1. There will be a short training session before the day, and resources will be provided


Gaudete is a welcoming and affirming community of STM students which recognizes the dignity of each person, and seeks to enrich the STM with openness and acceptance. We are the STM extension of the greater LGBTQ and ally resources at Boston College, providing a space for hope, witness, and dialogue for all students. To find out more about our ongoing and upcoming events, contact Jane Barry at

Corazon Latin@

If you are interested in or preparing to work with Latina/o communities, consider joining Corazon Latin@, a committee of students that endeavors to foster a sense of Latino comunidad at the STM.  Corazon Latin@ promotes awareness of Latino customs and cultures through liturgy, events that build community, and Latino devotions and spiritual practices.  If you would like to participate, please contact Marilu Del Toro,

Music Help

If you would like help in any aspect of music (singing, instrumental, writing music on the computer, etc.), Lynn Burns, our STM Music Director, will be available for help in the STM Chapel on Thursdays from 1:30-3:00 p.m. Come and join her for answers to your musical questions.

For musicians at the STM Thursday Liturgy:  Please note that rehearsals are Thursdays at St. Ignatius from 1 1 to noon. If you have classes  and cannot make rehearsals, you're welcome to join us anyway.

You Are Invited: Diaconate Ordination

The Faber Jesuit Community invites the STM community - students, faculty, and staff - to the ordination of ten Jesuits to the transitional diaconate. The liturgy will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, October 3 at St. Ignatius Church. As the STM community, through its members, classes, and activities, contributes much to the formation of candidates for ordination, we would be honored by your presence and prayers. A lunch reception, also open to all, will be held in the Heights Room following the liturgy.

Singers Needed for Diaconate Ordination Choir

A special choir is forming to sing for the Diaconate Ordination Liturgy on Saturday, October 3 at 10 a.m. All singers are welcome to join. The rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings, September 23 and 30 at 8:15 p.m., and at 9:15 a.m. on the morning of the 3rd to warm up. Director Michael Burgo requests that singers attend 2 of the 3 rehearsals. Wednesday rehearsals will be held in the St. Ignatius Church basement choir room. Please contact Michael at or 552-6108.
STM Delegation to the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice 

The STM will join BC Campus Ministry in sending a delegation to the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) in Washington, D.C. from November 7-9.  Visit the Teach-In website for more information. Conference funding for registration and lodging is available for STM students. Please contact Rachelle Simon at by October 1 to register.

Medical Insurance Coverage

All STM degree students (full and part-time) and n on-degree students (enrolled in 7-credits or more)  will automatically be enrolled in  BC's comprehensive health  insurance plan, Blue Cross Blue Shield Student Blue. The cost is $2,775 for the year. Insurance coverage is effective  retroactively from August 7, 2015 through August 6, 2016. To waive the insurance plan with proof that you are insured elsewhere, submit paper work by September 25. Click here for more information.

Student Funding

If you have been awarded a STM Fellowship this year, your fall award will be processed to your student account after you register for your fall courses. Spring awards will not be posted on student accounts until late November. Please note that your fall award will be adjusted if you add or drop a course. It is very important that you make sure you review your final bill after September 18, 2015, since your balance and student loans may change. If you have any questions, please contact Donna DeRosa or Maureen Lamb.


"Our Faith, Our Stories" Lecture

At 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22, Professor Brian Braman of the Philosophy Department will give a presentation entitled "Our Faith, Our Stories," in the Murray Function Room of the Yawkey Center. Box lunches will be provided. Please register here to attend.

"Bonhoeffer's Transformative Encounters with the American Prophetic Tradition"

On October 8, BC's Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life will be hosting Charles Marsh, Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia, for its 14th Annual Prophetic Voices lecture.  Professor Marsh will speak on Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and "Bonhoeffer's Transformative Encounters with the American Prophetic Tradition."  Before the event there will be an opportunity for graduate students to meet with Marsh to discuss the future of political theology. The discussion will take place at 3 p.m. on October 8, at the Boisi Center, 24 Quincy Road.  If interested, please RSVP to

Call for Proposals: Religion & Public Life Conference, April 1-2

This year, BC's Biennial conference on the History of Religion seeks to explore what 
happened when ostensibly "private" religion entered the public sphere, and to interrogate such distinctions. In the midst of an election year in the United States, we wish to examine the history of faith and its expression by believers in public realms from the medieval to the modern period. We welcome proposals for individual papers and full panels, from both established scholars and graduate students in all academic disciplines, on topics that consider the  intersection between public life and religion throughout history. The deadline for submission is November 15 to:  

10 days of Ecumenical Prayer Services with Unite Boston
Unite Boston, an ecumenical organization that aims to bring congregations together in prayer and service, is organizing 10 days of prayer in parishes and churches representing a broad swath of Christian traditions. A different parish will host a liturgy between 7 p.m.-9 p.m. each night from September 13 through September 23.
These events include 9/16 at Emmanuel Gospel Center, 9/18 at Sacred Heart R.C. Parish, 9/19 at the Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 9/20 at the PSF Community Center church, and 9/23 at the MIT chapel. If you are interested in attending any of the above dates, contact STM student Cooper McCullough at .

Short-Term Job Opening: Global Catholic Climate Movement

The Global Catholic Climate Movement is looking for a short-term campaign organizer, based in Boston and mobilizing Catholics globally for the November 28/29 days of action. Click here for the job posting.

"Cry of the earth, Cry of the poor: Introducing Laudato Si"

On October 1 from 7-9 p.m., Fr. Daniel P. Horan, OFM, will present a lecture discussing "Laudato Si" in its context. The Paulist Center asks for a $10 suggested donation from attendees. Space is limited, so please pre-register at 617-742-4460 or at

"Islam in the Classroom" Conference September 21

Gordon College's Center for Faith and Inquiry will host a 1-day academic conference, "Islam in the Classroom: Challenges and Opportunities of Teaching about Islam in a Post-9/11 World," on September 21. Registration is $20, while session attendance is open to the public. See the conference website for more information and to register.




STM Google Calendar Liturgies, Student Forum Events, Continuing Education lectures, and other relevant community events. 

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STM Liturgies: 
9/17-9/23 - 
Masses at 12:15 p.m.


Thursday, Sept 17  

24th Week of Ordinary Time

Rev. Thomas Stegman, SJ

St. Ignatius Church


Friday, Sept 18     

24th Week of Ordinary Time 

Rev. James Shea, SJ

STM Chapel


Monday, Sept 21    

Feast of St. Matthew

Rev. Casey Beaumier, SJ

STM Chapel


Tuesday, Sept 22

25th Week of Ordinary Time

Rev. Richard Lennan

STM Chapel


Wednesday, Sept 23

Memorial of St Pius of Pietrelcina

Rev. Michael Simone, SJ

STM Chapel 


Writing Companions Corner (WCC)

Get assistance at all stages of the writing process (except MA theses) in Room 213 of the TML. 
Hours available for sign-up next week are:

Monday 9/21:
6-7:30 p.m.

Tuesday 9/22:
1-6 p.m.

Thursday 9/24:
1:30-3:30 p.m.



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