July 13, 2016 — Jesuit Father Thomas D. Stegman has been named dean of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Fr. Stegman will succeed Jesuit Father Mark Massa, who is now director of the Boisi Center for Religious and American Public Life at Boston College.
“I very much look forward to serving the STM in our mission to prepare individuals for ordination and lay ministry in the church,” said Fr. Stegman, who is currently associate professor of New Testament studies and chair of the Ecclesiastical Faculty at Boston College. “Thanks to the dedicated leadership of my predecessors, Richard Clifford, SJ, and Mark Massa, SJ, the School of Theology and Ministry is in great shape. The last years in particular have yielded significant growth of our student body, in terms of both numbers and quality.”
Fr. Stegman is a well-established New Testament scholar whose focus is on the Pauline letters with an emphasis on the elements of their narrative substructure. In addition to serving for eight years as a teacher and administrator at Boston College, Fr. Stegman is also the author of three books. His latest book, “Opening the Door to Faith: Encountering Jesus and His Call to Worship,” examines faith from the writings of the five major sources in the New Testament. He has also co-edited two books and written dozens of journal articles on a wide range of theological topics.
“The STM serves the church — locally, nationally and internationally — by training our students for learned ministry. That is only possible because of our talented faculty, who combine intellectual rigor with pastoral commitment. I'm delighted to be dean of such a faculty, one that has welcomed a number of promising new members the past few years. Having served as chair of the Ecclesiastical Faculty, I have the advantage not only of knowing the STM faculty but also of working closely with our top-notch administrative team and staff. I will count on their help to ease my learning curve,” Fr. Stegman said.
Fr. Stegman is a graduate of Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He received a master’s degree in philosophy from Marquette University, followed by a Master of Divinity and Licentiate of Sacred Theology from Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He then went on to earn his Ph.D. from Emory University.
He has served as a trustee at Saint Joseph’s University and as co-chair of the Pauline Study Group for the Catholic Biblical Association. A member of the Wisconsin Province of the Society of Jesus, he was elected to the 70th Congregation of Jesuit Procurators in Nairobi in 2012 and will be a delegate from his province at General Congregation 36, a worldwide meeting of Jesuits convening in Rome in October 2016 to select the next Superior General of the Jesuit order.[Source:Boston College]