Coming and Goings


As the academic year draws to a close, we bid farewell to Dr. Mercedes Iannone, after 31 years of service to St. Thomas University and the School of Theology and Ministry. Dr. Iannone will certainly be missed. We wish her good health and happiness in her retirement.

We also bid farewell to our most recent graduates: Dr. Joseph Bai (PhD); Anne Atwell M.Div.; Hobbit Forrest, M. Div., Ray Madison, M. Div., (Florida Center for Theological Studies) Arnold Porter, M. Div.; Maria Feliciano, MAPM; Cristina Fundora, MAPM; Nicole Estela BA in RS; Liannys Morgan BA in RS and Sr. Martha Tututi, BA in RS. To all of our graduates: CONGRATULATIONS! We’ll miss you.

As of July 1, 2013, the Center for Justice and Peace will be housed in Biscayne College. We wish Anthony Vinceguerra, Wendy Bourgault, and Michael Imasua continued success in all their programs and look forward to continued collaboration with them in the CJP programs.

STM also said goodbye to Joan Reisinger, PhD, STM alum and the Coordinator of the Contemporary Biblical Scholars Program. Joan has dedicated herself to breaking open the Word for countless participants in the program and brought nationally recognized biblical scholars here to campus. We wish Joan well and thank her for her service. Dr. Beth Stovell will succeed Joan is the new coordinator of the CBS Program.

This year, Patrick Parnham who has been with the Spiritual Companion Program since its beginning has decided to take a well-deserved rest.  We wish Patrick well and thank him for his service.


New Faculty

In August, the STM will welcome Nathaniel Samuel to the faculty. Prof. Samuel is a native of St. Lucia. Before pursuing a doctorate in practical theology, Prof. Samuel earned a degree in economics and worked in the banking industry throughout the Caribbean. Nate will defend his dissertation this summer at Boston College where he has worked under the direction of  Thomas Groome. He will be arriving in early August with his lovely wife and baby daughter. We look forward to welcoming him to the STM.

SIX New Doctoral Students

The STM has admitted the following students into the PhD program in Practical Theology:  Tony Adawe, Richmond Dzekoe, Ricardo Gonzalez, Donald Komboh, Kevin Rodriguez and Patricia Stout. All of our new PhD students will be on campus in July to take the Conflict and Religious Peace Building course with Dr. Aquino.  We look forward to welcoming them and wish them success as they begin their studies here.

New Part-time Director of the Ecumenical Institute

The STM is happy to announce that Rev. Dr. Elias Bouboutsis, a former faculty member of the Florida Center for Theological Studies and a popular adjunct in our graduate programs will be taking over from Emmanuel Buteau who directed the Center in 2012-13. We thank Emmanuel for his service and welcome Dr. Bouboutsis.

New Director of the Center for Inter-Religious Studies & Ecumenical Affairs

The STM is happy to announce that Rabbi Mark Winer, PhD, will be on board starting August  2013 as director of a new center dedicated to Inter-Faith & Inter-Religious Studies & Dialogue. We look forward to Dr. Winer’s presence and a rich collaboration with Dr. Bouboutsis and Dr. Stovell.

STM Faculty Notes

Throughout the summer faculty are busy doing research, writing and presenting at national and international conferences.

Ondina Cortés

Will attend  The Ninth Conference of Cuban and Cuban-American Studies organized by FIU’s Cuban Research Institute & School of International & Public Affairs.

She will give a paper entitled:  "Circles of Reconciliation for the Cuban Diaspora" May 25, 2013. Miami.


Cortés  will also attend the ACHTUS Colloquium 2013, held in Miami and  organized by the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States.

She will give a paper entitled:  "La Caridad nos Une? Our Lady of Charity as a Figure of Cuban Reconciliation”. June 4, 2013.

Bryan Froehle

Will attend the “New Cities and the New Jerusalem: Emerging Patterns of Christian Identity in Urban East Africa Conference in Nairobi, Kenya from July 22-24,

He will present a paper entitled, “Practical Theological Method: A Window on Church and Change in East Africa.” 

Froehle is also Chair of the administrative team for practical theology within the Catholic Theological Society of America, and will convene and moderate the practical theology session, “Reading Sacred Texts and Reading Ourselves:  Narrative and Comparative Reading as Practices of Conversion” at the CTSA meeting in Miami.

Froehle is also the Chair of the Local Arrangements Committee for the Catholic Theological Society Convention which will be held in Miami this year. For more information about the CTSA convention, see the headlines on the STM home page.

Maria Pascuzzi

Will present on Paul and the New Evangelization at the Catholic Bible Summit, on June 22 in New York.

Pascuzzi will also give three presentations at  the Scripture Symposium at St. Mary of the Lakes University, Chicago on June 25-6.

Pascuzzi is scheduled to lecture on Paul in the context of the Roman Empire, at the 45th Institute on Sacred Scripture, Misericordia University, Dallas, PA, July 28-August 2, 2013                                                                              

Nathaniel Samuel,  who will be joining the STM faculty this fall

Will attend the CTSA Conference and present a paper entitled, “Re-storying our Lives: A Narrative Approach to Conversion”.


Beth Stovell

Was selected along with four other junior scholars to attend this year’s Young Scholars Summit at Tyndale House at Cambridge University, England,  June 2013. The summit is hosted by International Reference Library for Biblical Research and the Institute for Biblical Research.  She will be examining inter-textual hermeneutics in the Minor Prophets.

Dr. Stovell also received an STM faculty research grant for the summer to pursue work on her commentary on the Minor Prophets for Zondervan publishers.


Mary Carter Waren

Will attend the CTSA convention in Miami in June. In addition to teaching a doctoral class this summer, Carter Waren is launching her research for the project that will occupy her sabbatical in spring 2014.

Ted Whapham

Will attend the College Theology Society meeting at Creighton University, Omaha NE., May 30-June 2.

Whapham will also attend and present a paper at the Catholic Theological Society Convention when it meets in Miami on June 6. His presentation entitled, “Trinity, imagination and belief in the spirituality of John Henry Newman,” has already been accepted for publication.

Whapham was also awarded a faculty research grant for the summer to begin work on his new book, on The Theology of Wolfhart Pannenberg  which will be published by Fortress Press.