Mark Massa to Direct the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life

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Alan Wolfe, the founder and current director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, will retire in early 2017. Mark Massa, S.J., the dean of the School of Theology and Ministry since 2010, will take his position next year.

Massa will continue his work in the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) until the end of the academic year. He will then embark on sabbatical before starting his new position in 2017, Provost and Dean of Faculties David Quigley said.

“A leading historian of Catholicism in the United States, Mark Massa has successfully led the School of Theology and Ministry since 2010,” Quigley said to the Office of News and Public Affairs. “Under his watch, the school has attracted a community of very talented students and faculty, and Mark has helped sustain a serious-minded conversation about how STM can best serve the contemporary Catholic Church—in Boston, across the nation, and around the world.”

Massa, in his time as dean, hired one third of STM’s current faculty.

The Boisi Center works to join scholars, policy makers, media, and religious leaders in discussion about the intersection of religion and public life. Leaders at the Boisi Center hope to uncover the moral consequences of public policies. The Center was created in 1999 by Trustee Associate Geoffrey T. Boisi, BC ’69.

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