• Student Work

    A Celibacy Rite for Single Adults by Ann Dumolt

    Deacon E. Ann Dumolt, graduates next Spring from the joint Bloy House-CST M.Div. program to become a licensed chaplain.  She is the parish deacon at St. Luke’s, Monrovia and works for the California Department of Social Services. Growing up in the Roman Catholic Church, there was always an understanding that when one matured into adulthood, one either married or entered into a religious vocation.  Being a woman, my prospects were further limited to marriage or the religious life—ordination not being open to women.  But what if I did not choose either?  Why could I not choose to serve God as a single person?  And why could I not formerly “seal the deal” so to…

  • Student Work

    El Día de los Muertos as Cultural/Social/Spiritual Bridge-Building Between Communities by Francisco J. Garcia Jr.

    The Rev. Francisco J. García, Jr. received his Master of Divinity degree from the Bloy House/CST joint program in May of 2013.  In 2016 he was called to be rector in charge of Holy Faith Episcopal Church in Inglewood, California.  While celebration of the Day of the Dead goes back several hundred years in Mexico, its arrival in the United States is much more recent, a late twentieth century phenomenon with increased cultural and economic globalization and contact.  Whereas in Mexico, the traditional Day of the Dead ceremonies align closely with Catholic observation of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, and had explicit spiritual and religious meaning, in the…