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Welcome to our new website. This is our “soft launch” to open the site. Feel free to explore and, if you find a problem, let us know (contact communications@stmarys.edu). Over the next six weeks, we’ll make adjustments, fix any bugs, update more text, and prepare for a “grand opening” for the New Year. Thanks for joining us!

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The Seminary

The Seminary

St. Mary’s Seminary/School of Theology was founded in 1791 by the Society of Saint Sulpice whose primary mission is to form candidates for the Roman Catholic priesthood. The Sulpicians came at the request of Bishop John Carroll to prepare priests for the newly formed nation. In the Sulpician tradition, seminarians, faculty, and formators comprise a formational community, grounded in Jesus Christ and primarily directed toward diocesan priestly service in the Church.

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The Ecumenical Institute

The Ecumenical Institute

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute (EI) was founded in 1968 as part of St. Mary’s Seminary & University, America’s oldest Roman Catholic seminary, in cooperation with ecumenical leaders. St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute invites people of all denominations into the journey of theological study. Our ethos is one of seeking wisdom, nourishing faith, engaging community. The Ecumenical Institute encourages people of all denominations to explore theological studies in a serious, open-minded, and supportive environment.

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The Center For Continuing Formation

The Center For Continuing Formation

Opened in 1996, it is the mission of the Center for Continuing Formation to encourage bishops, priests, deacons, and lay ecclesial ministers to engage in human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral growth and to enable processes of growth that are ongoing, complete, systemic, and personalized. We offer special programs each year for pastors, newly ordained priests, and senior priests. We also hosts various bishops’ meetings, ecumenical gatherings, and other conferences as well.

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The Knott Library

The Marion Burk Knott Library of St. Mary’s Seminary and University is the largest specialized theological library in the Baltimore area, with additional materials in the areas of philosophy, psychology, pastoral counseling and church history, among others. The library receives over 390 periodicals and maintains a collection of 20,000 volumes of bound periodicals. Other holdings include newspapers, microfilm, and audio-visual materials.

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The Associated Archives

The Associated Archives at St. Mary’s Seminary & University opened in the spring of 2002. Located on the campus of the nation’s first Roman Catholic seminary, this program brings together the archives of the Archdiocese of Baltimore (est. 1789), St. Mary’s Seminary & University (est. 1791), and the Associated Sulpicians of the United States (U.S. Province est. 1903), making it one of the most significant repositories for records relating to the early history of the Catholic Church in the United States.

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News

Presenting at CLSA

President-Rector Fr. Phillip Brown, PSS and Msgr. Fredrik Hansen, PSS attended the annual convention of the Canon Law Society of America during the week of October 10. Fr. Brown gave a presentation on the meaning of “vulnerable person” in the seminary setting for purposes of sexual abuse policies and law. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion on the general topic of the evolution of the concept of “vulnerable persons” in the law.

Dr. Gorman Lectures Internationally

Dr. Michael Gorman will lecture remotely on November 1 at Theologische Universiteit Kampen|Utrecht in the Netherlands, addressing two of their research groups (Church and Mission in the West, together with Biblical Exegesis and Systematic Theology) on the topic of salvation and shalom in his theological writings. On November 2 he will lecture remotely on Pauline theology at Seminário Teológico Jonathan Edwards in Caruaru, Brazil.

Recorded Lecture/Recital by Fr. Maillet

On October 21, Fr. Paul Maillet, St. Mary’s Director of Spiritual Life, presented a lecture-recital at The Schubert Club of Fairfield County in Connecticut. His program highlighted the differences and contexts of “Six Moments Musicaux” by both Schubert and Rachmaninoff.

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Profile of a Seminarian

St. Mary’s is looking to the future of priestly ministry in the United States.

Our mission today as it will be tomorrow is to enable and support the formation of holy men, who are emotionally and psychologically mature, committed and equipped to meet fully the rigors of pastoral ministry in the Twenty-First Century with joy and authentic Christian witness. The people of God deserve nothing less.

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Explore the many ways you can support us

You can be part of the mission of St. Mary’s Seminary & University. First, and most importantly, pray for us: our faculty, seminarians, students, and staff. Then, if you are able and wish to contribute financially, there are many ways to give and opportunities to direct your donation to specific programs in St. Mary’s.