St. Mary's Seminary is the first Roman Catholic seminary in the nation: rich in tradition while focused on priestly preparation for the 21st-century.
These pages provide information on the history, personnel, environment, and formation (in the Sulpician tradition) at St. Mary's.
The three pages in this section of our site touch on the very basics of the formation process.
A major part of priestly formation is intellectual formation, accomplished through the pursuit of academic degrees.
St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute (EI) was founded in 1968 by St. Mary’s Seminary & University, America’s oldest Roman Catholic seminary, in cooperation with ecumenical leaders. St. Mary’s is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. The Ecumenical Institute encourages people of all denominations to explore theological studies in a serious, open-minded, and supportive environment.
All EI programs are available wherever you are - on campus in Baltimore, and on-line.
The Ecumenical Institute invites people of all denominations into theological study that pursues excellence and promotes ecumenical understanding and respect.
All EI programs are available wherever you are - on campus in Baltimore, and on-line.
St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute has a rolling admissions policy. Students may apply at any time for admission by submitting the appropriate materials.
The Ecumenical Institute offers accredited graduate theological programs for two master’s degrees, several graduate certificates, and introductory explorations.
The post-master’s Certificate of Advanced Studies in Theology (CAS) is designed for individuals who possess a master’s degree in theology (e.g., MAT.), ministry (e.g., MACM), divinity (e.g., MDiv), or a related field and who desire to continue their theological education with a general or focused program of study.
The Doctor of Ministry program roots ministry in the mission of God, the ways God is working in your context, in your ministry, and in you.
Students have a host of resources available to support their theological education, from free parking and a great library to writing assistance and advising.
St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute offers accredited graduate theological education that is intellectually rigorous, personally enriching, and professionally empowering.
More than 750 alums of St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute are making a difference in Baltimore, in Maryland and D.C., West Virginia and Pennsylvania, and around the world.
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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.
Conference space rentals include a large room that will seat as many as 58 and smaller rooms that will seat from 4 to 30.
St. Mary's Center for Continuing Formation offers and hosts a variety of continuing formation programs for priests in the spirit of the Bishops' new Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests.
St. Mary’s Seminary & University’s Pinkard Scholars is the cornerstone of Youth Theological Studies at SMSU.
For more information about any of our conference facilities or space rentals, please contact our offices directly.
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.
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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This section was created to provide researchers with a brief description of the open collections in the archives of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, St. Mary's Seminary & University, and the Associated Sulpicians of the United States.
The Associated Archives at St. Mary’s Seminary & University has developed a genealogical policy responsive to individuals researching their Catholic roots.
We facilitate personal integration of the human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral dimensions necessary for authentic priestly witness and service in the image of Jesus Christ.
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The St. Mary’s community fully supports and complies with all applicable local, state, and federal laws prohibiting rape, sexual assault, domestic and dating violence, and stalking. It is the responsibility of all students (which includes seminarians), faculty, and staff to be aware of and adhere to these laws and St. Mary’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures. Further, it is our expectation that members of the St. Mary’s community will respect the rights and dignity of all persons.
Although St. Mary’s is not subject to Title IX because it does not accept qualifying federal funding, St. Mary’s considers it a moral imperative to take immediate action to eliminate sexual harassment, including sexual misconduct, prevent its recurrence, and address its effects.
In applying, implementing, and interpreting these Procedures, St. Mary’s complies with the Benchmarks for Seminary and House of Formation Sexual Misconduct Policies promulgated by the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame.
These Procedures apply to any allegation of sexual misconduct involving two or more members of the community (i.e., students, faculty, and staff) or occurring on St. Mary’s property or in the course of its programs and activities (whether on or off campus). All participants to proceedings under these Procedures will be treated with dignity, respect, and sensitivity by St. Mary’s officials. St. Mary’s encourages reporting of sexual misconduct involving a St. Mary’s community member even where the respondent is a third party. For instance, participants in parish assignments are encouraged to report any suspected sexual misconduct or other concerns even if the respondent is a parish employee or community member unaffiliated with St. Mary’s. Where St. Mary’s does not have “control” over the respondent, St. Mary’s ability to take action related to the respondent may be limited. However, St. Mary’s will pursue opportunities to improve the living, educational, or working environment for the complainant.
As used in these Procedures, the term “complainant” refers to the person who alleges that he or she experienced a violation of St. Mary’s Policy, and the term “respondent” refers to the person the complainant alleges violated the Policy. All proceedings and resolutions under the Policy and these Procedures will be prompt and equitable and will provide an opportunity for both the complainant and the respondent to be heard.
St. Mary’s strictly prohibits sexual misconduct, which for the purposes of the Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures includes:
Sexual Harassment: Unwelcome sexual conduct determined by a reasonable person to be so severe, pervasive, and objectively offensive that it effectively denies a person equal access to St. Mary’s education program or activity; an employee of the institution conditioning the provision of an aid, benefit, or service of St. Mary’s on an individual’s participation in unwelcome sexual conduct.
Sexual Assault: Any actual or attempted sexual act or sexual contact without consent, including rape, sexual violence, and the unconsented to touching of an intimate body part of another. Consent is the voluntary agreement to engage in the particular sexual act or contact in question. Consent may not be obtained through force, threat, intimidation, coercion, or taking advantage of a victim’s inability to understand the nature of the conduct being engaged in as a result of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol or for any other reason.
Domestic violence: A felony or misdemeanor crime of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim; by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common; by a person who is cohabitating with, or has cohabitated with, the victim as a spouse or intimate partner; by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim; or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of Maryland.
Dating violence: Violence committed by a person who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim. The existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on the reporting party’s statement and with consideration of the length of the relationship, the type of relationship, and the frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.
Stalking: Engaging in a course of conduct directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to fear for the person’s safety or the safety of others; or suffer substantial emotional distress.
Where the parties and Seminary have agreed that a matter is satisfactorily resolved through informal resolution, upon the respondent satisfying the agreed upon informal resolution terms, the matter will be considered closed, and may not be reopened or referred for formal resolution. Accepting an informal resolution does not mean that the respondent admits responsibility, nor does it reflect a finding of a policy violation.
All seminarians, EI students enrolled in a degree program, SOT and EI faculty, and staff will receive training on St. Mary’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures regularly (and no less than annually and upon starting employment or studies at the Seminary).
St. Mary’s seeks to constantly improve upon its Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures to ensure that its methods of combatting Sexual Misconduct are effective and its culture supports reporting and addressing Sexual Misconduct in any form. On no less than a biannual basis, St. Mary’s shall conduct a Sexual Misconduct climate survey, which seeks the feedback of community members on their perceptions of St. Mary’s readiness and ability to address Sexual Misconduct, whether community members feel supported in this process, and whether community members feel St. Mary’s is a safe place to live, learn, and work. In addition to issues related specifically to Sexual Misconduct, St. Mary’s shall assess the broader climate and culture of the Seminary community and the appropriateness of relationships formed between seminarians, students, SOT and EI faculty, and staff. Although St. Mary’s climate survey will serve as a principal tool in assessing the effectiveness of its policies and procedures and the health of its culture, St. Mary’s supports an environment of continuous improvement. Each report of misconduct, investigation, or concern raised is an opportunity to learn from and improve. St. Mary’s will also regularly seek opportunities to leverage third-party legal, mental health, and risk management experts in the field of sexual misconduct prevention to improve its practices and environment on a proactive and ongoing basis.
Equity & Disability Coordinator. St. Mary’s Seminary & University prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion (except for positions where religion is an occupational qualification or preference), age, sex, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, or other criteria protected by applicable law. The designated Equity & Disability Coordinator is the University Registrar.
Approved October 5, 2021