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.
General communication and individual contacts
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.
This annual security report is prepared and distributed by the Director of the Physical Plant in compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and Drug-Free Campus/Drug-Free Workplace legislation. It contains crime and arrest statistics as well as information about campus policies and practices intended to promote crime awareness, campus safety and security. By October 1 of every year, all current students and employees are sent an email message providing them with the link to this report and notification that the current edition of the annual Security Report has been posted on the St. Mary’s Seminary & University website. Current or prospective students may obtain a copy of this report by visiting the website at www.stmarys.edu/. (See current and past crime reports at the bottom of this page.)
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For the sake of institutional security, students, faculty, and staff should always see that all outside doors close securely and lock, particularly during evening hours and on weekends. Do not hold doors open and allow someone you do not know to enter the building unless you are going to escort that person to his destination and/or office. The purpose of the receptionist/telephone system is to provide entrance into the seminary.
St. Mary’s Seminary & University is committed to making the institution a safe place for students, staff, and faculty. A security guard, stationed at or near the front entrance, is on duty Monday through Thursday beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. The guard is available for concerns about safety, escorts to cars, and other security matters. All students and faculty are required to wear an identification badge during the evening class hours. This badge is issued at the beginning of each term, to gain entrance to the building and while inside the building. The guard is instructed to ask for this identification before granting anyone access to the building.
St. Mary’s also provides night security each evening of the week from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. but assumes no responsibility for thefts of or damage to personal property kept on the premises. The security guard carries a cell phone (410-245-7215). Because the building is often open to the public, it is advisable for residents to keep the doors to their rooms locked whenever they are unoccupied.
The U.S. Department of Education requires that St. Mary’s Seminary & University maintain records of criminal offenses occurring on campus, and publish and distribute this information to seminarians and employees. Seminarians are to report to the Vice Rector and students of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute are to report to the Associate Dean all known or suspected crimes that occur on campus. In a written report, include the following information: the name of the person reporting the crime; the nature of the crime; the time and place of its occurrence; and the victim(s) (if any) of the crime. Also indicate if administrators or police were contacted at the time the crime was reported.
All residents are encouraged to be very cautious and aware of potential fire hazards, e.g., candles are not permitted in rooms. Any student, faculty or staff member who detects smoke or fire in the building should set off the nearest interior fire alarm and call the Fire Department immediately (911 or ask the operator to make the connection). The interior alarm DOES NOT alert the Fire Department. Students, faculty or staff shall not attempt to fight the fire unless it is of a minor nature. St. Mary’s carries fire insurance only on seminary property.
If a resident is in his room when the alarm rings, he should leave immediately and close, but not lock, the door behind him. Residents and all persons should take all fire alarms seriously. Fire drills should be treated as if they are real emergencies. Normally, in case of an alarm, the building is evacuated by the front doors, near the Periodical Room of the Library, the Information Office and the Main Dining Room. If these entrances are blocked by flame or smoke, residents and all persons should take the nearest open exit but proceed to the front of the building so that all can be accounted for. In the event of a fire, the center of communications will be the middle of the front parking lot. A log of fire drills is kept on file in the Information Office under the direction of the Director of Physical Plant.
To promote the general health and well-being of the entire house as well as to promote house-wide fire safety, St Mary’s Seminary and University is a non-smoking facility. Smoking is, therefore, prohibited in all public and private areas inside the seminary building, including student dormitory rooms. Smoking, however, is permitted at specific designated areas on campus. These three areas are to be found behind the seminary in the two inner courtyards as well as the patio outside the Donnelly Lounge. There are cigarette bins provided in each designated smoking area. It is expected that each smoker dispose of his cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and other tobacco products appropriately in these specified containers.
St. Mary’s Seminary & University mandates criminal background checks for all students, faculty, and staff. St. Mary’s requests Social Security Verification, Residency History, Maryland Statewide Criminal Search, and Nationwide Sex Offender reports for each student. Additional information as to the nature and scope of the criminal background reports, as well as a summary of a student’s rights under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, is provided to students who request this information in writing. Any student who has had such a background check in the last three (3) years may submit a copy to be used as a waiver for the required background check.
Questions about this policy should be addressed to the Vice Rector at 410-864-3604 or firstname.lastname@example.org for the School of Theology and to the Associate Dean of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute at 410-864-4200 or email@example.com.
In case of an emergency, an email announcement with directions to be followed will be sent out to all students, faculty and staff. Department Heads are responsible for ensuring that all persons within their departments have been informed. Deans of each division are responsible for ensuring that all students and faculty within their division have been informed. The phone message system will also be activated so that persons in their offices can be notified of the emergency and of the directions to follow. All persons will be notified by both email and phone when the emergency status is ended.
Substance Abuse and Alcohol
The following policy statement on substance abuse should be read in the context of St. Mary’s Seminary & University’s mission of priestly formation and theological education, and in light of the various policies and handbooks of the institution. The issues of alcohol abuse and illicit drug use have important implications both for individuals and for the institution.
The unlawful use, possession, manufacture, dispensing or distribution of alcohol or illicit drugs on the premises of St. Mary’s Seminary & University or as part of any of its activities is strictly prohibited. The abuse of alcohol and the use of illegal drugs can cause serious harm to oneself including impaired judgment, addiction, mental and physical illness, irreversible damage to the central nervous system and, in some cases, death.
Violators of St. Mary’s policy on substance abuse are subject both to civil prosecution and to other penalties imposed by St. Mary’s Seminary & University. In imposing its own penalties, St. Mary’s will take account of the nature of the violation(s), the individual’s record, and other circumstances pertinent to the case. Such penalties may include, but are not limited to, disciplinary reprimand, referral for prosecution, mandatory treatment, probation, temporary suspension, expulsion or dismissal from the program.
Only beer and wine are permitted in the Donnelly Lounge and on its patio except for special occasions as determined by the administration of the seminary.)
St. Mary’s Seminary & University prohibits the use of alcoholic beverages on campus except at approved locations and during approved social events. St. Mary’s prohibits the use of alcohol by individuals under 21 years of age and the abuse of alcohol by any seminarian or employee on its premises or as part of its activities. Alcoholic beverages of any sort may not be kept or consumed in seminarian rooms or dormitory areas.
St. Mary’s Seminary & University prohibits and will not tolerate violent acts or threats of violence against another person’s life, health, well-being, family, or property. St. Mary’s also prohibits the bringing of or possessing of weapons and/or ammunition on the premises, including in vehicles, except by authorized officers of the law and security officers.
St. Mary’s Seminary & University prohibits discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or any other legally protected classification in any of its educational programs and activities or with respect to admission or employment. The designated Section 504 Coordinator is Alicia Arkell-Kleis, University Registrar, 410-864-3605 (firstname.lastname@example.org). The designated reporting personnel for St. Mary’s Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures are the Vice Rector, 410-864-3604 or email@example.com for the School of Theology or Associate Dean of Administration, 410-864-4202 or firstname.lastname@example.org for St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute.
St. Mary’s has a Memorandum of Understanding with the Baltimore City Police Department for its Sexual Misconduct Policy.
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.
All Sulpician personnel have an obligation not only to avoid Sexual Misconduct but also to attempt to prevent such misconduct and to intervene in the situation of potential risk to an identifiable victim.
All Sulpician personnel will comply with all applicable provisions of federal, state, and local law and canon law as well as the procedures outlined in this policy.
Sulpician personnel include all clerics, religious and laypersons, whether Catholic or not, who are Sulpicians, faculty members, employees of volunteers of Sulpician institutions, programs, and missions in the Province.
A copy of the full policy can be viewed in the Information Office.
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act) mandates the manner and format in which statistics are to be collected and published. Statistical updates, if any, are documented in the Campus Crime Log, which is kept in the Information Office. This log is open for review during normal business hours and maintained in accordance with federal requirements.
This report contains statistics for the previous three calendar years. St. Mary’s Seminary & University is required to report offenses that occur on campus and on public property.
Campus Crime Statistics Report 2022-2023
Campus Crime Statistics Report 2020-2022
Campus Crime Statistics Report 2019-2021
St. Mary’s Seminary & University Sexual Misconduct Policy and Procedures, 2021