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.
An archives is the official repository of an institution’s records and serves as the collective memory of that institution. For this reason, only records that have permanent, historic, and enduring value should be transferred to the archives.
In general, an office is required to maintain a copy of any document created by or originating in that office. Conversely, an office is not required to maintain copies of documents created by other offices in the same institution. Making this distinction when trying to decide what papers to save will cut down significantly on the storage of duplicate records throughout the institution.
It is helpful to distinguish between papers that are “of the record” and those that are for reference. “Of the record” papers are usually those that were created by the office and have long-term value. (Ex., non-routine correspondence, meeting minutes, reports, and subject files.) Reference materials (ex., manuals and publications) are generally acquired by the office to assist in their work and originated elsewhere. If the reference material is no longer being used, it can be destroyed. If the material is supportive of the work created in the office, it should be retained for future reference.
Guidelines for Weeding Records
When preparing records for transfer to the Archives, please discard the categories of materials listed below. The result is a significant savings in storage space and cost and faster and more efficient retrieval of information. Extensive weeding is necessary when record groups contain large numbers of reference copies or duplicate copies of documents. Transfer only those materials that are original to your department or those which you as an employee of the institution played an active role in creating.
Drafts: Upon final signature of a contract, agreement, letter, or policy, all prior drafts and notes, whether handwritten, hard copy or electronic, should be destroyed.
Routine Correspondence (paper and electronic): All incoming and outgoing communications with short-term administrative value. Examples include form letters, general inquiries, thank you notes, and exchange of pleasantries. In the case of greeting cards sent for a special occasion or illness, retain those from noted individuals and examples sent by others.
Inactive Routine Department Budget Files: Detailed and summary financial records are retained by the Finance Department. They do not need to be retained by individual departments.
Miscellaneous: Discard multiple copies of documents and publications, old reference materials and books, supply and vendor catalogs, office supplies, records and and publications of other departments and institutions, blank forms, old stationary.
Preparing Paper and Other Physical Records for Transfer
Preparing records for transfer to the Archives is the responsibility of the office that created the records. [Hereafter referred to as Office of Origin.] Only those offices that have been authorized to transfer records to the Archives may do so. If you have any questions after reading the instructions below, please contact the Archives staff to request an individual consultation.
The Archives requires that all records be packed in standard-size storage boxes (10”H x 12”W x 15”D). Offices are required to supply the boxes used to transfer records. The records will be stored in these boxes until they are transferred to archival quality boxes.
Approved storage boxes:
2. Packing the boxes
3. Labeling the boxes
The outside of each box must be clearly labeled to identify its contents. This information must be recorded on one of the short ends of the box so that it can be read after it has been shelved in the Archives. The labeling format is as follows:
*: Institutional code (AB: Archdiocese of Baltimore; PSS: Associated Sulpicians of the U.S.; SMSU: St. Mary’s Seminary & University) – Date (yyyymmdd) – Box # (each box being transferred should be numbered in sequential order)
Archbishop’s Office (Office of Origin)
Subject Files, A-B (Box Contents)
2001-2010 (Date Span)
AB20120501-1 (Accession Number)
4. Preparing a Records Transfer Form
Every transfer of records must include a Records Transfer form. This form officially documents the transfer of records from the Office of Origin to the Archives. It contains a detailed list of the records transferred, the total number of boxes sent, and the date on which the transfer occurred.
Maintain a copy for your office and send in both paper and electronic form to the Archives .
Records Transfer Form: rec_transfer_form
5. Transferring Boxes to Archives
Contact the Archives staff to schedule the physical transfer of the records to the Archives. Staff will usually pick up 10 or fewer boxes. For larger numbers of boxes, or if other conditions preclude the staff from making the pick-up, the office transferring records should consult with the Archives staff to make alternate arrangements.
6. Retrieving Files from the Archives
The Office of Origin may borrow back files it has transferred to the Archives by submitting an Office of Origin Request form. The office will need to reference the Records Transfer form to identify which file(s) it needs to borrow.
Office of Origin Request Form: office_origin_req_form
Upon receipt of the form, the Archives staff will contact the requestor to schedule pick-up or delivery.
7. Returning Borrowed Files to the Archives
Borrowed files must be returned promptly after the office has finished using them. Contact the Archives staff to notify when the files will be returned and to schedule pick-up or delivery. Individual folders should be placed in sealed envelopes. Boxes of files do not need to be sealed.