St. Mary's Seminary & University

2022 Annual Dunning Lecture, featuring Edgardo Colón-Emeric


The 2022 Dunning Lecture will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Laubacher Hall.

Event is free to join in person or online, but registration is requested

Edgardo Colón-Emeric is the Dean of Duke Divinity School and the Irene and William McCutchen Associate Professor of Reconciliation and Theology. He also serves as the director of the Center for Reconciliation at the Divinity School.

Colón-Emeric’s work explores the intersection of Methodist and Catholic theologies, and Wesleyan and Latin American experiences. Colón-Emeric has served on the United Methodist Committee on Faith and Order and on both national and international Methodist-Catholic dialogues. In October 2017, he met with Pope Francis as part of a delegation from the Methodist-Catholic Dialogue and presented the pope with a Spanish translation he created of the dialogue’s bilateral statement.

Colón-Emeric’s latest book The People Called Metodistas: Renewing Doctrine, Worship, and Mission from the Margins was released this summer. His other books include Wesley, Aquinas, and Christian Perfection: An Ecumenical Dialogue (Baylor University Press, 2009) which received the 2008 “Aquinas Dissertation Prize Winner” from the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal at Ave Maria University and Óscar Romero’s Theological Vision: Liberation and the Transfiguration of the Poor (Notre Dame University Press, 2018), which received first place in the 2019 Catholic Press Association award for books about newly canonized saints.

On Thursday, September 22nd 2022 at 7pm, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute will host a lecture by David Cloutier, Ph.D., entitled, “Is Anything Natural? Understanding the Concept of Nature in an Age of Frenzy.”
A native of Chicago, David Cloutier is a professor of moral theology at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is the author of several books, including the award-winning Walking God’s Earth: The Environment and Catholic Faith and Reading, Praying, Living Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, both published by Liturgical Press. He writes frequently for Commonweal and has a quarterly column on Catholic social ethics for U.S. Catholic magazine. He also served for 10 years on the Board of Director of The Common Market, a consumer food co-operative in Frederick, MD. He is married to Melissa Moschella, a philosopher at CUA, and they reside in Hyattsville, MD, where they both enjoying singing in church choirs and using DC’s great network of trails for running and biking.
Event is free and open to the public, and will be held in person and also broadcast via Zoom. Registration is requested at: 
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Fall 2022 Course Descriptions have been posted!

Fall courses will run from Thursday, September 1, 2022 through Monday, December 12, 2022. Students will have the options to register for in-person or online attendance for all fall courses.

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute (EI) will award one full-tuition need-based scholarship to a selected United Methodist applicant who lives, works, or worships in Baltimore City to begin studies in fall 2022. The scholarship covers 100% of tuition for the 36 credits taken at the Ecumenical Institute as part of the MDiv partnership program with Lancaster Theological Seminary. Applicants not selected for the EI MDiv Scholarship will automatically be considered for the Ecumenical Institute’s Patterson Fellows program (which provides significant partial tuition scholarships).

Download the details and MDiv Scholarship Application form here  or contact Galen Zook for more information.

We’re pleased to announce that our CONNECT: Faith, Health & Medicine Graduate Certificate program will run again in 2023! This cohort-based program integrates faith traditions and medical practices into a holistic understanding of healthy persons, congregations, communities and institutions. 
Dr. Pat Fosarelli, who directs our CONNECT Certificate program, had this to say: “In this era when health issues appear on every newscast, CONNECT is an ideal vehicle to help students understand how faith and health interact with each other, even (and especially) in polarizing times.
Summer Classes Have Begun!
Saturday classes began this past Saturday May 21, and Monday/Thursday classes begin on Thursday, May 26. We are so excited to finally welcome students and faculty back into the building, as students are attending both in person and online.
Congratulations to our 2022 graduates!  
On Thursday, May 12, 2022, St. Mary’s Seminary and University awarded 12 degrees and 2 graduate certificates to students from the Ecumenical Institute, along with 15 seminarians from the Seminary/School of Theology. Ellen Frances Davis, Ph.D., a preeminent scholar of the Old Testament, currently the Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, was the Honorary Degree recipient and Commencement Speaker.
The full video of this year’s graduation ceremony is available at and pictures from this year’s graduation ceremony can be found here.


St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute presents concert organist and composer David Hurd in a concert that is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 5th, 2022 at 7:30 PM EDT in the Chapel at St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

Free and open to the public, but registration is requested at:

“Nothing was commonplace. Hurd paints his musical ideas with bold colorful strokes that emit an almost visceral electricity. Immediately striking was his use of dynamics, timbre, and melodic direction to create a shifting contour that owed as mighty forces of nature. Whatever the emotional effect produced, Hurd seemed to live within it fully….wildly virtuosic.” – (The Blade, Toledo, Ohio)

David Hurd is widely recognized as one of the foremost church musicians and concert organists in the United States, with a long list of honors and achievements, and immeasurable expertise in organ performance, improvisation, and composition. For 39 years David Hurd was on the faculty of The General Theological Seminary in New York City, as Director of Chapel Music, Organist, and Professor of Church Music. He is the composer of dozens of hymns, choral works, settings of the liturgy, and organ works published by a number of major houses. His music appears in hymnals and choir libraries in churches of nearly all religious denominations. In 2010 he became the fifteenth recipient of the American Guild of Organists’ Distinguished Composer award. Dr. Hurd serves as Organist/Choirmaster of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City.

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute is offering an exciting range of graduate-level courses open to new and visiting students, including The Life & Writing of Martin Luther King, Jr., taught by Dr. Anthony Hunt, and Spirituality in the New Testament, taught by Dr. Michael Gorman. All courses will have live synchronous classes, so you can attend in person or online, wherever you are!

See the full list of Summer 2022 courses here.