St. Mary's Seminary & University

St. Mary’s Propaedeutic Stage

The Blessed Father Michael McGivney House of Propaedeutic Formation,
a Program of St. Mary’s Seminary & University and the Society of St. Sulpice

Rev. Shawn Gould, P.S.S. speaks to aspirant group.
Rev. Shawn Gould, P.S.S. speaks to a group of aspirants.

The McGivney House Program at the original location of St. Mary’s Seminary incorporates a new vision of the initial stages of formation, at a newly renovated facility, which captures the height, depth, and excellence of the Sulpician tradition of formation during the propaedeutic stage.

The McGivney House Propaedeutic Stage fully implements the vision of the Program for Priestly Formation (6th edition). It takes place in a revitalized and expanded structure on the historic grounds of the original St. Mary’s Seminary in downtown Baltimore.

The McGivney House welcomes candidates from all dioceses and is not limited to candidates destined to enter St. Mary’s Seminary & University, but is the recommended program for those who will come to St. Mary’s

Explore all the components of the program: location, staff, and schedule through the following pages:


Program of Priestly Formation (6th edition).Introduction to the McGivney House propaedeutic program:

  • Welcome from the President-Rector
  • Historical Foundation
  • Aims of the Propaedeutic Stage

Read the Introduction…


Architectural drawing of the new McGivney Propaedeutic House of Formation.On the historic grounds of the original St. Mary’s Seminary, in a newly renovated and expanded building:

  • The historic location of the United States’ first Roman Catholic seminary
  • The site plans
  • The floor plans and renovations

See Site/Facilities…

The Formation Team

Priest-formator with Bible/book.Learn about the Propaedeutic Stage faculty:

  • The Director
  • The Coordinator
  • Administration/Registration Contact

Meet the Team…

Dimensions of Formation

Dimensions of Formation: Human, Spiritual, Intellectual, Pastoral.The propaedeutic stage is accomplished through the four dimensions of formation:

  • Human Formation
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Intellectual Formation
  • Pastoral Formation

Understand Formation…

Year At-A-Glance

Calendar pages.Learn about the one-year propaedeutic stage:

  • Description/Graphic
  • Significant Dates for 2024-2025

Review the Year…

Weekly Horaria

Hours planner.There is a regular flow to each day of the week at the McGivney House of Propaedeutic Formation:

  • Introductory/Description
  • Schedule Table

See the Schedule…


For more information and to inquire about participation in St. Mary’s Propaedeutic Stage at the Blessed Michael J. McGivney House of Propaedeutic Formation, see the Propaedeutic Stage contact page.

Inquiries/contact should be initiated by the appropriate diocesan officials.

If you are a man interested in becoming a priest, please contact the vocations office of your local diocese.