St. Mary's Seminary & University

Propaedeutic Stage: Facilities/Location

The Blessed Father Michael McGivney House of Propaedeutic Formation is located in historic downtown Baltimore, which provides many opportunities to draw on the resources of the wider community. Baltimore and Maryland itself are the starting points of English-speaking Catholic history in the United States. Near the Paca Street location is the nation’s first Catholic cathedral, the Basilica of the Assumption. An easy day trip arrives where the Ark and the Dove made land on March 25, 1634, with the first settlers of Maryland: Catholic laity and Jesuit priests from England.


The McGivney House is located on the original site of St. Mary’s Seminary on North Paca Street in Baltimore. The Chapel of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin (the original seminary chapel) will serve as the principal space for liturgies and prayer. The secure site also includes private and semi-private gardens, so the McGivney House provides seminarians with a place of quiet repose in the midst of the city.


The facility is comprised of the renovated convent building on the grounds and a newly constructed addition. Together, the facility offers private rooms to each seminarian with bathrooms shared between two rooms, ample communal spaces, and an adoration chapel.