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.
Desiring to assist in the strengthening of Hispanic ministry and recognizing the need for well-prepared priests dedicated in-part or in-full to this ministry, St. Mary’s Seminary and University has established a specialized track in Hispanic ministry.
St. Mary’s Propaedeutic Stage 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.
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.
Click here for more information about hours and visitor policies.
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.
Atla Religion LibGuides is a growing, selective, annotated collection of web resources for the study of religion.
Open Access Digital Theological Library (OADTL) curates high-quality content in religious studies and related disciplines from publisher websites, institutional repositories, scholarly societies, archives, and stable public domain collections.
ONLINE RESOURCES FOR BIBLICAL STUDIES
Note: the appearance of these sites on this list does not mean that St. Mary’s Seminary and University endorse all the content on the sites.
The Bible Online
o http://www.biblegateway.com (multiple versions and languages)
o https://www.blueletterbible.org (multiple versions)
o http://unbound.biola.edu (multiple versions and languages)
o https://www.stepbible.org (multiple versions plus original languages; created by Tyndale House, a biblical studies research institute in Cambridge, England)
o https://www.esv.org/gnt (ESV, Tyndale Greek New Testament, interlinear)
o http://www.usccb.org/bible (NABRE)
o https://netbible.org (NET Bible and others)
o http://bible.oremus.org (NRSV)
o https://lectionary.library.vanderbilt.edu (NRSV texts for all Sundays of the three-year Revised Common Lectionary)
o https://www.sbl-site.org/educational/BibleTexts_nologin.aspx (downloadable Hebrew Bible, Greek New Testament, Vulgate, and Septuagint texts, but only for members of the Society of Biblical Literature)
o https://www.academic-bible.com/en/online-bibles/about-the-online-bibles (Hebrew Bible, Greek New Testament, Septuagint, Vulgate, ESV, NET Bible; at the German Bible Society site)
o https://www.nestle-aland.com/en/read-na28-online (Greek New Testament, Nestle-Aland 28th edition)
o http://sblgnt.com (The Greek New Testament: SBL Edition)
Articles, Journals, Books, and Dissertations
Platforms available through most theological libraries: ATLA, EBSCO, JSTOR
For books, dissertations, and articles:
o http://books.google.com (books)
o https://scholar.google.com (books, articles, dissertations.)
o The publisher Brill allows authors to make their work freely available online (“Brill Open Access“)
o An abridged version of The SBL Handbook of Style: https://www.sbl-site.org/assets/pdfs/pubs/SBLHSsupp2015-02.pdf
Various Sites for Biblical Studies
o The African American Lectionary: http://www.theafricanamericanlectionary.org
o The Atla Websites on Religion: Biblical Literature: https://atla.libguides.com/WOR/biblical-literature
o Best Commentaries: https://www.bestcommentaries.com
o Bible Odyssey: https://www.bibleodyssey.org (from the Society of Biblical Literature)
o Biblical Studies Online: https://biblicalstudiesonline.wordpress.com
o Biblical Weblinks: http://www.biblicalweblinks.com/wiki/About
o The British Library’s EThOS E-theses Online Service: https://ethos.bl.uk/Home.do
o The Catholic Biblical Association of America: https://www.catholicbiblical.org/links
o Electronic New Testament Educational Resources (E.N.T.E.R.): http://catholic-resources.org/Bible
o The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary: https://www.bibleodyssey.org/tools/harper-collins-dictionary
o New Testament Gateway: http://www.ntgateway.com (Prof. Mark Goodacre, Duke)
o The NTWrightPage: http://ntwrightpage.com
o Oxford Biblical Studies Online: http://www.oxfordbiblicalstudies.com
o PQDT Open provides free access to the PDF files of dissertations and theses: https://pqdtopen.proquest.com/search.html
o ProQuest is a fee-based provider of access to dissertations and theses: http://www.proquest.com/products-services/pqdtglobal.html
o Resource Pages for Biblical Studies: http://www.torreys.org/bible
o The Text This Week: http://www.textweek.com
o Tyndale House Cambridge Online Resources: http://legacy.tyndale.cam.ac.uk/online-resources
o The University of Calgary’s Religious Studies Web Guide: Biblical Studies: https://library.ucalgary.ca/c.php?g=698151&p=4955280
Other Lists and Links
Prof. Steve Walton: Free NT Resources Master List in response to COVID-19; also here is a note about free access to certain resources from Logos:
Theology on the Web (Rob Bradshaw’s Site)
Theology on the Web provides access to over 40,000 articles and books, which are all free-to-download for educational purposes.
” 90+ theological journals hosted in whole or in part
” Sets of biblical commentaries
” Bibliographies of theologians with links to online material
” Biographies of notable missionaries
” Heresies and sects of the Early Church
” Interviews with Bible College faculty members from around the world