2018 Carroll Lecturer Featured in News

Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski, our 2018 Carroll Lecture lecturer, was the front page feature in the Baltimore Sun’s Monday edition. The story, “‘A powerful and frightening experience:’ UMBC’s Hrabowski recalls King’s call for the Children’s Crusade of 1963,” was timed for the official Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Dr. Hrabowski’s Carroll Lecture at St. Mary’s on April 12 will mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Dr. King. President Hrabowski is uniquely positioned to reflect on where we are 50 years later–both in Baltimore and in our nation. The Seminary’s 2018 Carroll Lecture is an ecumenical endeavor, jointly sponsored by the Seminary, the Ecumenical Institute, and the Central Maryland Ecumenical Council .

Prayer Service for Christian Unity

On January 22, St. Mary’s Seminary & University will hold a joint prayer service for the School of Theology and the Ecumenical Institute. The service is held during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, whose theme this year is taken from Exodus 15:6 “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power.” Students, faculty, and staff will pray and share a meal together to embody their commitment to seek Christian unity.

Candidacy Mass 2017

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, five seminarians – Matthew Joseph DeFusco and Matthew Thomas Himes from the Archdiocese of Baltimore; Magnus Tochi Iwuji and Daniel Ryan Molochko of the Diocese of Richmond; and Joseph Stephen Illes of the Diocese of Metuchen were admitted into Candidacy by the Most Reverend Adam J. Parker, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  Candidacy is a liturgical rite of admission requested by a seminarian of his own Ordinary, which formally acknowledges and enrolls him as a candidate for Sacred Orders.   Congratulations!

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Alumni Days 2017

50th Jubilee Class from St. Mary’s Seminary

Fr. Phillip Brown, P.S.S. and the entire St. Mary’s Seminary community welcomed over 75 alumni from St. Charles College, St. Mary’s Seminary College and St. Mary’s Seminary & University to Roland Park.  The men returned to their alma mater to celebrate Alumni Days on October 18th and 19th, renew friendships and share special memories.  The golden jubilee class of 1967 from St. Charles College celebrated a special Mass at Our Lady of the Angels in Catonsville, the site of the former school and then joined the entire alumni community at St. Mary’s on the 19th.  The jubilee class of 1967 from St. Mary’s Seminary celebrated with 18 of their classmates including Msgr. David Fulton, Director of Priests Programs at the Center for Continuing Formation and current member of the Seminary faculty.  Msgr. Fulton was the homilist for Mass at the Seminary on October 19th.  Msgr. Fulton’s sermon  recalled vividly the challenges of the world in 1967 and celebrated the “place where all hope was lost and all hope regained: the cross of Christ.”(click here to read)

Mark your calendars for Alumni Days 2018 – October 17th and 18th, 2018.

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Dunning Lecture

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute will host Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School, and member of the editorial board of Christianity Today, for its Dunning Lecture on Friday, November 10 at 7:30 pm. His lecture “Where are the Nail Prints? Luther’s Road to Reformation Faith and What it Means for Us Today” will explore how to commemorate the Reformation with ecumenical purpose. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. George is active in Evangelical–Roman Catholic dialogue, has chaired the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, and helped produce the Catholic-Baptist statement, “The Word of God in the Life of the Church.” He has also written more than 20 books, is the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. 

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Stress, Resiliency & Spirituality Lecture & Workshop


Free Public Lecture

On Wednesday, October 25 ,7:30 pm Dr. Pat Fosarelli will give a free public lecture titled “Bouncing Back or Staying Down? Stress, Resiliency & Spirituality.” Her talk will explore the practical science behind stress and the ways that emotional health and spirituality can increase the likelihood of resilience. 

Workshop for those in Ministry

Ministry leaders are invited to attend a workshop led by Dr. Fosarelli on Thursday, October 26, 9:00 am – 12 noon. The workshop, “On Fire or Burned Out?” will be an interactive discussion examining the ways both lay and ordained ministry leaders can gain greater resiliency, even in the midst of personal, staff, or congregational stress. Participants can receive .25 CEUs. Cost for workshop registration is $20. Click here to register.

*Both events are made possible by a Science & Technology Grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

Archbishop Lori Celebrates Opening Mass of the Year

Jeremy Favrelière, from Missions Etrangères de Paris, signs the Covenant Book.

Archbishop William Lori, Chair of the St. Mary’s Seminary & University Board and Chancellor of the University, celebrated the opening Mass on August 30th, 2017.  All new seminarians and faculty members signed the Covenant Book after the Liturgy of the Word signifying their commitment to the St. Mary’s community of faith, to formation for the priesthood.

New EI Staff Member

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute is pleased to welcome Dr. Rebecca Hancock as our new Coordinator of Communications, Operations, and Student Services. Dr. Hancock is well known to students and faculty, having served here as an instructor in Old Testament for 7  years. With a Master of Divinity from McCormick Theological Seminary and a Ph. D. from Harvard University, Dr. Hancock brings a wealth of experience in theological education. While she will continue serving as a part-time instructor in the EI, the new position will allow her to invest even more fully in theological formation.

Dean Brent Laytham said “Dr. Hancock has come into a newly reshaped position with increased responsibilities, and she is already defining it with creativity and excellence.”