An Ecumenical Institute student was among the first to participate in an intensive course offered by the Religious Freedom Center of the Newseum Institute in Washington, DC. Master of Arts in Theology candidate Michelle Rader is among those featured in this video. Ecumenical Institute students interested in a similar opportunity for Fall 2017 have until May 14 to apply.
St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute is receiving applications for a fulltime Coordinator of Communications, Operations, and Student Services. (This position is open due to a retirement). Position description: Coordinator position description.
Required application materials include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, completed inventory_of_computer_competencies, and completed SMSU Job Application (If education, special qualifications, and references are contained in the cover letter and/or cv, they need not be reproduced in the application.) Submit all materials by email, mail or in person, to
Elizabeth L. Visconage
Vice President, Institutional Advancement and Human Resources
St. Mary’s Seminary & University
5400 Roland Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21210
Applications will be received until the position filled, but for optimal consideration submit all materials by April 26. Interviews begin the week of May 1. Optimal start date is June 5, 2017.
Inquiries about employment at St. Mary’s or this position may be emailed to Ms. Visconage, but no phone calls please!
St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute congratulates three long-serving colleagues who will enter retirement this summer.
Zenaida Bench, Assistant to the Dean, Admissions & Academic Services, will retire after 23 years of service. For nearly half of the EI’s existence, Zenaida has been at its center, ensuring that each new cohort of students can enjoy the journey of faith seeking understanding. An EI alum (MAT ’93, CAS ’11), she has used her theological education joyfully in the ministry of administration.
In addition, two long-serving EI faculty members will enter retirement. Dr. Art Thomas began teaching in the EI in 1996, teaching courses in spirituality. Dr. Thomas is retiring from full time ministry in the Baltimore-Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church, and will be moving to Richmond. Dr. Brian Berry began teaching in the EI in 1998, teaching moral and systematic theology. He is a permanent Dunning Distinguished Lecturer. Brian is retiring from full time teaching at Notre Dame University of Maryland and will be moving to Ohio along with his wife Susanne.
Together, these colleagues have a combined 63 years of service to the EI. We are grateful for their commitment to our mission and generosity with our constituents, knowing that we would not have been as strong a school without them. Each will be celebrated at the annual graduation dinner.
On Wednesday, March 22, 2017, eleven seminarians from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Dioceses of Altoona –Johnstown, Erie, Richmond, Scranton, Wilmington and Worcester were installed in the Ministry of Lector. Eleven seminarians from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Dioceses of Albany, Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Scranton, Syracuse, Wilmington and Worcester were installed in the Ministry of Acolyte. Bishop Ronald Gainer of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania presided.
Lectors proclaim the Scriptures at liturgical celebrations and serve as catechists; acolytes serve at Eucharistic celebrations and bring the Eucharist to the sick.
Congratulations to all!
Donelda Cook, Ph.D., EI class of 2009, will become Loyola University’s vice president for student development. Dr. Cook, who went to Loyola in 1993 to become director of the Counseling Center, currently serves as associate vice president for student development. Dr. Cook earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Delaware State University, a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology and a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University, and both a Master of Arts in Theology and a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Studies from St. Mary’s Seminary & University. During her tenure at Loyola, Dr. Cook has twice served as acting vice president for student development. She is a member of the ministerial staff at Covenant Baptist United Church of Christ in Washington, DC, where she serves as a spiritual director. Dr. Cook’s scholarly publications focus on multicultural psychology and the integration of spirituality and psychology in psychotherapy with African Americans.
Statement of Fr. Phillip Brown, P.S.S. on the death of Cardinal Keeler:
We join Archbishop Lori and the entire Archdiocese of Baltimore in prayer and gratitude for the life of Cardinal William Keeler. In the Sulpician tradition, Cardinal Keeler was the first superior of St. Mary’s Seminary & University during his years of exemplary leadership of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In 1995 Cardinal Keeler was instrumental in bringing Pope John Paul II to Baltimore, and St. Mary’s Seminary had the honor of being his final visit before departing the area. We remember a great priest, bishop and leader. May he rest in the Lord’s peace.
You may read more about Cardinal Keeler at http://cardinalwilliamkeeler.com/
One year ago, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute announced a new partnership with Ashland Theological Seminary, offering local access to a Doctor of Ministry program. Last fall the first group of students began their DMin coursework here on the St. Mary’s campus. The program allows them to complete their first year of coursework with three intensive classes in Baltimore at St Mary’s Ecumenical Institute . Then, students finish coursework with two intensives at the Ashland campus in Ohio (one week in the Fall, one in the Spring). Finally, students develop a major ministry project which they document in a thesis.
A program overview will be presented by the Deans of both institutions on Wednesday, March 29 at 7 pm on the St. Mary’s campus. The event is open to all. Individual admissions conversations can be scheduled for Thursday morning or afternoon, March 30. For details or to schedule an admissions conversation, contact Patty Rath (410.864.4203).
The Ecumenical Institute of Theology will host Robert Louis Wilken, William R. Kenan Professor of the History of Christianity at the University of Virginia, for its Dunning Lecture on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:30 pm. The lecture, “Liberty in the Things of God: Christian Origins of Religious Freedom,” is free and open to the public. For more information, please click here to see the flier.
Dr. Mike Gorman was recently interviewed about the publication of the second edition of his book Paul, Apostle of the Crucified Lord. This 42 minute podcast gives listeners a window into Gorman’s scholarly contribution in the field of Pauline studies.
Fr. Phillip Brown, P.S.S. and the St. Mary’s Seminary & University community congratulate the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s new Auxiliary Bishops: Bishop Adam J. Parker and Bishop Mark E. Brennan.
Ad Multos Annos
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