EI Receives Generous Gift from the Estate of Fr. Rafferty

This week, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute received a generous bequest from the estate of Fr. Brian Rafferty, an alum of St. Mary’s Seminary and University who has been an advocate and supporter of the EI for many years. When he pledged this gift back in 2007, Fr. Rafferty cited his admiration “for the countless gifts our Ecumenical Institute brings to the Church of Baltimore and beyond.”

If like Fr. Rafferty you would like to become part of our Heritage Society (friends who have made a lasting commitment to St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute through their estate plans), we would be happy to put you in contact with our advancement office.

Fr. Brian Rafferty (center), pictured with former President-Rector Tom Hurst, P.S.S., and EI graduate, Tim Janiszewski, after the 2011 graduation ceremony.



Archbishop Lori Elected USCCB Vice President

Archbishop William E. Lori has been elected Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) for a three-year term. The Archbishop of Baltimore is also the Chancellor and Chair of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Seminary & University.

Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services was elected President.

St. Mary’s congratulates Archbishops Broglio and Lori on their elections.

Read more about the election on The Catholic Review:

Fr. Brown Presents at CLSA Convention

President-Rector Fr. Phillip Brown, PSS and Msgr. Fredrik Hansen, PSS attended the annual convention of the Canon Law Society of America during the week of October 10. Fr. Brown gave a presentation on the meaning of “vulnerable person” in the seminary setting for purposes of sexual abuse policies and law. The presentation was followed by a panel discussion on the general topic of the evolution of the concept of “vulnerable persons” in the law.

Oct. 26th Theology Town Hall featuring the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen

Join us on Wednesday, October 26th at 12 noon for a Theology Town Hall featuring the Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen, who will be speaking on the topic: “Leading Leaders in the Wake of Disaster.”

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
The Rt. Rev. Chilton Knudsen served as the 8th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.
Since her retirement in 2008 she has served as an interim or assisting bishop in no fewer than six dioceses, including the Diocese of Maryland (2015-2018). Most recently she served as Assisting Bishop of the Diocese of Chicago.

CONNECT: Faith, Health & Medicine Graduate Certificate program

We are now receiving applications for our CONNECT: Faith, Health & Medicine Graduate Certificate program, which starts in January 2023! This cohort-based program integrates faith traditions and medical practices into a holistic understanding of healthy persons, congregations, communities and institutions. 
Dr. Pat Fosarelli, who directs our CONNECT Certificate program, had this to say: “In this era when health issues appear on every newscast, CONNECT is an ideal vehicle to help students understand how faith and health interact with each other, even (and especially) in polarizing times.

2022 Annual Dunning Lecture, featuring Edgardo Colón-Emeric


The 2022 Dunning Lecture will be held on Thursday, November 10th at 7:30 p.m. in Laubacher Hall.

Event is free to join in person or online, but registration is requested

Edgardo Colón-Emeric is the Dean of Duke Divinity School and the Irene and William McCutchen Associate Professor of Reconciliation and Theology. He also serves as the director of the Center for Reconciliation at the Divinity School.

Colón-Emeric’s work explores the intersection of Methodist and Catholic theologies, and Wesleyan and Latin American experiences. Colón-Emeric has served on the United Methodist Committee on Faith and Order and on both national and international Methodist-Catholic dialogues. In October 2017, he met with Pope Francis as part of a delegation from the Methodist-Catholic Dialogue and presented the pope with a Spanish translation he created of the dialogue’s bilateral statement.

Colón-Emeric’s latest book The People Called Metodistas: Renewing Doctrine, Worship, and Mission from the Margins was released this summer. His other books include Wesley, Aquinas, and Christian Perfection: An Ecumenical Dialogue (Baylor University Press, 2009) which received the 2008 “Aquinas Dissertation Prize Winner” from the Aquinas Center for Theological Renewal at Ave Maria University and Óscar Romero’s Theological Vision: Liberation and the Transfiguration of the Poor (Notre Dame University Press, 2018), which received first place in the 2019 Catholic Press Association award for books about newly canonized saints.

Conference Coming in 2023

From June 8-10, 2023, St. Mary’s Seminary & University will host a conference titled “The Primacy of God in a Secular Age: On the Theological Virtue of Faith.” The conference is sponsored by The Sacra Doctrina Project in partnership with SMSU.

Featured Speakers will be:

  • Lawrence Feingold
  • Michael J. Gorman
  • Denys Turner

The conference is currently requesting papers. Those interested should submit a 300-word abstract proposal via The Sacra Doctrina Project website. Priority consideration will be given to proposals received by December 15, 2022; proposals will also be accepted through January 1, 2023.

For more information, visit:

Hosting Vocation Directors at St. Mary’s

The National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (NCDVD) held their annual convention in Baltimore from September 2-9 at the Hilton Inner Harbor, next to Camden Yards. To thank the participants for visiting Baltimore and to show them the wonderful formation opportunities at St. Mary’s Seminary & University, a special “Night at the Parks” was held on September 6.

Approximately 100 vocation directors came to Roland Park from the hotel. The evening began with Vespers in St. Mary’s Chapel; Archbishop William E. Lori, presided. Then, they joined the seminary community for an Orioles-themed “tailgate” dinner in the refectory. The meal was preceded by a short video greeting from none other than Cal Ripken himself. September 6 marked the 27th anniversary of the night Cal broke Lou Gehrig’s consecutive game streak.

Seminarians offered brief tours to those interested in seeing the seminary’s renovated living spaces.

The evening continued with transportation from Roland Park to Oriole Park where the vocation directors saw an Orioles home game, accompanied by St. Mary’s President-Rector, Fr. Philip Brown, P.S.S., and a number of faculty and seminarians.

The vocation directors were mightily impressed with the creativity and depth of St. Mary’s hospitality.