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Dean Laytham Announces Upcoming Staff Transition

After 27 years of service, Dr. Pat Fosarelli will enter a new phase come July 1. She will step down from her role as Associate Dean of Instruction, but continue half time with St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute in her role as Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries. We are thankful for all that she has done for St. Mary’s over the years, and glad that she will be continuing to serve with us. 

Dr. Fosarelli reflected on the upcoming transition, “I have been working at St. Mary’s—in some capacity—since 1995, and I have been a dean since 2006.  As of June 30, I will be stepping down from my full-time position as Associate Dean of Instruction but will continue part-time as Director of the MACM (and its associated certificates). This is my decision because a) there are other things that I still want to do and b) the EI has two fine deans who will remain.

I will continue to act as an advisor, be active in the D.Min. program, oversee the MACM and associated certificates, and (of course) teach.  Although I will not be around every day, I will be available when students are most likely here.

I count coming to the EI as a student in the fall of 1992 as one of the most important decisions that I made in my life, one that changed my life for the better. I always hope that it will do the same for every student and faculty member who joins this very unique community of learners.”

 


Spring 2022 to Begin Online

Dear EI Community,
 
We hope that you have had a restful and healthy Christmas. We look forward to a wonderful spring semester of learning together.
 
As you know, our hope has been to offer each class simultaneously online and in person this semester. However, in view of the surging omicron variant, we have decided that all EI courses will begin entirely online through the month of January, with the option to attend class in-person beginning Tuesday, February 1.
 
This does not affect the availability of the library; current EI faculty and students are welcome to come in person if they are in compliance with the St. Mary’s COVID policy (either fully vaccinated or having received an exemption and following the additional requirements). At present, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a mask at all times while in our building.
 
If you plan to come on campus, please be sure you have completed the confidential and mandatory COVID disclosure form. If you are not fully vaccinated and would like to receive an exemption, you may use this form.
 
 
With hope,
Deans Laytham, Fosarelli, and Hancock


St. Mary’s On the Road

December 2021

Members of the St. Mary’s community have an impact far beyond our Baltimore location. These are some of the latest examples.

St. Mary’s Community Supports Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore

Once again, the St. Mary’s community participated in the annual “Gift of the Magi” program. The Peace and Justice Committee, who coordinated the program, gathered 84 gifts. An additional 20 gifts were brought by the OLPH Edgewater Youth Group, who came on Saturday to assist with gift wrapping. The gifts were collected to support 84 underprivileged children who attend Mother Seton Academy, operated by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. This is a program that St. Mary’s has supported for around 10 years, and this year’s drive was a great success.

Pictured: (top) the gifts are wrapped and ready for transport; (bottom) seminarians deliver the gifts to Mother Seton Academy: (left-right) Sr. Margaret [Peggy] Juskelis, SSND (the President of Mother Seton Academy), John Enemuo (Diocese of Wilmington), Michael Boris (Diocese of Scranton), and Javier Fuentes (Archdiocese of Baltimore).

Announced: Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. at Saint Meinrad

Saint Meinrad Institute of Sacred Music (Saint Meinrad, Indiana) will present an afternoon workshop on “Understanding Liturgical Manuscripts” on Saturday, January 8, 2022. The free event will be held in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Central Time. It is open to the public.

Among the group of leading scholars who will present: St. Mary’s own Associate Professor of Homiletics, Rev. Innocent Smith, O.P.

According to the Institute, presentations will be on the liturgical manuscripts in the Archabbey Library collection, ranging from 11th-century southern Germany to 18th-century Ethiopia. None of the manuscripts has previously been studied, and many are new acquisitions with fascinating histories. The workshop will explore what can be learned from the manuscripts and how to study them.

Though the speakers are among the top in their field, the event is geared toward the general public and is an opportunity to shine a light on the riches of the collection with the scholars most expert at uncovering those riches.


Director of Admissions & Communications Position

Kaye Guidugli, the EI’s Director of Recruitment and Advancement has made the decision to move on from St. Mary’s to pursue new opportunities. We are most grateful to Kaye for her excellent work as the EI’s Director of Recruitment and Advancement and wish her the best very best. To hear a message from Dean Laytham on Kaye’s transition, see the video below.

The EI is currently seeking a Director of Admissions & Communications. Nominations, self-nominations, or inquiries are welcome. Please contact jobs@stmarys.edu for more information. 


ATS Re-Accreditation Visit

St. Mary’s Seminary & University is hosting a comprehensive evaluation visit for reaffirmation of accreditation by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) Commission on Accrediting on January 24 – January 27, 2022. The purpose of this visit is to verify that the school meets all applicable Commission Standards of Accreditation. Comments regarding how well the school meets those standards and/or generally demonstrates educational quality may be sent to the ATS Director of Commission Information Services at least two weeks before the visit. Comments may also or instead be sent in writing to Pat LeNoir, Special Assistant to the President for Institutional Excellence (plenoir@stmarys.edu). All comments will be shared with the onsite evaluation committee.


Lessons and Carols

Please Join Us for

Lessons & Carols

Thursday, December 9, 2021
5:00 PM (organ preludes at 4:50 PM)

Sung by the
St. Mary’s Seminary Schola Cantorum

in St. Mary’s Chapel of St. Mary’s Seminary & University


St. Mary’s Receives $1 Million Grant from Lilly Endowment

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Press Release

For Release: November 29, 2021

Contact
Bruce Baumgarten
communications@stmarys.edu

(Baltimore, MD) – St. Mary’s Seminary & University–the nation’s first Roman Catholic seminary established for the formation of priests in the United States–has been awarded a grant in the amount of $1 million from Lilly Endowment Inc. to support the design and implementation of St. Mary’s Institute for Pastoral Leadership. The mission of the Institute will be to strengthen St. Mary’s recognized leadership in forming 21st century pastors equipped to minister collaboratively with lay ministers and parish leaders to address the spiritual and pastoral needs of those served through the wide variety of ministries and outreach programs in Catholic parishes.

Lilly Endowment logo.The initiation of the Institute is being funded through Lilly Endowment’s “Pathways for Tomorrow” Initiative, a three‐phase initiative designed to help theological schools across the United States and Canada prioritize and respond to their most pressing challenges as they prepare pastoral leaders for Christian congregations both now and into the future.

“We could not be more grateful to Lilly Endowment for its recognition of St. Mary’s commitment to forming authentic and effective pastors, equipped in every way for the rigors of pastoral ministry in the 21st century,” said St. Mary’s Seminary & University President‐Rector Revered Phillip J. Brown, P.S.S. “With this significant grant, we will be able to accelerate and expand programs to provide model human and pastoral formation, not only for those seminarians currently in formation, but continuing education and essential resources for priests already in parish ministry addressing the varied pastoral needs of those who depend on them and their pastoral teams each and every day. St. Mary’s mission is to provide the people of God with the kind of priests and pastors they truly deserve.”

St. Mary’s Seminary & University is the birthplace of priestly formation in the United States. At the invitation of Bishop John Carroll, first Roman Catholic Bishop in the United States, Father François Nagot, S.S., led a group of Sulpician priests and seminarians to Baltimore to begin priestly formation here on October 3, 1791. Since then, St. Mary’s has been operated by the Sulpician Fathers, a community of diocesan priests dedicated to the formation of parish priests. Currently, 76 seminarians are in formation at St. Mary’s from 13 dioceses throughout the United States, as well as Hamilton, Ontario and Zhao Xian China, in addition to 4 graduate student priests, for a total enrollment of 80. Among them are also 2 religious seminarians from the Trinitarian Order, one Cistercian, and one seminarian from the Société des Missions Étrangères de Paris.

St. Mary’s already provides a holistic curriculum focused on the human, spiritual, pastoral and intellectual dimensions necessary for effective priestly ministry. The changing landscape of the Church in America demands ongoing assessment of the way seminaries prepare men to serve the needs of parishioners in the present day, however. These changing dynamics call for enhanced ongoing formation opportunities for enhanced ministerial skills to support clergy in their ministries. As part of the Institute for Pastoral Leadership initiative St. Mary’s will utilize the Lilly Endowment grant to upgrade and expand its existing Center for Continuing Formation.

Inspired by Pope Francis and his insistence that ordained ministry be understood first and foremost as a call and commitment to service, St. Mary’s Institute for Pastoral Leadership will focus on three key areas: seminary formation, ongoing formation, and faculty development. The upgrading of formation programs will include academic courses on philosophy of pastoral leadership and communication skills; workshops on essential and foundational communication skills and collaboration skills; experiential learning opportunities to build collaboration skills; and facilitated learning sessions to more effectively integrate pastoral field experiences. Ongoing formation programs will focus on the critical first five years of priestly ministry, in addition to courses on preaching, parish administration, clergy/lay collaboration, guiding volunteers and enabling lay leadership. These areas of concentration were identified based on feedback from interviews conducted for developing ongoing formation programs that can be offered as distance learning modules, along with continued onsite programs. Faculty Development will be designed to ensure that faculty members, supervisors and mentors are able to effectively help seminarians implement and integrate what they learn in formation into their lived experience.

In developing the Institute for Pastoral Leadership, St. Mary’s will create a nationally accessible innovative formation program as a resource for other seminarians and priests across the country. It is envisioned that the impact of the Institute will reach far beyond St. Mary’s seminarians and alumni and the parishes they serve.

St. Mary’s Seminary & University is one of 84 theological schools designated to receive a total of more than $82 million in grants through the second phase of the Pathways initiative. Together, the schools represent evangelical, mainline Protestant, nondenominational, Pentecostal, Roman Catholic and Black church and historic peace church traditions (e.g., Church of the Brethren, Mennonite, Quakers). Many schools also serve students and pastors from Black, Latino, Korean American, Chinese American and recent immigrant Christian communities.

“Theological schools have long played a pivotal role in preparing pastoral leaders for churches,” said Christopher L. Coble, the Endowment’s vice president for religion. “Today, these schools find themselves in a period of rapid and profound change. Through the Pathways Initiative, theological schools will take deliberate steps to address the challenges they have identified in ways that make the most sense to them. We believe that their efforts are critical to ensuring that Christian congregations continue to have a steady stream of pastoral leaders who are well‐prepared to lead the churches of tomorrow.”

Lilly Endowment launched the Pathways initiative in January 2021 because of its longstanding interest in supporting efforts to enhance and sustain the vitality of Christian congregations by strengthening the leadership capacities of pastors and congregational lay leaders.

About St. Mary’s Seminary & University
America’s first Catholic seminary, St. Mary’s Seminary & University continues its tradition of excellence since 1791 in preparing candidates for the Roman Catholic diocesan priesthood. Following the Sulpician Tradition of priestly formation, which takes place within a single community of formators and seminarians sharing one rule of life with strong mentoring relationships, 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.

Through its Center for Continuing Formation and Ecumenical Institute, St. Mary’s also provides for advanced theological study, the ongoing formation of those in ministry, and a center of preparation for missionary discipleship.

About Lilly Endowment Inc.
Lilly Endowment Inc. is an Indianapolis‐based private philanthropic foundation created in 1937 by J.K. Lilly, Sr. and his sons Eli and J.K. Jr. through gifts of stock in their pharmaceutical business, Eli Lilly and Company. Although the gifts of stock remain a financial bedrock of the Endowment, it is a separate entity from the company, with a distinct governing board, staff and location. In keeping with the founders’ wishes, the Endowment supports the causes of community development, education and religion and maintains a special commitment to its founders’ hometown, Indianapolis, and home state, Indiana. The primary aim of its grantmaking in religion, which is national in scope, focuses on strengthening the leadership and vitality of Christian congregations in the United States. The Endowment also seeks to foster public understanding about religion and lift up in fair, accurate and balanced ways the contributions that people of all faiths and religious communities make to our greater civic well‐being.


St. Mary’s On the Road

November 2021

Members of the St. Mary’s community have an impact far beyond our Baltimore location. These are some of the latest examples.

Drs. Mabry and Smith at Villanova Conference

Drs. Eric Mabry and Innocent Smith, O.P. were presenters at Villanova University’s 46th International Patristic, Medieval, and Renaissance Conference (PMR). The conference was held October 15-17, 2021 on the theme “Cum Dilatasti Cor Meum: Knowledge, Affect, and the Dilation of the Heart.”

Fr. Innocent presented on “Beauty, Devotion, and the Medieval Liturgy” during the session on Beauty and Emotion in Christian Material Culture.

Dr. Eric Mabry presented on “Paratum cor meum, Deus: Christological Affectivity in Medieval Exegesis of the Psalms” during a session on Medieval Exegesis. He also chaired the session on the Theology of Bonaventure.

 

Fr. Burton Offers Parish Series at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen

Fr. William Burton, O.F.M., S.T.D. is presenting an adult formation series on “Paul & the Early Church” at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, Charles Street, Baltimore. The 4-part series takes place on the first four Tuesday evenings of November.

St. Mary’s Music Director with the Basilica’s Schola Cantorum

St. Mary’s own music director, Samuel Rowe, directed the Schola Cantorum at First Vespers of All Saints at the Baltimore Basilica on Sunday, October 31. See fb.me/e/KvakrABu.

Collaborating and Connecting

On November 15, St. Mary’s Seminary & University collaborated with Saint Luke Institute to host an evening for Bishops during their November meeting in Baltimore. St. Mary’s President Rector, Rev. Phillip Brown, P.S.S. and Saint Luke’s CEO, Rev. David Songy, O.F.M. Cap. gave brief presentations during the dinner. St. Mary’s was also represented by six seminarians.

St. Mary’s already partners with Saint Luke Institute on a number of initiatives including candidate assessments, counseling, and human formation. Several Saint Luke staff members have done workshops in pastoral skills for seminarians and resourcing for faculty and formators. 

Dr. Gorman at the Society of Biblical Literature

Dr. Michael Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology, attended the Society of Biblical Literature annual meeting in San Antonio, TX from November 20-23. He was a respondent in a session devoted to Pauline Theology, specifically the meaning of justice in the letters of Paul.

 

See last month’s “On the Road”…


Bishop Barron Visits St. Mary’s

On Tuesday, November 16, Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles visited St. Mary’s seminarians for a question-and-answer dialogue. He answered questions about discernment, preaching, and how to evangelize in our modern world.

 

Bishop Barron answers a seminarian's question.

Bishop Barron speaks to the seminarians in Laubacher Hall.


Dr. Suerkamp Named Chair of Maryland Commission

This past summer, Mary Pat Suerkamp, Ph.D. was named chair of the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) by Maryland Governor Larry Hogan. Dr. Suerkamp, who is the president emerita of Notre Dame of Maryland University, is a former member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s Seminary & University who continues to serve on the Education & Formation Committee of the Board. She brings more than 40 years of experience in higher education administration and governance to these roles.

MHEC is Maryland’s higher education coordinating board which establishes statewide policies for the state’s public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. MHEC also administers state financial aid programs for students

Dr. Suerkamp chaired the board of the Council for Independent Colleges (CIC) from 2003 through 2005 and is a senior advisor for the New Presidents Program. She led the Maryland Independent College and University Association Board (MICUA) from 2008 to 2011, served on the board and executive committee of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and was chair of the Maryland Hospital Association Board. She is a founding partner of MPK&D, a higher education consulting firm.

Dr. Seurkamp, a magna cum laude graduate of Webster University (’68) with a B.A. in psychology, holds a M.A. in counseling from Washington University, and a Ph.D. in higher education from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a graduate of Maryland Leadership ’99 and was recognized as one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women, Circle of Excellence, by The Daily Record. She lives on the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland, with her husband, Bob.