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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.


Welcome New Seminarians!

Deacon Ian McElrath welcomes new seminarian, John Enemuo, with a blessing.

Fr. Phillip Brown, P.S.S., President-Rector, the Faculty and St. Mary’s Seminary & University Seminarians welcomed 15 men to formation at America’s first Roman Catholic Seminary on August 22nd  This year’s incoming class includes men from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Dioceses of Albany, Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Scranton, Syracuse, Richmond, Wilmington, Worcester and Missions Etrangères de Paris as well as one priest from the Archdiocese of Lusaka, Zambia who is studying for his S.T.L. degree.  The Introduction to Seminary Life program concludes with a retreat for the entire community and Mass of the Holy Spirit which will be celebrated by Most Rev. William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore.  Classes begin on August 31st.


St. Mary’s Graduation 2017

On Thursday, May 11th, St. Mary’s Seminary & University conferred an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree on the Rev. Dr. Christopher M. Leighton, a leader of interreligious engagement for over 30 years in Baltimore.  Dr. Leighton, the founding Executive Director of the Institute for Islamic, Christian, and Jewish Studies, gave the commencement address.  Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and Chancellor of the University, presided over the ceremonies where 13 seminarians received both Ecclesiastical and Civil degrees and 11 graduates of The Ecumenical Institute of Theology received either the Masters of Arts in Theology or the Master of Arts in Church Ministries. 

Dr. Leighton’s commencement address compared a pivotal moment in Moses’s life to graduation. Moses went up the mountain to receive the Ten Commandments, only to come back down and drop them when faced with rampant idol worship. Leighton remarked “You have climbed theological peaks and been bequeathed with an awesome educational gift. Walk boldly and pay attention to where you put your feet. From time to time you may lose your balance and your grip. It happens. Make sure to stop, look down, and accept a helping hand as you retrieve the sacred bits and pieces at your feet. These fragments need to be gathered up, assembled and reassembled, passed on and shared with those who hunger, with those who are desperate for shelter, and with those who yearn for a place to call home.”

Color reproductions of class photos of St. Mary’s 2017 Commencement may now be ordered online one week after graduation:


International organist and composer Daniel Roth at St. Mary’s Seminary & University

Former trustees and benefactors of St. Mary’s Seminary hosted a concert in honor of Fr. Phillip Brown’s inaugural year as President Rector.  Over 200 guests enjoyed the concert and a reception on April 6th.  Daniel Roth is widely acclaimed as one of the leading French organ virtuosos.  He is currently the Titular Organist at the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris where the Society of St. Sulpice was founded in 1641.

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Lector & Acolyte Installation 2017

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!

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DMin Partnership Moves toward Second Year

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).


Dunning Lecture

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.


St. Mary’s Seminary celebrates Alumni Day and honors Fr. Thomas Ulshafer, P.S.S. with Olier Award

Over 120 alumni from St. Charles College, Paca Street, St. Mary’s Seminary College and St. Mary’s Seminary gathered at Roland Park on October 19th and 20th to celebrate the annual Alumni Days.  Alumni guests arrived on Wednesday and many enjoyed a visit to the St. Mary’s Spiritual Center at Paca Street before gathering for Evening Prayer with the seminarian community.  Fr.Ed Griswold (St. Charles 1966, St. Mary’s 1972) presided.  Classes gathered for dinners that evening and on Thursday joined the community for Mass celebrated by Fr. Larry Terrien, P.S.S. (St. Charles College 1966), Fr. Brown, as the new President Rector, gave the homily (click here to read) .  At the banquet, the Olier Award for Outstanding Alumnus was presented to Fr. Thomas Ulshafer, P.S.S. (St. Mary’s 1970) in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the Society of St. Sulpice over many years.  Fr. Ulshafer recently completed a biography of the founding superior of the Sulpicians in the United States, Fr. François-Charles Nagot during his sabbatical and all the alumni guests received a copy of his book.  Click here to read Fr. Brown’s remarks.

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Fr. Phillip J. Brown, P.S.S. installed as new President Rector of St. Mary’s Seminary & University

Archbishop William E. Lori celebrated the Installation Mass on Thursday, October 6th in the St. Mary’s Seminary Chapel.  Over 150 guests joined the seminarian community for the liturgy and reception.  Principal concelebrants included Fr. John Kemper, P.S.S. Provincial of the Society of St. Sulpice, Fr. Robert Leavitt, P.S.S., faculty member and former President Rector (1980-2007) and Fr. Lawrence Terrien, P.S.S., faculty member and former Superior General of the Society of St. Sulpice.  For more photos, click on an image in the gallery below.

From the Catholic Review:

Newest President-Rector of Nation’s Oldest Seminary Gets Baltimore Welcome

October 07, 2016
By Erik Zygmont
Twitter @ReviewErik

“That’s about as official as it gets,” said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori after Sulpician Father Phillip J. Brown signed a profession of faith and oath of fidelity to church teaching Oct. 6.

The action followed the liturgy of the word at Father Brown’s installation Mass at the Chapel of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Roland Park, where he has been serving as president-rector since July.

“I feel your support every day and it is deeply appreciated,” Father Brown told the archbishop after the Mass.

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