Category: St. Mary’s News

March for Life 2016

March for Life 2016

The community of St. Mary’s Seminary & University was represented well at the various activities associated with the Right to Life on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, January 22, 1973.  The seminarians and faculty departed early in the morning and joined a huge crowd for a youth Rally & Mass at the Verizon Center hosted by the Archdiocese of Washington, DC.  Even with the prospect of a significant blizzard arriving in the area that day, the Mass was very well attended by men and women from all over the United States praying for an end to abortion in our land and the protection of the right to life of all people.


Diaconate Ordinations

Diaconate Ordination December 2015

Joseph Rice, Diego Buritica, and Wilmar Ramos were ordained December 19, 2015, at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Worcester.  The Most Rev. Robert J. McManus, S.T.D., Bishop of Worcester ordained them.

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Ryan Ravis was ordained December 13, 2015, at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Greensburg. The Most Rev. Edward C. Malesic, J.C.L., Bishop of Greensburg, ordained him.


A Festival of Lessons & Carols

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The Carol Service, reminiscent of its English heritage, is composed of prayer and festive music sung by the Seminary Choir under the direction of Mr. Paul Binko.  Harp, Trumpet and the Pipe Organ will be featured accompaniment for the event.


Candidacy Mass 2015

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On Thursday, November 12, 2015, nine seminarians – Juan Angel Aguirre Palacio of the Diocese of Norwich; Juan Guillermo Benitez Hoyos, Michael David Merritt, and Victor Manuel Sanchez Duran of the Diocese of Rochester; Michael Kennedy of the Diocese of Trenton; Richard Jude Jasper of the Diocese of Wilmington; and Diego Arney Buriticá Zuluaga, Wilmar Jair Ramos Mosquera and Joseph David Rice of the Diocese of Worcester were admitted into Candidacy by the Most Reverend Denis Madden, 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.



New Pastors Program

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From November 1-6, thirty new or soon to be named pastors from the dioceses of Camden, Fort Wayne/South Bend, Laredo, Metuchen, Norwich, Richmond, Scranton, Syracuse, Wheeling/Charleston and the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Kansas City gathered at St. Mary’s Center for Continuing Formation for a workshop addressing the transition in their priestly life and ministry.

Topics centered on the pastor as person including the unexpected challenges of secularity, the pastor’s role in fostering ecclesial communion and the pastor’s physical and emotional health.  Other days focused on the canonical role, civil law, pastoring more than one church, human resources, stewardship, collaboration with women in the parish and financial matters.  Daily mass, prayer and community time allowed the participants the opportunity to relax and recharge while learning valuable skills essential to today’s busy pastor.

The New Pastors Program is one of the signature continuing formation programs sponsored by St. Mary’s Seminary & University.  For information about this program or other programs for priests please click here to go to the Center for Continuing Formation webpage.


Alumni Days 2015

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Over ninety alumni from St. Charles College, St. Mary’s Seminary College, Paca Street, and St. Mary’s Seminary & University gathered on October 14th and 15th to celebrate the annual Alumni Days at Roland Park.  Anniversary classes celebrated their class dinners on Wednesday evening and then joined the entire seminarian community on Thursday, October 15th for Mass and luncheon.  Most Reverend Francis Malooly, Bishop of the Diocese of Wilmington and St. Mary’s Seminary Alumnus, Class of 1970, was the main celebrant.  Most Reverend Kestutis Kevalas, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kaunas, Lithuania and member of the St. Mary’s Seminary Class of 2000, and Most Reverend Victor Galeone, retired Bishop of the Diocese of St. Augustine and member of the St. Charles Class of 1955 concelebrated the Mass with Fr. Thomas Hurst, P.S.S., President-Rector.

For more images, see gallery below.


Laudato Si Panel Discussion

Peace and Justice

St. Mary’s Seminary and University hosted a panel discussion on Laudato Si, Pope Francis’ new encyclical. Before the event, sponsored by the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Dr. Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, met with the Seminarian Peace and Justice Committee, Archbishop Lori, and faculty members Fr. Ed Griswold and Ms. Ximena DeBroeck.


Welcome Pope Francis

Welcome Pope Francis

America’s first Roman Catholic seminary welcomes our Holy Father to America.  We join Pope Francis in prayer during this pilgrimage.  The St. Mary’s seminarian community has the privilege of attending the canonization mass of Blessed Junipero Serra on Wednesday, September 23rd.


Seminary Begins New Academic Year


The 2015-2016 academic year opened with the Mass of the Holy Spirit on August 27, 2015.  Archbishop William Lori, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, was the main celebrant and gathered with the community after Mass. For more images, see the photo gallery below.

Welcome New Faculty

Fr. Carpenter_38Fr. Brian Carpenter is a graduate of University of Notre Dame and University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary.  He was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Rochester, New York in 2009 where he served as Parochial Vicar in several parishes and taught lower school religion classes.  Fr. Brian holds a Masters of Divinity and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.) in Systematic Theology.  He joined the Society of St. Sulpice in 2015.


Ximena DeBroeck_48Mrs. Ximena DeBroeck (pronounced hee-Menˊ-a) comes to St. Mary’s from the Archdiocese of Baltimore where she served as Director of the Office of Worship and Sacramental Formation.  Ximena holds a Masters of Arts in Theology from Saint Vincent Seminary, and has completed her doctoral coursework in systematic theology at Duquesne University.  Her research focus has been the biblical theology of discipleship, mission, sacraments, and sacrifice.


Fr. Magat_25Fr. Jerome Magat is a Sulpician candidate from the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia.  He is a graduate of the University of Virginia and was ordained in 2002 after having completed his seminary studies at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD.  In addition to serving as Director of Liturgy and teaching homiletics and liturgy at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, Fr. Magat is the founder and president of the Guadalupe Free Clinic of Colonial Beach, his diocese’s first free medical clinic for the poor.  He joined the Sulpicians in 2013.