STATEMENT BY FATHER THOMAS HURST
ON THE APPOINTMENT OF FATHER PHILLIP BROWN, P.S.S.
OF ST. MARY’S SEMINARY AND UNIVERSITY
I wish to congratulate Father Phillip Brown, P.S.S. on his appointment by the Provincial Council, with the approval of Archbishop Lori, as the new President-Rector of St. Mary’s Seminary and University.
Father Brown is a Sulpician who was ordained for the Diocese of Bismarck in 1989. He has been the rector of Theological College in Washington, D.C. since 2011.
An alumnus of Theological College, Father Brown holds a doctorate in Canon Law from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome as well as a civil law degree from the University of North Dakota and an STB from The Catholic University of America.
After ordination Father Brown served in parishes in the Diocese of Bismarck and on the marriage tribunal. He joined the Sulpicians in 2005 and has been the General Treasurer for the Society of St. Sulpice since 2009. In addition, Father Brown was a member of the Canon Law faculty at The Catholic University of America and the President of the Canon Law Society of America.
With his appointment as President-Rector, Father Brown returns home to St. Mary’s Seminary and University where he served as a faculty member from 2001-2006 and the Dean of the School of Theology from 2004-2006.
I have great confidence that Father Brown will continue the strong Sulpician leadership that has guided St. Mary’s. Father Brown brings intellectual gifts as well as administrative and pastoral experience to his role as President-Rector. Having lived with Father Brown at Theological College, I know that he appreciates the Sulpician charism with its commitments to the priesthood and a collegial and apostolic style. His years of service on seminary faculties and in leadership roles in the Society of St. Sulpice as well as in the Church in the United States have equipped him well to guide the oldest Catholic seminary in the United States as it celebrates its 225th anniversary and moves into its bright future.
At the same time, I wish to express my sincere appreciation to Mr. Jack Cavanaugh and the members of the Search Committee as well as to the Board of Trustees for the important role they have played in this selection.
Finally, I wish to thank Archbishop William Lori as well as the Sulpician Provincial Council for their support of the mission and work of St. Mary’s Seminary and University.