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St. Mary’s honors Fr. Thomas Hurst, President Rector 2007-2016

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Over 200 seminarians, faculty, staff, board members and special guests gathered on Thursday, April 21st to honor and thank Fr. Hurst for his exemplary leadership of St. Mary’s over the past 9 years.  Archbishop William Lori presided at Evening Prayer for the entire community.  Remarks by Fr. Kemper, Fr. Witherup and Mr. David Kinkopf, Vice Chair of the Board concluded the service.  All the guests enjoyed a cocktail reception in Laubacher Hall where they were able to thank Fr. Hurst personally for his leadership and dedication of America’s first Roman Catholic Seminary.

Click below to read the remarks.

Archbishop Lori

Fr. Hurst, P.S.S.

Fr. Kemper, P.S.S.

Fr. Witherup, P.S.S.

Mr. David Kinkopf

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Holocaust Remembrance

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From the first blast of the shofar to its final, haunting note, St. Mary’s annual Yom HaShoah service was a moving and memorable interfaith prayer service. Planned and led by members of the Richman-Linehan Course in Jewish-Christian studies, it featured an address by Holocaust survivor Mr. Herbert Hane, prayer from the Psalms, Yom Kippur, and Taize, and an original litany. This was St. Mary’s Seminary & University’s 32nd annual Holocaust Remembrance service.

Between the lighting of the fifth and sixth candle on the Holocaust Menorah, the words “Forgiveness is a seed for Peace” were proclaimed in eight different languages, suggesting the amazing diversity of this class. St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute professors Dr. Rebecca Hancock and Rabbi Dr. Avram Reisner have been co-teaching the “Ten Commandments” with twenty-two students, including a typically diverse group of EI students, seven seminarians, and two visiting students from Towson University’s Jewish Studies program. The integrity and power of the service bore witness to the great collegiality the classmates have developed for one another, as well as their deep care for the occasion.



Lector and Acolyte Installation


On Saturday, March 12th, 2016, fifteen seminarians from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Dioceses of Albany, Greensburg, Manchester, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Scranton, Syracuse, Wilmington and Worcester were installed into the Ministry of Lector.  Fourteen seminarians from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Dioceses of Albany, Erie, Manchester, Metuchen, Richmond, Scranton, Wilmington and Worcester were installed in the Ministry of Acolyte.  Bishop Edward C. Malesic of the Diocese of Greensburg presided.

Lectors proclaim the Scriptures at liturgical celebrations and serve as catechists; acolytes serve at Eucharistic celebrations and bring the Eucharist to the sick


Father Phillip Brown, P.S.S. Appointed by the Provincial Council as President-Rector

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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.




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.