Category: St. Mary’s News

Welcome New Students

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St. Mary’s Seminary & University welcomes nineteen new seminarians and one resident priest student to its seminary community.  Student leadership and seminarian volunteers helped the new students move in and feel welcomed during its 2015 Introduction to Seminary Life Program, August 20 – 24.  The new arrivals come from the following (arch)dioceses:  Albany, Baltimore, Greensburg, Manchester, Pittsburgh, Richmond, Scranton, Syracuse, Wilmington, Worcester, Mansa (Zambia). St. Mary’s also welcomes a seminarian from the Foreign Missions of Paris, a missionary society of parish priests.  The Introduction to the Seminary Life Program includes introductory conferences on Sulpician formational community, the four pillars of formation, the Liturgy of the Hours and the Sulpician method of meditation, and the philosophical and theological course of studies; testing of basic academic skills; and a tour of Sulpician and Catholic Baltimore heritage.

The photo of the new seminarians and several faculty members was taken at the St. Mary’s Spiritual Center and Historical Site of the original seminary building on Paca Street in Baltimore.


2015 Priesthood and Diaconate Ordinations

Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham ordains Zachary Miller.

Zachary Miller with Most Rev. Robert J. Cunningham.

Congratulations to the following St. Mary’s Seminary & University graduates who were ordained to the priesthood:

Archdiocese of Baltimore

Francis Ouma

Diocese of Greensburg

Eric Dinga
James Morley

Diocese of Metuchen

Edgar Madarang

 Diocese of Pittsburgh

Chris Mannerino

Diocese of Richmond

Daniel Cogut

Diocese of Rochester

Matthew Jones

Diocese of Syracuse

Zachary Miller

Diocese of Trenton

Arian Wharff

Diocese of Worcester

Andres Araque
Mateus Monteiro de Souza
Juan Escudero
Daniel Moreno
Juan Ramirez
Carlos Ruiz



2015 Graduation

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On Thursday, May 14th, Archbishop William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and Chancellor of the University, presided over Commencement Exercises at St. Mary’s Seminary & University.  After a welcome by Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, P.S.S., President Rector and Vice Chancellor of the University, thirty-one students received theological degrees from St. Mary’s three faculties.  The Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology conferred fourteen Baccalaureates in Sacred Theology and two Licentiates in Sacred Theology.  The School of Theology conferred three Masters of Arts (Theology) and fourteen Masters of Divinity.

The Ecumenical Institute of Theology conferred four Masters of Arts (Theology), six Masters of Arts (Church Ministries), and two Certificates in Advanced Studies (Theology).

St. Mary’s Seminary & University also conferred two Doctorates of Divinity, honoris causa, upon Rev. Msgr. Paul G. Cook and Rev. Dr. William C. Calhoun.  Msgr. Cook is a distinguished pastor and mentor to many seminarians over the years, and Rev. Dr. William C. Calhoun is a long-time and distinguished Ecumenical Institute faculty member as well as a leader in the Baltimore ecumenical faith community. Msgr. Cook delivered the commencement address on reflections on pastoral ministry, noting that he was speaking about parish ministry as the heart of where pastoral ministry takes place.



Benefit Concert for Catholic Charities

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On April 30, James O’Reilly, second year seminarian, Diocese of Richmond, performed a benefit concert for Catholic Charities of Baltimore that raised $2,500. The program consisted of sacred and contemporary classical music. Eleven other musicians performed with James including Daniel Molochko, James Smith, Ian McElrath, Christopher Pinto, and Paul Binko.


Happy Easter from St. Mary’s


In the name of the St. Mary’s Seminary and University community I would like to extend to you our warmest Easter greetings.  May the Risen Lord shed his Light upon you and your loved ones.  May his gift of Eternal Life be yours forever. 

Father Thomas R. Hurst, P.S.S.
President-Rector and Vice Chancellor


Family & Friends Weekend 2015

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St. Mary’s seminarian community celebrated the first Family & Friends Weekend, March 13-15, 2015.  Organized by the seminarians, over 175 family members and friends enjoyed tours of the building, a presentation on the history of St. Mary’s and formation program by Fr. Hurst, the Rite of Institution for Lectors and Acolytes celebrated by Most. Rev. Denis Madden, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, as well as many wonderful meals.  It was a wonderful opportunity to welcome friends and family members to St. Mary’s.


Dr. Gorman Receives Luce Fellowship for 2015-16 Sabbatical

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Dr. Michael J. Gorman, who holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s, has been appointed a Henry Luce III Fellow in Theology for 2015-16. He will use this appointment to take a full-year sabbatical.

The Luce Fellows program focuses on theological excellence and creativity. It is the fruit of a partnership between The Henry Luce Foundation and the Association of Theological Schools. Past Luce Fellows include Mary Boys, Walter Brueggemann, Francis Fiorenza, Stanley Hauerwas, Richard Hays, Luke Johnson, and Sandra Schneiders.

“The reception of the Luce Fellowship is a wonderful tribute to Dr. Gorman and an honor for St. Mary’s Seminary & University,” noted Father Thomas Hurst, St. Mary’s President-Rector. “As the holder of the Raymond E. Brown Chair, Dr. Gorman is well known for his excellent teaching and insightful scholarship, which are greatly appreciated by the St. Mary’s community as well as the larger theological world.”

Dr. Gorman’s Luce Fellowship research project is entitled “Missional Theosis in the New Testament.” A continuation of his forthcoming book on mission in Paul (Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission [Eerdmans]; book launch at St. Mary’s on May 27), this project will explore the notion of mission as participation in the life of God in New Testament writings other than the letters of Paul.

E.I. Dean Dr. Brent Laytham said “I am thrilled for Dr. Gorman, for St. Mary’s (and the Ecumenical Institute in particular), and for the church. His scholarship has always empowered his excellent teaching, and his year as a Luce Fellow will further enrich that, enlivening our classrooms while enlightening biblical studies’ understanding of the centrality of mission in the New Testament. Nothing could be better for us, or for Christ’s church.”

Dr. Gorman may be reached at


March for Life 2015

March for Life 2015

The community of St. Mary’s Seminary & University, organized by the Seminary’s pro-life subcommittee, was fully represented at the various activities associated with the Right to Life anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision .   Early in the morning of January 22, seminarians and faculty members departed St. Mary’s and joined people from all over the country who were in Washington DC for the March for Life.  The theme this year “Every Life is a Gift” had a special focus on preborn babies who are diagnosed in the womb with a fetal abnormality.

Many in the community also attended the  Solemn Opening Mass held on January 21 in the Basilica’s Great Upper Church with principal celebrant and homilist, Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Pro-Life Activities.


Ecumenical Prayer Service Well Attended

The January 20 Service of Prayer for Christian Unity was attended by a diverse group—seminarians from the School of Theology and Ecumenical Institute students, along with faculty members from both divisions. Pastors from several Roland Park churches vested and joined in the processional. With President-Rector, Rev. Thomas Hurst, P.S.S., presiding, seminarians and students read Scripture and offered prayer. The sermon, “A bucket, a mountain, a table, and … the savior of the world” (John 4:1-42), was preached by Rev. Dr. Brent Laytham, Dean of the Ecumenical Institute, who brought fresh insight to the surprising encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. The St. Mary’s Schola, forming a small circle in the center of the Chapel, offered the Russian Orthodox chant of St. Symeon’s Prayer. With assistance from Dean Laytham, Rev. Daniel Grigassy, OFM, Associate Professor of Liturgical Theology, planned the service, which beautifully reflected the call that is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.