Category: St. Mary’s News

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:  https://larrycannerphotography.shootproof.com/stmarys2017

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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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Cardinal William H. Keeler 1931-2017

Statement of Fr. Phillip Brown, P.S.S. on the death of Cardinal Keeler:

We join Archbishop Lori and the entire Archdiocese of Baltimore in prayer and gratitude for the life of Cardinal William Keeler. In the Sulpician tradition, Cardinal Keeler was the first superior of St. Mary’s Seminary & University during his years of exemplary leadership of the Archdiocese of Baltimore. In 1995 Cardinal Keeler was instrumental in bringing Pope John Paul II to Baltimore, and St. Mary’s Seminary had the honor of being his final visit before departing the area. We remember a great priest, bishop and leader. May he rest in the Lord’s peace.

 

 

You may read more about Cardinal Keeler at http://cardinalwilliamkeeler.com/

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Candidacy Mass 2016

On Thursday, November 17th, 2016, seven seminarians – William Leonard Keown, John Carlos Martine Jusino and John Jeremiah Streifel of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Javier Julio De Arco, Juan Sebastian Sanchez Guzman, Victor Alonso Sierra Lopez and Henry Ramirez Pinzon of the Diocese of Worcester were admitted into Candidacy by the Most Reverend Robert J. McManus, Bishop of Worcester, MA.   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.  Congratulations!

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225th Anniversary of the Society of St. Sulpice Province of the United States and the founding of America’s first Roman Catholic Seminary

On Tuesday, November 15th there was a celebration to mark the 225th anniversary of the arrival of the Sulpicians in America and the founding of St. Mary’s Seminary.  His Eminence Marc Cardinal Ouellet, P.S.S., Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops, received an honorary degree from St. Mary’s Seminary & University.  To read Marc Cardinal Ouellet’s remarks, click here. The ceremony was attended by several of the United States’ Cardinals; Timothy Cardinal Dolan, Seán Cardinal O’Malley, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, Archbishop Christophe Pierre (the Apostolic Nuncio of the United States) and over 30 Bishops and Archbishops who are in Baltimore at the time for the USCCB meeting.  The Province of the United States invited the seminarian communities of Theological College of the Catholic University of America, the other Sulpician seminary in the United States, and Mount St. Mary’s in Emmetsburg, founded by the Sulpicians, to join the seminarian community of St. Mary’s Seminary & University for the special celebration.

On April 8, 1791, with the blessing of Father Jacques-André Emery, superior general of the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice, four priests and five seminarians embarked from Saint-Malo, France on a chartered ship destined for the port of Baltimore, Maryland.  Upon their arrival, Father Francois Chares Nagot, the superior, accompanied by Fathers Antoine Garnier, Jean-Marie Tessier, and Michel Levadoux, was welcomed by Bishop John Carroll, the first bishop of the diocese of Baltimore — which at the time encompassed the entire fledging nation.  Eight days after their arrival in Baltimore, Maryland, the Sulpician community moved into a large building on Paca Street, just one mile north of city center, which was to become the first Roman Catholic seminary in the United States.   St. Mary’s Seminary was officially opened on October 3, 1791.

225 years later St. Mary’s Seminary & University continues to thrive and serve the original mission of preparing men for the Roman Catholic priesthood and proudly counts over 6000 living alumni in the United States and throughout the world.    St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute, founded in 1968, expanded the mission to serve men and women seeking graduate theological degrees, many of whom have served the Archdiocese of Baltimore over the past 48 years.    Fr. Phillip J. Brown, P.S.S., the President Rector of St. Mary’s Seminary & University remarked “The priests of the Society of St. Sulpice have been forming priests for service in diocese of the United States for 225 years. Theirs is a unique contribution to the life of the Church in the United States, as we represent the only religious community whose principal and virtually sole work is the initial and ongoing formation of parish priests. St. Mary’s has formed more priests for service in the United States than any other seminary and can therefore justly be called America’s “cradle of pastors.”

From the Catholic Review:

Sulpicians mark 225 years of training men to be priests

November 23, 2016
By Christopher Gunty
editor@catholicreview.org

In October 1791, five men began studies for the priesthood at the first seminary in the United States, just a couple years after the Diocese of Baltimore was established as the first in the country in 1789. At the time of that humble beginning – when Bishop John Carroll, Baltimore’s first bishop, welcomed four priests from the Society of St. Sulpice and the five seminarians – the Diocese of Baltimore encompassed the whole fledgling nation.

– See more at: http://www.catholicreview.org/article/news/local-news/sulpicians-mark-225-years-of-training-men-to-be-priests#sthash.mcBs3FGi.dpuf

Copyright (c) 2016, Catholic Review Media, www.catholicreview.org. All rights reserved. Used with permission.

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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
ezygmont@CatholicReview.org
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.

Click here to read the full article or go to http://www.catholicreview.org/article/home/newest-president-rector-of-nations-oldest-seminary-gets-baltimore-welcome

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