Category: St. Mary’s News

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.


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.