Category: St. Mary’s News

Candidacy Mass 2017

On Thursday, November 16, 2017, five seminarians – Matthew Joseph DeFusco and Matthew Thomas Himes from the Archdiocese of Baltimore; Magnus Tochi Iwuji and Daniel Ryan Molochko of the Diocese of Richmond; and Joseph Stephen Illes of the Diocese of Metuchen were admitted into Candidacy by the Most Reverend Adam J. Parker, 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.   Congratulations!

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Alumni Days 2017

50th Jubilee Class from St. Mary’s Seminary

Fr. Phillip Brown, P.S.S. and the entire St. Mary’s Seminary community welcomed over 75 alumni from St. Charles College, St. Mary’s Seminary College and St. Mary’s Seminary & University to Roland Park.  The men returned to their alma mater to celebrate Alumni Days on October 18th and 19th, renew friendships and share special memories.  The golden jubilee class of 1967 from St. Charles College celebrated a special Mass at Our Lady of the Angels in Catonsville, the site of the former school and then joined the entire alumni community at St. Mary’s on the 19th.  The jubilee class of 1967 from St. Mary’s Seminary celebrated with 18 of their classmates including Msgr. David Fulton, Director of Priests Programs at the Center for Continuing Formation and current member of the Seminary faculty.  Msgr. Fulton was the homilist for Mass at the Seminary on October 19th.  Msgr. Fulton’s sermon  recalled vividly the challenges of the world in 1967 and celebrated the “place where all hope was lost and all hope regained: the cross of Christ.”(click here to read)

Mark your calendars for Alumni Days 2018 – October 17th and 18th, 2018.

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Dunning Lecture

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute will host Timothy George, Dean of Beeson Divinity School, and member of the editorial board of Christianity Today, for its Dunning Lecture on Friday, November 10 at 7:30 pm. His lecture “Where are the Nail Prints? Luther’s Road to Reformation Faith and What it Means for Us Today” will explore how to commemorate the Reformation with ecumenical purpose. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Dr. George is active in Evangelical–Roman Catholic dialogue, has chaired the Doctrine and Christian Unity Commission of the Baptist World Alliance, and helped produce the Catholic-Baptist statement, “The Word of God in the Life of the Church.” He has also written more than 20 books, is the general editor of the Reformation Commentary on Scripture. 

Click HEREto download a printable flyer. 


Stress, Resiliency & Spirituality Lecture & Workshop


Free Public Lecture

On Wednesday, October 25 ,7:30 pm Dr. Pat Fosarelli will give a free public lecture titled “Bouncing Back or Staying Down? Stress, Resiliency & Spirituality.” Her talk will explore the practical science behind stress and the ways that emotional health and spirituality can increase the likelihood of resilience. 

Workshop for those in Ministry

Ministry leaders are invited to attend a workshop led by Dr. Fosarelli on Thursday, October 26, 9:00 am – 12 noon. The workshop, “On Fire or Burned Out?” will be an interactive discussion examining the ways both lay and ordained ministry leaders can gain greater resiliency, even in the midst of personal, staff, or congregational stress. Participants can receive .25 CEUs. Cost for workshop registration is $20. Click here to register.

*Both events are made possible by a Science & Technology Grant from the John Templeton Foundation.


Archbishop Lori Celebrates Opening Mass of the Year

Jeremy Favrelière, from Missions Etrangères de Paris, signs the Covenant Book.

Archbishop William Lori, Chair of the St. Mary’s Seminary & University Board and Chancellor of the University, celebrated the opening Mass on August 30th, 2017.  All new seminarians and faculty members signed the Covenant Book after the Liturgy of the Word signifying their commitment to the St. Mary’s community of faith, to formation for the priesthood.

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Welcome New Seminarians!

Deacon Ian McElrath welcomes new seminarian, John Enemuo, with a blessing.

Fr. Phillip Brown, P.S.S., President-Rector, the Faculty and St. Mary’s Seminary & University Seminarians welcomed 15 men to formation at America’s first Roman Catholic Seminary on August 22nd  This year’s incoming class includes men from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Dioceses of Albany, Altoona-Johnstown, Erie, Scranton, Syracuse, Richmond, Wilmington, Worcester and Missions Etrangères de Paris as well as one priest from the Archdiocese of Lusaka, Zambia who is studying for his S.T.L. degree.  The Introduction to Seminary Life program concludes with a retreat for the entire community and Mass of the Holy Spirit which will be celebrated by Most Rev. William Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore.  Classes begin on August 31st.


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:


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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