COVID-19 Response

St. Mary’s is closed to the public until further notice, including the Library, Archives and the Center for Continuing Formation.

Daily Health Questionnaire for Staff and Non-Resident Faculty

 

A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM FR. PHILLIP J. BROWN, P.S.S.
PRESIDENT RECTOR
July 1, 2020

 

First and foremost, St. Mary’s Seminary wants to ensure everyone’s health and safety and to minimize the risk of infection.  These are very challenging times and the entire St. Mary’s Seminary Community joins in prayer for all who have and continue to suffer because of the COVID-19 virus.  Our work is ministry and in a very special way ministry is needed now more than ever.   Our priests in residence have prayed the same prayer every day since early in 2020 when the severity of the situation became apparent.

As we gradually reopen and welcome our seminarian community back to campus we have instituted a number of policies to ensure everyone’s health and safety and to minimize the risk of infection.  The seminarian community will return to campus in late August and St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute classes are being held online for the fall semester.

Staff and non-resident faculty members will be returning to campus on a modified schedule beginning July 13th.  All are required to complete a daily health assessment and  an online questionnaire before entering the building.  The link for staff and non-resident faculty is listed below.

The following policies are in place for all:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is restricted from entering the building
  • No outside guests without advance permission
  • Use of masks is required throughout the building
  • Elevators are restricted to 2 people at a time
  • All meeting rooms and classrooms have a maximum capacity listed based on six-foot distance between participants
  • The library is restricted to currently enrolled School of Theology and Ecumenical Institute students and faculty
  • The Archives is only available to researchers online
  • All public restrooms are single use only
  • All are expected to use the numerous sanitizing stations throughout the building and in particular after use of any classroom or meeting room

 This page will be updated on a regular basis with any new information.

 

Prayer During Pandemic

Almighty ever-living and ever-loving God,

We pray to you in times of trouble, in times of uncertainty, in scary times,

Keep in the forefront of our awareness your loving care for us, your loving care for the earth,

especially your loving care for those who suffer, those who are at risk, those who are vulnerable because of the circumstances of their lives, because of the circumstances of our time.

Keep alive in our hearts the certain knowledge that this, too, shall pass; that more normal times will return; that what becomes newly normal will help us live more safely and in ways that will make us newly aware of your presence and the importance of our presence to one another.

Comfort those who are sick; help us to find ways to comfort them.

Console those who are grieving; let us not hesitate to grieve with them; show us how to bring your love and consolation to them.

Sustain in us the hope that is born of the Resurrection of your Son, helping us to remain mindful that whatever we are called to endure in this life is for the sake of the life that is to come, a life of freshness and hope, restoration and light, glory and honor, peace and communion not just for a time but forever.

We pray this all through your only begotten Son, Jesus, who lives and reigns with you and with and in the Holy Spirit, now and forever,

Amen

 

Health Screening Questions for Visitors

If you answer “Yes” to any of the questions below please postpone your visit.

  1. Have you had a fever of greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
  2. Have you experienced abnormal coughing?
  3. Have you experienced shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
  4. Have you had chills or repeated shaking with chills?
  5. Have you had any unusual or aggravated muscle pain?
  6. Have you had a headache that is not alleviated by typical pain killers (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.)?
  7. Have you had a nagging sore throat?
  8. Have you experienced loss of taste or smell?
  9. Have you been in close proximity or in contact with someone who exhibits symptoms or been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  10. Have you traveled to or been in direct contact with anyone who has traveled internationally?