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Alumni Days

On October 17-18, more than 100 alumni from St. Charles Seminary in Catonsville, St. Mary's Seminary on Paca Street, and St. Mary's Seminary and University in Roland Park gathered for the annual celebration of Alumni Days. The priestly Golden Jubilarians of the Class of 1962 and the priestly Jubilarians of the Class of 1972 were particularly well represented, as were St. Mary's 1967, St. Mary's 2002, St. Charles 1962, and St. Charles 1967.

Festivities began on Wednesday with Evening Prayer followed by a cocktail reception, after which the various classes gathered in area restaurants for dinner. During the Evening Prayer homily President-Rector Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S. (SMS '73) reflected on the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Pillar of Faith in this Year of Faith. Thursday's liturgy was celebrated by Bishop David Foley, Bishop-Emeritus of Birmingham, AL, (SCC '50, SMS '56), with Rev. Edward Griswold (SCC '67, SMS '72), Vice Rector and Director of Pastoral Formation, as homilist (read the homily), who invited the congregation to trust that, through it all, over the years, God is still with us. During Thursday's banquet Fr. Hurst presented Rev. Frederick Cwiekowski, S.S. (SMS '62) with the seminary's Jean Jacques Olier Distinguished Alumnus Award. Fr. Cwiekowski has had a long and distinguished priestly career as a teacher of the Word by his priestly example, in his formal academic teaching and scholarship in the area of ecclesiology, and in his commitment to passing on the richness of that Word to future generations of priests. During his Golden Jubilee year of priesthood, St. Mary's particularly recognizes Fr. Cwiekowski for his near quarter-century on the faculty of St. Mary's (1967-91), including appointments as Vice-Rector, Rector, and Praeses of the Ecclesiastical Faculty.

It's not too soon to begin planning for Alumni Days, 2013!

Dr. Brent Laytham Installed as EI Dean

On Friday, October 12, President-Rector Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., formally installed Dr. Brent Laytham as the Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology. Dr. Laytham was formally presented by Mr. Bruce Behrens, Chair of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology Executive Board, and formally charged in his duties by Dr. Michael Gorman, Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology and outgoing Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology. Rev. Dr. Laytham delivered a sermon entitled, "Believing Unity, Understanding Difference." (Read the sermon.)

Dr. Laytham is an ordained United Methodist elder and a member of the North Carolina Annual Conference, and earned his Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and his doctorate in religion from Duke University. He has taught at Duke Divinity School, Candler School of Theology, and Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. He comes to St. Mary's from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, where he was professor of theology and ethics and acting Associate Dean for Academic Operations.

Dedicatory Organ Recital

On Sunday, October 14, St. Mary's held a dedicatory public organ recital featuring Randall Mullin, former long-time Organist and Choirmaster at neighboring St. David's Church, featuring works by Felix Mendelssohn, Camille Saint-Saëns, Zsolt Gàrdonyi, Paul Ayres, and Charles-Marie Widor.

The St. Mary's Seminary historic organ was built and installed by Casavant Frères of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, in 1954, and underwent restoration beginning in Spring, 2011. Casavant Frères disassembled the more than 2000 separate pipes and 2500 separate other mechanisms, shipping them to Canada for individual restoration. The reassembly, together with the addition of new stops and features, all under the direction of seminary Director of Liturgical Music Paul Binko, is now complete, having been blessed and in use since last November. The restoration was funded through the generous support of the Jenkins Family in establishing the original endowment for the St. Charles College Chapel in Catonsville and the Seminary music program.

St. Mary's Alumnus Named Bishop

On Thursday, September 27, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. Kęstutis Kėvalas (SMSU 2000) as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Kaunas, Lithuania, assigning him the titular see of Abziri.

Bishop-Elect Kėvalas was born in Kaunas in 1972. He began seminary in Kaunas, and completed priestly formation at St. Mary's, where he also earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology, with a specialization in Moral Theology. He later earned his doctorate in theology from Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas.

After priestly ordination for the Archdiocese of Kaunas in 2000, he served in seminary formation in his home diocese, as well as Archdiocesan Youth Chaplain and instructor of Moral Theology. Since 2010 he has been seminary confessor and Program Director of Radio Maria in Lithuania.

Paca Street Rededication

On Saturday, September 15, students and faculty of St. Mary's went on pilgrimage to St. Mary's Chapel on Paca Street, original site of the seminary's foundation. The historic chapel, dedicated in 1808 and designed by the renowned French architect Maximilian Godefroy and hailed as the first neo-Gothic structure in the United States, served as the seminary chapel from 1808 until the philosophy program moved to St. Mary's Seminary College in Catonsville in 1969. Since then it has been part of St. Mary's Spiritual Center.

The chapel was recently extensively renovated, with state-of-the-art HVAC and lighting; a sanctuary restoration to look like it did at its centenary in 1908; new flooring and handicapped accessibility; gold accents on the capitals and columns; and more attention to the crypt of Fr. François Nagot, S.S., first Rector and Sulpician Superior, and to a niche containing the heart of Archbishop Ambrose Marechal, S.S., Third Archbishop of Baltimore. Its rededication was celebrated the previous Saturday, at which Bishop William Newman, Emeritus Auxiliary Bishop of Baltimore, presided, and Sulpician Provincial Fr. Thomas Ulshafer, S.S., preached.

Seminary Rector Fr. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., in his homily at the Eucharist, took the opportunity of the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows to point out that, in the presence of the Blessed Mother and the Beloved Disciple at the foot of the cross, the Church was born. In the same way the priesthood in the United States was born in this chapel, with thousands of future holy priests praying in the very same place where today's seminarians were gathered in prayer. Following the liturgy, the Director of St. Mary's Spiritual Center and Historic Site, Fr. John Kemper, S.S., hosted the seminary community at a cookout on the grounds.

Student Government

As part of the Sulpician characteristic of communauté éducatrice, i.e. the community as an agent of formation, St. Mary's encourages seminarians to take an active part in leadership and community building as training for future priestly ministry. Student government is an appropriate vehicle for such participation, as it seeks to promote the orderly structuring and administration of all seminarian initiated services and events, and to provide for seminarian participation in the administration of those services and events that are joint faculty and seminarian initiatives.

Last Spring the seminarian community elected Rev. Mr. Andrew Nelson (Manchester, 4T) as Student Body President. In that role he acts as student representative to the Rector, serving as the seminarian representative at appropriate public ceremonies, liturgical celebrations, and all meetings of the Board of Trustees. He chairs the House Council, a joint faculty/student body which serves as a sounding board on formational, community, and academic issues. Joining him on the House Council are recently elected Presidents from each class: Peter Wierzbicki (Paterson, 4T); Jason Hage (Syracuse, 3T); James Morley (Greensburg, 2T); Richard Jasper (Wilmington, 1T); and Michael Kennedy (Trenton, PT).

The House Council has three standing committees. The Liturgy Committee is responsible, under the direction of the Faculty Council and the House Council, for planning and coordinating the liturgical life of the seminary. Last Spring the seminarian community elected Tyler Bandura (Greensburg, 4T) as Chair of the Liturgy Community, together with recently elected representatives from each class: Rev. Mr. Christopher Coffiey (Wilmington, 4T); Mark Nillo (Trenton, 3T); Eric Dinga (Greensburg, 2T); James Power (Erie, 1T); and Ernest Boucher (Portland, PT).

The Peace and Justice Committee budgets, coordinates, and plans activities which promote peace and justice as set out in its vision statement and as designated by the Sulpician Provincial Council and the Faculty Council. Last Spring the seminarian community elected Christopher Colavito (Trenton, 1T) as its chair. He is assisted on the committee by student volunteers responsible for various facets of its work.

The Community Life Committee budgets, coordinates, and plans activities to help build morale among members of the seminary community and seeks to draw the community together as it focuses on human formation. The seminarian community elected William Keown (Baltimore, PT) as its chair. He is assisted on the committee by student volunteers responsible for various facets of its work.

Welcome New Students

St. Mary's Seminary and University welcomes twenty-six new seminarians and one resident priest student to its seminary community. Student leadership and seminarian volunteers helped the new seminarians move in and feel welcomed and at home at St. Mary's during its 2012 Introduction to Seminary Life Program, August 23-27. The new arrivals come from thirteen dioceses, but with origins in Colombia, Dominica, Ghana, Philippines, Zambia, and the United States. The Welcome to Seminary Life Program includes introductory conferences on Sulpician formational community, the four pillars of formation as outlined by Bl. John Paul II in Pastores Dabo Vobis, 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 average age of the new seminarians is slightly over twenty-six. Most of the new seminarians have already been in some form of priestly formation — college seminary, major seminary, or religious life. Their academic background includes undergraduate degrees from a number of institutions, including Arcadia University, Cabrini College, Catholic University of America, Christ the King Mission Seminary, Gannon University, Hillsdale College, Mount St. Mary's University, Radford University, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, St. Joseph's College, Seminario San Pio X, Seton Hall University, Siena College, SUNY (Oswego), Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, University of Scranton, and Yale University. Their previous careers include banking, business management, jewelry sales, Catholic education, hospital laboratory, and National Evangelization Team. They bring the gifts and talents given them by God, and offer them for service to God's People.

With the arrival of returning seminarians on August 27, the community reassembles for a traditional Baltimore crab feast/bull roast. The following day the emphasis shifts to quiet and reflection, with the annual retreat, preached this year by Fr. Lawrence Terrien, S.S., seminary Director of Spiritual Formation, on the theme "An Encounter with the Risen Christ."

Welcome to New Faculty

St. Mary’s Seminary and University is pleased to welcome three new members of the seminary faculty. Fr. Thomas Burke, O.SS.T., (SMSU '78) is a priest of the Order of the Most Holy Trinity. He did all his academic training at St. Mary's, and previously served on the faculty 1990-2003 and as Vice Rector 1998-2003. After service as Vice President for Legal Affairs and Minister Provincial of his religious province, as well as Rector of DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, MD, he returns to the St. Mary's faculty as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology.

Fr. Daniel Grigassy, OFM, is a Franciscan Friar of Holy Name Province. He earned his undergraduate degree from Siena College, his graduate degree from Washington Theological Union, and his doctorate in liturgy and spirituality from The Catholic University of America. He has taught at St. Bonaventure University, Christ the King Seminary (East Aurora, NY), and the Washington Theological Union. He comes to the St. Mary's faculty from Paterson, NJ, where he served as Pastor and Guardian of St. Bonaventure Church. He is the Director of Liturgy and Associate Professor of Liturgical and Sacramental Theology.

Rev. Brent Laytham is the new Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology and Professor of Theology in the School of Theology. He is an ordained United Methodist elder and a member of the North Carolina Annual Conference, and earned his Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and his doctorate in religion from Duke University. He has also taught at Duke Divinity School, Candler School of Theology, and Garrett-Evangelical Seminary. He comes to St. Mary's from North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago, where he was professor of theology and ethics and also acting Associate Dean for Academic Operations.

St. Mary's also welcomes our new Coordinator of the English as a Second Language Program, Mrs. Emily Hicks, as well as several new adjuncts: Dr. Grahm McAleer of Loyola University and Mr. Paul Metilly, completing his doctorate from the Catholic University of America, in Philosophy, with Dr. Paul Seaton's sabbatical; and Rev. Michael Triplett and Rev. Michael Cusato, OFM, in Spirituality.

Graduation 2012

On Thursday, May 10, Cardinal Edwin O'Brien, S.T.D., Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Chancellor of the University, presided over Commencement Exercises at St. Mary's Seminary and University. After a welcome by Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., S.T.L., Ph.D., President-Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University, and an invocation by Very Rev. Thomas Ulshafer, S.S., S.T.L., Ph.D., Provincial Superior of the American Province of the Society of St. Sulpice, forty-four students received theological degrees from St. Mary's three faculties.

The Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology under its Praeses Rev. Timothy Kulbicki, OFM Conv., H.E.D., conferred sixteen Baccalaureates in Sacred Theology and four Licentiates in Sacred Theology. The School of Theology under its Dean Fr. Kulbicki conferred three Bachelors of Arts, three Masters of Arts (Theology), and thirteen Masters of Divinity.

The Ecumenical Institute of Theology under its Dean Dr. Michael Gorman, M.Div., Ph.D., conferred fourteen Masters of Arts (Theology), seven Masters of Arts (Church Ministries), and one Certificate of Advanced Studies (Theology).

St. Mary's Seminary and University also conferred two Doctorates of Divinity, honoris causa, upon Rev. Msgr. Arthur Bastress of the Archdiocese of Baltimore for his faithful priestly ministry, and upon the Right Reverend Nicholas Thomas Wright, for all his contributions to the academy and to the Church universal. N.T. Wright, the Anglican Bishop Emeritus of Durham and currently Research Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews, a prolific theological author and presenter, delivered the Commencement Address. Bishop Wright invited the graduates, both those to be ordained to ministry and those who witness to Christ in the world, to be true disciples of Christ, both in all the sorrows and in all the glories, recognizing that both are proper to true disciples.

End of Year Celebration

The seminary community marked the end of the academic year on Sunday, May 6, with a Eucharist presided by President-Rector Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S. At the banquet following the Eucharist, the seminary community bid formal farewell to the sixteen seminarians who have completed initial formation, as well as to student priests having completed their degrees of Licentiate in Sacred Theology and to seminarians going on pastoral year to their dioceses. The community also bid formal farewells to two members of the faculty: Rev. William Miller, S.J., who is taking a new position at Loyola University Maryland, and Rev. Hy Nguyen, S.S., who has been assigned to a dual appointment at Oblate School of Theology and Assumption Seminary in San Antonio, TX.

Requiescat in Pace

St. Mary's Seminary and University is saddened by the sudden death of +Rev. John Bowen, S.S., on May 7, at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore, MD, at the age of eighty-seven.

+Fr. Bowen was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1949, joined the Society of St. Sulpice in 1952, and earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology and a graduate degree in history from The Catholic University of America. After service at high school seminaries at St. Charles College, Catonsville, MD, and in Kenmore, WA, and Seattle, WA, in 1980 +Fr. Bowen became Archivist of the Associated Sulpicians, a position he held until his formal retirement in 1995. Even after official retirement +Fr. Bowen remained very active in ministry assistance, as Vice-Postulator for the cause of Mother Mary Lange, OSP, as an extraordinary confessor for the seminarians, and as indefatigable editor of St. Mary's Seminary and University's Class Notes. +Fr. Bowen was a walking archive of knowledge of St. Mary's alumni and their life and service in their respective dioceses, and weekly combed dozens of diocesan newspapers for news and happenings of our far-flung alumni. His contributions will be deeply missed not only by the current seminary community, but by all our wider alumni community. In 2011 President Rector Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., conferred on +Fr. Bowen the Olier Medal as an outstanding priestly alumnus.

+Fr. Bowen funeral liturgy will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Angels Chapel in Catonsville at his request, on Tuesday, May 15, at 11AM. The seminary community will remember +Fr. Bowen when it reassembles in the Fall. May this good and faithful servant rest in the Lord's peace, and come to the life promised him and us through the Paschal Mystery.

Seminary Faculty Recognizes Outstanding Students

Thanks to generous endowments on the part of its benefactors, each year St. Mary's Seminary recognizes the excellence of two of its seminarians by granting them a burse of studies to further aid and foster their education. In recognition of his general excellence in studies; general excellence in spiritual and community leadership; potential for ministry; and pastoral sensitivity to ecumenical and interfaith issues, the faculty has named Brian Lewis as the Cardinal Keeler Scholar for 2012-2013. Brian, 42, is a seminarian of the Diocese of Wilmington. He will be ordained a transitional deacon in his diocese on June 16, and return next year to St. Mary's to complete his priestly formation. In recognition of his general excellence in studies; general excellence in spiritual and community leadership; and potential for ministry, the faculty has named Tyler Bandura as the Cardinal Shehan Scholar for 2012-2013. Tyler, 26, is a seminarian of the Diocese of Greensburg. After a summer assignment in his diocese, he will return next year to St. Mary's to complete his priestly formation, and be ordained a transitional deacon in his diocese in December.

Welcome Archbishop Lori!

On March 20, 2012, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI named Most Reverend William E. Lori as Archbishop of Baltimore. Archbishop Lori, a Kentucky native, holds an undergraduate degree from St. Pius X Seminary (Erlanger, KY); a graduate degree from Mt. St. Mary's Seminary and University (Emmitsburg, MD); and a Doctorate in Sacred Theology from The Catholic University of America. He was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Washington in 1977, where he served as Secretary to James Cardinal Hickey, Chancellor, Moderator of the Curia, Vicar General, and, in 1995, Auxiliary Bishop and Titular Bishop of Bulla. He was named Bishop of Bridgeport in 2001.

In the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop Lori has been or is involved in the Committee on Doctrine; the ad-hoc Committee on Universities and Colleges; the Committee on Pro-Life Activities; the ad-hoc Committee for the Defense of Marriage; the ad hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse; and the ad hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. He is also the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, founded by St. Mary's alumnus Venerable Fr. Michael McGivney.

Archbishop Lori will be installed as the Sixteenth Archbishop of Baltimore on May 16, 2012 at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. As Archbishop of Baltimore he is, ex officio, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary's Seminary and University and Chancellor of St. Mary's Ecclesiastical Faculty, and in the Sulpician tradition, is the first superior of the seminary. We welcome his ministry and service among us, and promise him our prayerful support and collaboration.

Rev. Dr. Brent Laytham Named Ecumenical Institute of Theology Dean

March 19, 2012 — Rev. Dr. Brent Laytham of North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago has been named the new Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology of St. Mary's Seminary & University in Baltimore. Fr. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., St. Mary's President Rector, made the announcement after a six-month national search. His appointment is effective July 1, 2012.

In his announcement Father Hurst noted that Dr. Laytham is an excellent theologian who brings both pastoral and administrative experience to his new position. Furthermore, he stated, "I am looking forward to working with Dr. Laytham so that we may continue to build the programs of the Ecumenical Institute in the great tradition set by Dr. Gorman and to face the new challenges that present themselves in the twenty-first century."

Dr. Laytham, 49, is currently professor of Theology and Ethics at North Park, where he is also the acting Associate Dean for Academic Operations. He earned his Master of Divinity from Nazarene Theological Seminary and his Ph.D. in religion from Duke University. More information.

Requiescat in Pace

St. Mary's Seminary and University is saddened by the death of +Rev. William J. Lee, S.S., on February 19, at St. Martin's Home in Catonsville, MD, at the age of eighty-nine.

+Fr. Lee was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland in 1946, joined the Society of St. Sulpice in 1949, and earned his graduate and doctorate degrees in economics from The Catholic University of America. After service at St. Joseph's College Seminary in Mountain View, CA, and St. Edward's Seminary in Kenmore, WA, in 1958 +Fr. Lee came to St. Mary's Seminary on Paca Street, where he served both as Academic Dean and Rector, moving to the Liberal Arts College in Catonsville in 1969 as Rector, and in 1972 becoming the thirteenth President of St. Mary's Seminary and University in Roland Park. He also served as Provincial Secretary 1981-1992.

The seminary community will remember +Fr. Lee at a month's mind Mass on March 19. May this good and faithful servant rest in the Lord's peace, and come to the life promised him and us through the Paschal Mystery.

LECTORS & ACOLYTES

On Thursday, February 9 2011, sixteen seminarians from the Archdioceses of Baltimore and Gulu (Uganda) and the Dioceses of Camden, Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Richmond, and Trenton were installed in the Ministry of Lector. Fourteen seminarians from the Archdiocese of Košice (Slovakia) and the Dioceses of Manchester, Portland, Richmond, Rochester, Syracuse, Trenton, Wheeling-Charleston, and Worcester were installed in the Ministry of Acolyte. Bishop David Zubik (SMSU '75) of the Diocese of Pittsburgh 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!

Prayer for Christian Unity

As part of their course of studies in PS520 Pastoral Ministry in an Ecumenical and Interfaith Context, taught by Rev. Robert F. Leavitt, S.S., the fourth year seminarians are preparing a prayer service for Christian Unity based on the theme "We Will All Be Changed by the Victory of Our Lord Jesus Christ" (1Cor. 15:51-58).

The service will take place on Wednesday, February 15, 7:00PM, in the seminary chapel, with Rev. Andrew Foster Connor of Brown Memorial Presbyterian Church in Baltimore preaching.

All are welcome, and please commit yourself to work and prayer for the unity of all Christians.

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Seminarians March for Life

The community of St. Mary's Seminary and University was fully represented at the various activities associated with the Right to Life anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, January 22, 1973, organized by Mr. Dane Connelly, a first-year theologian of the Diocese of Syracuse and chair of the seminary Right to Life subcommittee.

On Sunday evening, January 22, a group of seminarians joined Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the chair of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Pro-Life Committee and an estimated 18,000 others in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for a Vigil Mass.

On Monday morning other seminarians and faculty departed shortly before 6 AM on a chartered bus, using the travel time for prayer and reflection. They joined 15,000 other young people for a morning Youth Rally for Life at Washington's Verizon Center (another 10,000 participated in a simultaneous rally at the DC Armory), beginning at 8 AM with a contemporary music rally, opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the praying of the Rosary before a 10 AM Eucharistic celebration presided by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington. Those in seminary formation or in discernment for priestly life and ministry or religious life were particularly highlighted for prayer. The community then traveled to the Washington Monument, the gathering spot for approximately 100,000 marchers. The final destination, the United States Supreme Court building, was the sight of the seminary community gathered in prayer for an end to abortion in our land and the protection of the right to life of all people. The seminary community re-gathered for a pizza dinner in the Donnelly Lounge that evening.

Congratulations!

Our heartfelt prayers and best wishes go to Cardinal-Designate Edwin F. O'Brien, Pro-Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Chancellor of St. Mary's Seminary and University, upon being named to the College of Cardinals by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.

The College of Cardinals has the duty of aiding the Successor of St. Peter in his ministry of confirming his brothers and sisters in the faith, and of being the foundation and principle of unity and communion in the Church. The College of Cardinals also has the duty of electing the Successor of St. Peter, and governing the Church in the interregnum.

President-Rector Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., plans on representing the seminary at the consistory to be held in Rome on February 18.

Merry Christmas from St. Mary's

The seminary community celebrated the traditional Festival of Lessons and Carols on December 6 under the musical direction of Mr. Paul Binko, Director of Music. The gifts gathered for the Gift of the Magi, a giving-tree program, were blessed and taken for distribution. Seminarians, faculty members, staff, and Ecumenical Institute students donated 186 gifts distributed to an agency serving homeless families; an after-school safe haven for poor children; a tuition-free middle-school academy; a Missionaries of Charity hospice; and Afghani children. On December 9 the seminary community celebrated its Christmas. During the Eucharist President-Rector Rev. Thomas Hurst, S.S., reminded the community to be attentive not only to the great Advent figures like the prophet Isaiah and John the Baptist, but also to the more humble figures we regularly meet, symbolized by St. Juan Diego.

With their semester examinations completed, seminarians returned home to their dioceses and families. Pre- and First Theologians will return for their preached class retreats in the first week of January.

A Blessed Christmas and joyful New Year’s to all!

Organ Rededication

On Monday, November 21, St. Mary's celebrated the Sulpician Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Temple, which is also the patronal feast of the seminary chapel. During the liturgy Archbishop Edwin F. O'Brien, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Pro-Grand Master of the Equestrian Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcher in Jerusalem, blessed the newly restored organ, together with seminary Rector Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., and Sulpician Provincial Very Rev. Thomas R. Ulshafer, S.S.

This is the first restoration of the historic organ since its installation by Casavant Frères of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, in 1954. Beginning last Spring, Casavant Frères disassembled the more than 2000 separate pipes and 2500 separate other mechanisms, shipping them to Canada for individual restoration. The reassembly began this Fall, together with the addition of new stops and features, all under the direction of Paul Binko, seminary Director of Music. The restoration was funded through the generous support of the Jenkins Family in establishing the original endowment for the St. Charles College Chapel in Catonsville and the Seminary music program. The organ will be prominently featured in the 2011 Annual Report, and a rededicatory concert is being planned for Fall, 2012.

Following the liturgy, the seminary community presented a gift of thanksgiving to Archbishop O'Brien for his generous service to the seminary community as Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Chancellor of the Ecclesiastical Faculty, and, in the Sulpician tradition, first superior of the seminary.

Candidacy

On Thursday, November 17, 2011, thirteen seminarians—Angel Marrero and Hamilton Okeke of the Archdiocese of Baltimore; Francis Kim and Kevin Mohan of the Diocese of Camden; Christopher Lubecke of the Archdiocese of Louisville; Juan Gaviria and Ebaristo Pineda of the Diocese of Metuchen; Andres Baquero and Kamil Wierzbicki of the Diocese of Paterson; and Jorge Bedoya, Elvio Esteban, Augusto Gamalo, and Juan Rojas of the Diocese of Trenton — were admitted into Candidacy by the Most Reverend Edwin F. O’Brien, Pro-Grand Master of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of the Holy Sepulcherin Jerusalem, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and Chancellor of St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

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!

Miroslav Volf Delivers Dunning Lecture

On Thursday, November 10, Dr. Miroslav Volf, Henry B. Wright Professor of Theology at Yale University Divinity School and director of the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, delivered a stimulating Dunning Lecture at St. Mary's Seminary and University entitled "Do Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God?" to an appreciative crowd of about 400 listeners.

The lecture was preceded by an afternoon seminar entitled "The Church and the Global Common Good," in which Professor Volf served on a panel with the leadership of Catholic, Lutheran, Orthodox, and evangelical world relief agencies, attended by approximately 75 area religious leaders as well as Ecumenical Institute alums and students.

The Dunning Lecture is an endowed lectureship of St. Mary's Ecumenical Institute of Theology designed to bring noteworthy and distinguished theologians and religious scholars to Roland Park and the Baltimore-area public.

New Pastors' Program

From November 6-10, thirty new or soon-to-be-named pastors from the Congregation of the Holy Cross and the dioceses of Dallas, Erie, Grand Rapids, Lafayette (IN), Manchester, Pittsburgh, Richmond, and Wilmington gathered at St. Mary's Center for Continuing Formation for a workshop addressing this transition in their priestly life and ministry.

On the first full day, presentations focused on "The Pastor as Person" (self assessment; facing challenges; canonical role of pastor; personal emotional/physical health). On the second day focus shifted to "The Pastor as Leader in Communion", with presentations on theology of communio; civil law and administration; mergers and transitions; human resource management). Day Three saw "The Pastor as Steward", focusing on council and staff; financing and budgeting; physical plant; stewardship and fundraising. The final day was a conference of spiritual encouragement on St. Peter as a transformed shepherd.

The next New Pastors' workshop is scheduled for November, 2012, at the Center for Continuing Formation. Other upcoming programs include Pastoring in a Secular Age (April); a conversation with recently ordained (April); Internet pornography (reserved for Bishops and their vicars) in May; and Senior Priests' Retreat (May). Check the Center's web page for more information.

Alumni Days - 2011

On October 19-20, more than 120 alumni from St. Charles Seminary in Catonsville, St. Mary's Seminary on Paca Street, and St. Mary's Seminary and University in Roland Park gathered for the annual celebration of Alumni Days. The priestly Golden Jubilarians of the Class of 1961 and the priestly Silver Jubilarians of the Class of 1986 were particularly well represented, as were St. Mary's 1966, St. Charles 1961, and St. Charles 1951, who celebrated with two bishop alumni.

Festivities began on Wednesday with Evening Prayer followed by a cocktail reception, after which the various classes gathered in area restaurants for dinner. During the Evening Prayer homily President-Rector Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S. (SMS '73) reflected on the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the Seat of Wisdom for a pastor. Thursday's liturgy was celebrated by Bishop William Houck, Bishop-Emeritus of Jackson, MS, (SMS '51), with Rev. Msgr. Richard Bozzelli (SMS '93), Pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Glen Burnie, MD, and member of St. Mary's Board of Trustees, as homilist, who spoke of Christ the Good Shepherd as the model for pastors (read the homily). During Thursday's banquet Fr. Hurst presented Rev. John Bowen, S.S. (SCC '44 and SMS '49) with the seminary's Jean Jacques Olier Distinguished Alumnus Award. Fr. Bowen has had a long and distinguished priestly career, with professional service as provincial archivist and historian. St. Mary's is particularly grateful to Fr. Bowen for his tireless and decades-long service in fostering alumni relations through his contributions to St. Mary's Class Notes.

It's not too soon to begin planning for Alumni Days, 2012!

Michael J. Gorman Appointed to St. Mary's Raymond E. Brown Chair

October 11, 2011 — St. Mary's President Rector Rev. Thomas R. Hurst is pleased to announce that Dr. Michael J. Gorman has been appointed to the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology, which has been established at St. Mary's Seminary and University by the U.S. Province of the Society of St. Sulpice. The Society of St. Sulpice endowed this new chair to recognize Fr. Brown's outstanding contributions to New Testament studies, to seminary formation, and to ecumenism and interfaith relations. The appointment is effective July 1, 2012.

Over the last twenty years Dr. Gorman has contributed to the life of both the Ecumenical Institute and the School of Theology by his outstanding teaching, careful administration, and distinguished scholarship. More information.

Student Government

As part of the Sulpician characteristic of communauté éducatrice, i.e. the community as an agent of formation, St. Mary's encourages seminarians to take an active part in leadership and community building as training for future priestly ministry. Student government is an appropriate vehicle for such participation, as it seeks to promote the orderly structuring and administration of all seminarian initiated services and events, and to provide for seminarian participation in the administration of those services and events that are joint faculty and seminarian initiatives.

Last Spring the seminarian community elected Rev. Mr. Alan Tremblay (Manchester, 4T) as Student Body President. In that role he acts as student representative to the Rector, serving as the seminarian representative at appropriate public ceremonies, liturgical celebrations, and all meetings of the Board of Trustees. He chairs the House Council, a joint faculty/student body which serves as a sounding board on formational, community, and academic issues. Joining him on the House Council are recently elected Presidents from each class: Rev. Mr. Charles Pawlowski (Manchester, 4T); Ebaristo Pineda (Metuchen, 3T); Daniel Cogut (Richmond, 2T); Dane Connelly (Syracuse, 1T); and Christopher Colavito (Trenton, PT).

The House Council has three standing committees. The Liturgy Committee is responsible, under the direction of the Faculty Council and the House Council, for planning and coordinating the liturgical life of the seminary. Last Spring the seminarian community elected Rev. Mr. Steven Roth (Baltimore, 4T) as Chair of the Liturgy Community, together with recently elected representatives from each class: Rev. Mr. Andres Serna (Trenton, 4T); Augusto Gamalo (Trenton, 3T); Matthew Jones (Rochester, 2T); Michael Sartori (Manchester, 1T); and Daniel Price (Wheeling-Charleston, PT).

The Peace and Justice Committee budgets, coordinates, and plans activities which promote peace and justice as set out in its vision statement and as designated by the Sulpician Provincial Council and the Faculty Council. Last Spring the seminarian community elected Rev. Mr. Christopher Hess (Richmond, 4T) as its chair. He is assisted on the committee by student volunteers responsible for various facets of its work.

The Community Life Committee budgets, coordinates, and plans activities to help build morale among members of the seminary community and seeks to draw the community together as it focuses on human formation. Last Spring the seminarian community elected Michael Zgonc (Manchester, 2T) as its chair. He is assisted on the committee by student volunteers responsible for various facets of its work.

Requiescant in Pace

Representatives from the alumni, students, and faculty joined Rev. Msgr. David Fulton, Associate Professor of Moral Theology, at the funeral of his mother +Bertha Fulton, at St. Colman Church in Ardmore, PA, on September 20. She died one week short of her 98th birthday.

On September 26 former faculty member and current member of the Board of Trustees Rev. Philip Keane, S.S., joined the St. Mary’s community and Baltimore-area friends for a Memorial Mass for his mother +Harriet Keane of DeWitt, NY, who died on July 12 at the age of 100.

May they rest in peace.

Welcome to New Faculty

St. Mary's Seminary and University is pleased to welcome two new members of the seminary faculty. Fr. Leonardo Gajardo is a priest of the Diocese of Gary (IN) and a candidate member of the Society of St. Sulpice. He earned both his Bachelor of Sacred Theology and Licentiate in Canon Law degrees from The Catholic University of America, and comes to St. Mary's as Assistant Professor of Canon Law and Assistant Director of Liturgy.

Fr. Rafael Ramirez is a priest of the Diocese of Cancún-Chetumal (Mexico) and a candidate member of the Society of St. Sulpice. He earned both a Licentiate and a Doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Pontifical Biblical Institute. He comes to St. Mary's as Assistant Professor of Sacred Scripture after a varied career including teaching at the Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum in Rome and Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, as well as pastoral and administrative experience in Mexico, Italy, and Switzerland.

St. Mary's also welcomes several new adjuncts: Rev. Thomas Burke, O.SS.T., (SMSU '78) and former Vice Rector and faculty member, in Systematic Theology; Rev. Patrick Carrion (SMSU '82) in Pastoral Theology; Deacon Michael Dvorak in Pastoral Theology; Deacon George Russell in Philosophy; and Mr. James Stroud, completing his STD from the Catholic University of America, in Moral Theology.

Welcome New Students

St. Mary's Seminary and University welcomes twenty-three new seminarians and one resident priest student to its seminary community. Student leadership and seminarian volunteers helped the new seminarians move in and feel welcomed and at home at St. Mary's during its 2011 Introduction to Seminary Life Program, August 25-29. The new arrivals come from twelve dioceses, but with origins from around the world: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Hungary, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Zambia, and the United States. The Welcome to Seminary Life Program includes introductory conferences on Sulpician formational community, the four pillars of formation as outlined by Pope John Paul II in Pastores Dabo Vobis, 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. Hurricane Irene was an unexpected orientation guest, who caused some damage to tree branches but otherwise disrupted nothing.

The average age of the new seminarians is slightly over twenty-nine. Most of the new seminarians have already been in some form of priestly formation — high school, college, major seminary, or religious life. Their academic background includes undergraduate degrees from a number of institutions, including Allegheny College, California University of Pennsylvania, Duquesne University, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Gannon University, Lafayette College, Seton Hall University, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, SUNY (Potsdam), University of New Mexico, University of Pittsburgh, University of Puerto Rico, University of Virginia, and Wheeling Jesuit University. Their previous careers includes baker, campus ministry, education administration, medical equipment maintenance, railroads, retail management, school custodian, teaching, UPS deliveryman, and US Navy linguist. They bring the gifts and talents given them by God, and offer them for service to God's People.

With the arrival of returning seminarians on August 29, the community reassembles for a traditional Baltimore crab feast/bull roast. The following day the emphasis shifts to quiet and reflection, with the annual retreat, preached this year by Most. Rev. Emilius Goulet, S.S., Archbishop Emeritus of St. Boniface, Canada, on the theme "Encounter with the Living Christ."

St. Mary's Seminary & University Alumnus named Vice Rector

Father Edward J. Griswold, St. Charles College `66 and St. Mary's Seminary `72, has been appointed Vice Rector of Saint Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. The announcement was made on July 1st by Father Hurst.

Father Griswold is a priest of the Diocese of Trenton and a 1972 graduate of Saint Mary's. He was ordained at Saint Ambrose Church in Old Bridge, NJ in 1973 and then was assigned to Saint Matthias Parish in Somerset, NJ. In 1980 he became the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Trenton. After a seven year term in that ministry, Fr. Griswold moved to Chicago to become the Executive Director of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors for three years. In 1991 he became Associate Dean of Formation at Chicago's Mundelein Seminary. Returning to the Diocese of Trenton in 1995 he became pastor of Saint Mary's Parish in Colts Neck for 12 years followed by his assignment as pastor of Saint Gregory the Great Parish in Hamilton Square, NJ.

In 2009 Father Griswold joined the faculty of Saint Mary's Seminary to teach Homiletics and to direct the Pastoral Formation Program. Until his appointment as Vice Rector, he had been serving as Dean of Students as well. In spring 2011 Father Hurst appointed Fr. Griswold to the Henry J. and Marion I. Knott Chair in Homiletics in recognition of his work with the seminarians in exegetical and communications for effective preaching.

Father Griswold holds graduate degrees in Theology from Saint Mary's and in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University. He received his Doctor of Ministry Degree in Preaching from Aquinas Institute of Theology in Saint Louis, Missouri in 2008.

Dean Gorman to Become Research Professor

June 29, 2011 — Fr. Thomas R. Hurst, President Rector of St. Mary's Seminary & University, has announced that after more than 18 years in the Dean’s office of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, Dr. Michael Gorman will step down at the end of the 2011– 2012 academic year, June 30, 2012. Dr. Gorman, who is also a full professor of Scripture at St. Mary’s, will assume the newly created position of Distinguished Research Professor of Sacred Scripture on July 1, 2012.

In making the announcement, Fr. Hurst expressed his gratitude to Dr. Gorman for his many years of leadership in the E.I. “Dr. Gorman has steadily guided the E.I. to the place of academic, spiritual, and ministerial strength that it is today. We are all thankful for his commitment and hard work during the last two decades.” More information.

St. Mary's Bookstore is Moving

St. Mary's Seminary & University is transitioning from an in-house bookstore to an on-line book service. The bookstore is currently closed for the transition. A new on-line book service will be available to students on or about July 11th, and the plan is to continue to expand the on-line offerings to all patrons by December 2011.

St. Mary's is proud of the service that its bookstore has provided faculty and students at St. Mary's as well as the general public. It also appreciates the patronage of our bookstore customers but, like many small bookstores, has found that many previous and potential users are now seeking an online option for purchasing books. We will continue to update the progress of our online bookstore on our website and in our institutional publications.

2011 Graduation

On Thursday, May 12, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, S.T.D., Archbishop of Baltimore and Chancellor of the University, presided over Commencement Exercises at St. Mary’s Seminary and University. After a welcome by Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., S.T.L., Ph.D., President-Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University, and an invocation by Very Rev. Thomas Ulshafer, S.S., S.T.L., Ph.D., Provincial Superior of the American Province of the Society of St. Sulpice, thirty-seven students received theological degrees from St. Mary’s three faculties.

The Ecclesiastical Faculty of Theology under its Praeses Rev. Timothy Kulbicki, OFM Conv., H.E.D., conferred eight Baccalaureates in Sacred Theology and one Licentiate in Sacred Theology. The School of Theology under its Dean Fr. Kulbicki conferred two Bachelors of Arts (Humanities), two Bachelors of Arts (Theology), three Masters of Arts (Theology), and seven Masters of Divinity.

The Ecumenical Institute of Theology under its Dean Dr. Michael Gorman, M.Div., Ph.D., conferred fifteen Masters of Arts (Theology), six Masters of Arts (Church Ministries), and two Certificates in Advanced Studies (Theology).

St. Mary’s Seminary and University also conferred a Doctorate of Divinity, honoris causa, upon Rev. Dr. Eugene Peterson, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Theology at Regent College, for his contributions to the spiritual life and pastoral ministry of people of many different Christian traditions. Dr. Peterson, the author of thirty-six books, also delivered the Commencement Address on Jesus and His Friends, inviting the graduates to deeper friendship with the Lord Jesus.

A Retirement Milestone

The seminarians honored faculty and staff for their work at St. Mary’s at a special event on May 4th. Mrs. Helena Terry, (pictured with fellow Chartwells employee Karen Garris) was honored for having the longest tenure. Mrs. Helena is retiring after 42 years of service. Father Hurst noted that Helena came when he was in First Theology and on behalf of the institution thanked her for her work and her prayers for the community throughout the years

Seminary Faculty Recognizes Outstanding Students

Thanks to generous endowments on the part of its benefactors, each year St. Mary's Seminary recognizes the excellence of two of its seminarians by granting them a burse of studies to further aid and foster their education.

In recognition of his general excellence in studies; general excellence in spiritual and community leadership; potential for ministry; and pastoral sensitivity to ecumenical and interfaith issues, the faculty has named Daniel Quinn as the Cardinal Keeler Scholar for 2011-2012. Daniel, 27, is a seminarian of the Diocese of Albany. He will be ordained a transitional deacon in his diocese on May 28, and return next year to St. Mary's to complete his priestly formation.

In recognition of his general excellence in studies; general excellence in spiritual and community leadership; and potential for ministry, the faculty has named Andrew Nelson as the Cardinal Shehan Scholar for 2011-2012. Andrew, 32, is a seminarian of the Diocese of Manchester. After a summer assignment in his diocese, he will return next year to St. Mary's to continue his priestly formation.

Each year the Scripture faculty of St. Mary's Seminary recognizes the excellence of a seminarian in Biblical Studies. This year the faculty recognized Eric Ayers, 42, a seminarian of the Diocese of Richmond, who will graduate this May and be ordained a priest in his diocese on June 18.

Seminary Celebrates Vice Rector’s 25th Anniversary

On Sunday, April 10, the seminary community marked the 25th anniversary of priestly ordination of the Vice Rector and Dean of the School of Theology Rev. Timothy Kulbicki, OFM Conv. Fr. Kulbicki presided at the Eucharistic liturgy, with President Rector Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., preaching the homily. Fr. Kulbicki spoke at the banquet following the liturgy, together with his Minister Provincial Very Rev. James McCurry, OFM Conv., and the Provincial of the American Province of the Society of St. Sulpice.

Fr. Kulbicki came to St. Mary’s in 1997 after ministry service in his community’s apostolates, and after earning his Doctorate in Ecclesiastical History at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Over the years Fr. Kulbicki has served in a number of administrative responsibilities, including Ecclesiastical Praeses, Director of Continuing Formation of Priests, and Director of Pastoral Formation. In 2008 he was named the Robert F. Leavitt Distinguished Service Professor. He remains active in service to his community and to the local Church, especially formation for the permanent diaconate.

Congratulations! Ad Multos Annos!

Lectors and Acolytes 

On Thursday, February 3, 2011, fifteen seminarians from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Dioceses of Camden, Manchester, Portland, Richmond, Rochester, Syracuse, Trenton, Wheeling-Charleston, and Worcester were installed in the Ministry of Lector. Fifteen seminarians from the Dioceses of Camden, Greensburg, Portland, Richmond, Syracuse, Trenton, Wilmington, and Worcester were installed in the Ministry of Acolyte. Bishop David O'Connell of the Diocese of Trenton 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!

Seminarians March for Life

The community of St. Mary’s Seminary and University was fully represented at the various activities associated with the Right to Life anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision, January 22, 1973, organized by Mr. Jeffrey Paveglio, a second-year theologian of the Diocese of Manchester and chair of the seminary Right to Life subcommittee.

On Sunday evening a group of seminarians joined Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the chair of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Pro-Life Committee and an estimated 18,000 others in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for a Vigil Mass. St. Mary’s seminarians also participated in the all-night Eucharistic Adoration for Life at the National Shrine, assuming responsibility for the Midnight-1 AM time slot; they were graciously offered hospitality for the night at the nearby Dominican House of Studies.

On Monday morning other seminarians and faculty departed shortly before 6 AM on a chartered bus, using the travel time for prayer and reflection. They joined 10,000 other young people for a morning Youth Rally for Life at the DC Armory (another 18,000 participated in a simultaneous rally at Washington’s Verizon Center), beginning at 8 AM with a contemporary music rally, opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and the praying of the Rosary before a 10 AM Eucharistic celebration presided again by Cardinal DiNardo, at which St. Mary’s seminarians offered all liturgical ministries. Seminary Rector Fr. Thomas Hurst, S.S., was a vested concelebrant along with other Bishops and seminary rectors; those in formation or in discernment for priestly life and ministry or religious life were particularly highlighted for prayer. The community then traveled to the Washington Monument, the gathering spot for approximately 150,000 marchers. The final destination, the United States Supreme Court building, was the sight of the seminary community gathered in prayer for an end to abortion in our land and the protection of the right to life of all people. The seminary community re-gathered for a pizza dinner in the Donnelly Lounge at 6 PM.

Faculty Appointment 

St. Mary's Seminary and University is pleased to announce the appointment of Rev. Msgr. David Fulton, J.C.D., S.T.D. to the Richard and Barbara Fisher Chair in Theology. Msgr. Fulton is a priest of the Diocese of Metuchen and has served as pastor of Our Lady of Victories Church in Baptistown, N.J. since 1988 . He holds doctorates in both canon law and theology and has been a member of the faculty of the School of Theology at St. Mary's since 2006. He teaches courses in both canon law and moral theology as well as serving as a spiritual director.

The Richard and Barbara Fisher Chair in Theology was established in August, 2001, by Richard and Barbara Fisher. The endowment supports the theological work of the Faculty of St. Mary's Seminary & University. In particular, the chair supports a professor in theology with special competency in the magisterial teaching of Pope John Paul II regarding faith and morals.

Student Government

As part of the Sulpician characteristic of communauté éducatrice, i.e. the community as an agent of formation, St. Mary’s encourages seminarians to take an active part in leadership and community building as training for future priestly ministry. Student government seeks to promote the orderly structuring and administration of all seminarian initiated services and events, and to provide for seminarian participation in the administration of those services and events that are joint faculty and seminarian initiatives. 

 

Last Spring the seminarian community elected Rev. Mr. Brian Capuano (Richmond, 4T) as Student Body President.  Joining him on the House Council are recently elected Presidents from each class: Rev. Mr. Jason Feigh (Erie, 4T); Jhon Madrid (Paterson, 3T); Tyler Bandura (Greensburg, 2T); Zachary Inman (Syracuse, 1T); and Zachary Goodier (Syracuse, PT). 

Also elected were: Jason Hage (Syracuse, 2T) as Chair of the Liturgy Committee, together with recently elected representatives from each class: Rev. Mr. Matthew Hardesty (Louisville, 4T); Steven Roth (Baltimore, 3T); Jorge Bedoya (Trenton, 2T); Zachary Miller (Syracuse, 1T); and Lance Martin (Wilmington, PT);  Brian Lewis (Wilmington, 2T) as Chair of the Peace and Justice Committee; and Andrew Nelson (Manchester, 2T) as chair of the Community Life Committee.

Welcome New Students 

St. Mary’s Seminary & University welcomes twenty-five new seminarians and two resident priest students to its seminary community. Student leadership and seminarian volunteers helped the new seminarians move in and feel welcomed during its 2010 Introduction to Seminary Life Program, August 26-30. The new arrivals come from fifteen dioceses, but with origins from around the world: Cameroon, Colombia, Haiti, Philippines, Poland, Uganda, Vietnam, Zambia, and the United States. The Welcome to Seminary Life Program includes introductory conferences on Sulpician formational community, the four pillars of formation as outlined by Pope John Paul II in Pastores Dabo Vobis, 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.

First Anniversary Mass

On Friday September 10th at 11:30 a.m., St. Mary’s Seminary & University Community will celebrate a first anniversary Mass of the death of Father Anthony Perez, S.S.  Father Tony continues to be remembered with great reverence and affection by seminarians, faculty, staff and alumni.  This first anniversary will be another opportunity to continue Father Tony’s memory in the community and to recall how he has touched the lives of so many of us.  Guests are, of course, welcome.

 

Another St. Mary's Alumnus Named Bishop

On Saturday May 29th, St. Mary’s alumnus Father Charles Kasonde (STL, 2008) was installed as the Bishop of the Diocese of Solwezi in Zambia by the Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Nicolas Girasoli.  It was a joyous celebration at the Cathedral of St. Daniel with most of the bishops of Zambia participating in the Mass which was filled with music and dancing.  After the ceremony, the newly installed bishop spent three hours greeting the many people who attended.

 

Erected as an Apostolic Prefecture in 1959, Solwezi was then established as a diocese in 1976.  The diocese covers 35,000 square miles and serves 70,000 Catholics.  There are 20 parishes with 30 priests and 80 religious men and women serving in the diocese. 

 

Bishop Kasonde is one of six Zambian priests who have completed their STL at St. Mary’s in the last few years.  It is a privilege for St. Mary’s to assist the Church of Zambia where the Sulpicians have ministered for over twenty years.  The young Zambian priests who live with us for two years while doing further graduate work enrich our community by their seriousness of purpose and dedication to priestly ministry.  We are now proud to have another bishop alumnus from this historic seminary.  We keep Bishop Charles and his diocese in our prayers.

St. Mary's Alumnus Named Bishop

On Saturday, May 22, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI named Fr. F. Richard Spencer (SMSU ’87) as Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, assigning him the titular see of Auzia.

Bishop-Elect Spencer was born in Sylacauga, AL, in 1951. Prior to entering seminary, he served in the United States Army and earned a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Jacksonville State University, and a Master’s in Education in Administration from the University of Wisconsin. He earned his Master of Divinity and Bachelor of Sacred Theology from St. Mary’s in 1987.

After priestly ordination for the Archdiocese of Baltimore in 1988, he served as Parochial Vicar at Sacred Heart Parish, Glyndon; co-director and then director at Msgr. O’Dwyer Retreat House in Sparks; and Administrator of St. Peter the Apostle Parish in Oakland. He returned to active military duty in 1999, serving in South Korea, the Sinai Desert, Iraq, and at the Pentagon Office of Army Chief Chaplains, as well as specialized studies at the General Staff College in Leavenworth, KS. Since 2009 he is Deputy Command Chaplain for the United States Army in Europe.

Lectors and Acolytes 

On Thursday, February 4, 2010, thirteen seminarians from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Dioceses of Camden, Greensburg, Portland, Richmond, Syracuse, Trenton, and Wilmington were installed in the Ministry of Lector. Twenty-one seminarians from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Dioceses of Albany, Camden, Manchester, Paterson, Syracuse, Trenton, and Wilmington were installed in the Ministry of Acolyte. Bishop John M. Smith of the Diocese of Trenton and a member of the Board of St. Mary’s Seminary & University presided. He was joined by Bishop Jean-Yves Riocreux (SMSU ‘75) of the Diocese of Pontoise, France, and a former Rector of the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris, who was visiting his alma mater

 

St. Mary’s Seminarians March for Life

Organized by Mr. Christopher DeLeon, a pre-theologian of the Archdiocese of Baltimore and chair of the seminary Right to Life subcommittee, St. Mary’s Seminary & University participated in activities associated with the Right to Life March on January 22.

 

On Thursday evening a group of seminarians joined Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, the Chair of the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops Pro-Life Committee and an estimated 18,000 others in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception for a Vigil Mass. St. Mary’s seminarians also participated in the all-night Eucharistic Adoration for Life at the National Shrine, assuming responsibility for the 2-3 AM time slot.

 

On Friday morning other seminarians and faculty departed shortly before 6 AM on a chartered bus, using the travel time for prayer and reflection. They joined 20,000 other young people for a morning Youth Rally for Life at Washington’s Verizon Center, and then joined 150,000 marchers at the Washington Monument.  The final destination, the United States Supreme Court building, was the sight of the seminary community gathered in prayer for an end to abortion in our land and the protection of the right to life of all people.

 

 

Candidacy

On Thursday, November 12, 2009, five seminarians—James Akwarandu of the Archdiocese of Baltimore; Carlos Florez of the Diocese of Trenton; Matthew Hardesty of the Archdiocese of Louisville; Marcin Nowicki of the Diocese of Worcester; and James Schultz of the Diocese of Syracuse—were admitted into Candidacy by the Most Reverend Richard B. Higgins, Auxiliary Bishop for Military Services.

 

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!

New Pastors Program

From November 1-5, twenty new or about-to-be-named canonical pastors from eight dioceses (Altoona-Johnstown, Arlington, Baltimore, Boston, Dallas, Erie, Washington, Wilmington) gathered at St. Mary’s Center for Continuing Formation for a program addressing this transition in their priestly life and ministry.

 

On the first full day, presentations focused on "The Pastor as Person" (self assessment; facing challenges; canonical role of pastor; personal emotional/physical health). On the second day focus shifted to "The Pastor as Leader in Communion", with presentations on theology of communio; civil law and administration; mergers and transitions; human resource management). Day Three saw "The Pastor as Steward", focusing on council and staff; financing and budgeting; physical plant; stewardship and fundraising. The final day was a conference of spiritual encouragement on St. Peter as a transformed shepherd.

 

The next New Pastors’ workshop is scheduled for November, 2010, at the Center for Continuing Formation.

Alumni Day at St. Mary's

Over 120 alumni from St. Charles College, St. Mary’s Seminary College and St. Mary’s Seminary & University gathered on October 21st and 22nd to celebrate the annual Alumni Days at Roland Park.  Anniversary classes celebrated their class dinners on Wednesday evening and then joined the entire seminarian community on Thursday, October 21st for Mass and luncheon.  Archbishop Edwin F. O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore, Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chancellor of the University, was the main celebrant.  Very Rev. David Foley, retired bishop of Birmingham and alumnus (St. Charles College 1950, St. Mary’s 1956), Most Rev. David Choby, Bishop of Nashville concelebrated the Mass.  Fr. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., President Rector and alumnus (St. Mary’s 1973) was the homilist.  Fr. Hurst presented the Jean Jacques Olier Distinguished Alumnus Medal to Msgr. Owen Campion, (St. Mary’s 1966) in recognition of his work in the Catholic press.  

Annual Dunning Lecture Features

Dr. George Hunsinger

Despite the rain and cold, some 250 people came out on Thursday, October 15 to hear Dr. George Hunsinger of Princeton Theological Seminary deliver the Ecumenical Institute of Theology’s annual Dunning Lecture, entitled “Torture and Christians.” Dr. Hunsinger is the Hazel McCord Professor of Systematic Theology at Princeton, the founder of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, and the editor of Torture Is a Moral Issue: Christians, Jews, Muslims, and People of Conscience Speak Out (Eerdmans, 2008).

 

A DVD of the lecture is available from the E.I. office for $10 (prepaid; includes shipping). Contact Duffy Laws at eisupport@stmarys.edu.

 

St. Mary’s Seminary Receives Grant

St. Mary’s Seminary & University has been awarded a $200,000 grant from The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations.  This three year grant will underwrite our new faculty position, Director of Spiritual Life Programs.  Rev. Lawrence Terrien, S.S. has been appointed to the position.

 

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations are located in Jacksonville, Florida and support theological education, health care and education.  St. Mary’s received a grant from the foundations in 1998 to support its theological library.

Pastoral Formation at St. Mary's

St. Mary’s Pastoral Formation Program prepares pastors for a Church changing rapidly in demographics, ministry models, professional standards, and cultural diversity. Newly-ordained priests will assume pastorates earlier in their careers, with a foreseeable higher workload than in the past.

 

Deacons exercise their ministry in local parishes, developing an understanding of pastoral administration and leadership by coordinating seminarian Pastoral Learning Teams, made up of 3T seminarians working as catechists and 1T seminarians participating in RCIA.

 

2T seminarians minister to the sick and suffering at Bon Secours, Good Samaritan, Johns Hopkins, Mercy, St. Agnes, and St. Joseph Hospitals.

 

 

Student Government at St. Mary’s

As part of the Sulpician characteristic of communauté éducatrice, i.e. the community as an agent of formation, St. Mary’s encourages seminarians to take an active part in leadership and community building as training for future priestly ministry.

 

Last Spring the seminarian community elected Rev. Mr. Christopher Ballard of the Diocese of Syracuse as Student Body President. In that role he acts as student representative to the Rector, serving as the seminarian representative at appropriate public ceremonies, liturgical celebrations, and all meetings of the Board of Trustees.

Welcome to New Faculty

 

St. Mary’s Seminary and University is pleased to welcome three new members of the seminary faculty. Fr. Luis Corneli is a priest of the Archdiocese of Santiago del Ertero (Argentina) and a candidate member of the Society of St. Sulpice. He earned both civil and canonical law degrees from the Catholic University of Argentina, and comes to St. Mary’s as Assistant Professor of Canon Law from the faculty of St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, CA.

 

Fr. Edward Griswold is a priest of the Diocese of Trenton and an SMSU alumnus (1972). He earned a Master’s in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University and a Doctor of Ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology. He comes to St. Mary’s as Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology and Director of Pastoral Formation after a varied career including Director of Vocations (1980-88); Executive Director of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors (1988-91); Associate Dean of Formation at Mundelein Seminary (1991-95), and the last twelve years as Pastor, first of St. Mary’s Church, Colts Neck, NJ, and then of St. Gregory the Great, Hamilton Square, NJ.

 

Fr. Lawrence Terrien, S.S., is a Sulpician of the Diocese of Arlington. An alumnus both of St. Mary’s (A.B., 1968) and of Theological College (1971), he earned doctorates in Religious Studies and Theology from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He served at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park (1978-86), as Rector of Theological College in Washington (1986-1992), as Dean at St. Mary’s (1993-96), and for twelve years as Superior General of the Society of the Priests of St. Sulpice in Paris. He will serve as Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and Director of Spiritual Formation Programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Read Fr. Michael Barré's homily preached at the Memorial Mass for Fr. Perez at St. Mary's on September 17, 2009.

+Rev. Anthony Perez, S.S.

In sorrow, St. Mary’s Seminary & University announces the passing of our Vice Rector Fr. Anthony Perez, S.S. Fr. Perez died of an apparent heart attack on Saturday morning, September 12, while playing racquetball. He was fifty-seven.

 

Fr. Perez will be remembered as a liturgist who celebrated and organized the Liturgy of the Church with great love, exactness, and zeal; as a professor who sought to impart that same love of liturgy to seminarians whom he taught; as a mentor who stressed the need for personal configuration of the priest and seminarian to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ; as a tireless, dedicated, generous, and caring spiritual director; as a hard-working and friendly colleague; as a good person, and most simply yet profoundly, a good priest. May he rest in peace, and may we who mourn him, together with his seven brothers and sisters and numerous nieces and nephews both in Guam and in the United States, be consoled by the thought of a life well-lived both in wisdom and in grace.

Welcome New Students!

St. Mary’s Seminary & University welcomed twenty-two new seminarians to its seminary community. Student leadership and seminarian volunteers helped the new seminarians move in and feel welcomed and at home at St. Mary’s during its 2009 Introduction to Seminary Life Program, August 27-31. The new seminarians come from nine dioceses, and were born from Colombia to the Philippines to throughout the United States.   Read more...

St. Mary's Celebration of the Year for Priests

Pope Benedict XVI opened The Year for Priests on the 150th anniversary of the death of St. John Vianney, the patron of parish priests.  St. Mary’s Seminary & University, whose primary mission is to form men to be priests after  the heart of Christ, the Good Shepherd and High Priest, will celebrate this year with a series of Masses, prayer services, talks and days of reflection. 

 

Over the course of this year we will post on this website a series of short articles on aspects of the priesthood.  The first of these reflections on The Priesthood of Jesus is available here with this opening letter.  The article first appeared in The Catholic Review of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

 
St. Mary's Celebrates Commencement

On Thursday, May 14, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, S.T.D., D.D., Archbishop of Baltimore and Chancellor of the University and the Ecclesiastical Faculty, presided over Commencement Exercises at St. Mary’s Seminary and University. After a welcome by Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., S.T.L., Ph.D., President-Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the University and the Ecclesiastical Faculty, and an invocation by Very Rev. Thomas Ulshafer, S.S., S.T.L., Ph.D., Provincial Superior of the American Province of the Society of St. Sulpice, fifty students received theological degrees from St. Mary’s three faculties.

St. Mary’s Seminary & University mourns the loss of long-time employee, Charlie Pertsch.  Charlie worked at St. Mary’s, St. Charles and Paca Street for over 50 years and was truly an institution at Roland Park.  An alumnus himself, (St. Charles, 1945) Charlie always greeted alumni by name whenever they returned to Baltimore.  

Eternal rest grant unto your servant, Charles, O Lord.

 

Fr. Tom Hurst, S.S. appointed new  President-Rector of St. Mary's  May 24, 2007

The Provincial Council of the U.S. Province of the Society of St. Sulpice has appointed Father Thomas R. Hurst, S.S., S.T.L.,Ph.D. President-Rector  of St. Mary's Seminary & University effective July 1, 2007.  This appointment was made by the Sulpicians Fathers with the approval of His Eminence Cardinal William Keeler, Archbishop of Baltimore and Chancellor of St. Mary's Seminary & University.