The Seminary

Preparing men as priests after the heart of Christ

The Seminary offers an outstanding priestly formation program based on the Bishops’ Program of Priestly Formation and in the spirit of Pastores dabo vobis of St. Pope John Paul II.

In addition to the B.A., M.A., and M.Div. theology degrees, the Seminary is the oldest pontifical faculty in our country and awards the S.T.B., S.T.L., and S.T.D. theology degrees by the authority of the Holy See.

At St. Mary’s, the nationally recognized Knott Library and the Raymond Brown Center provide outstanding theological and biblical resources for all academic programs.

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Your Priestly Calling

A Priestly Calling: A Series of Reflections, Part I

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About Us

Welcome to the website of St. Mary’s Seminary and University, the oldest Catholic seminary in the United States.

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Priestly Formation

St. Mary’s Seminary & University has designed its theological curriculum and priestly formation program with the expressed purpose of preparing its seminarians to assume greater and more demanding pastoral responsibilities immediately following ordination.

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The School of Theology is the program for the theological formation of seminarians at St. Mary’s Seminary & University. The School of Theology offers degree programs and courses primarily to resident Catholic seminarians.

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Community Life

The first principle in Sulpician priestly formation is that it is formation-in-community.

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Bishops & Vocation Directors

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Alumni Days: October 15 & 16, 2014

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Download the 2015-16 School of Theology and The Ecclesiastical Theology Faculty Academic Catalog.

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Accreditation & Educational Effectiveness

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St. Mary's Safety Report




This annual security report is prepared and distributed by the Director of the Physical Plant in compliance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and Drug-Free Campus/Drug-Free Workplace legislation.  It contains crime and arrest statistics as well as information about campus policies and practices intended to promote crime awareness, campus safety and security.  By October 1 of every year, all current students and employees are sent an email message providing them with the link to this report and notification that the current edition of the annual Security Report has been posted on the St. Mary’s Seminary & University website. Current or prospective students may obtain a copy of this report by visiting the website at


Report all crimes that occur on campus to:

Director Physical Plant: cell 443-802-5684
Vice President for Finance and Administration 410-864-4271


Vice Rector: 410-864-3604 School of Theology
Associate Dean of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute: 410-864-4204 St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute


  • Security

For the sake of institutional security, students, faculty, and staff should always see that all outside doors close securely and lock, particularly during evening hours and on weekends.   Do not hold doors open and allow someone you do not know to enter the building unless you are going to escort that person to his destination and/or office.  The purpose of the receptionist/telephone system is to provide entrance into the seminary.

St. Mary’s Seminary & University is committed to making the institution a safe place for students, staff, and faculty.  A security guard, stationed at or near the front entrance, is on duty Monday through Thursday beginning at 5:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.  The guard is available for concerns about safety, escorts to cars, and other security matters. All students and faculty are required to wear an identification badge during the evening class hours.  This badge is issued at the beginning of each term, to gain entrance to the building and while inside the building.  The guard is instructed to ask for this identification before granting anyone access to the building.

St. Mary’s also provides night security each evening of the week from 10:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. but assumes no responsibility for thefts of or damage to personal property kept on the premis­es.  The security guard carries a cell phone (410-245-7215).  Because the building is often open to the public, it is advisable for residents to keep the doors to their rooms locked whenever they are unoccupied.

The U.S. Department of Education requires that St. Mary’s Seminary & University maintain records of criminal offenses occurring on campus, and publish and distribute this information to seminarians and employees.  Seminarians are to report to the Vice Rector and students of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute are to report to the Associate Dean all known or suspected crimes that occur on campus.  In a written report, include the following information:  the name of the person reporting the

crime; the nature of the crime; the time and place of its occurrence; and the victim(s) (if any) of the crime.  Also indicate if administrators or police were contacted at the time the crime was reported.

All residents are encouraged to be very cautious and aware of potential fire hazards, e.g., candles are not permitted in rooms. Any student, faculty or staff member who detects smoke or fire in the building should set off the nearest interior fire alarm and call the Fire Department immediately (911 or ask the operator to make the connection).  The interior alarm DOES NOT alert the Fire Department.  Students, faculty or staff shall not attempt to fight the fire unless it is of a minor nature.  St. Mary’s carries fire insurance only on seminary property.

If a resident is in his room when the alarm rings, he should leave immediately and close, but not lock, the door behind him. Residents and all persons should take all fire alarms seriously.  Fire drills should be treated as if they are real emergencies.   Normally, in case of an alarm, the building is evacuated by the front doors, near the Periodi­cal Room of the Library, the Informa­tion Office and the Main Dining Room.  If these entrances are blocked by flame or smoke, residents and all persons should take the nearest open exit but proceed to the front of the building so that all can be accounted for. In the event of a fire, the center of communica­tions will be the middle of the front parking lot.  A log of fire drills is kept on file in the Information Office under the direction of the Director of Physical Plant.

  • No Smoking

To promote the general health and well-being of the entire house as well as to promote house-wide fire safety, St Mary’s Seminary and University is a non-smoking facility.  Smoking is, therefore, prohibited in all public and private areas inside the seminary building, including student dormitory rooms.  Smoking, however, is permitted at specific designated areas on campus.  These three areas are to be found behind the seminary in the two inner courtyards as well as the patio outside the Donnelly Lounge. There are cigarette bins provided in each designated smoking area.  It is expected that each smoker dispose of his cigars, cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and other tobacco products appropriately in these specified containers.


St. Mary’s Seminary & University mandates criminal background checks for all students, faculty, and staff.  St. Mary’s requests Social Security Verification, Residency History, Maryland Statewide Criminal Search, and Nationwide Sex Offender reports for each student. Additional information as to the nature and scope of the criminal background reports,


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Contact Us

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