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Living at St. mary's

Life at the Seminary
The first principle in Sulpician priestly formation is that it is formation-in-community. The community reminds everyone that preparation is for service to parish communities. So, St. Mary's puts community first in priestly formation. The architecture that facilitates this experience is special too.


The Seminary Building

St. Mary's Seminary is a beautiful and historic institution. The building itself is made of limestone with extraordinary palladian windows, terrazzo floors, and oak paneling in major interior rooms.




A Warm and Peaceful Interior

The atrium and main chapel immediately beyond the front entrance greet every visitor. The statue of Mary conveys a spirit of incredible peace and calm to the house. Here the seminary community gathers daily for the Divine Office and Eucharist.

After chapel, faculty and seminarians ordinarily meet over coffee for a few minutes before classes begin at 8:30 a.m.


The main dining room is spacious and comfortable. Paneled in oak, with stately columns and surrounded by large arched windows, it's a perfect setting for meals and socializing. Meals are served buffet style and include an ample soup and salad bar, hot coffee, dessert and frozen yogurt bar. Menus are varied and a healthy diet is considered essential. Coffee is always available for quick breaks between classes.



Laubacher Hall is the seminary's major reception and lecture hall adjoining the chapel and dining room. Here the seminary holds occasional socials, rector's conferences, and public lectures. It is appointed with comfortable sofas and a large table for daily newspapers.


The seminary classrooms and Knott Library are just down the main corridor from the chapel and dining room. The library holds 120,000 volumes and offers a quiet and spacious reading room environment with the latest on-line computer technology. The classrooms are large, bright, classic spaces. High-tech classrooms with LCD, Internet, and other computer-assisted teaching options are used for instruction.



The Donnelly Lounge is the seminarians' primary community social center. It is equipped with a bar, large screen TV, and comfortable seating. The lounge opens onto a brick patio and garden for outdoor socials and just a quiet place to read and be alone.

Conveniently located near the lounge are the seminarians' mail area, fitness center, game room, and the bookstore.

Residential Halls
Seminarian and faculty rooms are located on the third and fourth floors of the building in four wings. Each seminarian has his own private room equipped with a telephone, computer connection for free e-mail and internet access, and cable TV. Each residence hall has a private prayer chapel.

Restrooms, showers, washing machines and dryers are conveniently located at the junction of all residence halls. In addition vending machines and a photocopying room are located on all residence halls.

Sports & Fitness
Fitness and athletics are important at St. Mary's. The seminary has a modern climate-controlled Fitness Center with treadmills, stationary bikes, an ellipical cross-trainer, nautilus machines and free weights.

A short walk away are outdoor tennis courts and a modern track for jogging. Seminarians and faculty also use the indoor basketball courts, racketball courts, tennis courts, and Olympic sized pools at Gilman School and Loyola College a short walk away. A USGA artificial turf practice facility is also located on campus.

Intramural sports on campus include basketball, softball, and volleyball. A number of excellent golf courses are available nearby for golfers. The seminary also features a small outdoor putting green to develop the short game!

The Seminary Campus
St. Mary's is positioned on a 40-acre campus surrounded by woodlands to the south and west. An expansive and stately great lawn leads up to the main entrance and a long winding drive is lined with large oaks and elms. Nestled in the wooded grounds to the west is a beautiful Marian grotto.


Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

St. Mary's is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities.  It is St. Mary's policy that all such requests be made to the office of the Registrar.   St. Mary's requires supporting documentation for these requests.


The Registrar and Dean will review the request and the documentation, consult with the student and make a decision about the request.  The Registrar will provide written notice of the approved accommodation to any faculty or staff member who may be directly involved in implementing the accommodation.