The Center for Continuing Formation

A private site for reflecting.
A venue for learning.
An environment for growing.


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“Ongoing formation helps the priest to be and act as a priest in the spirit and style of Jesus the Good Shepherd.”

Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation PASTORES DABO VOBIS
of St. John Paul II to the Bishops, Clergy and
Faithful on the Formation of Priests

The Center for Continuing Formation was built by St. Mary’s in 1996 in response to the teaching on the priesthood and priestly formation of St. John Paul II. The pastoral emphasis and spirit of St. Mary’s Seminary today is perfectly expressed in The Center for Continuing Formation. Here, we offer special programs each year for pastors, newly ordained priests, and senior priests. It also hosts various bishops’ meetings, ecumenical gatherings, and other conferences as well. The New Pastors Program, held every November, is the most popular priest program we offer.

The Center, which adjoins the main seminary building and yet provides great privacy, is a thirty thousand square foot facility with thirty private, three star guest rooms and suites, and a variety of conferencing space and small meeting rooms. The Center also has an oratory and private chapel as well as its own dining room.


Clergy Programs

St. Mary's Center for Continuing Formation offers and hosts a variety of continuing formation programs for priests in the spirit of the Bishops' new Basic Plan for the Ongoing Formation of Priests.

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Conference Space Rentals

Conference space rentals include a large room that will seat as many as 58 and smaller rooms that will seat from 4 to 30.

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Youth Theological Studies

St. Mary’s Seminary & University’s Pinkard Scholars is the cornerstone of Youth Theological Studies at SMSU.   The high school juniors admitted to this challenging course, RLST235: Foundations for Dialogue: Theology and  Culture, explore and increase their understanding of:

  • The Theology of God and the Existence of Evil;
  • The Person and Work of Jesus Christ;
  • Humanity, Sin, Grace, and Hope;
  • The cultural reality of Human Trafficking with a specific focus on where God, Christ, Sin and Grace interact.

As the Pinkard Scholars learn to articulate and grapple with these explorations they, both as individuals and as a small learning community, broaden their capacity:

  • to engage consciously in the dialogue between theology and culture.
  • to develop and deepen the critical thinking, theological reflection and dialogue skills needed for social, ecumenical, and interfaith dialogue
  • to contemplate the concept of call and how they might make a difference in the world and in their present sphere of influence
  • to envision the cultivation of a culture of peace in the midst of human suffering and systemic violence
Pinkard Scholars Program Celebrates its 15th Year!

It’s a great time to be a Pinkard Scholar!  Apply now and help us celebrate our 15th anniversary.  The application period for the 2015 academic year is  now open until May 1, 2015.  For further information call the Youth Office: 410-864-4157 or email:  Applicants only accepted through nomination. Please see brochure.


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Contact Us

For more information about any of our conference facilities or space rentals, please contact our offices directly.

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