On September 28, 2019 the Annual Vianney Cup Soccer Tournament was hosted by St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, with the enthusiastic participation of St. Charles Borromeo (Wynnewood, PA), Mount Saint Mary’s (Emmitsburg, MD), and Theological College (Washington D.C.).
This year’s Dunning Lecture, “Interpreting the Gospel of John: Writing a Commentary in Good Company” will be given by Dr. Marianne Meye Thompson on Thursday, November 14, 7:30 pm in Laubacher Hall.
Dr. Marianne Meye Thompson is the George Eldon Ladd Professor of New Testament and former School of Theology dean at Fuller Theological Seminary. Thompson has been instrumental in developing advanced-level interdisciplinary courses that integrate biblical interpretation with other disciplines of the theological curriculum. She is author of John: A Commentary (New Testament Library, 2015), 1–3 John (IVP New Testament Commentary, 2011), A Commentary on Colossians and Philemon (The Two Horizons Commentary, 2005), The God of the Gospel of John (2001), and The Promise of the Father (2000), and coauthor of Introducing the New Testament (2001). She has also published numerous articles and reviews in scholarly journals.
A member of the Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, Thomspon has participated in various projects at the Center of Theological Inquiry, including “The Scripture Project” and “The Identity of Jesus,” as well as consultations on “Children in the Scriptures,” sponsored by Valparaiso Project on Childhood Studies, Theology, and Ethics, and “Teaching the Bible in the 21st Century,” at the Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning. Adept at communicating Christian biblical scholarship to a popular audience, she was featured on the PBS series, Genesis. Thomspon has served on various editorial boards, including Theology Today and New Testament Studies.
Thomspon is an ordained minister of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
This event is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.
St. Mary’s Seminary community welcomed new seminarians from the Dioceses of Wilmington, Paterson, Worcester and the Archdiocese of Baltimore as well as four new faculty members; Fr. Dennis Billy, Css.R., Fr. William Burton, O.F.M., Fr. Robert Cro, P.S.S. and Dr. Matthew Dugandzic. At the conclusion of the new seminarian orientation and opening retreat, the entire community celebrated the opening of the academic year at the Covenant Liturgy on August 28th celebrated by Archbishop William Lori.
Join us Thursday, September 19, 7 pm for a lecture by Dr. Joel Shuman, “Reclaiming Broken Bodies: Thinking Theologically about the Opioid Crisis.” The lecture is free and open to the public. Registration is requested.
The opioid crisis is on multiple levels about the brokenness of human bodies, only some of which fall under the purview of medicine; for all the real good it does, medicine alone cannot offer healing. “Healing,” says the poet, essayist, and social critic Wendell Berry, “is impossible in loneliness. It is the opposite of loneliness. Conviviality is healing.” Berry’s claim is altogether consistent with one of the fundamental tenets of Christianity, which is that God’s redemptive work, mediated by the gathered community of God’s people is to make of alienated, lonely individuals a community of mutual love and support. God’s work is to reclaim persons from isolation and re-member them into a community where “If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it” ( 1 Cor 12:26). None of this happens magically, but rather through the hard work of friendship; one way of imagining the Christian community is as a gathered society of friends, all of whom are broken in one way or another, each of whom is devoted to caring in concrete ways for the others. This work of reclamation allows us to serve one another in our weaknesses and truthfully lament the brokenness of our bodies as we await their promised redemption.
Joel Shuman, PhD, PT, is Professor of Theology at King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania who works at the intersection of theology and medicine. Dr. Shuman also teaches in the CONNECT: Faith, Health, and Medicine certificate program of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute. After practicing physical therapy for several years, he pursued theology, studying New Testament with Richard Hays and Christian Ethics with Stanley Hauerwas at Duke University. Joel spent the 2018-19 academic year as the Scholar in Residence with the Theology, Medicine, and Culture Initiative at Duke Divinity School, where he researched the opioid epidemic. He is currently co-authoring a book on congregational responses to the opioid crisis. His previous books include The Body of Compassion: Ethics, Medicine and the Church, Heal Thyself: Spirituality, Medicine and the Distortion of Christianity (with Keith Meador, M.D.), Reclaiming the Body: Christians and the Faithful Use of Modern Medicine (with Brian Volck, M.D.), and To Live is to Worship: Bioethics and the Body of Christ (2007). He co-edited (with L. Roger Owens) and contributed to the volume of essays, Wendell Berry and Religion: Heaven’s Earthly Home.
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A new Doctor of Ministry degree, to be offered in the Ecumenical Institute, was approved last week by the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Earlier in the month, the degree was accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (the premier accreditor among seminaries).
The program, directed by the Rev. Dr. Jason Poling, is now receiving applications for admission. The inaugural course is Reading Scripture, taught in DMin intensives this fall by Dr. Mike Gorman, world-renowned biblical theologian and Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology.
On Thursday, May 9th, St. Mary’s Seminary & University celebrated our annual commencement ceremonies. Archbishop William Lori, Chair of the Board and Chancellor of the University, presided over the ceremonies.
The Faculty of the School of Theology, acting under the authority of the State of Maryland, and the Academic Dean, Fr. Gladstone Stevens, P.S.S., conferred five Baccalaureates in Sacred Theology, one Master of Arts (Theology), five Masters of Divinity, and one Licentiate in Sacred Theology.
The Faculty of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, acting under the authority of the State of Maryland, and the Dean, Rev. Brent Laytham, Ph.D, conferred nineteen Masters of Arts (Theology), ten Masters of Arts (Church Ministries), and one Certificate of Advanced Studies (Theology).
Dr. Michael Gorman, the Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s delivered the commencement address, entitled “Parables of Communion”— a phrase borrowed from the Taizé community—which took the form of a letter from Saint Paul, who encouraged the graduates to rely on the Holy Spirit to help create missional communities that are countercultural (alternatives to the present age), cruciform (cross-shaped), and columbine (dove-like, peaceful). Dr. Gorman, Dean of the Ecumenical Institute for 19 years before becoming the Raymond Brown Professor, was honored as a consummate scholar, extraordinary teacher and faithful disciple who has devoted his life to building up the church. His special recognition was the capstone of the Jubilee Year of the Ecumenical Institute.
Congratulations to all the graduates!
In the name of the St. Mary’s Seminary & University community, I would like to extend to you our warmest Easter greetings. May the Risen Lord shed his Light upon you and your loved ones. May his gift of Eternal Life be yours forever.
Fr. Phillip J. Brown, P.S.S.
President-Rector and Vice Chancellor
Since 1985, St. Mary’s Seminary & University has held a yearly Yom HaShoah service. This year’s Holocaust service focused on justice and accountability, which has been an important theme at St. Mary’s throughout this academic year. Students from both the Ecumenical Institute and the School of Theology—including Mark DeCelles, Marton Lonart, James Holman, Evan Ponton, and Patty Ruppert—planned the event.
The service was patterned around the lighting of the St. Mary’s Yom HaShoah menorah candles. The prayer service included a reading from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, several psalms of lament, prayers, and memoirs shared by seminarian Marton Lonart from an interview with his grandmother, a Holocaust survivor. As the service concluded, participants were invited to light their own candles from the menorah as a sign of their commitment to never forgot and to advocate for the vulnerable among us.
Former EI instructor Sister Rose Mary Dougherty, SSND entered eternal life on February 28, 2019. Sister Rose Mary taught on 23 different occasions at St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute from 1994 to 2011 in the area of spirituality. Many, many students were the recipients of her knowledge and wisdom. Her courses included Group Spiritual Direction; Theology & Practice of Prayer; Spiritual Disciplines; Introduction to Spiritual Direction; God, Creation & the Spiritual Life (with Dr. George Fisher); Science, Creation, and Theology (with Dr. George Fisher); and Conversion (with Dr. Michael Gorman). Her evaluations were always glowing, with comments such as “I consider it a real honor to be in Sister Rose Mary’s class.” “Sister Rose Mary is a magnificent model of prayer.” “She [teaches] with wisdom and gentle humor.” “Her honesty and openness were soothing.” In the 2006-07 academic year, she was selected as a Dunning Distinguished Lecturer at the EI.
A Memorial Mass will be offered on Monday, March 18, 2019 at 10:30 AM at the Chapel of Villa Assumpta. Contributions in memory of Sister Rose Mary may be made to the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 6401 N. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21212.
On Thursday, February 7th, 2019, fourteen seminarians from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Dioceses of Albany, Erie, Harrisburg, Paterson, Scranton and Worcester were installed in the Ministry of Lector. Seven seminarians from the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the Dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Syracuse and Wilmington were installed in the Ministry of Acolyte. Bishop Charles Kasonde, Bishop of Solwezi, Zambia and an STL graduate of St. Mary’s Seminary & University presided.
Lectors proclaim the Scriptures at liturgical celebrations and serve as catechists; acolytes serve at Eucharistic celebrations and bring the Eucharist to the sick.