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Congratulations Class of 2022!

Congratulations to our 2022 graduates!  
 
On Thursday, May 12, 2022, St. Mary’s Seminary and University awarded 12 degrees and 2 graduate certificates to students from the Ecumenical Institute, along with 15 seminarians from the Seminary/School of Theology. Ellen Frances Davis, Ph.D., a preeminent scholar of the Old Testament, currently the Amos Ragan Kearns Professor of Bible and Practical Theology at Duke Divinity School, was the Honorary Degree recipient and Commencement Speaker.
 
The full video of this year’s graduation ceremony is available at https://vimeo.com/706662427 and pictures from this year’s graduation ceremony can be found here.
 
 
 

McGivney Council of Knights Chartered

Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly Presents Charter

At evening vespers on Tuesday, April 26, 2022, St. Mary’s welcomed Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight, Patrick Kelly, and Most Reverend William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and also the Supreme Chaplain of the Knights, at a special charter ceremony inaugurating the Blessed Michael McGivney Council of the Knights of Columbus at St. Mary’s. The development of the Council is notable as it is established at the very seminary from which Fr. Michael McGivney, founder of the Knights of Columbus, graduated in 1877.

The ceremony took place in St. Mary’s Chapel where a portrait of Fr. McGivney and a relic were placed in honor with flanking candles. Archbishop Lori presided at the Evening Prayer and preached the homily. In addition to Supreme Knight Kelly, Knights of Columbus State attended along with Very Reverend Daniel Moore, Acting Provincial of the Society of Saint Sulpice, United States Province.

The service was followed by a celebratory dinner and additional addresses, including a speech by the first Grand Knight of the new Council, Mr. Michael Schultz, Second-Year Seminarian from the Archdiocese of Louisville. 

Knights of Columbus video summary of the event

Charter Presentation during Evening Vespers

Charter presentation during Evening Vespers.

Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly speaks to the Congregation.

Supreme Knight Patrick Kelly speaks to the congregation.

 

Blessed Michael McGivney Knights of Columbus Council members pose with Archbishop Lori, Patrick Kelly, and the new charter in front of the Sedes Sapientiae statue.

(In the center) Most Rev. William E. Lori, Archbishop of Baltimore and Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, (to the immediate left) Mr. Patrick E. Kelly, Supreme Knight, (next left) Rev. Phillip J. Brown, P.S.S., President-Rector of St. Mary’s Seminary & University. (To the right of Archbishop Lori) Mr. Michael L. Schultz, 2nd Year Seminarian of the Archdiocese of Louisivlle. (Remainder) The faculty and student members of the new Council.

Very Rev. Daniel Moore, P.S.S. speaks

Acting Provincial of the United States Province of the Society of Saint Sulpice, Very Rev. Daniel Moore, P.S.S., speaks at the dinner with fond memories of his membership in the Knights.


Vladimir Stoupel at St. Mary’s

Friday, May 20, 2022 • 7:30 PM EDT
St. Mary’s Chapel at St. Mary’s Seminary & University

Free and open to the public, but registration is requested.
Register online at Eventbrite.

Franz Schubert: Sonata in E minor D. 566 (unfinished)
César Franck: Prélude, Aria et Final (1887)
Erwin Schulhoff: Suite No. 3 for the Left Hand (1927)
Maurice Ravel: La Valse (composer’s version for solo piano) (1919)

Vladimir Stoupel returns to St. Mary’s to present a timely recital. His program features several pieces composed in reflection on World War I. This look back into history helps us to cope with the crisis-ridden present and to commemorate the lives lost in the war. We need distance to be able to process all this. Music is especially necessary in times of crisis! It offers us a protected space; it gives us the opportunity to reflect. War destroys, music builds up.

Vladimir Stoupel is an individualist with an extraordinarily rich tonal and emotional palette. The Washington Post praised his “protean range of expression” and Der Tagesspiegel Berlin described his performance as “enthralling and atmospherically dense.” His extraordinary technical command allows him to explore the outermost limits of expression, mesmerizing audiences with his musical intensity.

View/download the Event Flyer.

Guests are invited to make a free will offering to defray the expense of Mr. Stoupel’s performance and to make it possible for St. Mary’s to host more such events.
Suggested Donation: $25.00

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David Hurd – Concert Organist & Composer

 

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute presents concert organist and composer David Hurd in a concert that is free and open to the public.

Thursday, May 5th, 2022 at 7:30 PM EDT in the Chapel at St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

Free and open to the public, but registration is requested at:
https://eihurdconcert.eventbrite.com

“Nothing was commonplace. Hurd paints his musical ideas with bold colorful strokes that emit an almost visceral electricity. Immediately striking was his use of dynamics, timbre, and melodic direction to create a shifting contour that owed as mighty forces of nature. Whatever the emotional effect produced, Hurd seemed to live within it fully….wildly virtuosic.” – (The Blade, Toledo, Ohio)

David Hurd is widely recognized as one of the foremost church musicians and concert organists in the United States, with a long list of honors and achievements, and immeasurable expertise in organ performance, improvisation, and composition. For 39 years David Hurd was on the faculty of The General Theological Seminary in New York City, as Director of Chapel Music, Organist, and Professor of Church Music. He is the composer of dozens of hymns, choral works, settings of the liturgy, and organ works published by a number of major houses. His music appears in hymnals and choir libraries in churches of nearly all religious denominations. In 2010 he became the fifteenth recipient of the American Guild of Organists’ Distinguished Composer award. Dr. Hurd serves as Organist/Choirmaster of the Church of St. Mary the Virgin in New York City.


Summer Courses Open to New and Visiting Students

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute is offering an exciting range of graduate-level courses open to new and visiting students, including The Life & Writing of Martin Luther King, Jr., taught by Dr. Anthony Hunt, and Spirituality in the New Testament, taught by Dr. Michael Gorman. All courses will have live synchronous classes, so you can attend in person or online, wherever you are!

See the full list of Summer 2022 courses here.


Spirit, Body, Word: An Evening of Sacramental Poetry

Join us for an evening of sacramental poetry, as two renowned poets read their own words of faith and spirit, prayer and presence.

Friday, April 29, 2022 at 7:30 PM EDT in Laubacher Hall, St. Mary’s Seminary and University.

Free and open to the public, but registration is requested for this attending in person at:
https://smsupoetry.eventbrite.com.

The event will also be livestreamed at: https://vimeo.com/event/1982975

Brian Volck, M.D., M.F.A.
Brian Volck is a pediatrician and writer who lives in Baltimore. He is the author of a poetry collection, Flesh Becomes Word, and a memoir, Attending Others: A Doctor’s Education in Bodies and Words. His poetry, essays, and reviews have appeared in Ars MedicaAtlanta ReviewDoubleTakeHealth AffairsImage, and The Journal of Moral Theology.

Laura Reece Hogan, J.D., M.A.
Laura Reece Hogan is the author of Litany of Flights (Paraclete Press), which was the winner of the Paraclete Poetry Prize; the poetry chapbook O Garden-Dweller (Finishing Line Press); and the nonfiction spiritual theology book I Live, No Longer I (Wipf & Stock). Her poems have appeared in AmericaU.S. CatholicFirst ThingsThe Christian CenturyDappled Things, and other publications.


Dean Laytham Announces Upcoming Staff Transition

After 27 years of service, Dr. Pat Fosarelli will enter a new phase come July 1. She will step down from her role as Associate Dean of Instruction, but continue half time with St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute in her role as Director of the Master of Arts in Christian Ministries. We are thankful for all that she has done for St. Mary’s over the years, and glad that she will be continuing to serve with us. 

Dr. Fosarelli reflected on the upcoming transition, “I have been working at St. Mary’s—in some capacity—since 1995, and I have been a dean since 2006.  As of June 30, I will be stepping down from my full-time position as Associate Dean of Instruction but will continue part-time as Director of the MACM (and its associated certificates). This is my decision because a) there are other things that I still want to do and b) the EI has two fine deans who will remain.

I will continue to act as an advisor, be active in the D.Min. program, oversee the MACM and associated certificates, and (of course) teach.  Although I will not be around every day, I will be available when students are most likely here.

I count coming to the EI as a student in the fall of 1992 as one of the most important decisions that I made in my life, one that changed my life for the better. I always hope that it will do the same for every student and faculty member who joins this very unique community of learners.”

 


Spring 2022 to Begin Online

UPDATE: January 31, 2022

Out of a continuing abundance of caution, the Ecumenical Institute will continue online-only learning through February, returning to in-person learning just after winter break on February 28.

 

ORIGINAL POST: January 6, 2022

Dear EI Community,
 
We hope that you have had a restful and healthy Christmas. We look forward to a wonderful spring semester of learning together.
 
As you know, our hope has been to offer each class simultaneously online and in person this semester. However, in view of the surging omicron variant, we have decided that all EI courses will begin entirely online through the month of January, with the option to attend class in-person beginning Tuesday, February 1.
 
This does not affect the availability of the library; current EI faculty and students are welcome to come in person if they are in compliance with the St. Mary’s COVID policy (either fully vaccinated or having received an exemption and following the additional requirements). At present, everyone, regardless of vaccination status, is required to wear a mask at all times while in our building.
 
If you plan to come on campus, please be sure you have completed the confidential and mandatory COVID disclosure form. If you are not fully vaccinated and would like to receive an exemption, you may use this form.
 
 
With hope,
Deans Laytham, Fosarelli, and Hancock


St. Mary’s On the Road

December 2021

Members of the St. Mary’s community have an impact far beyond our Baltimore location. These are some of the latest examples.

St. Mary’s Community Supports Mother Seton Academy in Baltimore

Once again, the St. Mary’s community participated in the annual “Gift of the Magi” program. The Peace and Justice Committee, who coordinated the program, gathered 84 gifts. An additional 20 gifts were brought by the OLPH Edgewater Youth Group, who came on Saturday to assist with gift wrapping. The gifts were collected to support 84 underprivileged children who attend Mother Seton Academy, operated by the School Sisters of Notre Dame. This is a program that St. Mary’s has supported for around 10 years, and this year’s drive was a great success.

Pictured: (top) the gifts are wrapped and ready for transport; (bottom) seminarians deliver the gifts to Mother Seton Academy: (left-right) Sr. Margaret [Peggy] Juskelis, SSND (the President of Mother Seton Academy), John Enemuo (Diocese of Wilmington), Michael Boris (Diocese of Scranton), and Javier Fuentes (Archdiocese of Baltimore).

Announced: Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P. at Saint Meinrad

Saint Meinrad Institute of Sacred Music (Saint Meinrad, Indiana) will present an afternoon workshop on “Understanding Liturgical Manuscripts” on Saturday, January 8, 2022. The free event will be held in the Saint Meinrad Archabbey Library from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Central Time. It is open to the public.

Among the group of leading scholars who will present: St. Mary’s own Associate Professor of Homiletics, Rev. Innocent Smith, O.P.

According to the Institute, presentations will be on the liturgical manuscripts in the Archabbey Library collection, ranging from 11th-century southern Germany to 18th-century Ethiopia. None of the manuscripts has previously been studied, and many are new acquisitions with fascinating histories. The workshop will explore what can be learned from the manuscripts and how to study them.

Though the speakers are among the top in their field, the event is geared toward the general public and is an opportunity to shine a light on the riches of the collection with the scholars most expert at uncovering those riches.


Director of Admissions & Communications Position

Kaye Guidugli, the EI’s Director of Recruitment and Advancement has made the decision to move on from St. Mary’s to pursue new opportunities. We are most grateful to Kaye for her excellent work as the EI’s Director of Recruitment and Advancement and wish her the best very best. To hear a message from Dean Laytham on Kaye’s transition, see the video below.

The EI is currently seeking a Director of Admissions & Communications. Nominations, self-nominations, or inquiries are welcome. Please contact jobs@stmarys.edu for more information.