Category: Ecumenical Institute News

UMC MDiv Full Scholarship

St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute (EI) will award one full-tuition need-based scholarship to a selected United Methodist applicant who lives, works, or worships in Baltimore City to begin studies in fall 2022. The scholarship covers 100% of tuition for the 36 credits taken at the Ecumenical Institute as part of the MDiv partnership program with Lancaster Theological Seminary. Applicants not selected for the EI MDiv Scholarship will automatically be considered for the Ecumenical Institute’s Patterson Fellows program (which provides significant partial tuition scholarships).

Download the details and MDiv Scholarship Application form here  or contact Galen Zook for more information.


CONNECT will be returning in 2023

We’re pleased to announce that our CONNECT: Faith, Health & Medicine Graduate Certificate program will run again in 2023! This cohort-based program integrates faith traditions and medical practices into a holistic understanding of healthy persons, congregations, communities and institutions.    Dr. Pat Fosarelli, who directs our CONNECT Certificate program, had this to say: “In this era when health issues appear on every newscast, CONNECT is an ideal vehicle to help students understand how faith and health interact with each other, even (and especially) in polarizing times.“     Find out more about this exciting 1-year graduate certificate program here.      ...

Summer Courses Are Underway

Summer Classes Have Begun!
Saturday classes began this past Saturday May 21, and Monday/Thursday classes begin on Thursday, May 26. We are so excited to finally welcome students and faculty back into the building, as students are attending both in person and online.     ...

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 and pictures from this year’s graduation ceremony can be found here.      ...

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:

“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:

The event will also be livestreamed at:

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