COVID-19 Response and Questionnaires

St. Mary’s is restricting public access until further notice, including the Library, Archives and the Center for Continuing Formation. Seminary formation is fully onsite. St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute classes are online only, and its staff is working remotely.

Non-resident full-time faculty and Staff Questionnaire
Resident Faculty Health Questionnaire
Seminarian Health Questionnaire
CDC Guidance
Face Masks Social Distancing Hand Hygiene


September 8, 2020

First and foremost, St. Mary’s Seminary wants to ensure everyone’s health and safety and to minimize the risk of infection.  These are very challenging times and the entire St. Mary’s Seminary Community joins in prayer for all who have and continue to suffer because of the COVID-19 virus.  Our work is ministry and in a very special way ministry is needed now more than ever.   Our priests in residence have prayed the same prayer every day since early in 2020 when the severity of the situation became apparent.

As we begin the new semester and have welcomed our seminarian community back to campus we have instituted a number of policies to ensure everyone’s health and safety and to minimize the risk of infection.  All returning seminarians were screened by Mercy Medical Center upon arrival and before entering the building.  The seminarian community will live in residence and all classes will be held in person with the option for online attendance as needed.  St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute classes are being held online for the fall semester.

Seminarians and resident faculty members are required to complete a health assessment anytime they leave campus and before they return to the building.

Staff and non-resident faculty members are required to complete a daily health assessment and an online questionnaire before entering the building.  

The following policies are in place for all until further notice:

  • Anyone with COVID-19 symptoms is restricted from entering the building
  • No overnight guests
  • No outside guests without advance permission of the Rector
  • Use of masks is required throughout the building
  • Elevators are restricted to 2 people at a time
  • The library is restricted to currently enrolled School of Theology and Ecumenical Institute students and faculty
  • All meeting rooms and classrooms have a maximum capacity listed based on current CDC health guidelines. 
  • The Archives is only available to researchers online
  • All public restrooms are single use only
  • All are expected to use the numerous sanitizing stations throughout the building and in particular after use of any classroom or meeting room

 This page will be updated on a regular basis with any new information.


Prayer During Pandemic

Almighty ever-living and ever-loving God,

We pray to you in times of trouble, in times of uncertainty, in scary times,

Keep in the forefront of our awareness your loving care for us, your loving care for the earth,

especially your loving care for those who suffer, those who are at risk, those who are vulnerable because of the circumstances of their lives, because of the circumstances of our time.

Keep alive in our hearts the certain knowledge that this, too, shall pass; that more normal times will return; that what becomes newly normal will help us live more safely and in ways that will make us newly aware of your presence and the importance of our presence to one another.

Comfort those who are sick; help us to find ways to comfort them.

Console those who are grieving; let us not hesitate to grieve with them; show us how to bring your love and consolation to them.



Health Screening Questions for Visitors

If you answer “Yes” to any of the questions below please postpone your visit.

  1. Have you had a fever of greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit?
  2. Have you experienced abnormal coughing?
  3. Have you experienced shortness of breath or difficulty breathing?
  4. Have you had chills or repeated shaking with chills?
  5. Have you had any unusual or aggravated muscle pain?
  6. Have you had a headache that is not alleviated by typical pain killers (acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.)?
  7. Have you had a nagging sore throat?
  8. Have you experienced loss of taste or smell?
  9. Have you been in close proximity or in contact with someone who exhibits symptoms or been diagnosed with COVID-19?
  10. Have you traveled to or been in direct contact with anyone who has traveled internationally?