The Seminary

Preparing men as priests after the heart of Christ

The Seminary offers an outstanding priestly formation program based on the Bishops’ Program of Priestly Formation and in the spirit of Pastores dabo vobis of St. Pope John Paul II.

In addition to the B.A., M.A., and M.Div. theology degrees, the Seminary is the oldest pontifical faculty in our country and awards the S.T.B., S.T.L., and S.T.D. theology degrees by the authority of the Holy See.

At St. Mary’s, the nationally recognized Knott Library and the Raymond Brown Center provide outstanding theological and biblical resources for all academic programs.

Welcome to St. Mary's

Peace Be With You! Welcome to the St. Mary’s Seminary & University website! I hope you will find our website interesting and useful.

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Your Priestly Calling

A Priestly Calling: A Series of Reflections, Part I

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About Us

Welcome to the website of St. Mary’s Seminary and University, the oldest Catholic seminary in the United States.

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Click here to read more about our faculty.

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Pillars of Formation

St. Mary’s Seminary & University has designed its theological curriculum and priestly formation program with the expressed purpose of preparing its seminarians to assume greater and more demanding pastoral responsibilities immediately following ordination.

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The School of Theology is the program for the theological formation of seminarians at St. Mary’s Seminary & University. The School of Theology offers degree programs and courses primarily to resident Catholic seminarians.

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Book Lists Fall 2021

Historical Studies Moral-Spirituality Studies Pastoral Studies Systematic-Liturgical Studies Sacred Scriptures Pre-Theology Studies Historical Studies HS500 Ancient and Medieval Christianity (Cro)

HS500 Required Texts

HS570 American Catholicism (Cro)

HS570 Required Texts

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Moral-Spirituality Studies MS500 Foundations of Moral Theology (Dugandzic)

MS500 Required Texts

MS501 Catholic Social Ethics (Billy)

MS501 Required Texts

MS506 Spiritual Theology (Terrien)

MS506 Required Texts

MS571 Medical Ethics (Dugandzic)

MS571 Required Texts

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Pastoral Studies PS503 Survey of Canon Law (Seitz)

PS503 Required Texts

PS512 Preaching from the Lectionary (Smith)

PS512 Required Texts                                                        

PS530 Pastoral Care and Practice I (Roth)

Please see instructor for materials.

PS540 Pastor as Catechist (Fosarelli)

PS540 Required Texts


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Systematic-Liturgical Studies SL500 Fundamental Theology (Stevens)

SL500 Required Texts

SL501 Christology/Soteriology (Mabry)

SL501 Required Texts

SL505 Eucharist (Smith)

SL505 Required Texts

SL510 Liturgical Theology (Starke)

SL510 and Practicum Required Texts

SL553 Patristic Theology (Laytham)

SL553 Required Texts

SL554 Mariology (Carpenter)

SL554 Required Texts

SL555 Eschatology (Carpenter)

SL555 Required Texts

SL663/763 Angels & Demons (Stevens)

SL656-756 Required Texts

SL720/820 Theology of Karl Rahner (Burke)

SL 720-820 Required Texts

SL743/843 Selected Writings of Rene Girard (Carpenter)

SL743/843 Required Texts

SL762/862 Metaphysics for Theology (Dugandzic & Mabry)

Instructors will provide materials.

SL736/836 Augustine’s Confessions (Seaton)

See instructor for required texts.

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Sacred Scriptures SS503 The Gospel of John (Maillet)

SS503 Required Texts

SS504 The Bible in the Church (Burton)

SS504 Required Texts

SS506 Gospel of Luke/Acts of the Apostles (Burton)

SS506 Required Texts

SS530 Prophetic Literature (Maillet)

SS530 Prophetic Literature

SS783/883 Eucharist in the New Testament (Burton)

SS783-883 Required Texts

SS806 Currents in New Testament Theology (Gorman)

SS806 Required Texts

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Pre-Theology Studies BL201 Latin I (Dugandzic)

BL201 Required Texts

BL613 Greek I (Maillet)

BL613 Required Texts

SPAN101 Spanish I (Cooper)

SPAN101 Required Texts

ENGL202 Writing for Theology and Philosophy (Scalia)

Instructor will provide materials.

ENGL203 Communication for Pastors (Scalia)

Instructor will provide materials.

ENGL304 Reading & Writing I (Hicks)

ENGL304 Required Texts

ENGL305 Grammar I (Hicks)

ENGL305 Required Text

ENGL306 Speech I (Hicks)

ENGL306 Required Resources

HUMS500 Cultures (Hicks)

HUMS500-Required Text

PHIL101 Introduction to Philosophy (Seaton)

See instructor for required texts.

 PHIL203 Philosophical Anthropology (Seaton)

See instructor for required texts.

PHIL301 Ancient Philosophy (Seaton)

See instructor for required texts.

PHIL305 Epistemology (Mabry)

PHIL305 Required Texts

PHIL307 Philosophy of Nature (Mabry)

PHIL307 Required Texts

RLST203 Catholic Catechism I (Carpenter)

RLST203 Required Texts

RLST206 Prayer & Priesthood (Terrien)

RLST206 Required Texts

Music Elective MUSC504 Music and the Voice I (Miller)

Instructor will provide text.

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Community Life

The first principle in Sulpician priestly formation is that it is formation-in-community.

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Bishops & Vocation Directors

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Alumni Days: October 19 & 20, 2016

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Indwelling Journal

Indwelling: Creative Writing Serving Pastors

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Download the 2017-18 School of Theology and The Ecclesiastical Theology Faculty Academic Catalog.

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Accreditation & Educational Effectiveness

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Contact Us

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