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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Rev. Dennis J. Billy, C.Ss.R.
Professor of Moral Theology, Director of Spiritual Life Programs
Robert F. Leavitt Distinguished Service Chair in
A.B., Dartmouth College
M.R.E., M. Div., Mt. St. Alphonsus Seminary
Th.D., Harvard University, Divinity School
M.A., The University of Toronto
M.M.R.Sc., Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
S.T.D., Pontifical University of St. Thomas
D.Min., Graduate Theological Foundation  Theological College Rev. Phillip J. Brown, P.S.S.
Associate Professor of Canon Law
Vice Chancellor, The Ecclesiastical Theological Faculty
B.A., Music, The University of Michigan
J.D., University of North Dakota
S.T.B., The Catholic University of America
J.C.D., J.C.L., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome  Fr. Burke 2012 Rev. Thomas Burke, O.SS.T.
Associate Professor of Systematic Theology,
Praeses, The Ecclesiastical Theological Faculty
B.A., S.T.M., S.T.D., St. Mary’s Seminary & University   Rev. William L. Burton, OFM
Professor of Biblical Theology
B.A., Quincy University
M.Div., M.A., Catholic Theological Union
S.S.L., Pontifical Biblical Institute, Rome
S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome
M.Ed., Loyola University   Karen L. Carducci
Adjunct Instructor of Biblical Languages
B.A., University of Dallas
M.A., Duke University
Ph.D. (Cand.) The Catholic University of America   Rev. Patrick M. Carrion
Adjunct Instructor of Pastoral Theology
B.A., University of Maryland (Baltimore County)
S.T.B., S.T.M., St. Mary’s Seminary and University
M.A., Johns Hopkins University   Scott A. Cooper
Adjunct Professor of World Languages
B.A., Heidelberg University
M.A., University of Louisiana-Lafayette
M.A., St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute   Rev. Robert J. Cro, P.S.S.
Assistant Professor of History
B.A., Williams College
M.A., Princeton University
M.Div., S.T.B., St. Mary’s Seminary & University
H.E.L., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome   Rev. Dr. Chris Dreisbach
Adjunct Instructor of Systematic and Moral Theology
M.A., Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University   Matthew J. Dugandzic
Assistant Professor of Moral Theology
B.S., Concordia University, Montreal
M.A., St. Joseph’s Seminary
Ph.D., The Catholic University of America   Patricia Fosarelli
Adjunct Lecturer in Pastoral Theology,
Associate Dean, Ecumenical Institute of Theology,
E.I. Distinguished Dunning Lecturer in Spirituality and Practical Theology

M.A., St. Mary’s Seminary & University
M.D., University of Maryland
D.Min., Wesley Theological Seminary Fr. Fulton Rev. Msgr. David I. Fulton
Associate Professor of Moral Theology,
Richard and Barbara Fisher Professor of Social Thought

B.A., St. Mary’s Seminary & University
J.C.L., J.C.D., Pontifical Gregorian University
S.T.D., University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome) Mike Gorman_111 Michael J. Gorman
Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology
B.A., Gordon College
M.Div., Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary  Rev. Shawn D. Gould
Instructor of Systematic Theology
B.A., University of Notre Dame
J.D., University of California, Berkeley
M.Div., S.T.L., S.T.B., University of St. Mary of the Lake Fr. Griswold_073 Rev. Edward J. Griswold
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology,
Henry J. and Marion I. Knott Professor of Homiletics
Director of Pastoral Formation
B.A., S.T.L., St. Mary’s Seminary and University
M.Ed., Rutgers University
D.Min., Aquinas Institute of Theology Emily Hicks
Lecturer in English
B.A., Franciscan University of Steubenville
M.A., St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute


  Rev. Msgr. Richard B. Hilgartner
Adjunct Instructor of Systematic Theology, Director of Liturgy
B.S., Mount St. Mary’s College
M.Div., St. Mary’s Seminary & University
S.T.L., S.T.D. (Cand.), Pontificio Ateneo Sant’Anselmo (Rome) Father Hurst 2 Rev. Thomas R. Hurst, P.S.S.
Associate Professor of Sacred Scripture,
B.A., Niagara University
S.T.M., S.T.L., St. Mary’s Seminary & University
M.A., Ph.D., The Catholic University of America Dr. Laytham 2012 Rev.  D. Brent Laytham
Professor of Theology,
Dean, St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute
B.A., Mid-America Nazarene College
M.Div., Nazarene Theological Seminary
Ph.D., Duke University Fr. Leavitt Rev. Robert F. Leavitt, P.S.S.
Professor of Systematic Theology,
France-Merrick University Professor

B.A., S.T.B., S.T.L., S.T.D., St. Mary’s Seminary & University faculty-staff-8-25-16_22 Patricia LeNoir
Assistant to the President for Institutional Excellence,
Director, Youth Theological Studies
Adjunct Lecturer in Faith Studies

B.S., Kutztown University
M.A., The Catholic University of America Rev. Paul Maillet, P.S.S.
Associate Professor of Biblical Theology, Vice Rector
B. Music, Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester
M. Music, Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University
M.Div., Mount St. Mary’s Seminary
S.T.L., S.T.D., The Catholic University of America Rev. Daniel F. Moore, P.S.S.
Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology
B.A., M.A., S.T.B., St. Mary’s Seminary & University
S.T.L., S.T.D., Pontifical Gregorian University, Rome   Rev. Steven Roth
Adjunct Instructor of Pastoral Theology
B.A., M.S., University of Scranton
S.T.B., M.Div., S.T.L., St. Mary’s Seminary & University   Deacon George Russell
Adjunct Lecturer in Philosophy
B.A., St. Francis College
M.A./Ph. L., Ph.D. The Catholic University of America Bill Scalia_099 Bill Scalia
Lecturer in English
B.A. M.A., University of Louisiana at Monroe

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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 2019

Fall 2019 Books Lists

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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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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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