“It has been an experience that has far surpassed my expectations.  Anyone would be hard pressed to find a better location.”  Fr. Timothy Moyle, Diocese of Pembroke, Ontario, Canada

Sabbaticals continue to be important, even necessary, for the continuing formation of priests.  Sabbaticals provide a time and space for relaxing from the humdrum, for reflecting on life and ministry, and for reorienting oneself within the intellectual, personal and spiritual life of Christian communion.

Priests ordained ten years or more and who have been approved by their bishops or religious superiors are invited to spend between one and three months during the academic year at St. Mary’s.

Sabbaticals at St. Mary’s are structured along the contours of the Oxford model: men on sabbatical may audit structured seminary classes, or arrange with a faculty tutor for specific and specialized study.  They are also invited to take advantage of spiritual direction, psychological counseling (at a nearby outpatient facility of the St. Luke Institute), and diet and wellness counseling (in cooperation with Johns Hopkins Hospital).

Priests on sabbatical will be provided with a three-star hotel room with private bath and access to WiFi.  Three daily meals are included in addition to library and gym privileges.

The cost for room and board, course auditing, specialized study, spiritual direction, library and gym access is $2950.00 per month.  Please contact Victoria Gaunt at 410-864-4102 or email for additional information.  

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