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Institution to the Ministry of Lector – Second Theology Seminarians

“Take this book of holy Scripture and be faithful in handing on the word of God, so that it may grow strong in the hearts of his people.” On Friday, September 22, Bishop Nelson Perez presided at the Liturgy for … Read More »

Saint Mary Seminary students take next steps in Religious Profession

Saint Mary Seminary congratulates its students who professed perpetual vows, renewed temporary vows, and professed first vows in their religious communities.  Brother Emmanuel Padilla Contreras professed perpetual vows in the Congregation of Saint Joseph on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Brother … Read More »

2017 Mullen Lecture: Catholics and the Future of Marriage, Helen Alvare’

The 2017 Mullen Lecture features Helen Alvare’, a Professor of Law at the Antonin Scalia Law School, George Mason University. She regularly publishes articles on marriage, parenting, non-marital households, and the First Amendment religion clauses. Professor Alvare’ is a litigation … Read More »

Welcome, Bishop Perez!

Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate S chool of Theology joyfully welcomes Bishop Nelson Perez , named by Pope Francis as the 11th Bishop of Cleveland.   Read the news release here . “O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful, look favorably on your … Read More »

Web Conference presented for Concordia Theological Seminary Faculty

Father Mark Latcovich, President-Rector, along with Dr. Edward Kaczuk and Sr. Mary Brendon, met with the faculty of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana via web conference on August 31, 2017.  Concordia (Lutheran – Missouri Synod) asked Father Latcovich to … Read More »

Institution of Acolytes – “Make your life worthy of your service at the table of the Lord.”

On Friday, February 3, Father Mark Latcovich, President-Rector, presided at the Mass of Institution of Acolytes for five First Theology seminarians for the Diocese of Cleveland, and one First theology seminarian for the Congregation of Saint Joseph. Also pictured are two … Read More »

Doctor of Ministry Program accepting applicants for Fall 2018 Cohort

Did you know that the Doctor of Ministry degree program at Saint Mary Seminary is one of only seven Catholic DMin programs in the US, and the only one in Ohio?  All the more reason to consider this terminal degree … Read More »

“Christian Hope in a Secularized World”

Read Father Francis Moloney’s presentation at the 2016 Mullen Lecture. Click here: mullen-lecture-on-hope-2016

Did you know? Saint Mary Seminary is Military Friendly®!

Did you know? Saint Mary Seminary is approved by the State Approving Agency for Veterans’ Training under the provision of Chapter 36, Title 38 of the United States Code.  If you, or someone you know, is a post-9-11 veteran who … Read More »

SMS Alumni Association Survey

In an effort to offer activities and events that are helpful and appealing to the alumni community, the alumni association planning committee would like your input. The events being considered range from faith-based activities that are intellectual to social to … Read More »

“Ready to start living” – James Cosgrove shares his thoughts on Diaconate Ordination

Fifth Theology seminarian James Cosgrove shares his thoughts on his upcoming ordination to the Order of Deacon. James and his seven classmates have been called to Ordination by Bishop Richard Lennon on October 22, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at the … Read More »

Institution of Ministry of Lector – 2016

Six second year Theology seminarians were instituted into the Ministry of Lector. Bishop Roger Gries, OSB presided.  Seminarians called for the Diocese of Cleveland: Joshua James Cochrac, Kevin Jerome Fox, Andrew John Gonzalez, Michael Arthur Petkosek, and Brian Richard Petro. For … Read More »

New Feature! Faculty Publications

Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology is proud to add a new feature to its website. the “Recent Faculty Publications” page can be found in the “Academics” menu in the main navigation.  The purpose of the page to … Read More »

SMS Alumni Association being formed!

An alumni association is being formed for MA, MDiv, and DMin graduates. A very successful alumni social event was held last spring and another is schedule for November 5, 2016. A “Save the Date” e-mail with details will be sent … Read More »

Call to the Ministry of Acolyte

On Friday, February 13, 2016, Auxiliary Emeritus Bishop Roger W. Gries, OSB presided at the liturgy during which nine seminarians were installed as Acolytes: (front: l-r) John Inwoo Jeong (Archdiocese of Daegu, South Korea), Joshua James Cochrac, Rev. Mark A. … Read More »

Father Bednar recognized for service to the homeless

Rev. Gerald Bednar, Vice Rector-Vice President and Professor of Systematic Theology,  will be recognized by Cleveland Smart Business with the Medical Mutual 2015 Pillar Award for Community Service for his work with “Project Hope for the Homeless” in Painesville .  The event will take place on Wednesday, … Read More »

Father Smiga posts video, “Bridges”

Father George Smiga, Professor of Biblical Studies has posted a new video, “Bridges” ( )  “Bridges” discusses the importance of repairing all that is broken in our world. It is vital not only to be merciful to those who are … Read More »

“Give God your all.” – Oath of Fidelity, Profession of Faith

Fifth Theology Seminarians made their Profession of Faith and signed the Oath of Fidelity on Saturday, August 29th at then Opening Mass of the Holy Spirit. We continue to pray for these five seminarians as they prepare their petitions to … Read More »

Invitation for Public Comment

Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology is seeking comments from the public about the Graduate program in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The Seminary will host a visit September 21-22, 2015, with a team … Read More »

“Building on the Word” — Salt

Don’t miss Father George Smiga’s latest video “Salt” on his website. ” “Salt” addresses our desire to help others. With so many needs around us how can we make a difference in meeting the needs of those who struggle? Drawing upon … Read More »

Admission to Candidacy

On Friday, April 24, 2015, five fourth-year Theology Seminarians were admitted to Candidacy in preparation for Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate in October, and Priesthood Ordination in May 2016. The Most Reverend Roger W. Gries, OSB presided. Seminarians admitted to … Read More »

Welcome, Archbishop Timothy Broglio!

Saint Mary Seminary welcomed Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Archbishop of the Military Services, for Mass and a reception on Saturday evening, September 19, 2015. Hear the Seminary Chapel Choir at the Presentation of the Gifts and join us in this prayerful … Read More »

Post-graduate Path to MDiv Equivalency announced

Are you thinking that a Doctor of Ministry degree might be in your future? You may be asking yourself how you can continue your graduate theological education and eventually be ready to begin the Doctor of Ministry program. Saint Mary … Read More »

Journey to Tanzania with Catholic Relief Services

On June 15, 2014, two seminarians and two faculty members began a journey to Tanzania at the invitation of Catholic Relief Services to learn about the good work being accomplished among the disadvantaged of that country. After a brief orientation … Read More »

Did you know?

About our Seminarians… There are 60 seminarians studying for the priesthood in  Diocese of Cleveland at Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminaries combined. There are also 13 men from religious communities studying at Borromeo and Saint Mary Seminaries: 7 Capuchin Franciscans, … Read More »

Text of “Love in the Gospel of John: To What End?” by Fr. Francis Moloney, SDB, 2013 Mullen Lecturer

  St. Mary Seminary & Graduate School of Theology is grateful to the 2013 Mullen Lecturer and Mullen Scholar in Residence Rev. Francis J. Moloney, SDB for his presentation “Love in the Gospel of John: To What End? “ The full text of Father Moloney’s presentation is available by … Read More »

New Initiatives

President-Rector, Father Mark Latcovich, outlines the mobile technology initiative underway at Saint Mary Seminary.  The Program for Priestly Formation (5th ed.) states that “contemporary pedagogical methods that incorporate technological advances should be encouraged (#234), and the seminary has begun a … Read More »

“Building On The Word”

Congratulations to Father George Smiga, Scripture professor at Saint Mary Seminary, for the launch of a new website:  “Building on the Word: A Resource for Scripture, Culture, and Faith. ” [] Father has incorporated a wide array of scriptural resources for prayer, study, and pastoral ministry.  Congratulations on this exceptional entry … Read More »