Mission and Vision

Mission Statement of Saint Mary Seminary
Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology of the Diocese of Cleveland prepares candidates for the Catholic priesthood while also serving as a center for advanced theological education.

Mission Statement for the Center for Pastoral Leadership
The Center for Pastoral Leadership, as a sign of the value we place on the universal call to ministry of all the baptized, is comprised of five formational and educational programs of the Diocese of Cleveland. Under the direction of the Council of Leaders, we strive to provide a setting for forming Christian men and women that authentically reflects the true collaborative nature of the whole Church and its ministries today (August 23, 1999).

Institutional Convictions
These convictions are valued traits cultivated with our learning community that serve as desired outcomes across all of our degree programs:
Christian Discipleship — We value the transformation of each person into the image of Christ in response to the word of God and the Church’s tradition.
Formation — We value the renewal of the mind and heart for personal, professional and ecclesiastical growth.
Theological Thinking — We value the ability to think with the Church through the skills of analysis and critical reflection.
Communication — We value the ability to articulate theological ideas.
Collaboration — We value the development and use of personal and interpersonal skills, shared gifts in ministry, for the service of community building.

Vision Statement
Building on its one hundred and sixty year old tradition of preparing men for the ordained priesthood, and responding to the contemporary needs of the Church, Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology continues to form men for ordination to the Catholic priesthood so they may participate in the Church’s mission. As a partner in cooperation with the entities of the Center for Pastoral Leadership, we strive to collaborate in the formation of ministerial leaders. We accept the formation challenges of ongoing spiritual growth, and theological and ministerial development for the service of God and neighbor in the Catholic tradition. In the spirit of the Gospel, we provide educational opportunities and experiences for students to embrace the poor and disadvantaged with Christian peace, hope, and generosity within the local and global communities.

Collaboration with Entities on the Campus
As one of the five entities at the Center for Pastoral Leadership, Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology works collaboratively with Borromeo Seminary, the Diaconate Office, the Pastoral Ministry Office, and the Office of Continuing Education and Formation of Ministers. Using the resources of its faculty, library and staff, many of the lectures and formational programs throughout the academic year provide opportunities for those preparing for ministry and for all those discerning God’s call to dialogue and pray together.
Borromeo Seminary, the undergraduate Seminary formation program in the Diocese of Cleveland and a resident community at the Center for Pastoral Leadership, shares in many of the social, recreational, and liturgical events with the graduate seminarians.