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First Theology admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders.

  On Friday, September 11, 2020, the nine First Theology Seminarians were admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders. President-Rector Rev. Mark A. Latcovich presided. Pictured here are: (l-r) Travis Seagraves, Jeffrey Lindholm,  James Parisi, Kyle Rosser, Luke Rose, James Livingston, … Read More »

Father Scott Detisch Honored for “From Hero to Servant to Mystic…”

***Update***” Father Detisch’s book just won First Place in the Catholic Press Association’s virtual convention this week in the Catholic Professional Category.  Congratulations, Father Detisch, for this well-deserved honor! “The purpose of the Catholic Press Awards is to acknowledge the … Read More »


Dear Members of Saint Mary Seminary community, I am writing to share with you some specific details regarding our updated plans for the fall 2020 semester at Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology. Our focus remains on creating … Read More »

Featuring our 2020 Graduates!

Congratulations to the 2020 Graduates at Saint Mary Seminary and Graduate School of Theology! You will be a great gift to the Church by your passion and competence in ministry. Rev. Dr. Christopher Henyk Doctor of Ministry Father Christopher Henyk, … Read More »

Dia Para Familias Hispanas – Hispanic Family Day

Members of the Hispanic community in the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland were joined by seminarians and faculty members from Borromeo and Saint Mary seminaries for a special event on Feb. 23 at the Center for Pastoral Leadership. The first Hispanic Family Day was … Read More »

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MA student on mission of the heart to Kasese, Uganda

Albert Vondra, a graduate student in the Master of Arts (Theology) degree program, is on a 3-month mission immersion in Uganda. Al left everything behind, took his faith, his financial and legal background, and began a journey not only to … Read More »

Institution to the Ministry of Lector – Rooted in the Word

On Friday, October 11, 2019, Bishop Nelson J. Perez celebrated the Institution to the Ministry of Lectors for the Second Theology Seminarians.  Those receiving this ministry are (left to right): Garrett Guerrieri, David Chojnacki, John Jaehyun Ryu, John Rovnak, Dominic … Read More »

CSJ Brothers ordained Transitional Deacons

Brother Jesús Ramirez Moreno and Brother Christian Torres Esparza of the Congregation of St. Joseph were ordained transitional deacons Saturday, August 24, 2019, at St. Elizabeth of Hungary parish in Hermosillo, Mexico, through the imposition of hands by Archbishop Ruy … Read More »

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, October 26, 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 belong to religious communities and who professed perpetual vows, renewed temporary vows, and professed first vows recently. Brother Emmanuel Padilla Contreras, CSJ completed his Master of Divinity degree in May 2018 and was … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

CSJ Brothers ordained priests!

Jesús Ramírez Moreno, CSJ and Christian Torres Esparza, CSJ were ordained priests Saturday, July 18, 2020 in Aguascalientes, Mexico. (Pictured here with ordaining Bishop Jose Maria De La Torre Martin, Bishop of Aguascalientes and CSJ Provincial Father Alejandro Bazan.CSJ.) Jesús … Read More »