News from the U.S. Province

Fr. Donald Senior, CP, Interviewed about Fr. Raymond E. Brown, PSS

Sulpician scripture scholar Fr. Raymond E. Brown (1928-1998) was a central figure in the development of Catholic Biblical Scholarship in the twentieth century. Fr. Brown possessed the ability to take complex biblical scholarship and exegesis and make it accessible to those seeking to deepen their understanding of faith and their relationship with God. Fr. Brown’s ecumenical sensitivities made his scholarship accessible and welcomed by Catholics and Protestants alike. Passionist Father Donald Senior, CP, was tasked by the Society of St. Sulpice to create a biography of this iconic Sulpician scholar. Fr. Senior’s work resulted in his 2018 publication Raymond E. Brown and the Catholic Biblical Renewal published by Paulist Press. The following is a recent interview that Fr. Senior gave reflecting on his biography of Fr. Brown and his personal memories of this faithful Sulpician.

Fr. Donald Senior, CP

The interview can be seen on the Aqueduct Project website, along with a bio of Fr. Senior. The same video is available thruogh the link directly to YouTube at the bottom of the page.

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Fr. Brown's entry in the Sulpician Necrology can be accessed by clicking here.

Emmaus Receives Donations from the Catholic Women’s League

On Monday, October 19, 2020, the Catholic Women's League of St. Maria Goretti deanery - Lusaka Archdiocese, visited Emmaus Spirituality Centre.  Clad in their colourful uniforms of white shirts and blue skirts, they elegantly drove into the Seminary grounds with song and dance.

The 48 students, the Rector, Very Rev  Fr. Timothy C. Chikweto, PSS, and & Rev. Alick-George Ngosa were on hand to welcome them. 

After an exchange of pleasantries, there was a short ceremony, after which they presented donations that included: a double-door upright refrigerator, a 530-litre freezer and 20 Morris chairs. We thank God for their generosity!

Fr. Alick-George Ngosa 
Formation Faculty at Emmaus

St. Mary’s Alumni Day

Fr. Ed Griswold
Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly of the Diocese of Wilmington. On the far left is Rev. Mr. José Carvajal (Diocese of Worcester MA); on the far right is Rev. Mr. Michael Preston (Diocese of Wilmington). 
Left to right: Fr. Tom Hurst, PSS (Former President Rector), Fr. Ed Griswold, and Fr. Phillip J. Brown (President Rector).

St. Mary’s Seminary & University celebrated its annual Alumni Days October 22, 2020, meeting virtually for the first time in light of the pandemic. Over 100 alumni throughout the country and internationally joined the celebration.

Most Rev. W. Francis Malooly celebrated the liturgy for the community and for the live-stream audience. Bishop Malooly was celebrating his 50th anniversary of ordination with his class of 1970 (which includes Fr. Tom Ulshafer, PSS, and Fr. Mike Barré, PSS).

Fr. Ed Griswold (SMSU 1972) was the homilist. In the program following Mass, Fr. Phillip J. Brown, President Rector, surprised Fr. Ed by announcing that he was the recipient of the Robert F. Leavitt Award for Excellence in Pastoral Leadership.

Fr. Tom Hurst, PSS, introduced Fr. Ed and outlined his many achievements, especially his last 12 years as a faculty member, Director of the Pastoral Program, and Vice Rector at his alma mater.

Meet Acting Provincial Very Rev. Daniel F. Moore

Sulpician Father Daniel F. Moore is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. He is an alumnus of St. Mary’s Seminary & University, Baltimore (1984), and a priest of the Diocese of Memphis. Fr. Moore entered the Society of the Priests of Saint Sulpice on July 1, 2000, after serving 16 years as a diocesan priest—notably as a president/principal of a diocesan high school and middle school, a pastor, secretary to presbyteral council, and member of the college of diocesan consultors. He is also an alumnus of the Pontifical Gregorian University (Rome), earning his doctorate at the university in February 2006.

Fr. Moore’s dissertation, “Jesus, An Emerging Jewish Mosaic, Jewish Perspectives, Post-Holocaust,” was well received. As a consequence, he was invited as a presenter at The International Symposium on the Historical Jesus, Second Princeton-Prague Symposium on Jesus in Princeton, New Jersey, on April 21, 2007, at the Princeton Theological Seminary. Subsequently, his dissertation was published by T & T Clark (Continuum International) in 2008 as Volume 2 in their series, Jewish and Christian Texts in Contexts and Related Studies.

Fr. Moore served as the Sulpician Director of Discernment & Admission, 2009-2018, and concomitantly the Director of Communications, 2012-2016. He also served as the Provincial Secretary of the U.S. Province, 2011-2017. During an earned 2016 sabbatical, he was a Visiting Fellow, Catholic University of Louvain, Faculty of Theology & Religious Studies and a Visiting Scholar, Boston College, School of Theology & Ministry. Prior to his appointment to Baltimore, Fr. Moore served on the formation faculty of Theological College, the National Seminary of The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, 2004-2011, and as an adjunct lecturer at The School of Theology and Religious Studies (CUA), 2005-2008. Administratively, he served as the Vice Rector and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of Theological College, 2007-2011.

In the fall of 2017, he rejoined the formation and academic faculty at St. Mary’s, Baltimore, lecturing in systematic theology. In August of 2019, he was appointed Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives. He serves also as one of the Honorary Chairs of the Campaign Executive Committee, St. Mary’s Seminary & University, 21st Century Capital Campaign, Baltimore, MD. Fr. Moore was elected to the Provincial Council in 2009 as First Consultor, serving two consecutive terms, 2009-2015 and 2015-2020. On May 1, 2020, upon the resignation of the Provincial, Fr. John Kemper, PSS, due to terminal illness, Fr. Moore assumed the office as the Acting Provincial Superior. He currently serves in that capacity.

Very Rev. Daniel F. Moore, P.S.S., STD
Acting Provincial Superior, Society of St. Sulpice, Province of the United States

Heritage Grant for Paca Street Wall

Director Vito inspecting masonry with workers in May 2020.
Coastal Exteriors beginning work in interior courtyard in May 2020.

St. Mary’s Spiritual Center & Historic Site received confirmation of a Baltimore National Heritage Area Small Cap Grant on December 9, 2019. The grant is for the preservation of the brick walls and structures throughout the patrimonial grounds of the U.S. Sulpician Province. The historic site on Paca Street in Baltimore includes the 1808 St. Mary’s Seminary Chapel and the 1808 Federal-style Mother Seton House on the grounds of the first Roman Catholic Seminary in the United States.

When the original campus of St. Mary’s Seminary closed in 1969, the 1876 landmark seminary structure was beyond repair and was condemned. The buildings and land were transferred to the City of Baltimore in 1975 with the caveat that officials would raze the buildings, establish an open green space park, and never erect other structures on the former seminary grounds. The Sulpicians retained ownership of the 1808 Maximillian Godefroy-designed Chapel, the 1808 Mother Seton House (also credited to Godefroy), and the 1898 Spiritual Center, the former convent for the nuns serving the seminary community. They also maintained the land around these buildings creating a modern-day urban oasis surrounded by contemplative gardens and flora, within the larger green space of St. Mary’s Park.

“St. Mary’s on Paca Street”—as the site is colloquially known—is tasked with two important areas of preservation: nurturing the memories of those associated with the site over its 229-year history and safeguarding the remaining structures. The Mother Seton House and St. Mary’s Seminary Chapel, both brick-and-mortar buildings over 200 years old, need constant attention. The 2009 Visitor Center, designed by GWWO Architects (the firm that designed the Fort McHenry Visitor Center), incorporates a generous amount of the original seminary walls, some from the 1876 final rendition of the seminary, others from older buildings razed in 1891. These seminary walls incorporated into the Visitor Center need repair. The old mortar needs to be chipped out and new mortar applied in the process known as repointing.

St. Mary’s on Paca Street resides within the Baltimore National Heritage Area, a federally designated zone encompassing portions of Baltimore, Maryland. St. Mary’s on Paca Street received a $13,352 grant from BNHA, allowing preservation work on the site to begin. On February 13, 2020, Andrew S. Hill, physical plant director, and Blaine Carvalho, administrator of St. Mary’s on Paca Street, officially accepted the grant certificate from Baltimore City Mayor Bernard “Jack” Young at Baltimore City Hall.

Coastal Exteriors, experts in historic preservation, began repointing work on May 18, 2020, and estimate completion at the end of June. The walls of St. Mary’s on Paca Street, resonating with the inspirational stories of such Catholic stalwarts like St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and blessed Fr. Michael McGivney, graduate of St. Mary’s and founder of the Knights of Columbus, and Servant of God Mother Mary Lange, founder of the Oblate Sisters of Providence, who discerned her vocation in the Lower Chapel on Paca Street, will continue to hold these stories to inspire future generations.