Gannon University Hosts Annual Loftus Lecture
Posted: April 10, 2017
"Opportunities and Challenges: Forming Future Priests" is
the subject of the 2017 Thomas J. and Mary H. Loftus Lecture on
Catholic Thought and Action on Tuesday, April 11, at 7 p.m. in the
Yehl Room of Gannon University's Waldron Campus Center, 214 W.
The lecture will be presented by Rev. Thomas Hurst, P.S.S,
associate professor of sacred scripture, St. Mary's Seminary and
University in Baltimore. St. Mary's is the oldest Catholic seminary
in United States, where more priests have been ordained for service
in the U.S. than from any other seminary. St. Mary's can justly be
called America's "cradle of pastors."
St. Mary's Seminary & University has designed its pastoral
formation program to preparing its seminarians to assume greater
and more demanding pastoral responsibilities immediately following
ordination. The program includes five integrated components: parish
ministerial service, academic courses, seminary workshops, faculty
mentoring and pastoral team learning.
Father Hurst was born in upstate New York and was ordained a
priest for the Diocese of Albany and the Society of St. Sulpice (a
Society of Apostolic Life dedicated to the formation of priests) in
1973. He earned his BA in philosophy from Niagara University and
his STM and STL (pontifical licentiate in theology) from St. Mary's
Seminary and University in Baltimore. He holds a Ph.D. in Semitic
Languages from The Catholic University of America.
Father Hurst has taught New Testament, especially the Pauline
Letters and the Gospel of John, at St. Mary's Seminary in
Baltimore, The Catholic University of America, and St. Dominic's
Major Seminary in Lusaka, Zambia.
He has been the vice rector at St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore
and Theological College in Washington. He has also served for 18
years as a Provincial Consulter for the U.S. Province of the
Society of St. Sulpice. From 2002-2007 he was the rector of
Theological College, the national seminary at The Catholic
University of America. From 2007 to 2016 he served as the President
Rector of St. Mary's Seminary and University.
The Loftus Lecture is free and open to the public. Register to
attend by clicking here.