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. Seventh St.

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