Seminary plans to open bookstore for the publicSt. Mary's...


August 19, 1993|By Reported by Frank P.L. Somerville

Seminary plans to open bookstore for the public

St. Mary's Seminary and University at Roland Avenue and Northern Parkway has decided to open a bookstore for the public, dealing primarily in works on religion and philosophy.

A spokesman for the seminary said one of its purposes in expanding the facilities and mission of what is now a bookstore for students is to fill a void left by the closing of the Newman Book Store at 900 Cathedral St.

A Newman representative at the chain's Washington retail outlet at 3229 Eighth St., N.E., said the Baltimore store was closed Dec. 14 for lack of business.

Newman had maintained a retail operation in downtown Baltimore for many years, selling works about the Roman Catholic faith or by Catholic authors. It was an outgrowth of the Newman Press, a small, select publisher of religious books in Westminster that was taken over by the Paulist Fathers in 1962.

The new store at St. Mary's will open this fall, on a date yet to be determined.

The Rev. Robert F. Leavitt, S.S., the president and rector of St. Mary's, said, "This is our third major venture in the last 25 years to serve the wider faith community in Baltimore."

Founded in the city in 1791, the seminary adhered for about 275 years almost solely to its original purpose of training Catholic priests.

The other two initiatives to bring in a wider audience for seminary programs, Father Leavitt said, were the founding of the Ecumenical Institute at St. Mary's in 1968 and the creation of a new, enlarged conference center there in 1990.

To be located at the south end of the main floor of the seminary building, the expanded store will have 1,800 square feet of retail, office and workroom space, more than doubling the size of the old student bookstore.

It will have its own parking lot.

Bobbie Gregory, a former nun of the Order of the Visitation, who has managed several book programs in parishes and religious communities during her 43-year career as a teacher, will be in charge of the new business.

"There's a real need for this bookstore, and St. Mary's is an ideal place for it," Ms. Gregory said.

The store will also carry works on music, religious tapes and children's books.

A mail-order service for alumni and a registry for ordination gifts are planned, she said.

Jewish symbols:

Jewish symbols: Rabbi Daniel Weiner and Sheryl Cooper will lead a workshop for deaf and hearing-impaired people on the cultural and religious meanings of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 7 at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Ave.

This instruction on the synagogue service and symbols of the High Holy Days is the first in a three-part series to be co-sponsored by the congregation and Jewish Family Services.

For more information and registration, call Alice Kolman at 466-7237 TTY.

Crab feast:

Crab feast: St. Mark's-on-the-Hill Episcopal Church, 1620 Reisterstown Road in Pikesville, will hold a traditional benefit crab feast and watermelon party -- with hot dogs, hamburgers, corn on the cob, beer and soda included -- on Aug. 28 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information and tickets: 486-3016.

Bible study:

Bible study: The interdenominational Canton Bible Institute of Baltimore -- located at Patterson Park Baptist Church, 3115 Eastern Ave. -- will conduct Monday evening classes on the Book of Revelation, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 13.

Taught by Bill Stivers, director of the Port Mission, the classes are open to the public without charge. Information: 633-2253.

Managing time:Managing time: Quiet Place Ministries at 3548 Lawndale Road near Reisterstown will conduct a six-hour seminar on management of personal time "to keep your priorities on track" beginning at 9 a.m. tomorrow. The fee is $25 per person, or $40 for a couple. Information: 239-8280.

Women's concerns:

Women's concerns: The Mount St. Agnes Theological Center for Women at 5707 Smith Ave. in Mount Washington will begin a series of Wednesday evening programs on the concerns of women in the Roman Catholic Church at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8.

Sisters Marie Foley and Barbara Wheeley will lead the discussion.

The programs will be preceded by supper, beginning at 6:15 p.m.

For more information and reservations: 466-6039.

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