St Mary's University appoints new rector

May 25, 2007

The Rev. Thomas R. Hurst will become president-rector of St. Mary's Seminary & University in Roland Park on July 1, replacing the retiring Rev. Robert F. Leavitt.

Hurst - a member of the Society of St. Sulpice - had been rector of Theological College, the national seminary of the Catholic University of America in Washington, since 2001.

He was ordained a priest in Albany, N.Y., in 1973, and was a member of the St. Mary's faculty from 1980 to 1992.

The appointment to head the nation's oldest Catholic seminary was made by the Provincial Council of the U.S. Province of the Society of St. Sulpice, and approved by Cardinal William H. Keeler, Baltimore's archbishop who also serves as chancellor of St. Mary's. Leavitt is retiring after 27 years as head of St. Mary's.

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