St. Mary's Spiritual Center & Historic Site at 600 North Paca Street, Baltimore, MD
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St. Mary’s Spiritual Center & Historic Site
600 North Paca St.
Baltimore, MD 21201

St. Mary’s Spiritual Center
& Historic Site on Paca Street

Owned and operated by the Society of St. Sulpice U.S.A., the center includes the two historic structures on the site: the Mother Seton House (National Registry of Historic Homes and Places) and the Historic Seminary Chapel (National Registry of Historic Places). Both are free and open to the general public on a daily basis. Groups are requested to phone ahead so that we can accommodate the group’s needs. 

Phone: 410-728-6464 (Central Office)
410-523-3443 (Mother Seton House)

FAX: 410-669-8140


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Winter Months:
In case of inclement weather, St. Mary's Spiritual Center & Historic Site follows the Baltimore County School District schedule. For example, if schools are closed or delayed due to snow or ice, so is the site.


Fr. John C. Kemper, S.S., DirectorFr. John C. Kemper, S.S.

Fr. Kemper is a member of the Society of St. Sulpice (Sulpician Fathers) and a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. He was named to this current assignment in July 2007. Prior to coming to Baltimore, Fr. Kemper spent nine years as Vice President of Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas. He holds a terminal degree from Pacific School of Religion/ Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California.

Blaine CarvalhoBlaine Carvalho
Administrative Assistant

Blaine Carvalho joined as administrative assistant of St. Mary's Spiritual Center and Historic Site in early April 2014. Prior to his appointment to this position, Blaine was briefly involved in the construction/restoration field but his formal training was gained from his nine years working for the Republic of Estonia Embassy in Washington, DC. He holds dual B.S. degrees in Business Management and Communications from Bryant University in Rhode Island and was a member of the U.S. Peace Corps in the Republic of Estonia following his graduation from the university.

Francis T. GalleryFrancis T. Gollery
Visitor Center Associate

Francis, who goes by the nickname "Fritz," has worked for 20 years in nursing home and rehabilitation settings. He attended St. Mary's Seminary on Paca Street from 1957 to 1959. He earned a B.A. degree there with an emphasis in urban renewal in Baltimore City. He earned an M.S. degree in Pastoral Counseling and has served as both a counselor and chaplain in the public and private sector.

Board Members:

Very Rev. Thomas R. Ulshafer, SS
Mr. Jeffrey Buchheit
Sr. Suzanne Delaney, IHM

Ms. Carolyn Troy Donohue
Sr. Mary Reginald Gerdes, OSP
Rev. John C. Kemper, SS
Rev. Donald Grymski, OFM
Mr. Jeremy Neal Joseph
Sr. Rosa Lee Kramer, DC
Rev. Leo Larrivee, SS
Mr. Mark J. Potter

Adjunct Staff/Spiritual Directors:

Deacon John Boscoe, M.A.
The Rev. Jean Coyle, Ph.D., M. Div.
Mr. Gordon Creamer
Dr. Cornelius Feehley, Ph.D.
Rev. Paul Henry, M.A.
Sr. Pamela Jablon, S.S.N.D.
Rev. John C. Kemper, S.S.
Rev. Gerald McBrearity, S.S.
Mr. Howel McConnell, S.F.O.
Mrs. Margaret McGrail, M.T.S.
Rev. John McMurry, S.S.
Mr. Philip Rivera, M.L.A.
Mrs. Cyrile Sincock, M.S., M.A.
Mrs. Alice Jo Weaver

Alumni Committee:Board Members

Rev. Msgr. Lloyd E. Aiken
Rev. Charles Dillingham
Mr. Francis M. Feeley
Rev. Msgr. John B. Hagerty
Rev. John C. Kemper, S.S.
Rev. Msgr. Thomas J. Kujovsky
Most Rev. William C. Newman
Rev. Brian M. Rafferty
Mr. Joseph Reynolds
Very Rev. Thomas R. Ulshafer, S.S,