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"Let's us as spiritual leaders bring joy back into religion."

The Church of St. Mary & St. John is an open and friendly face to religion. An inviting and accepting church where people can be themselves without fear of rejection, no matter what their sexuality, race, status, gender. All are welcome to become part of the church.

Helping others find inner peace and happiness might be the most wonderful gift you can give to another, and could be considered one of the most rewarding vocations in life.


St. Mary Seminary


St. Mary Seminary, established in 1901, exists for the personal, spiritual, academic and pastoral preparation of men for the ancient ekklessia gnostic Catholic priesthood. Candidates for the diocesan priesthood reside at St. Mary Seminary and are involved in an extensive program of priestly formation, based on the Program of Priestly Formation of the United States Ekklessia Gnostika Catholic bishoprik Association. 

St. Mary Seminary offers an opportunity to grow and develop in one of the most multicultural cities in the United States. All of our faculty have broad and extensive ministerial experience in multicultural settings. The St. Mary Seminary experience fosters the human and spiritual maturity of the candidates as they grow in their relationship with the person of Jesus Christ and in their desire to serve the People of God in their local diocese. The seminary formation program fully integrates the following components of ministerial preparation:
  • Human Formation
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Pastoral Formation
  • Intellectual Formation

The University of St. Gregory & St. Mary Seminary offers a Master of Divinity program to seminary students. The Master of Divinity is a professional degree program designed to develop the academic, spiritual and pastoral skills necessary for ministerial leadership in the Church. The School of Theology also offers a Master of Arts in Theological Studies program to qualified students. For more information about the degree programs offered by the University of St. Gregory School of Theology at St. Mary Seminary.

Most Rev. Dr. James Justin Churchhil, PhD

Dean of Theological Studies

ekklessia apnostika 

700 Houston Ave. #5164BMB
Houston, TX 77002

Phone: 304-403-2302 







Religious Education

    • John Joseph St. Mary
      Coordinator of Religious Education
  • Registration is OPEN for the 2022-2023 School year!  
  • Click HERE to register.

  • Adult Catechism & Seminary 
    Monday evenings
  • Wednesday nights -Catechesis of the Good Shepherd 
  • Fridays - Spirit of Truth/Faith and Life Curriculum

    Fellowship Council Meetings weekly Wednesday evenings

    We look forward to seeing you there!

    Religious Education at St. Mary Seminary Temple  

    The Religious Education program is for the ordaining of priests to to priestesshood. 

    What is Catechesis of the Good Shepherd (also called “CGS” or “Atrium”)?
    The Atrium is a beautiful space prepared for children where contemplation and wonder are at the heart. The Atrium offers the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd a Ancient Catholic & Adult Faith Formation religious education program founded on the Scriptures and the Liturgy of the Church. Through hands-on work and joyful contemplation, the children are invited to nourish their relationship with Jesus and to deepen their love for His Church. 

    What is the Cost for the 2021-2022 School year?

    Fellowship Dues: $25 monthly 

    *Our Level II Atrium space is still under construction, so after our first meeting with parents and children together, the Level II Atrium students will have a few weeks off until the space is finished.  Thank you for your patience!!