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Library Mission and Vision
The Cardinal Beran Library is a central resource for learning and research in theological scholarship for the School of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary. Serving also as a resource for the Catholic clerical, religious and lay ecclesial ministries of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese, the library provides resources useful in enriching the academic, pastoral, spiritual and personal skills of the communities it serves.
The Cardinal Beran Library is dedicated to providing information and resources of the highest caliber to the students of St. Mary's Seminary, the School of Theology, and the Center for Pastoral Studies of the University of St. Thomas, and the Library's expanded community on an ongoing basis. The daily assistance and services offered by the Cardinal Beran Library focuses on providing users, not only the immediate resource to answer a question, but also on teaching them about life-time resource tools to enhance their theological growth intellectually, spiritually, and pastorally.
History of Cardinal Beran Library's Collection
Early acquisitions reflect its origin as a seminary library beginning in the 1950’s. Oral history indicates that the library was initially maintained by seminarians. Many of the early titles represent the collections of various priests and bishops of the diocese. The Bishop Wendel Nold personal library represents a major addition to the collection, which includes not only theological resources, but also various classical selections. The Library was also the recipient of the personal library of Fr. Robert Schieffen, C.S.B., a Newman scholar and a historian, and of Fr. Michael Prokurat, a Scripture scholar. In the academic year of 2007-2008, the library was the recipient of major donations from both retiring Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza and Bishop Vincent Rizzoto.