The seminary hosted the ninth annual Family Weekend on October 24-26. The activity-filled weekend offered the visiting family members a unique view into the life of a seminarian. Beginning on Friday evening, the seminarians and visitors celebrated Vespers together in Immaculate Conception Chapel followed by a social in the seminary’s rec-room. Following the Saturday morning Mass, family members either attended presentations from faculty members describing the process of priestly formation, or a morning of recollection concentrating on the theme of supporting seminarian family members, presented by members of the Seminarian Deacon class. Saturday evening concluded with Solemn Vespers and a formal dinner in the Cardinal Keeler Seminary Dining Room. On Sunday morning, a particular highlight of the weekend, three seminarians – Lee Brokaw (S’ 17, Peoria), Edmund Herzog (S’ 17, Wichita), and Luke Agnew (S’ 20, Paterson) – detailed their particular vocational journey towards the seminary.
On Mary’s Mountain
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary hosted the yearly 40 Hours Eucharistic retreat as the community began the 2014-2015 academic year. This year The Most Reverend Frank Caggiano, Bishop of the Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut served as the retreat master, providing valuable insights upon the virtue of hope and the value of a priest as a minister of hope.
The retreat, asking absolute silence from the seminarians, began on Friday afternoon with the communal celebration of Vespers and the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Bernard’s Chapel. Supported by the Bishop’s conferences, the seminarians were encouraged to spend hours in the presence of our Eucharistic Lord in adoration, in order to truly enter into a deep communication with Him who is the source of our hope.
The retreat concluded with the 11 AM Mass on Sunday morning in Immaculate Conception Chapel and a Eucharistic procession and benediction.
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary, the nation’s second oldest seminary, convened its new academic year with an afternoon Mass on August 21. For the third consecutive year, the local ordinary, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore (S’ 77), celebrated the opening Mass at his alma mater. This year the Mount opens the year with 161 seminarians - 37 of whom are new to formation. Over the summer the seminary enhanced devotional areas, made improvements to the interior and exterior of the house, and hired two new theology faculty: Dr. John-Mark Miravalle and Fr. Pietro Rossotti, FSCB. More than 35 men in the house are enrolled in the pre-theology program, an intensive two-year course of philosophy studies prior to entering theology. The remaining students are spread throughout the four years of theology studies.
All the seminarians gathered for an afternoon of sports, games, and fellowship last Sunday. Right before the beginning of classes, the seminarians competed in a variety of sports and games, meant to build class unity, fraternity, and virtue.
Blessed with beautiful weather, the competition included beach volleyball, horseshoes, cornhole, Balderdash, Trivial Pursuit, basketball, golf and ping-pong, and the whole competition came to a head in a particularly intense match-up of tug-of-war.
The Class of 2017 came in first place, with notable victories in beach volleyball and tug-of-war. The afternoon was topped off with Evening Prayer, and dinner was the much anticipated annual pig-roast held in the seminary dining room.