The annual Priest’s Alumni Reunion took place this past Monday October 1st through Wednesday October 3rd. In excess of ninety priest alumni were welcomed back to their mountain home. Coming from far and near, the returning priests serve throughout the entire country as well as the immediate vicinity of the Mount. Highlights of the reunion were the annual Mass in Immaculate Conception Chapel on Tuesday afternoon celebrated by the Archbishop of Baltimore, William E. Lori (S’ 77, Washington) and concelebrated by Washington’s Auxiliary Bishop, Barry Knestout (S’ 89, Washington). Following the Mass, the returning alumni enjoyed a fine meal along with the men from the seminary’s Class of 2013. The next day, Fr. John Cyr (S’ 02, Peoria) preached for the Mount community at the Glass Chapel at the Grotto Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes. Longtime faculty member, Fr. Michael Roach (Baltimore) received the 37th Annual John Cardinal McCloskey award given to the alum recognized for his distinguished and dedicated service to the mission of the Church and who by his efforts has brought honor to his Alma Mater. While Fr. Roach did not himself attend the Mount, he has served as a professor of Church History since 1978 and for many years has been the chair of the history department. Overall, the annual reunion was a joy for the alumni, faculty, and current seminarians, all of whom were able to spend a few days with so many Mount alumni who have collectively touched the lives of an inestimable number.
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