The seven seminarians from Savannah, GA welcomed their ordinary, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer, and Vocation Director, Fr. Mark Van Alstine, to Mount St. Mary's Seminary this past week. Bishop Hartmayer and Fr. Van Alstine arrived on Wednesday and spent parts of the next three days at the Mount. Bishop Hartmayer was recently ordained a bishop and installed as the ordinary in Savannah this past October, and this week’s trip marked the first time the new bishop has had the opportunity to visit Mount St. Mary’s. He was the main celebrant at Mass each day, including the Spanish liturgy on Thursday, and he imparted a bit of his wisdom to the seminarians as the preacher on Wednesday. Likewise, Fr. Van Alstine was the homilist on Friday morning, offering to the seminarians a fresh interpretation of the resurrected Jesus’ appearance to the apostles in the fishing boat. On Thursday evening, both the bishop and vocation director had the opportunity to witness a bit of the spirit of the house by attending the weekly “community dinner” with their men. Each year the Mount is blessed to host a number of visiting vocation directors and bishops who come to conduct retreats and visit their men.
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