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On Mary’s Mountain


  The Daily Life of The Seminary Community
   Date: Oct 2013

Once again the seminary hosted the annual Family Weekend October 18-20. This year saw the largest contingent of family members descend upon Emmitsburg in the event’s eight year history.

Family Weekend

The activity-filled weekend offered the visiting family members a unique view into the life of a seminarian. Beginning on Friday night, the seminarians and visitors celebrated Vespers together in Immaculate Conception Chapel followed by a social in the seminary’s rec-room later in the evening.

Family Weekend

On Saturday, many of the families attended the community’s morning Mass before listening to a host of presentations delivered by the rector and other faculty members describing the process of priestly formation. Saturday evening concluded with a formal dinner in the William H. Keeler Seminary Dining Room attended by the visiting family members and their host seminarians.

Family Weekend

Several events were also offered for family members who have attended previous family weekends. Notable among these was the opportunity to listen to a handful of vocation stories delivered by the seminarians on Sunday morning as well as a Saturday morning presentation offered by members of the 2013-2014 deacon class highlighting priestly formation from a seminarian’s vantage point. The family weekend concluded on Sunday morning with a solemn Mass celebrated by the rector, Msgr. Rohlfs.

Family Weekend

The largest Seminary Alumni Reunion in recent years was held at the Mount October 1-2, 2013, with 92 Mountaineer priests and 7 university alumni participating in the two-day events and Masses. The alumni represented 34 classes and 30 dioceses. The Most Rev. Edward J. Burns, S'83, Bishop of Juneau, traveled to Emmitsburg to be the main celebrant for the Homecoming Mass and to join his classmates for their thirtieth reunion. Father Robert J. Hohenstein, S'68, (Albany) received the 38th Annual John Cardinal McCloskey Award from the National Alumni Association for his outstanding service to the Church and the Diocese of Albany.

Priest Reunion

Also, four members of the Class of 1963 - Fr. J. Thomas Connery (Albany), Fr. Francis Callahan (Baltimore), Msgr. Thomas Tewes (Baltimore) and Fr. Robert Frueh (Brooklyn) -- celebrated their Golden Jubilee Reunion. At the traditional Reunion Dinner, Rector, Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, S.T.D., P.A., S'76, thanked the alumni for their devotion to the Mount and their commitment to the Holy Priesthood. He added, "Please know this is your home and you are always welcome to visit with us at the Seminary."

Priest Reunion

V. Rev. Robert J. Hohenstein, Seminary Class of 1968, from the Diocese of Albany, (L) received the 38th Annual John Cardinal McCloskey Award from the Mount St. Mary's National Alumni Association on October 1, 2013. Making the presentation are President Thomas H. Powell, Msgr. Steven P. Rohlfs, Rector, and Rev. Charles L Persing, Alumni Vice President. The award, named in honor and memory of America's first Cardinal, is presented at the traditional Seminary Alumni Reunion to a Mountaineer priest for outstanding and dedicated service to the mission of the Church.

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