Once again the seminary community hosted the Mount2000 retreat this past weekend for high school students. Mount2000 is an annual Eucharistic retreat started by the seminarians prior to the year 2000 jubilee. The first retreat was such a success that the seminarians decided to continue it beyond the year 2000. The retreat lasting from Friday afternoon through Sunday offers high school youth a chance to come and hear some of the best and most dynamic Catholic speakers in the country, spend time with seminarians, priests, and religious, enjoy one another's company, and - most importantly - spend time with the Lord in the Sacraments: in Mass, in Confession, and especially in the time offered for prayer in front of the Eucharist. This yeat, the retreat saw 1,500 participants brave the winter cold to travel to Emmitsburg and spend the weekend growing in their relationship with the Lord. The theme for this year’s retreat was Ignite which encouraged the participants to allow the Holy Spirit to be ignited in their lives. The well known speakers Mark Hart and Jackie Francois were the marquee speakers throughout the weekend and the popular Josh Blakesley Band provided the musical entertainment. The celebration of the retreat’s closing Mass on Sunday by the Archbishop of Baltimore has now become a standing tradition and this year marked the first visit to Mount2000 of the new archbishop, William E. Lori. Of particular note, seminarian Chris Perrella (S’14, Bridgeport) was the chairman of the 2013 retreat, bearing the burden of laboring for countless hours to coordinate and plan the retreat. The extensive effort of Perrella and his Core Team allowed all of the participants to have the greatest possible experience. To read much more about Mount2000 and see videos and pictures from the weekend, visit the online website at www.mount2000.com.
On Mary’s Mountain
Along with millions of other Americans, the Mount seminary community gathered in the rec room Sunday, February 3rd, to partake in the annual Super Bowl party. The class of second theology was enlisted to provide the food, drinks, and entertainment as a class fundraiser. Eric Bolek (S’15, Peoria) was in charge of the entire effort, and Dr. Jay Alexius (S’15, Lake Charles) headed up the cooking crew for the evening. The Super Bowl this year matched up the Baltimore Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers in the New Orleans Superdome. With the game played in New Orleans, the second theology class opted to host a New Orleans themed party, and no good New Orleans party is complete without an abundance of gumbo. Along with the gumbo, Zapp’s Crawtator Potato Chips, another Louisiana favorite, was shipped to the seminary in bulk in time for the big game. As far as the play on the field went, the majority of those attending the Mount’s party were cheering for the hometown team, the Baltimore Ravens, and they did not walk away disappointed. While the 49ers managed to make a valiant comeback after Baltimore’s first half dominance, in the end the Ravens walked away with the 34-31 Superbowl XLVII victory, capping off a great evening of fraternity among seminarians and visitors alike.