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On Mary’s Mountain

  The Daily Life of The Seminary Community
   Date: Aug 2013

Mount St. May’s Seminary once again hosted a 40 Hours Eucharistic retreat as the community began the 2013-2014 academic year.

Forty Hours

This year The Most Reverend Timothy Doherty, Bishop of the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana, served as the retreat master, providing valuable insights during the retreat’s conferences. The retreat began on Friday afternoon with the communal celebration of Vespers after which the Blessed Sacrament was exposed in the seminary’s St. Bernard’s Chapel.

Forty Hours

Aside from the four conferences, a penance service, and daily Mass; the 40 Hours consisted mostly of silence and prayer. The spirit of prayer was buttressed through Eucharistic adoration which was continued throughout the entirety of the retreat, thus allowing the seminarians to truly enter into a deep communication with the Eucharistic Lord.

Forty Hours

The retreat concluded with an 11 AM Mass on Sunday morning in Immaculate Conception Chapter, after which the entire community participated in the annual Eucharistic procession to St. Bernard’s Chapel where benediction was held and the Litany of the Holy Eucharist was recited.

Forty Hours

On Saturday August 24th, the Mount's new seminarians participated in the annual tour of the Gettysburg National Military Park and Battlefield. As in previous years, the newly ordained deacon from the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Rev. Mr. George Wunderlich, a renowned Civil War historian led the group on a four hour tour around the historic town north of Emmitsburg.

Gettysburg Tour

Dcn. Wunderlich frequently appears on various educational programs on the History Channel, National Geographic, BBC, A&E, PBS, and others. In addition, he has served as the executive director of the National Museum of Civil War Medicine since the fall of 2002. Given Deacon Wunderlich's own Catholic background, the annual seminary tour, unlike other tours offered at Gettysburg, emphasizes specific events of the battle specifically pertaining to the Catholic Church. In conjunction with the tour of the historic town and battlefield, the new men prepared for the Saturday tour by gathering the night before in O'Donnell Lecture Hall for the annual viewing of the epic 1993 four+ hour film, Gettysburg, directed by Ronald Maxwell.

Mount St. Mary's, the nation's second oldest seminary, convened its 205th academic year with an afternoon Mass on Sunday the 18th of August. For the second consecutive year, the local ordinary, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore (S' 77), celebrated the opening Mass at his alma mater.

Opening Mass 2013

Following the Mass, the seminary community concluded the year's opening festivities by enjoyed the annual pig roast which was held indoors this year due to inclement weather.

Pig Roast

This year the Mount opens the year with 165 seminarians. Fifty of the men are new to formation, one man is returning after taking time out of the seminary, and one hundred fifteen men have arrived back at their mountain home after being away for the summer. Fifty-two of the 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.

The new men began their tenure on Mary's Mountain when they arrived for several days of orientation on Tuesday August 13th while the returning seminarians arrived back at the seminary later in the week eager to begin another year of study and formation.

Welcome to our new Seminarians for the 2013-2014 Academic Year!

New Seminarians 2013

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