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.
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.
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.