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On Mary’s Mountain


  The Daily Life of The Seminary Community
   Date: Sep 2013

On Saturday September 28th, Mount St. Mary's hosted the 4th Annual Vianney Cup, the East Coast's seminary soccer tournament. The Vianney Cup, formed after the dissolution of the long lived Rector's Cup in 2009, includes soccer teams fielded by St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia; St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore; and Theological College in Washington, DC. This year marked the first time the tournament was hosted by the Mount since 2010, and at the end of the day, the Mount once again hoisted the trophy for the ninth consecutive year.
Vianney Cup
Going into the day's contests, the rival seminaries were eager to take the trophy from the historically dominant club fielded by the Mount, but our team was up for the task, edging out Theological College by a score of 3-2 in the day's opening bout. After taking a 3-0 lead with one goal from Michael Pica (S'16, Peoria) and two from Nicholas Blank (S'19, Arlington), Theological College showed their fight, netting two second half goals to come within one before the Mount closed the door on the visitors from Washington.

Vianney Cup
Vianney Cup
In the championship match, the Mount once again faced their archrival from Philadelphia, St. Charles; and once more, the hosts from Emmitsburg emerged victorious, notching a 3-0 shutout to claim the title. The championship game was played at the university's Waldron Family Stadium where Noah Morey (S'15, Arlington) began the scoring with the first two goals before Deacon Chase Hilgenbrinck (S'14, Peoria) put the ball in the back of the net to complete the 3-0 victory.
Vianney Cup
The tournament was a grand affair for the entire Mount community with each seminarian offering a bit of assistance to create a welcoming and hospitable environment for the visitors. As the host school, the Mount also put together an impressive cheering section led by Carl McIntosh (S'15, Bridgeport) from the class of 3rd Theology. The seminarians in the stands included a pep band and a bag piper as well as dozens of spectators blowing vuvuzelas, the African tribal horn which gained international prominence during the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament held in South Africa.
Vianney Cup

Vianney Cup
While the Mount has dominated the tournament over the past decade, the event is not simply about competition. A large contingent of seminarians from all four schools assembled in the morning to attend Mass celebrated at Immaculate Conception Chapel by St. Charles' rector, Bishop Timothy Senior, Auxiliary Bishop of Philadelphia. Following the day's activities on the soccer field, the entire contingent gathered again for Vespers before concluding the day's activities with a pig roast held on the north lawn of the seminary building.
Vianney Cup
With the Mount's most recent victory, the seminary will head into next year's competition seeking an unprecedented tenth consecutive championship, but for the time being the trophy will once again find its home within the halls of Mount St. Mary's.

The Legion of Mary is a lay, international organization whose primary focus is to evangelize and win the world back to Christ through Mary. Our Seminary is blessed to have a branch, a praesidium, of the Legion in which the seminarians can foster their devotion to the Blessed Mother and spread the Good News to nursing home residents and to those encountered on door-to-door missions. We also learn how to best implement and support the Legion of Mary in the parishes we may one day serve at as priests.
Legion of Mary

Recently the seminary's Legion took a pilgrimage up to Philadelphia. The group of 21 visited the shrines of St. John Neumann and St. Katharine Drexel. It was inspiring for us to learn about the lives of these great American saints. Both were exemplars of zeal in their vocations. Two of the seminary professors and Legion of Mary spiritual directors, were on the pilgrimage and they were able to say Mass for us over the tomb of St. John Neumann. It was a great day for all of us to reflect on our vocations, learn about the saints, eat authentic Philly Cheese Steaks, and to spiritually prepare for our upcoming works in the Legion of Mary.

Day of Peace

As a result of Pope Francis' recent request that Catholics throughout the world make September 7th a "day of fasting and prayer for peace in Syria, the Middle East, and across the entire world," the Mount community hosted a public gathering of prayer begging Our Lady, Queen of Peace, to intercede for the global community, particularly for those in danger in Syria.

Day of Prayer

The event, hosted by both the seminary and the university, was held on the eve of the Birthday of Mary and began with a 12:30 PM Mass in the seminary's St. Bernard's Chapel. Monsignor Stuart Swetland (S' 91), the university's Vice President for Catholic Identity, offered the homily which pertained to the moral issues regarding the troubling events occurring in Syria as well as the United States' reaction. Following the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration was held from 1:30 - 2:30, after which many of the participants in the day of prayer trekked up the hill to the Glass Chapel at the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes where the Divine Mercy Chaplet was prayed at 3 PM.

Day of Peace

Again Msgr. Swetland offered a reflection after the Chaplet before the community joined in a solemn Eucharistic Procession to the shrine's Grotto Altar.

Day of Prayer

There, at 4 PM, the Rosary was prayed with the special intention that Mary might intercede in our efforts to establish peace in our own country and throughout the world.

Day of Peace

After the Rosary, Eucharistic Benediction was given to all present at the Grotto Altar, and at 5 PM the day of prayer was concluded with a Mass in the Glass Chapel. All of the seminarians, aside from the small group who were at their apostolic assignment for the weekend, prayerfully entered into the day's events requesting that Our Lady and Our Eucharistic Lord assist us in our efforts to cultivate peace on Earth.

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