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Seminary Alumni

Mount St. Mary's Seminary alumni total more than 2,000, of whom approximately half are alive and active in at least 99 dioceses across the country and abroad. Our alumni are always welcome to visit us when their travels bring them near Mary's Mountain.  We invite all seminary alumni to join us annually for the Seminary Priests' Retreat, as well as the Seminary Alumni Reunion.  Additional information is outlined below.

Office of Seminary Development & Alumni Engagement
301-447-5017
Fax: 301-447-5636

Diane L. Favret, Director
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Seminary Alumni Reunion

The annual Seminary Alumni Reunion is annually held during the first week of October. 

John Cardinal McCloskey Award

During the annual Seminary Alumni Reunion, it is a tradition to present the John Cardinal McCloskey Award. Presented to a Mountaineer priest for outstanding service to the Mission of the Church, which is offered by the university's National Alumni Association. Sixteen honorees of the award are still living, most still actively serving the Church.

Learn more about the past recipients of the John Cardinal McCloskey Award
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Annual Seminary Events

  • Seminary Priests' Retreat

    The next annual summer retreat for Alumni Priests will be held June 15-19, 2020. Fr. Charles Connor will be the retreat master. This gathering is the perfect way to stay connected and continue growing as a fraternity of men.

  • Seminary Alumni Reunion

    An annual celebration of anniversary classes takes place the first week of October, with the afternoon Homecoming Mass, Reunion Dinner, presentation of the John Cardinal McCloskey Award, morning Mass at the Grotto, as well as fellowship with former classmates and other seminary alumni.

  • Seminary Family Weekend

    An invitation to family and friends of current seminarians to visit the Seminary for the weekend during mid-October to learn more about the seminarians' journey in preparation for the Holy Priesthood, as well as daily seminary life.

  • Seminary Open House

    The seminary periodically invites the Mount community and other friends to tour the Seminary Complex and join the seminarians for a liturgy at the University's Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, led by the renowned Seminary Schola. Details regarding our next open house will be announced.

Lives of Significance

Mount St. Mary's Seminary for over two-hundred years has helped form men who have lived exemplary lives of significance to their communities and to the Church at large.

  • Academic Circle of Excellence

    This annual award recognizes alumni for outstanding accomplishments in their professions, as well as selfless and dedicated service to the Mount and their local communities:

    • 2019: Rev. John Dietrich, S'92, Archdiocese of Hartford
    • 2018:  Msgr. John C. Cregan, S'87, Diocese of Arlington
    • 2017:  Fr. Daniel L. Mode, CHC/USN, S'92, Diocese of Arlington
    • 2016:  Fr. Jerome A. Magat, S'02, Diocese of Arlington
    • 2015:  Msgr. Joseph L. Luca, S'70, Archdiocese of Baltimore
    • 2014:  Fr. Brett A. Brannen, S'91, former Vice-Rector, Diocese of Savannah

  • Rev. Daniel L. Mode, CHC, USN, s'92

    If we can accept the truth of how God has made us—with our gifts and talents and our challenges—we can go a long way to being humble before God and others.

  • Lives of Significance

    Read more about Mount St. Mary's Lives of Significance.

Keep in Touch!

  • Please help us maintain accurate records by providing us with changes of addresses, current emails, and phone numbers. 
  • Contact the Office of Seminary Development and Alumni Engagement to assist with reunion, serve as an Alumni Diocesan Representative, or to assist with the Seminary Annual Fund.

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