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About the Seminary

200+ Years of Formation

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary is a school of faith, discipleship and learning that prepares men for the Catholic ministerial priesthood. We strive to be a spiritual place that fosters a way of life and provides an atmosphere for excellent priestly formation in all its aspects: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral.

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Learn more about our seminary:

  • Our Seminary Rector

    Learn more about the Rector at Mount St. Mary's Seminary through his videos, biography, writings and remarks.

  • Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan

    We receive inspiration from Christ's own way of exercising authority through humility and service, and believe shared governance requires that all men participate as stewards in carrying out our mission. Learn more about our Mission, Vision and Strategic Plan.

  • Seminary Accreditation

    The Seminary is delighted to be accredited by several academic authorities. Learn more about our accreditations.

  • Partner Diocese

    As the oldest independent Catholic Seminary in the United States we've partnered with many diocesan leaders to support the formation of holy men of the Church. 

  • Our 200+ Year History

    Founded in 1808 by French immigrant missionary priest Father John Dubois, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary is located on the side of what is called “Mary’s Mountain,” and has a solid tradition of excellence in the formation of future Catholic priests.

  • Visit Mary's Mountain

    Our Seminary shares a campus with Mount St. Mary's University and the National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes. Get maps and directions to our campus.

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A seminary should be a spiritual place, a way of life, an atmosphere that fosters and ensures a process of formation so that the person who is called to the priesthood by God may become, with the sacrament of orders, a living image of Jesus Christ, head and shepherd of the church.

Pope John Paul II Pastores Dabo Vobis, #42