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Msgr. Baker celebrating Mass

Our Seminary Rector

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary is truly a national seminary whose alumni have been serving as priests for many diocese across our great country. Since our humble beginnings in 1808 we have continued to thrive in partnership with bishops and religious superiors in preparing candidates for the priesthood who strive for holiness, are devoted to the Holy Eucharist and the Blessed Mother, and are totally loyal to the Gospel and the teaching of the Church.

Our fully accredited academic programs are taught with the perspective of forming the mind, heart and soul of future shepherds. It is truly an honor to be a part of such a sacred and important endeavor forming men to become priests.– Monsignor Andrew R. Baker

Rector's Message

Welcome to Mount St. Mary's Seminary


About our Rector


Monsignor Baker was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Allentown in 1991 and has served in various parishes. He has also taught on high school faculties and served as a Catholic university chaplain.

In addition, Msgr. Baker served on the faculty of St. Charles Seminary in Overbrook, Pa. and on the Congregation for Bishops in Rome. He earned a license in sacred theology from the University of Navarre, and a doctorate from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

126 McSweeny Hall / Seminary complex

Rector's Writings and Remarks

Advancing Our Church Podcast – November 2020

Changing Our World's Jim Friend welcomes Msgr. Andrew Baker, Rector for Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland to talk about his success of recruiting 47 new seminarians to the University for the 2020-2021 Academic year. We discuss some of the challenges and opportunities in recruitment and fundraising for this national seminary.

Shepherd's Gate – A podcast from Mount St. Mary's Seminary

A podcast sponsored by Mount St. Mary’s Seminary that seeks to evangelize the world by informing and inspiring its listeners with the words and works of those who carry out the mission of priestly formation.