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Mount St. Mary's Seminary - a deacon looking to the future

Sending Down Shepherds

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary prepares men for the Catholic ministerial priesthood in the Third Millennium; men who love with the heart of the Church, think with the mind of the Church, and are formed to have an integrated core of human, intellectual, spiritual, and pastoral virtues modeled by Jesus Christ, Our High Priest. (Mission Statement)

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Mount St. Mary's Seminary Building

Four Dimensions of Formation

Our community is dedicated to the formation of men for the Roman Catholic diocesan priesthood through four interrelated dimensions: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation.

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Dimension One 01/04

Human Formation

As the foundation for the other three pillars, human formation is the necessary foundation with which to begin. “... the priest is to be a bridge and not an obstacle to others in their meeting with Jesus Christ...” (PDV #43)

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Dimension Two 02/04
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Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation strives to establish a foundation within the seminarians for a lifetime of priestly ministry within the Church (PPF 107).

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Dimension Three 03/04

Intellectual Formation

Intellectual formation helps the seminarians grasp Catholic intellectual/liturgical tradition, proclaim & teach the Gospel, and communicate the mystery of God to the people (PPF 136-139).

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Dimension Four 04/04
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Pastoral Formation

Pastoral formation prepares seminarians to become shepherd imbued with the charity of Christ, filled with  a missionary spirit, possessing pastoral competence and pastoral skills (PPF 237, 239, 254).

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The Seminary's Formation Program, its purpose, programs, goals/learning objectives, are organized according to the four components required by the norms of the PPF.

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Seminary Life

Mount graduates are rooted in the Church’s tradition and are equipped and eager to bring Christ to others in today’s society. The Seminary is involved with and sponsors several programs to put into action the
lessons of their education.

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News 01/04
Caroline Purcell in Palestine

Caroline Purcell Returns to Seminary from State Department Fellowship in Palestine

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News 02/04
Blessed Stanley Rother House dedication

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary Welcomes Men to Propaedeutic Stage of Formation

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New Evangelization 03/04

March for Life

Seminarians have a strong presence at the March for Life since it began in 1974, hosting youth groups on campus, and serving at liturgies on the day of the March.

Seminary Life
University Connection 04/04
a Mount seminarian serves as the baseball team chaplain

Sports Chaplaincy Program

Many sports teams at Mount St. Mary's University have a seminarian who serves as its chaplain, providing valuable pastoral experience, especially for working with young people.

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Mount St. Mary's Seminary Chapel

Cradle of Saints

Our success is measured by our Holy Priests.

News 01/06
Bishop-elect John McDermott

Msgr. John McDermott Appointed Bishop of Burlington, Vermont

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News 02/06
Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine sanctuary
In the News

Blessed Stanley Rother Shrine dedicated in Oklahoma City

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2,600+ Total Alumni
158 Current Seminarians
Alumni Feature 04/06
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An American Born Martyr

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Lives of Significance 05/06
Rev. Daniel Mode

Rev. Daniel L. Mode, CHC, USN, S’92

Cmdr. Daniel L. Mode, CHC, USN, S’92, is a man with a servant’s heart.

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News 06/06
Bishop-elect John McDermott

Msgr. John McDermott Appointed Bishop of Burlington, Vermont

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