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Propaedeutic Stage at the Mount

Blessed Stanley Rother House of Formation

Mount St. Mary’s Seminary has a long and illustrious history of forming priests. Since 1808 seminarians have lived, learned, worked, and prayed on Mary’s Mountain. The Mount has responded in each generation to the needs of preparing men for the Catholic priesthood.

If you are interested in hearing more about the Blessed Stanley Rother House of Formation and how to apply, please contact Seminary Admissions.

Blessed Stanley Rother House

Listen to Seminary Rector Msgr. Andrew R. Baker, S.T.D., and Seminary Dean of Men Rev. Diego Ruiz talk about Rother House and the Propaedeutic Stage of formation.

A year ago, we published a video introducing the Blessed Stanley Rother House of Formation, the home of Mount St. Mary's new propaedeutic stage of seminary formation. Now that the Rother House is fully operational and forming our first class of propaedeutic seminarians, we would like to offer you an inside view of what that looks like.

Blessed Stanley Rother House Campaign

With the propaedeutic stage to begin in August 2023, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary is conducting the Blessed Stanley Rother House Campaign to fund this program. The three-year campaign has a goal of $5 million that will provide funds to support the required renovations, program support and an endowment, that will ensure long term sustainability. It is imperative to raise funds for the costs of renovations to the chapel, classrooms, 35 seminarian rooms, bathrooms, library and office space.

We prayerfully encourage support of this exciting program as the Mount continues forming better seminarians and better priests. The success of the campaign will ensure the Mount continues as a national leader in forming tomorrow’s clergy.

Seminary Needs to Renovate and Support the Blessed Stanley Rother House

An estimated total of $5 million toward program support, endowment support and construction / renovations to areas including:

  • Chapel
  • Library
  • Classroom
  • Dining Room
  • 35 Seminarian Rooms
  • Bathrooms
  • Office Spaces
  • Community Room
  • Meeting Room
  • Fitness Room
  • Common Area
  • Priest Suites (2)

Learn More About the Campaign

Support the Rother House Campaign

For additional information about the campaign, please contact:

Diane L. Favret
Seminary Development & Alumni Engagement


Propaedeutic Stage Overview

Now that the 6th Edition of the Program of Priestly Formation has been published, the Mount is excited to offer a home for the new stage of formation called “The Propaedeutic Stage.” The House of Formation is dedicated to Mount graduate Blessed Stanley Rother, the first American martyr.

This stage of priestly formation takes place before beginning the Discipleship Stage (i.e., before the study of Philosophy). It introduces the new seminarian to the spiritual life and provides a solid foundation in human formation.

Rother House Location


Knowing that individual dioceses may struggle to organize such a program in their own diocese and confident in the formation expertise of Mount faculty and formators already present on Mary’s Mountain, the Mount is renovating a wing of the St. Joseph House of the Daughters of Charity, a complex of buildings that also houses the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.

There the Blessed Stanley Rother House of Formation will be the home for seminarians in the Propaedeutic Stage of priestly formation.

About the Program


The program is not an academic year but an opportunity within a formational community for new seminarians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ, come to a greater knowledge of the Catholic faith, and grow in character and virtue.

The men of Rother House will follow a schedule for liturgy, communal and individual prayer, and devotions. Through various classes, conferences, and lively discussions, the seminarians will learn about such things as discernment, scripture, the Catechism of the Catholic Church, time management, and how to maintain healthy physical and emotional health.

There will be several days of recollections and retreats built-in to the yearly schedule. A technology “detox” will take place whereby each man will practice detachment from his electronic devices and gradually learn how to virtuously use technology in view of possible priestly ministry.

The men of Rother House will be a community of discerners under the guidance of Rev. Daniel Hanley, S.T.L., coordinator of the propaedeutic stage. Fr. Hanley is from the Diocese of Arlington, has years of experience in seminary formation, as well as parish and diocesan ministry, and known as a national expert in PPF6. They will pray together, work together, and grow together as brothers as they begin their journey of priestly formation.