Mission and Goals

Mission Statement

Mount Angel Seminary, an apostolate of the Benedictine monks of Mount Angel Abbey, is a school whose primary purpose is the human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral formation of men for the Roman Catholic priesthood. The Seminary is comprised of a Graduate School of Theology, and a College of Liberal Arts, and, for seminarians requiring additional preparation to enter the Graduate School, a Pre-Theology program. In addition, the Graduate School of Theology offers theological education to qualified laymen and women. The Seminary’s programs adhere to the norms established by the Holy See and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops as stated in the Program of Priestly Formation.

Approved by the Seminary Board of Directors

Institutional Goals                                                                   
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Human Formation

To provide opportunities for personal growth and character development for candidates to the Priesthood, so that they can become virtuous men of the Church who demonstrate affective maturity and reflect as far as possible the human perfection of Jesus Christ.

To provide a climate that supports a commitment to a chaste, celibate lifestyle and fosters a process of life-long conversion.

To promote an environment that is respectful of diversity in culture, age and education in order for students to reflect the gospel and the person of Christ and to enhance ministerial strengths.


Spiritual Formation

To oversee certain aspects of the liturgical life of the Seminary and to provide those elements traditionally mandated or recommended by the Church for the spiritual growth of seminarians so that they develop continuously and progressively in their personal relationship with Jesus Christ, in their commitment to the Church, and in living with integrity their priestly vocation through prayer, simplicity of life, obedience, pastoral service and celibate chastity.

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Intellectual Formation

To offer academic formation for undergraduate and pre-theology seminarians that introduces them to wide dimensions of human learning and the cultural roots of their faith, and assists them in development of skills in communication and critical thinking in order to prepare them intellectually for graduate theological studies.

To provide for graduate students a theological education that covers the range of Christian doctrine, so that, theologically informed and solidly grounded in the Catholic tradition, they can teach, preach and celebrate with knowledge and skill in ordained and other ecclesial ministries.

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Pastoral Formation

To provide ministerial experiences, pastoral skills and opportunities for theological reflection for seminarians, so that they can become effective pastoral ministers who model and live servant leadership.


Mount Angel Seminary is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS).

Mount Angel Seminary Invites Third-Party Comments

Mount Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon, a fully accredited college and graduate school with the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities (NWCCU), will have its Year Seven Evaluation by NWCCU in 2015. The Seminary, most recently re-accredited by NWCCU in 2013, now invites comments by interested parties on its qualifications for accreditation.  Those criteria are available at www.nwccu.org.  Please send your comments directly to the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities no later than April 22, 2015, addressed to:

Sandra Elman, President


8060 165th Ave. N.E.

Suite 100

Redmond, WA 98052


The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275, USA
Telephone: 412-788-6505; Fax: 412-788-6510
Website: www.ats.edu