MAS 2018 commencement

Mount Angel Seminary

Since 1889, Mount Angel has sent thousands of priests to serve more than 11 million Catholics in nearly 100 dioceses and religious communities throughout the United States and around the world. The school is the oldest seminary in the Western United States, and the only seminary in the West that offers both a College and a Graduate school of Theology.

Today, Mount Angel is home to 159 seminarians from 23 dioceses and five religious communities. The seminary also serves 35 lay students working toward advanced degrees.

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"The Hope of the Harvest is in the Seed"
The motto of Mount Angel Seminary

Mount Angel Seminary

Seminary Education:

Mount Angel Abbey’s Obedient Service to the Church

“Obeying the mandates of Holy Church, it has been our constant wish to provide our dear diocese with a clergy distinguished for its piety and learning. At our suggestion, therefore, the Reverend Benedictine fathers of Mount Angel have decided to open a seminary for the training of youth for the sublime dignity of the priesthood. Let us pray that Mount Angel may indeed be worthy of its name, and from its beautiful summit send forth angels in flesh and blood to promote, as not even angels in heaven can do, the glory of God on earth.”

Most Rev. William H. Gross, CSsR
Archbishop of Oregon City
April 1889

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2018 candidates for holy orders with bishops

Seven accepted as candidates for Holy Orders

October 25, 2018

The Rite of Admission to Candidacy for Holy Orders was celebrated at Mount Angel Seminary on October 25, with seven seminarians accepted by their dioceses as candidates for Holy Orders. In his homily, Archbishop Alexander K. Sample of Portland, told the men: "You are part – and a major part – of the Lord's answer to the peoples' prayers. You have heard the call of the harvest-master and you have responded."

Mount Angel Abbey seminarians featured in the Sentinel article on Jesus Caritas, October 2018

God’s grace revealed

October 24, 2018

"There were Jesus Caritas groups already active at Mount Angel when I got here in 1991," noted Fr. Richard Keolker. "I worked with them, and in 2004 they became a part of the program for theology and pre-theology students." The groups meet once a month to share dinner, Scripture reflection, a review of life, and evening prayer. The Jesus Caritas program is just one part of the spiritual formation program at Mount Angel Seminary, but it's one that carries over and continues long after the day of priestly ordination.

Seminary Opening 2018

Receive the gifts of the Spirit

August 29, 2018

The new school year opened at Mount Angel Seminary on August 27, as seminarians, faculty, staff, and the monks of Mount Angel Abbey gathered in Damian Center to celebrate the Mass of the Holy Spirit. In his homily, Abbot Jeremy reminded everyone that the beginning of a new school year is the beginning of "a big project."

MAS 2018 commencement

Commencement at Mount Angel Seminary

May 12, 2018

The students of Mount Angel Seminary's graduating class of 2018 celebrated their Baccalaureate Mass on Friday afternoon, May 11, and Commencement exercises the following morning. Most Reverend Robert W. McElroy, Bishop of San Diego, presided at the Mass and gave the Commencement Address.

Mount Angel Seminary 2017 Candidates

Eleven seminarians admitted as candidates for Holy Orders

October 31, 2017

The church of Mount Angel Abbey reverberated with the sounds of the full seminary choir and pipe organ as 11 seminarians were admitted to Candidacy for Holy Orders on the morning of October 26, 2017.

Abbot Jeremy processes into the Abbey Church during the entrance rite of the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit

A New Scholastic Year Begins at Mount Angel Seminary

August 28, 2017

As they have since 1889, the monks of Mount Angel Abbey, the faculty of Mount Angel Seminary, and friends and staff of the Abbey welcomed seminarians for the new school year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit at the Abbey church on Monday morning, August 28.

Seminarian graduate Dustin Busse

Mount Angel Seminary holds Commencement for Class of 2017

May 12, 2017

The students of Mount Angel Seminary's graduating class of 2017 celebrated their Baccalaureate Mass on Friday afternoon, May 12, and Commencement Exercises the following morning.