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 114 seminarians from approximately 30 dioceses, plus 40 candidates for priestly formation from religious orders. The seminary also serves 25 lay students working toward advanced degrees in theology.

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

Mount Angel Seminary

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."

William H. Gross, CSSR
Archbishop of Oregon City
April 1889


Holy Father Names Mount Angel Alumnus as New Bishop of Fairbanks

On Saturday, November 8, Pope Francis named Mount Angel alumnus Reverend Chad W. Zielinski, an active duty military chaplain at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska, as the new Bishop of Fairbanks, the northernmost diocese in the United States. This is the first time in recent history that an active duty military chaplain has been named as an ordinary of a US diocese.