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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 147 seminarians from 23 dioceses and five religious communities. The seminary also serves 23 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."

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

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Appreciation Dinner Honors Supporters of Mount Angel Seminary

March 10, 2016

On Tuesday, April 19, 2016, Mount Angel Seminary celebrated its annual Appreciation Dinner, held to give thanks to various members of the seminary community, particularly those involved in the Pastoral and Spiritual Formation of the seminarians.


Seminarians Honored at Annunciation Dinner

April 5, 2016

On Tuesday, March 15th, students, faculty, staff, and guests of Mount Angel Seminary gathered in the Aquinas Dining Hall to celebrate its annual Annunciation Dinner, to share fellowship and to honor particular members of the community for their contributions and achievement. The awards and their winners are listed below.


Twenty-Seven Seminarians Take a Step Closer to the Priesthood in Annual Ministries Mass

March 16, 2016

Twenty-seven seminarians gathered together in the Mount Angel Abbey Church to be instituted into the ministries of Acolyte and Lector during Mount Angel Seminary's annual Ministries Mass.


Bishop Burns Leads Annual Retreat

January 13, 2016

Before beginning the spring semester of classes, Mount Angel Seminary held its annual silent retreat from January 4-8, 2016, this year facilitated by the Most Rev. Edward Burns, Bishop of Juneau in Alaska.