2015 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 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."

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


15 Admitted to Candidacy at Mass Celebrated by Archbishop Sample

October 23, 2015

15 men representing 11 dioceses were admitted into the candidacy yesterday at a Mass celebrated by Archbishop Alexander Sample and ten other bishops in the Mount Angel Abbey Church.


Rest in peace, Fr. Thien

October 20, 2015

Father Thomas Thien Dang, OSB, passed peacefully to the Lord on October 6, 2015, after a prolonged illness.

Jose - Bishop Carey Epiclesis

MAS opens its 127th academic year with Mass of the Holy Spirit and inaugural address

September 3, 2015

Mount Angel Seminary began its 127th academic year, continuing its mission of human, spiritual, intellectual, and pastoral formation of men for the Roman Catholic priesthood. The year opened with the annual Mass of the Holy Spirit and Inaugural Address on Monday, August 24, 2015, with classes beginning the following day.