Life in the seminary is a unique experience. Though in some ways similar to living on a college campus, it revolves around more than an academic program: integrated with academics are a complete spiritual life, pastoral experiences, human formation meetings and seminars, and a rich community life. Anyone entering Mount Angel Seminary expecting a mere academic program quickly discovers that basketball, prayer, self-reflection, socials and friendships are equally important. Some find seminary life demanding; some find it rewarding; some find it fun!
Mount Angel Seminary is located alongside Mount Angel Abbey, perched on a Hilltop in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. The true soul of the Hilltop is the Abbey, which operates the seminary and imbues the entire grounds with a Benedictine charism. While the largest building on the Hilltop is the monastery, with its adjoining church and soaring bell tower, most of the facilities are dedicated to the seminary. Its major buildings include Aquinas Hall (theology residences), Anselm Hall (college and pre-theology residences, classrooms, offices), Damian Center (athletics, weight room, music), Annunciation (classrooms, offices) and Subiaco (overflow housing). Surrounded by green fields, wooded hills and volcanic mountains, Mount Angel enjoys a picturesque, contemplative setting. Oregon’s capitol city of Salem is within easy driving distance, however, and downtown Portland is an hour away. The Abbey and seminary buildings are identified in the Hilltop Walking Tour.