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Meet our Seminarians

 

 


Seminarian
Steve Garza

Steve is from Our Lady of Angels parish in Hermiston, Oregon. 
He recently retired from the U.S. Forest Service after 31 years. 
Steve is in Third Theology at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary
in Weston, Massachusetts.





Seminarian Marco Serna


Marco is from San Pedro Curo, near Acapulco, Mexico. 
He is a college senior at Mt. Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon.








Seminarian Jose Luis Melendez Castañeda


J
ose Luis is from St. Thomas parish in Redmond. 
He will enroll at Mt. Angel Seminary in 2018 and resume his studies in First Theology.





 


Seminarian Caleb Cunningham


Caleb
is from St. Bernard parish in Jordan Valley. 
Caleb is in Second Theology at Mt. Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon.

Mount Angel Seminary
1 Abbey Drive
St. Benedict, OR  97373
  Pope St. John XXIII
National Seminary

558 South Avenue

Weston, Massachusetts  02493
www.mountangelabbey.org   www.psjs.edu

Mount Angel Seminary, established by pioneer monks, began forming men for the priesthood in 1889. MAS is the oldest and largest seminary in the western United States, and the only seminary in the West that offers both a college and a graduate school of theology. Since its inception 126 years ago, MAS has educated and formed thousands of priests for service to the people of God in nearly 100 dioceses and religious communities across the country and around the world.
 

Mount Angel Seminary offers undergraduate degrees in Philosophy, with possible double majors in Literature or Religious Studies. At the graduate level, the seminary offers the Master of Divinity degree and Master of Arts degrees in Philosophy, Sacred Scripture and Sacred Theology, as well as the Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology degree offered in affiliation with the Pontifical Athenaeum of Sant' Anselmo in Rome, Italy.

 

This year, the seminary granted 13 undergraduate degrees and 37 graduate degrees to seminarians, religious and lay students from around the United Sates and the Pacific Islands. Additionally, two seminarians received certificates of completion for the pre-theology program.

 

Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary is a Roman Catholic professional and graduate theological institution dedicated uniquely to the preparation of seminarians thirty years of age and older responding to a call to priestly ministry.

Our program fosters the human, spiritual, academic and pastoral formation of its seminarians. We especially respect and utilize the life experiences and accomplishments of our mature seminarians, as we prepare them for priestly ministry.

The Seminary program is based on the Ratio Fundamentalis of the Holy See, the Program of Priestly Formation Fifth Edition, of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Post-Synodal Exhortation of Pope John Paul II, Pastores Dabo Vobis.

Fifty years ago Richard Cardinal Cushing saw the need for a Catholic seminary such as ours.

---In 1964, with the encouragement and the explicit blessing of Pope Paul VI, Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary became the first seminary in North America established for the formation of men answering the call to priesthood at a later time in their lives.
---In 1972 the Seminary was chartered by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to grant the Master of Divinity degree.
---In 1983 the Seminary became an accredited member of the Association of Theological Schools.
---In the 2007 Fall Semester, our Seminary introduced a new optional Pre-Theology Program.  This program is for candidates whose Bishops or religious superiors deem it appropriate.
---To date, candidates have come to the Seminary from more than 140 dioceses and 23 religious communities. Our 600 alumni serve in dioceses and religious communities throughout the world.

Prayer for Vocations

God our Father, send Your Holy Spirit to open my mind and heart to your divine call to holiness. Grant me the strength and courage to answer Jesus’ call to ‘come and follow Him.’ Help me this day to place my life in your hands and to trust in your divine presence in my life. Open the hearts and minds of young men and women, so that a new flowering of vocations to the priesthood and religious life, may show forth the fidelity of Your love. Then all may know Christ, the true “Light of the World” as the gentle voice calling them to follow Him. Bless me with the courage to follow you, to serve your people and to spread the good news of the Gospel. Amen.

 

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Baker 
641 SW Umatilla Ave  .  Redmond, OR  97756  .  (541) 388-4004


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