Diocese of Baker

Meet our Seminarians


Deacon Victor Mena

In the last four years Deacon Victor Mena spent time in parishes throughout the diocese when he wasn't at Mount angel Seminary preparing to become a priest.

His preparation will conclude on June 29, 2017, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Bend
when Bishop Cary ordains him a priest forever.



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 Pre-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 sophomore at Mt. Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon.

Seminarian Jose Luis Melendez Castañeda

ose Luis is from St. Thomas parish in Redmond. 
He is a college sophomore at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Mexico City.


Seminarian Caleb Cunningham

is from St. Bernard parish in Jordan Valley. 
He will begin his seminarian training in the fall of 2016 at Mt. Angel Seminary in St. Benedict, Oregon.

Mount Angel Seminary
1 Abbey Drive
St. Benedict, OR  97373
Seminario Hispano de St. Maria de Guadalupe
Calle Ignacio Allende 367
Col. Tlalpan
14000 Mexico, D.F.
Pope St. John XXIII
National Seminary

558 South Avenue

Weston, Massachusetts  02493
www.mountangelabbey.org www.seminariohispano.org.mx  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.

The Hispanic Seminary of Our Lady of Guadalupe is housed in Mexico, and was formed to provide the United States with Spanish-speaking priests. It accepts only those seminarians who are members of the Hispanic community and were born in or are residents of the United States. These seminarians are committed to returning to the United States upon completion of their studies.

The studies in the Hispanic Seminary are recognized and endorsed by the Pontifical University of Mexico which grants the corresponding academic degree. The human, spiritual and pastoral formation specific to the seminary is bilingual.


El Seminario Hispano de Santa María de Guadalupe es un Seminario en México de Estados Unidos para Estados Unidos, pues sólo recibe seminaristas nacidos o residentes de los grupos hispanos de Estados Unidos con el compromiso de volver a ese país al terminar su estancia en el Seminario.

Los estudios institucionales que se realizan en el Seminario Hispano son reconocidos y avalados por la Universidad Pontificia de México, quien les otorga el grado académico correspondiente. La formación humana, espiritual y pastoral específica en el Seminario es bilingüe.


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.


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