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
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
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
---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.