10/18/2011 10:20:00 AM Preparing priests for the parishes
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Br. Miguel Marquez, Missionary of the Holy Spirit, studies in theology class.
Mount Angel Seminary forms men in accord with Pastores Dabo Vobis, a document written by Pope John Paul II. Bishops and religious communities entrust the seminary to prepare men for priestly leadership. The aim is to make seminarian graduates spiritually strong, knowledgeable in their faith, good Christian shepherds and co-workers with their bishops and parishes.
Founded in 1889, the seminary forms seminarians according to the four pillars of formation: human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral as defined in the "Program of Priestly Formation," published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
The seminary awards bachelor of arts, master of divinity, master of arts and Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology degrees.
The English Communication Program offers training in academic English fluency, oral proficiency and pronunciation, and cultural awareness.
Seminary numbers • More than 200: Students enrolled for the 2011/2012 academic year • 40 percent Hispanic • 34 percent Caucasian • 20 percent Asian • 4 percent Pacific Islander • 2 percent Black • 40: priests, monks, religious, and laymen and women serve as faculty • 17: Seminarians in the final year of theology • 12: Mount Angel Seminary graduates ordained to the priesthood in 2011 • 125: Seminarians who serve in outreach to parishes, youth correctional facilities, organizations of the marginalized and nursing homes each year • $35,100: Cost to educate a seminarian for the 2011/2012 academic year • $28,075: Tuition charged • $1.3 million: Total needed to make up the difference • 17: spiritual formation faculty • 10: human formation faculty • 14: PhD’s on faculty • More than 700: Priest alumni