The other day Father Pasley of Mater Ecclesiae and I visited Mount St. Mary Seminary in Emmitsburg. I posted a few little shots from my phone, since I had internet trouble there…. par for the ecclesial course.
This week in my column for The Wanderer I posted a small paragraph on the visit.
Many people are impatient about the pace of the implementation of Pope Benedict’s provisions for the older, traditional form of Mass according to Summorum Pontificum. Do not be discouraged. This week I visited Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD and found a rector, faculty and many seminarians not only without bitterness or baggage, but with minds and hearts open to the older form of Mass. Provisions have been made for seminarians to learn the older Mass. I was told that the frequency of its celebration there will be expanded as well. What was so refreshing is that they are looking at it as just a normal part of a proper formation for a seminarian of the Roman Rite. Without taking anything away from the rest of their formation, they have calmly added this enriching component. I was impressed by their positive spirit at “the Mount” and am grateful for the experience this last week. It may be one the first times in my life I can, from my own point of view, place “happy” and “seminary” in the same sentence.
Here are a few more shots of the place.
Some very kind seminarians offered to help with our morning Masses:
Fr. Pasley at work. I think it was a particularly poignant experience to return there and be saying the older form of Mass at a side altar.
For me, to be at a seminary and be doing that was more like stepping into a Salvador Dali painting.
The main chapel.
The seminary building.
Getting ready to head to the Gettysburg Battlefield.
Some seminarians with whom I shot the breeze one evening.
These are great guys. More and more, then men I meet in formation is fine fellows.
People will be fortunate to have them in their parishes.
This I found especially appropriate to a seminary, where the men eventually study canon law.
Yes… it is good to spell things out with guys who spend years studying philosophy, theology and the code.
All in all, the visit was very pleasant. I am grate to the rector, faculty and students for the warm reception.
I am especially grateful to the guys who worked to resolve the internet problem.