that has been educating religious leaders and laypeople since 1808. Poised to celebrate its bicentennial, Mount St .Mary\u2019s University re- mains faithful to its original mission.
institution includes some legendary \ue000gures in American Catholicism. Saint Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton, the \ue000rst American-born saint, founded the Sisters of Charity in Em-
She worked closely with the college\u2019s founding president, the French-born Father John DuBois. Father DuBois led the college for 18 years and then was appointed Bishop of New York, where he served until 1839.
Today, the university has three corporate parts, each of which has had an important impact on the Archdiocese of Baltimore and the nation. The seminary, the second oldest
a replica of the shrine located in France, has been receiving thousands of pilgrims since 1875.
Founded:18 0 8
Type of institution: Medium-size university
Setting:Rur a l
Undergraduate enrollment: 1,695 (2006\u201307
growth that had taken place, including ex- pansion into graduate programs in education, business, divinity and theology.
olic identity in its core curriculum, which includes a year-long Freshman Seminar, re- quired courses and choices among several
goal of the undergraduate program, accord- ing to the university, is: \u201cAn understanding of the Western humanist tradition, including its American expression, particularly as that
28 states and 10 foreign countries to study at the university in the 2006\u201307 academic year. It is a particularly appealing option for those in Maryland, a state that accounts for about 60 percent of the student body; overall, 91 percent of students are from the Mid-Atlantic region.
Students can pursue more than 40 under- graduate majors, concentrations and minors. These include the traditional liberal arts dis- ciplines as well as more modern ones such as computer science and environmental science. Among the university\u2019s academic partner- ships is a six-year, undergraduate-graduate
ick and part-time programs in Frederick and Westminster, Maryland. The university is fully accredited by the Middle States Associa-
boost its current $35 million endowment, is aiming to increase it another $25 million by 2009.
is through the Mount Alumni-Student Men- tor Program, where graduates are paired up with freshmen.
A predominantly lay, 35-member board of trustees governs the university. Many of the members are prominent business lead- ers from Maryland and beyond. Ten of the board are clerics, including Archbishop Wil-
board stress four tenets which emphasize the primacy of the Gospel and the Church teach- ings, \u201cfull compliance with both the le\ue005er and
spirit of Ex corde Ecclesiae,\u201d and the deference to the Holy See and the Archbishop of Balti- more.
Bois was dedicated in the center of the cam- pus. Among other events during the 2007\u201308 academic year will be a Bishops\u2019 Mass on
elsewhere in Italy in April 2008. The seminary has planned a number of separate events, in- cluding retreats.
One professor said, \u201cThe presence of the seminary on campus has helped out in many indirect ways.\u201d There are, of course, the Masses and various spiritual activities at the
also are seen around campus and initiated a series of annual retreats for teenagers, the last one being Mount 2007 in February 2007.
Another initiative launched by Dr. Powell has been to assign seminarians to be chap- lains to each of the university\u2019s 19 intercol- legiate sports teams. They normally come to all the home games, lead the teams in prayer
inson, told us, \u201cThe chaplains may stay with their team for several years, up through their ordination to the priesthood. We have had cases where a seminarian has been chaplain
The seminary currently has students from 32 U.S. dioceses as well as the Archdio- cese of Grenada in Spain and the Diocese of
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