New Seminarians Begin Classes Today; Largest Enrollment in 33 Years
Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West will begin classes today with a total of 68 seminarians — the largest enrollment in 33 years.
Fifty-four of the men are studying for priesthood in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Thirteen are new this year; nine are at Mount St. Mary’s, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati’s graduate (or “major”) seminary. The other four are in college (or “minor”) seminary — either either the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus (three) or Bishop Simon Bruté College and Seminary in Indianapolis.
“I’ve visited the seminary many times over the last few years, but it’s a more serious step to now live here,” says Jeremy Stubbs, 23, from St. Phillip the Apostle Parish in Morrow. “It’s nice to live where the Blessed Sacrament is. It’s comforting to know that He is just down the stairs and just down the hall.”
Deacon Matt Feist, entering his final year of formation, says the older seminarians were on hand to welcome their new brothers when they arrived for orientation last week. “When the new seminarians pull up in their cars, we are right there to greet them and take everything up to their rooms for them,” he says. “We want them to know from the very beginning that we are brothers for each other.”
Bro. Brent Stull, 26, is originally from Kansas but has been living at the Oratory-in-Formation of St. Philip Neri — based at Old St. Mary’s Church in Over-the-Rhine and a part of the Archdiocese rather than autonomous like a religious congregation — for the past year. He will continue to live there and commute to the Mt. Washington seminary for classes. “It’s been great getting to know the other seminarians during orientation week and the welcome from the Mount St. Mary’s community has been very gracious,” he says.
The new seminarians are from four dioceses and are in various stages of formation:
Archdiocese of Cincinnati:
Marty Arlinghaus (Pre-Theology I)
Kevin LeMelle (Pre-Theology I)
Patrick Lorenz (Pre-Theology II)
Benson Lotiang’a (I Theology)
Steven Schreck (Pre-Theology I)
Jeremy Stubbs (I Theology)
Brother Brent Stull (Pre-Theology I)
Nicholas White (II Theology)
Mike Willig (Pre-Theology I)
Diocese of Louisville:
Robert Hale (Pre-Theology I)
Diocese of Toledo:
Alex Elfreich (Pre-Theology I)
Diocese of Tulsa (OK):
David Carvajal Casal (I Theology)
Robert Healey (I Theology)
Three men from the Archdiocese are expected to be ordained transitional deacons this spring, along with the members of the Permanent Deacon class, and seven are expected to be ordained priests.
“It’s a great privilege to be part of the journey of these young men as they make their way to the priesthood,” says Fr. Benedict O’Cinnsealaidh, Mount St. Mary’s president and rector. “Their enthusiasm, zeal, and joy is a great blessing to all of us here at the seminary and to priests in the Archdiocese.
“It’s a sign that the work, sacrifices, prayers and encouragements of the past are bearing fruit in the present.”
Photo courtesy The Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount St. Mary’s Seminary of the West.
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