Following Vespers on Friday the 13th the seminary hosted a celebration in honor of Fr. Lee Gross’s 25th anniversary of ordination. Fr. Gross has been on the seminary faculty for nearly 20 years serving as the Dean of Men and a professor of various subjects throughout his long tenure at the Mount. Originally from the area of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Fr. Gross first studied at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Gettysburg before serving as a Lutheran minister. He later moved to the Episcopalian church where he continued in the role of minister, and eventually, in 1987, he made his final transition to the Catholic prebyterate, being ordained a priest for the Diocese of Arlington. Over the years, Fr. Gross has been well known for his passion expertise in the areas of liturgy and Latin, two subjects which he has taught for many years. He is also known for his penchant for visiting local eateries with seminarians on Saturday nights. One of his favorite locales is the restaurant Simply Asia in Thurmont, MD, so naturally Chinese food was ordered in bulk from this establishment for the whole community to enjoy in honor of Fr. Gross’ silver jubilee.