Once again the seminary community hosted the Mount2000 retreat this past weekend for high school students. Mount2000 is an annual Eucharistic retreat started by the seminarians prior to the year 2000 jubilee. The first retreat was such a success that the seminarians decided to continue it beyond the year 2000. The retreat lasting from Friday afternoon through Sunday offers high school youth a chance to come and hear some of the best and most dynamic Catholic speakers in the country, spend time with seminarians, priests, and religious, enjoy one another's company, and - most importantly - spend time with the Lord in the Sacraments: in Mass, in Confession, and especially in the time offered for prayer in front of the Eucharist. This yeat, the retreat saw 1,500 participants brave the winter cold to travel to Emmitsburg and spend the weekend growing in their relationship with the Lord. The theme for this year’s retreat was Ignite which encouraged the participants to allow the Holy Spirit to be ignited in their lives. The well known speakers Mark Hart and Jackie Francois were the marquee speakers throughout the weekend and the popular Josh Blakesley Band provided the musical entertainment. The celebration of the retreat’s closing Mass on Sunday by the Archbishop of Baltimore has now become a standing tradition and this year marked the first visit to Mount2000 of the new archbishop, William E. Lori. Of particular note, seminarian Chris Perrella (S’14, Bridgeport) was the chairman of the 2013 retreat, bearing the burden of laboring for countless hours to coordinate and plan the retreat. The extensive effort of Perrella and his Core Team allowed all of the participants to have the greatest possible experience. To read much more about Mount2000 and see videos and pictures from the weekend, visit the online website at www.mount2000.com.