Mount St. Mary’s, the nation’s second oldest seminary, convened its 204th academic year with an afternoon Mass on Sunday the 19th of August. For the first time, the local ordinary, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore (S’ 77), celebrated the opening Mass at his alma mater. This past spring, Archbishop Lori became the first “Mountie” to assume leadership of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, and his visit last Sunday marked his first public visit to the seminary as Archbishop. This year the Mount opens the year with 174 seminarians. Forty-eight of the men are new to formation, six men are returning after taking time out of the seminary, and 120 men have arrived back at their mountain home after being away for the summer. Forty-five of the men in the house are enrolled in the pre-theology program, an intensive two year course of philosophy studies prior to entering theology. The remaining students are spread throughout the four years of theology studies.