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Support Mount St. Mary’s Seminary

Over the past 50 years, Mount St. Mary's Seminary has ordained men from 103 dioceses throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands and other foreign countries. Your gift assists our seminarian's formation and preparation for priesthood in many ways.

Ways to Give

Seminary Annual Giving

Seminary Annual Giving is an ongoing campaign to raise yearly funds for the greatest needs of our Seminary and Seminarians. Each year, tuition covers only part of a seminarian's education, an additional $6,000 per seminarian is needed to cover all costs for priestly formation. Anyone can make a gift of any size at anytime to the Seminary Annual Funds. There are several fund options for giving annually:

Seminary Annual Fund
This unrestricted fund contributes to the annual operating expenses of the Seminary, including facility maintenance and updates, classroom improvements, as well as providing speakers and courses for the Formation Program.

Deacon Pilgrimage Fund
Gifts to this restricted fund are used to pay for various expenses associated with the annual deacon pilgrimage. This fund is used to help defray the cost of the 17-day pilgrimage, usually to the Holy Land, which is approximately $5,000 per seminarian. Through fundraising the Seminary provides the land portion of the pilgrimage of $3,500. The seminarian provides $1,500 for their own airfare expense.  We firmly believe that the experience of visiting the many sacred sites in the Holy Land and following in the footsteps of Christ’s public ministry provides our men with a solid foundation for their priesthood.

Needy Seminarians Fund
Gifts to this restricted fund goes to help seminarians, individually or as a group, with personal expenses as well as various expenses associated with academic, social or spiritual needs that they would not otherwise be able to afford. Some examples would be travel, emergency home visits, non-covered medical costs, and car repairs. This fund benefits the seminarians in the most direct way.

Rector's Special Projects Fund
This restricted fund receives gifts that are used to support the overall Seminary mission at the discretion of the Rector.

Endowment Giving

Endowment giving provides long-term support of the Seminary and formation programs. Investing in the Seminary Endowment is a way to provide permanent funds in which the spendable amounts are allocated for a designated purpose. Donors may create their own endowed fund for a specific purpose or choose to give to one of our established endowment funds:

The Priests' for the 3rd Millennium Endowment
This endowment initiative will help to fund new faculty positions and continuing education opportunities as well as provide important financial support for additional academic programs, workshops and spiritual retreats which will enhance the Mount's tradition of excellence in priestly formation.

The Monsignor Kenneth W. Roeltgen Program for Pastoral Formation
This program honors the late rector through a comprehensive program of supervised work in Catholic parochial, educational, medical and social institutions. Currently, seminarians are serving 60 institutions in Maryland, Pennsylvania, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Create Your Own Endowment Fund
A self-named endowed fund can make your gift last for years to come. These funds may support students, faculty, programs or building maintenance in perpetuity or over an extended period of time, depending on your specifications. Please call us at 301-447-5017 so we can assist you in creating your own endowment.

How to Give

Give Online

Donate to Mount St. Mary's Seminary through our secure web form.

Give by Phone or Mail

If you prefer to speak to a real person about gift giving and your contribution to Mount St. Mary's, please call us at 301-447-5017. We would be happy to discuss your giving options and how that gift will be applied.

When sending a check, please make the check out to Mount St. Mary's Seminary and indicate the gift's purpose on the memo line. Checks can be mailed to:

Office of Seminary Development
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-7797

Planned Giving - Legacy Gifts

Planned giving offers you an opportunity to be a benefactor of Mount St. Mary's Seminary through life-benefit gifts such as a charitable gift annuity, trusts, bequest in a will, stocks, bonds or insurance. Our development office will work with you on ways you can leave your personal legacy here and further the mission of our future priests. Please call us at 301-447-5017 for more information about how we can assist you in planning your gift.

Contact Us

For further information on giving to Mount St. Mary's Seminary, contact:

Office of Seminary Development and Alumni Relations
16300 Old Emmitsburg Rd
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727-7797
Phone: 301-447-5017
Fax: 301-447-5636

Luke E. Reetz
Seminary Development and Alumni Relations

Mary Anne Shields
Administrative Assistant
Seminary Development and Alumni Relations

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