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August 17, 2006

St. Mary’s College in North East, PA

Many Redemptorists of the Baltimore Province took their first steps towards their vocations at their former high school seminary, St. Mary’s College in North East, PA, which the Redemptorists founded in 1881 and is now part of Mercyhurst College. For over 100 years young men discerned, during their "North East days," their vocation either to the Redemptorist way of life or to another of life’s pathways.

To commemorate the 125th anniversary of the founding, almost 200 former students, Redemptorists and non-Redemptorists alike, gathered, along with their families, at the former seminary on the first weekend in August, to celebrate a mutual history, share fond memories, and renew old friendships.

O Sacrum Convivium:

The men with family and friends sing "O Sacrum Convivium" (O Scared Banquet), a hymn frequently sung by the student choir during Mass at the seminary.

Fr. Arthur Wendel, C.Ss.R.

On this anniversary weekend, the alumni honored Fr. Arthur Wendel, C.Ss.R., on his 60th anniversary of profession as a Redemptorist and for his years of ministry (1962-1973) as a teacher and Choir Director at St. Mary’s.

The Bells of St. Mary’s

Baltimore Province Vocation Director, Fr. Philip Dabney, C.Ss.R., (St. Mary’s Class of 1970) invites the congregation to sing "The Bells of St. Mary’s."

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Two thousand years ago Jesus said, “He sent me to preach the Good News to the poor.” Since 1732 the Redemptorists have followed in His footsteps, preaching the Word and serving the poor and most abandoned. Our congregation of missionary priests and brothers was founded by St. Alphonsus Liguori. Like the first Apostles, our mission—and our joy—is bringing the message of salvation to all people. As Redemptorists, we have a special devotion to crib, cross, Mary, and the Eucharist. To learn more, explore our website and connect with us on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter.

Comments (5) total

K.D. | Wed 06/29/2011 12:18 PM

I absolutely adored St Mary's and her inhabitants growing up with Redemptorist priests serving at St Gregory's parish/school....they are THE best priests I have ever come into contact with...BY FAR.

I think it is truly sad that there is hardly a mention of St Mary's Seminary on Wikipedia. And while I am quite happy and relieved that Mercyhurst College rescued it from an uncertain future, I think it, it's founders, and it's students should be honored with a page of it's own on Wikipedia. It is a Queen jewel, to be treasured and should not be forgotten.

Bob Rivers | Thu 12/01/2011 7:45 PM

1955-1959 Attended Northeast. I was also a member of the Choir for three years ; our choir master was Father Hoegle. Our choir sang at an Ordination in Erie Pennsylvania in 1958. The Celebrant was John Mark Gannon, Bishop of Erie and we sang at several other venues. I'd like to hear from anyone who shared this experience. I enjoyed seeing the Chapel and the Choir Loft.

John Mahoney O.L.P.H graduate 1951 Brooklyn N y | Tue 01/03/2012 10:57 AM

attended St.Mary`s in 1951 for 1 year.How many of my classmates became priests

Hector Hernandez | Fri 07/13/2012 9:52 PM

I attended st marys seminary in 1976 and I have wonderfull memories of the time I spent there.

steve bartley | Sat 03/16/2013 8:54 PM

I am reserching the life and work of Baltimore organ builder Henry Niemann and my research reveals that his firm built and organ for St. Mary's College in 1906 for $3,000. As the average church organ, of this period cost $1200-$1500, This instrument would have been a medium - large for its day. Might you have any information about this organ? Thanks

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