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Saint Vincent Seminary

Saint Vincent's Basilica Panorama

Saint Vincent Seminary is the fourth oldest Roman Catholic seminary in the United States and is located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, forty miles southeast of Pittsburgh.

It was founded by Father Boniface Wimmer in 1846, who came from Saint Michael’s Abbey in Metten, Bavaria, to establish Saint Vincent Archabbey as the first Benedictine monastery in North America.

The seminary was officially established on August 24, 1855 through an Apostolic Brief of Pope Pius IX. Civil degrees are conferred by virtue of a charter granted by an act of the Pennsylvania State Legislature on April 18, 1870.

Since 1870 over 300 students have earned the Master of Arts degree and 400 Master of Divinity degrees. Also more than 2,400 diocesan and religious students have been ordained priests.

Notable alumni

  • Father James Renshaw Cox 1932 Jobless Party candidate for President of the U.S.
  • Bishop René Henry Gracida bishop of the Diocese of Corpus Christi
  • [[Carl Hensler (priest)|Monsignor Carl
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