Since the mid-1990s, Saint Vincent Seminary has instituted programs to expand and upgrade classrooms, offices, facilities and living space, and continues to plan for future upgrades. Additionally, seminarians benefit from campus-wide renovations and facilities such as the Conference Center at Saint Vincent College, located in the Fred M. Rogers Center; more than a mile and a half of nature trails at the Winnie Palmer Nature Reserve; a coffeehouse at Saint Vincent Gristmill; swimming pool; the Latimer Family Library and more.
An expansion completed in 1997 saw the dedication of the Elizabeth J. Roderick Center and Saint Gregory Chapel. That expansion and renovation provided additional student rooms, and more faculty and administrative offices, as well as a reception area and conference room. In 2004, the late Annette and John H. Brownfield funded renovation of the Brownfield Center, the Seminary classroom building. That enabled each classroom to receive wireless internet access, computers, projectors and other equipment, technology that facilitates teaching and learning utilizing the most effective tools available. The centerpiece of the renovation was the construction of a teaching chapel, a hybrid of a classroom and a chapel that includes a sanctuary, altar, presider’s chair and pulpit much like a typical chapel. It also includes desks and chairs like a typical classroom. The teaching chapel contains video equipment to enable taping of students as they progress in training.
In more recent years new furnishings were provided in all of the Leander Hall dormitory rooms, and the Seminary dining hall has been refurbished. Planning is ongoing to continue to keep Seminary facilities current. While clearly separate living quarters, classroom areas, and dining rooms support a necessary sense of distinct identity for the Seminary student body, some mutually interactive space with the monastery and easy access to the common library, sports facilities, and other parts of the campus preclude any sense of isolation. For more about life on campus visit this link.