Athletics Facilities on campus are available to those interested in swimming, weightlifting, basketball, and physical conditioning. The College and Seminary Corporation maintains soccer and lacrosse fields, and tennis courts as well as baseball, softball, and football fields for students interested in outdoor sports. A fitness trail and numerous areas for jogging and hiking are also located on the campus grounds, and skiing facilities are within a half-hour drive from the school; special group rates for skiing are available in cooperation with the College. The Seminary also has a fitness room in one of its Seminary residences for the convenience of the seminarians.
Book Center The campus bookstore is housed in the Robert S. Carey Student Center. Here one can purchase assigned textbooks, supplementary texts, all school supplies, campus-style clothing, toiletries, gifts, cards and miscellaneous items.
Cars and Parking

Students are permitted to have their personal cars on campus but must register them with the Public Safety Office located on the ground floor of Alfred Hall. There is a yearly parking and vehicle registration fee that is determined annually. All students are required to park in their designated parking lot. Students will be ticketed for parking in incorrect areas.

Counseling Service

Any student in need of personal counseling should see the Rector, Vice Rector, or Director of Human Formation for a referral to an appropriate professional. Dr. Lawrence Sutton, a clinical psychologist and the Director of Pre-Theologian Formation, is also available by appointment.

Cultural Events and Entertainment

Throughout the academic year, the College sponsors various art shows, concerts, exhibits, lectures, movies, plays and other events. Seminary students are permitted and encouraged to attend these functions. Usually admission is free, although some of these activities may charge a nominal fee. Occasionally I.D. cards and/or reservations may be necessary. Specific information regarding these events is posted on Seminary bulletin boards and the College bulletin board opposite the Post Office in Headmasters Hall. Inquiries and requests for a schedule of events may be directed to the Events and Conference Services secretary in the Fred M. Rogers Center. The schedule may also be found on the College’s website.

Dress Code

Diocesan seminarians are to wear clerics and religious seminarians are to wear their habits to all liturgical celebrations, in the seminary and monastery dining rooms, and for all classes.

Faculty Lounge

The Faculty Lounge is located in Roderick Hall and is reserved for faculty and staff use only.

Health Insurance

Students are required to have health care insurance. Proof of this coverage is a required part of the application documentation.

Identification Cards

Each seminarian will be issued an identification/key card to access Leander Hall, Roderick Hall, and the seminary residences’ elevators. It will also serve as a library card. Card readers have been installed for security purposes in each of the buildings’ elevators and at floor access doors. An I.D. card assures the student of access to all campus activities, though admittance is not necessarily free. Cards can be obtained at the Public Safety Office located on the ground floor of Alfred Hall. It will cost the student $20.00 to replace a lost I.D. key card.


All information pertaining to Seminary events, activities and general notices is located on the Seminary Portal (Datatel) on the computer, on the bulletin boards in the Seminary dining room and residences, and on the bulletin board on the first floor of the Brownfield Center.




The Saint Vincent College library is known as the Latimer Family Library in honor of Dale P. and Darlene M. Latimer who made a generous gift for the renovation, enhancement and endowment of the library. The Latimers’ gift was designed to recognize the treasured role that the Library has in Saint Vincent College’s Benedictine educational tradition.

The original Saint Vincent Library collection began with 100 books that founder Boniface Wimmer brought with him from Germany in 1846. Through the early leadership of the late Fr. Valentine Koehler, O.S.B., and Fr. Fintan R. Shoniker, O.S.B., the Library has grown into an internationally-known collection that includes 271,000 books and periodicals; 99,000 microforms such as microfilm, microfiche and cards; and 3,000 musical scores. The collection also has more than 100 rare books that are at least 500 years old, including a copy of The Canterbury Tales produced in 1478 by the first printer in England, William Caxton.

The Library fulfills the mission of the Seminary and maintains the tradition of the Archabbey both through its purchases and through its acquisition of gift items for the collection. While fulfilling its mission, the Library puts extra emphasis on preserving the institution’s Benedictine patrimony by giving special attention to the acquisition and preservation of “Benedictina.” The Library’s renowned collection of rare, valuable, and unusual theological books and manuscripts, kept in a climate controlled special collection area, is evidence that these traditions are being well preserved.

The Library’s large holdings cover relevant materials from cognate disciplines, as well as basic texts from various other religious traditions. There is also a collection of DVDs, audio tapes, and CDs, and appropriate players are available for use in the Library. The Library has equipment to read items in its extensive microfilm, microcard and microfiche collections.Materials not available at Saint Vincent Library may be requested from other libraries through the Interlibrary Loan service (ILL). This service is available through the Interlibrary Loan Librarian, at the Circulation Desk, or by the completion of an online ILL Request Form on the Saint Vincent College website.The Library uses a fully automated online public access catalog (OPAC), utilizing the integrated system of Innovative Interfaces, Inc., and patrons can search through sixteen EBSCOhost databases (including the American Theological Library Association Religion Database and LexisNexis Academic Universe, JSTOR and ProjectMuse). These databases provide online access to an extensive list of bibliographic and full-text resources. Pamphlets and maps are available to guide Library patrons in the use of these various services, and members of the Library staff are available to help.

The Library employs five professional librarians and a number of paraprofessional and support staff members. These individuals work to maintain the quiet atmosphere of the Library and are available to assist Library patrons with research needs, directions to the contents of the collection, and access to the print and digital resources available in the Library.

The Library has two photocopiers available and currently houses a computer lab, which has both hard-wire connections and wireless service for laptop users to access the network and the Internet. When faculty members, students, staff members, and patrons are ready to settle down for some serious work, they will find private study carrels and tables available for this use throughout the library.

The regular schedule of the Saint Vincent Library is as follows: Sundays: 12:00 p.m.—11:45 p.m.
Mondays—Thursdays: 8:15 a.m.—11:45 p.m.
Fridays: 8:15 a.m.—4:45 p.m.
Saturdays: 10:00 a.m.—3:45 p.m.

During breaks the Library operates on a reduced schedule. For specific hours, consult the Seminary bulletin boards or the signs posted at the Library entrance.


A professional food service provides meals in the Seminary dining room five days a week.
The times of the meals are as follows:
Breakfast: Mondays—Fridays 7:30 a.m.—9:00 a.m.
Lunch : Mondays—Fridays 11:15 a.m.—12:45p.m.
Dinner: Mondays—Fridays 5:45 p.m.

In general, on weekends the last meal in the dining room is the evening meal on Friday. Regular service begins again at the evening meal on Sunday. Seminarians take their other meals on weekends in the College cafeteria. The prices for these meals are determined by the food service. A resident student pays a board fee per semester. Non-resident students can participate in a meal plan if they choose by contacting the Academic Dean’s secretary.


In an emergency, the Saint Vincent switchboard can receive incoming calls and transfer them to the Rector’s Administrative Assistant (ext. 2592) or to a member of the Seminary staff. Saint Vincent’s switchboard numbers are 724-539-9761 and 724-532-6600. In case of life-threatening emergencies on campus, call 2911; for non-emergency assistance (security assistance, battery jump, lost keys, etc.) call 2311.

Printing and Duplicating

A photocopy machine is located in the computer room of Leander Hall. It is available for diocesan students’ use. Other coin-operated machines are provided in the Library. The Mailing and Duplicating Office in the College is also available.

Rector's Council Meetings

Whereas the Rector’s Council meets bi-weekly in closed sessions to deal with student evaluations and confidential matters, regular public meetings are sometimes also scheduled. These public meetings are attended by officers of the Student Leadership Forum. All students are welcome to attend these meetings.

Resident Life Handbook

Diocesan Student Community Life Handbook is printed under a separate cover. It serves the community needs of the diocesan residents who are in the ordination program.

Seminary Offices

Seminary Offices, which include the offices of the Rector, of the Vice-Rector, of the Academic Dean, of the Dean of Students and offices of faculty members, are located in Roderick and Leander Halls. The Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Homiletics for Excellence in Preaching and Hispanic Ministries offices are located in the basement of the Brownfield Center across from the practice chapel.

Seminary office hours are 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.


Saint Vincent Seminary is a smoke free facility. This brings the Seminary in compliance with the state law “The Smoke Free Pennsylvania Act”. Smoking is forbidden in all Seminary buildings, including all seminarian rooms. It is also prohibited to smoke within 25 feet of all buildings.

Student Leadership Forum Each student registered in a degree and/or ordination program at Saint Vincent Seminary is thereby a member of the Student Forum.
Wellness Center

The Seminary promotes the health of its students. Saint Vincent maintains a well-equipped health center, operated by a registered nurse under the supervision of physicians who regularly visit the Center. All prescription medicines are chargeable to the student.


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