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The Customary is based upon the common practice of recent years. It is intended to clarify responsibility for scheduling and planning community events.  

Opening Mass All students, faculty and staff members are invited. The Rector schedules time for liturgy and dinner; an eve­ning social follows. The Director of Liturgy plans the liturgy with enlisted help from the seminarians. The Academic Dean plans the dinner after the Mass.
Orientation Picnic
All students, faculty and staff are invited. The Social Activities Coordinator plans the picnic in cooperation with the Vice Rector and with enlisted help from the membership.
The Ridge Picnic The Ridge Picnic has tradi­tionally been scheduled for the Sunday before Labor Day and is usually held at the Ridge picnic area. The Student Association Social Activities Coordinator plans the picnic with enlisted help from the membership. One of the officers or seminarians organizes a semi-formal, round robin volleyball tournament.
Fall Celebration  All students, faculty and staff members are invited for an evening social, sometimes called “Oktoberfest”. The Seminary Administration schedules the date. The Social Activities Coordinator, in cooperation with the student membership, plans for the refreshments and other activities.
Thanksgiving Dinner  All students, faculty and staff are invited for an evening dinner. The Social Activities Coordinator, in cooperation with the student membership, plans for the dinner, which has traditionally been cooked and served by student members. The dinner is traditionally held at the Saint Vincent Grove on the Sunday before Thanksgiving Day, however it can be held in the Seminary Refectory. When the day of the dinner falls on the Feast of Christ the King, the dinner is typically held immediately following Solemn Vespers. 
Social Concerns Day 

Each January the Seminary celebrates Social Concerns Day, the exact date of which coincides with the March for Life. No classes are held that day, and all Seminary students are required to be involved in some type of social concern. The Vice Rector will post a list of social-concerns oppor­tunities available locally.

In addition, all students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the March for Life. Traditionally, a bus has been chartered to depart from Saint Vincent Seminary on the day before the March so that those interested can attend the all-night prayer vigil at the National Shrine. The Social Con­cerns Coordinator provides all scheduling, transportation and lodging arrangements. The Liturgical Coordinator, in cooperation with the student membership, plans the Holy Hour at the National Shrine. The Social Activities Coordinator provides for meals (bag lunches and bag dinners).

Mardi Gras  Just before the season of Lent begins, friends of Saint Vincent of Seminary are invited to join a “last-chance celebration” with our community. The evening provides an opportunity for our friends to meet, or become better acquainted with, Saint Vincent Seminary through both prayer and festivity. The celebration begins with a Saturday vigil Mass and then things become a bit more festive (secu­larly speaking). The seminarians provide every possible service: serving Mass, providing a car valet service, acting as coat checkers, waiting tables, preparing the meal, and providing an entertainment via a talent show. There are also raffles and opportunities to win prizes. Humor and good cheer reign on this night. 
Fourth-Year Recognition Day  All students, faculty, staff and guests are invited. The Director of Pastoral Formation schedules the date, chooses a homilist, plans the dinner, and sends invitations. The Rector is normally the celebrant of the Liturgy. The Director of Liturgy plans the liturgy. The Director of Pastoral Formation plans the preprandials and the social.
End of the Year Picnic and Softball Game  After the conclusion of finals week of the spring semester, which generally is on a Thursday, seminarians and faculty members gather for a picnic lunch near the athletic fields. The softball game ensues after the picnic.
Commencement  All students, faculty and staff membrs are invited. The Academic Dean sends invitations and graduates plan the liturgy. The Academic Dean and with enlisted help from the student membership, plans the social.
Ultima  Saint Vincent Seminary sings and prays the “Ultima” as a final song of farewell at festive and liturgical events. “Ultima,” meaning “the last,” is a sacred song which petitions the Blessed Mother to intercede before Christ as the Christian prays for a happy death. Singing of the “Ultima” was customary in Bavaria, and it was Archabbot Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., who brought the custom from St. Michael’s Abbey of Metten, Bavaria, to Saint Vincent Archabbey in 1846. Today Saint Vincent Seminary with the entire Saint Vincent community continues this venerable tradition.

 



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