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, 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 located on the campus grounds as well, 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.

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.

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 intranet site.

Dress Code

At the recommendation of several bishops and vocation directors, as well as the Chancellor of the Seminary, Archabbot Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B., 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 the faculty and staff only.

Health Insurance

The College and Seminary have adopted a group hospitalization plan that provides for hospital room and board and for surgical and other expenses as defined in the contract. The coverage is effective for accident or sickness on or off the campus during a complete twelve-month period, from August to August. Students are required to have health coverage. For information concerning coverage, please contact the Rector’s office.

Identification Cards

All seminarians will be issued an identification/key card to access Leander Hall, Roderick Hall, and the seminary residences’ elevators. It will also serve as your 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, though not necessarily free admittance, to all campus activities. Cards can be obtained at the Public Safety Office located on the ground floor of Alfred Hall.


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


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 gives extra emphasis to 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 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 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 completing the on-line 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 help with the print and digital resources available in the Library. The Library has two photocopiers available and currently houses a computer lab, and has both hard-wire connections and wireless access 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. - 4:45 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 price for these meals is 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 a member of the Seminary staff. Saint Vincent’s switchboard number is 724-539-9761 or 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.

Rector's Council Meetings

Whereas the Rector’s Council meets weekly in closed sessions to deal with student evaluations and confidential matters, regular public meetings can also be scheduled. These meetings are attended by officers of the Diocesan Community Forum and the Student Association. 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 Rector’s Office and the offices of the faculty, are located in Roderick and Leander Hall. The Pope Benedict XVI Chair of Biblical Theology and Homiletics for Excellence in Preaching and Hispanic Ministries office 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., Monday through Friday.


Saint Vincent Seminary is a Smoke Free Facility. This brings us in compliance with 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 Association Each student registered in a degree and/or ordination program at Saint Vincent Seminary is thereby a member of the Student Association. Student Association.
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.

The College and Seminary have adopted a group hospitalization plan that provides for hospital room and board, surgical, and other expenses as defined in the contract. The coverage is effective for accident or sickness on or off campus during a complete 12-month period, from August to August. Students are required to have health coverage of some type. For information concerning coverage, please contact the Rector’s Office.


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