Saturday, April 18, 2015

More from Mount Angel Abbey

Inside the Abbey church
Mount Angel Abbey is a community of Benedictine monks near the city of Mount Angel, OREGON. It was established in 1882 from the Abbey of Engelberg in Switzerland. The abbey, located on the top of Mount Angel, a 485-foot high butte, has its own post office separate from the city of Mt. Angel's, Saint Benedict. The library at the abbey was designed by Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.
 Mount Angel Seminary, which was originally part of the now defunct Mount Angel College, serves numerous western diocese and currently has approximately 200 students. The make up of the seminary population is 40% Anglo-American and 60% minorities, primarily Hispanic, Vietnamese, and Filipino. Students and seminarians come from the western states of Oregon, Utah, Montana, Washington, Nevada, Idaho, Alaska, as well as Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, and other Pacific islands.The Seminary's main church has a tower that contains the largest free-swinging bells on the west coast.
The bell tower constructed in 2008
The seminary has undergraduate and graduate programs. The undergraduate program is devoted towards a bachelor's degree in philosophy. Students may choose a double degree by studying one of two additional fields—religious studies or literature. Many of the students from the undergraduate degree program continue on to study in Rome, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington, D.C and other universities in Europe.

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