Woodstock College

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Woodstock College
Active 1869–1974
Type Seminary
Religious affiliation Jesuit
Founder Angelo Paresce
Location Woodstock, Maryland, United States
39°20′07″N 76°52′12″W / 39.3353830°N 76.8699760°W / 39.3353830; -76.8699760Coordinates: 39°20′07″N 76°52′12″W / 39.3353830°N 76.8699760°W / 39.3353830; -76.8699760[1]

Woodstock College was a Jesuit seminary that existed from 1869 to 1974. It was the oldest Jesuit seminary in the United States.[2] The school was located in Woodstock, Maryland, west of Baltimore, from its establishment until 1969, when it moved to New York City, where it operated in cooperation with the Union Theological Seminary and the Jewish Theological Seminary. The school closed in 1974.[3] It is survived by the Woodstock Theological Center, an independent, nonprofit Catholic research institute located at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C..

History[edit]

Woodstock College was originally located along the Patapsco River in Woodstock, Maryland, west of Baltimore. It opened on September 22, 1869.

In the 1960s, the college began considering affiliating with an urban university.[4][5]

As a result of decreasing candidates to the priesthood, the college closed its original campus and moved to New York City, New York in 1969[6] where it operated in cooperation with the Union Theological Seminary[7] and the Jewish Theological Seminary. The number of students continued to decline,[2] however, and the school closed in 1974.[3]

It is survived by the Woodstock Theological Center,[8] an independent, nonprofit Catholic research institute located at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

Campus[edit]

The original campus buildings in Woodstock, Maryland are now used as a Job Corps Center, while the campus grounds are part of Patapsco Valley State Park.

Organization[edit]

Rectors and Presidents of Woodstock College[edit]

  • Angelo Paresce (1869-1875?)
  • Joseph E. Keller (between 1877 and 1883?)
  • Pierre O. Racicot (around 1884?)
  • Burchard Villiger (1890-1893)[9]
  • Edward V. Boursand (1893)[10]
  • William P. Brett (1902-?)
  • Anthony Maas (1907-1912)
  • Joseph F. Hanselman (1912- 1918?)[11]
  • Theodore Daigler (1934)[12]
  • Edward J. Sponga (1957-1960)[13]
  • Michael F. Maher (1963)
  • Felix Cardegna (1965-1970)[14]
  • Christopher F. Mooney (1969-1974)[15][16]

Academic profile[edit]

Student life[edit]

Noted people[edit]

See List of people associated with Woodstock College

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Feature Detail Report: Woodstock College". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. 1979-09-12. Retrieved 2008-04-05. 
  2. ^ a b "A Death in the Family". TIME. 1973-01-22. 
  3. ^ a b Blau, Eleanor (1973-01-09). "Woodstock Jesuit College Here, Experimental Seminary, to Shut". New York Times. p. 1. 
  4. ^ Fiske, Edward B. (1966-12-16). "Jesuit Seminary Weighs Urban Tie". New York Times. p. 52. 
  5. ^ Doty, Robert C. (1967-09-02). "Jesuit Seminary May Move to City". New York Times. p. 15. 
  6. ^ Fiske, Edward B. (1968-02-28). "Jesuit Seminary From Maryland To Move to Morningside Heights". New York Times. p. 16. 
  7. ^ Lissner, Will (1969-10-23). "Protestants Greet Jesuits Here". New York Times. p. 49. 
  8. ^ "Jesuit College Plans Transfer". New York Times. 1973-12-02. p. 105. "Woodstock College, the Jesuit theology school being phased out here, will transfer some of its resources and assets to a new Jesuit research center to be established in Washington." 
  9. ^ "PROMINENT JESUIT VERY ILL.; The Rev. Burchard Villiger of Philadelphia Not Expected to Recover". New York Times. 1902-11-04. p. 1,. 
  10. ^ "BUILT BY MRS. DAHLGREN.; Dedication of the Chapel of the Sacred Heart at Washington". New York Times. 1893-04-17. p. 2. 
  11. ^ "Presidents - Hanselman". College of the Holy Cross. 
  12. ^ "Archbishop v. Sun". TIME. 1934-07-23. 
  13. ^ "What I Wanted as a Person". TIME. 1968-07-26. 
  14. ^ "The Jesuits' Search For a New Identity". TIME. 1973-04-23. 
  15. ^ "Mooney Is New Head Of Woodstock College". New York Times. 1969-10-18. p. 9. 
  16. ^ Saxon, Wolfgang (1993-09-28). "C. F. Mooney, 68, Religion Professor And Noted Author". New York Times. 

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