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Arlington seminarians meet on the soccer field

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Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md., beat St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., 3-0 at the Vianney Cup Sept. 30.

The soccer tournament, held this year in Emmitsburg, includes seminarians from Mount St. Mary’s, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, St. Mary Seminary in Baltimore and Theological College in Washington.

For the seminarians it is about more than soccer.

“The purpose of the tournament is to bring the four seminaries together once a year,” said Nicholas Blank, a seminarian from the Diocese of Arlington in his third year of theology at Mount St. Mary’s. “We begin the day with Mass, eat meals together and pray evening prayer. It is a way to foster fraternity among the seminarians.”

Blank said one of the highlights of the weekend is seeing fellow Arlington seminarians who are studying at the other seminaries. 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2017