4. Interview with Msgr. Andrew Baker

“The Priesthood is the Love of the Heart of Jesus”

Interview with Msgr. Andrew Baker, S.T.D., Rector and VP, Mount Saint Mary’s University

St. John Vianney said “The Priesthood is the Love of the Heart of Jesus.” This week, Advancing Our Church travels to Emmitsburg, Maryland, the home of the Seminary at Mount St. Mary’s University. Our latest episode features Msgr. Andrew Baker, the Rector of the Seminary and a Vice President of the University. Msgr. Baker was ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Allentown in 1991. He has served in various parishes including as Pastor of the Cathedral of St. Catherine of Siena. Msgr. Baker has taught high school students, served as a Catholic university chaplain, as a faculty member of St. Charles Seminary and on the Congregation for Bishops in Rome.

Msgr. Baker shares with us his philosophy and strategy for running a seminary that receives seminarians from all around the United States. We talk about marketing, fundraising and how we can all encourage vocations.  No surprise, it’s all about relationships.  I worked with Msgr. Baker just a few years ago when we both served in the Diocese of Allentown and I talked with him about how he managed to run such a successful debt reduction campaign while he was pastor of the Cathedral in Allentown. Stick around for that story because Msgr. Baker offers some great thoughts on his role as pastor which can be applied to any leader who is thinking about a fundraising campaign.