Hello all, I was recently accepted by my Archdiocese to become a seminarian and was told to begin purchasing items that I would need for Seminary and also life as a seminarian. One of the things I was told to purchase was a Cassock and Surplice, when I asked the Vocation Director and my Pastor which style I should get they told me I would find out shortly before entering seminary but to just purchase one for now anyway, my issue is I don’t want to waste money by getting the wrong style especially if the one I get needs to be customized.
So my question is this: The Archdiocese I am going to be discerning with uses the following seminaries: St. Johns near Boston College in MA, Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in MD and Theological College in D.C. by CUA, given those three seminaries as my likely entry points into the Pre-Theology (or Theology program, that has not been decided yet) what style Cassock and Surplice are acceptable in these seminaries?
I know some seminaries can be very specific while others simply make do with whatever you purchase. I have also been told that I may end up being asked to serve at the Cathedral before I even enter the actual seminary formation. My pastor would like me to choose one soon and it would be a gift from our parish as I am the first seminarian in the 40 years our parish has been around.
Any insights would be helpful.