35St. Patrick's Seminary & University maintains as its primary purpose the initial and ongoing formation of Roman Catholic priests in a contemporary multicultural world, especially for dioceses within the Western United States and the Pacific Rim.  Through human, spiritual, intellectual and pastoral development, it enables Christ- centered men to grow and excel as collaborative, culturally-aware pastoral leaders committed to Jesus and His Church.

This mission of priestly formation is carried out according to the Church's magisterial teaching, under the direction of the Archbishop of San Francisco, in accordance with the U.S. Bishops' Program of Priestly Formation and in the values of the Sulpician tradition.