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TriduumThe three high holy days of the Church year begin today. As the Church solemnly celebrates the passage of the Christ through death to life in sacrifice for the sin of the world, the members of the St. Patrick's Seminary community scatter to the various parishes and institutions of the dioceses to accompany the faithful. May God's blessings come upon all of our community and its supporters that we may serve God faithfully now and enjoy his presence forever. Here is a wonderful performance of Handel's "Surely He hath borne our griefs"  

 

Sixth graders from St. Christopher School in San Jose, toured the seminary today, starting with morning brunch served by the Oblate Sisters, and ending with a soccer game on the playing fields. There was also time for reflection in midday prayer and benediction and a question and answer session about seminary life. All received Holy Cards.  Pictured here are the students taking in the Chapel artwork.

We thank San Jose Vocations Director, Rev. John Poncini and Parochial Vicar Rev. Anthony Nguyen for organizing the vist--and thank the many seminarians who helped to make this day so successful.

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As white smoke rose over the Vatican,  members of the St Patrick's Community began to cheer, applaud, send text messages, and ring bells across the campus.

We then assembled in the dining hall to watch the televised proceedings and learn for the first time that the Cardinals had electe Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to become Pope Francis I.

Fr. McKearney led us in prayer just before our lunch break--where we shared thoughts and impressions of this historic moment.

Pictured here are seminarians Brandon Dang (Orange), and Guadalupe Vargas (Fresno) and Raj Derivera (Sacramento) as they first learned the news.