Last week, nineteen St Patrick's seminarians serving off campus for a year at parishes throughout California and Portland, Oregon, gathered for a  beachfront Pastoral Retreat at Villa Maria del Mar in Santa Cruz.

They met to share fellowship, prayer and insights about their pastoral year internships.

According to their evaluations and the animated conversations that began as soon as they unpacked upon arrival on Sunday, Janaury 27th--they did so successfully!                                                                                                           

The five-day retreat was led by San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop Bill Justice (front row center).                      

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IMG 7962St Patrick's alumnus Fr. Justin Le of  St Elizabeth parish in Milpitas returned to the Seminary on Friday Feb 1st  to celebrate Mass (pictured above) and usher in the Lunar New Year.  



Over 50,000 people participated in the  Walk for Life in San Francisco, this past Saturday, and St Patrick's seminarians played in major role in walkling and hosting brother seminarians throughout the West Coast.  Three buses of seminarians, priests and supporters left St  Patrick's on Saturday morning for the march to SF City Hall. St Patrick's provided food and lodging for those from out of town and out of state. And many guests celebrated Sunday Mass with us.
The dinner served when the walkers returned to campus on Saturday night  was a special treat, as it was prepared by our always supportive Vietnamese community under the direction of Mrs. Trina Phan-Vu. Walkers were served homemade Pho, a nourishing noodle, meat and and vegetable broth that is a Vietnamese specialty.
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Pictured above are St. Patrick's seminarian, Abraham Barrera, who represents the Diocese of Stockton and a Mount Angel seminarian, Lauro Minimo, who represents the Diocese of San Diego. 
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Pictured above are the kitchen team, who worked for two days preparing Pho--many thanks to the Vietnamese community. (Photo by Minh-Tam Nguyen)