Ernesto Madrigal at Prayer 1-jpgThe Vatican congregation for the clergy released in March 2012 a document for priests concerning their holiness in a time of increasing atheism. The message is positive in that priests have the potential to move the people of God back to hope in the power of God through their sacrifice and example. The document includes an examination of conscience useful for priests in a time of recovery of the priestly identiy and the unique holiness to which the priest is called. As the seminary year comes to a close  and in light of Fr. Jose Rubio's final liturgical catechesis drawn from Acts 2:42 ("They [the disciples] devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.") the Vatican document attached here (Congregation for the Clergy Letter to Priests March 2012) can be a rich source for reflection in the summer days ahead. May the Risen Lord send the Holy Spirit that we all may be holy as He is holy.

Fr. Fred Cwiekowski S.S.

The Community of St. Patrick'[s Seminary & University gives thanks to God for the 50 years of priestly service to both the Sulpicians and the preparation of priests. Fr. Cwiekowski has served nearly half of his priestly years at St. Patrick's and is well known throughout the Bay Area and beyond. His book The Beginnings of the Church, Paulist Press, 1988) with forward of his teacher Fr. Raymond Brown, S.S. continues to be an important ecclesiogy primer and study of the life of the early Church. Ordained May 31, 1962 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT. Fr. Fred began his ministry as a Sulpician Father teaching in Seattle, Baltimore and Menlo Park. Congratulations Fr. Fred and ad multos annos!

Fr. Cwiekowski, S.S. Golden Jubilee and History

(click on the link about to view a video of the history of Fr. Cwiekowski's priestly service) 


“They said to them, 'Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised.  Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners and be crucified, and rise on the third day.' And they remembered his words.Then they returned from the tomb and announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others." (Luke 24:5-9)

St. Patricks-April 11 2012