San_Jose_Ordination_June_2011The ordinations of recent alumni - the Class of 2011 - have begun. For example, on May 14th Father Rafal Duda, Father Alex Quiros Castillo, Father Edilberto Castanas and Father Gerald Pedrera were ordianed priests for service in the Diocese of Oakland. On June 4th seven of our alumni were ordained for service in the Church as priests. Father Steve Kim (former student body president pictured here), Father Andrew C. Nguyen and Father Angelo David were ordained priests for the Diocese of San Jose. Father Jeff Wilson was ordained for the Diocese of Stockton and Father Jose de Jesus Beltran was ordained for the Diocese of Sacramento. Fathers Tammylee Ngo, OFM and Father James Phan, OFM were ordained for service in the Franciscians. On June 10th three alumni (Martin Bui, Duy Le and Nicolas Nguyen) will be ordained for service in the Diocese of Orange. Congratulations to our new priests and their parishes in which they will be serving.

Vietnamese_Fundraiser-2011-2On May 7, 2011 over 230 guests filled St. Patrick's Seminary & University for the 2ND Annual Vietnamese Fundraising Dinner.  The night started with a magnificent concert in the Main Chapel, with Father Paul Maillet, S.S. performing works of Schumann, Brahms, Chopin and others at the piano followed by the Seminary Schola Cantorum who performed two pieces composed by Sir John Rutter (Lord Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, and Lux Aeterna from the Requiem Mass in honor of Vietnamese supporter Peter Van Dinh Le). Pictured here is Seminarian and artist Peter Nguyen who donated several of his paintings including this one titled Madona and Child. 

After guests enjoyed the magical recital in the Chapel they were lead to the main dining hall where an 8 course meal, music, and an auction awaited them.  It was a truly wonderful evening that raised substantial and much needed funds to assist in the formation of priests. "Seminarians Today, Priests Tomorrow"

The Seminary Faculty gathered this evening with the 4th year theology class in an informal setting to tell stories of their time at St. Patrick's together and to say goodbye. Although the community as a whole, will honor the deacon class on Friday, May 6th at graduation, vespers and the closing banquet, tonight's dinner follows a wonderful tradition of honoring the men who are about to be ordained to the priesthood, celebrating as they do, with their professors and formators. Pictured here is Deacon Duy Le (Diocese of Orange) singing a song he had composed in honor of his class and the call of God to holy friendship. He will perform the piece once again at the closing banquet. Duy_Song