"Who do you say that I am?"

With these words of Jesus this Sunday, the St. Patrick's Seminary & University warmly welcomes our new seminarians of 2011-2012. It was such a gift to be able to celebrate Mass with you all tonight and with your family and friends.

The fact that Jesus has called you to this holy house of prayer, study and community is a testament to the grace working in your lives. It is not you who chose Him but He who chooses you "to go forth and bear fruit - fruit that will last" (John 15:16) As Jesus tells us all this Sunday the Kingdom belongs to God and His Church, may you find in this seminary the seeds of that Kingdom, pusue it with all your love and strength and find in the members of this house authentic disciples with the same passion for integrity and holiness and then, from that life lived well, for service of the holy poeple of God. Our prayers are with you as you take this important step in your life and the life of the Church.


Fr. James L. McKearney, S.S. (President & Rector)