Pope_Benedict_XVISeminarians of the world were given support and encouragement in a letter from Pope Benedict XVI on the Feast of Saint Luke the Evangelist, October 18.

In his letter to seminarians marking the end of the Year for Priests the Pope recalled how in 1944 as a draftee in the German army he expressed his desire to become a Catholic priest to which an officer replied “Then you ought to look for something else. In the new Germany priests are no longer needed.” The Pope then added that “many people nowadays also think that the Catholic priesthood is not a “job” for the future, one that belongs more in the past.”


Here at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University we have a Student Council which consists of a President, Secretary and Treasurer together with the representatives from each of the classes, i.e., Pre-Theology through Fourth Theology. Also on the Student Council are the student representatives from each of the following standing committees: Academic, Community Life and Growth, Ethnic Affairs, Field Education, Library, Peace and Justice, Spiritual Life and Liturgy.

The overall purpose of the Student Council is to be a governing body that listens to and addresses issues pertinent to the seminarians. It receives and formulates proposals from the seminarians into action-items which are then addressed either by the standing committees or the Faculty Council. The Student Council can also appoint non-voting members and/or subcommittees to help and advise it as necessary. It also collects and disburses funds from the student activity fee account. The Student Council meetings are typically held once a month and open to any seminarian who wishes to attend, however they do not vote on motions.

Certain members of Student Council also serve on the Executive Committee. Those members include the President, Secretary, Treasurer and the Class Representatives. The purpose of the Executive Committee is to interface directly with the President/Rector on issues that would not normally be brought up in Student Council meetings. The Executive Committee meetings are conducted in closed session and are not open to other seminarians to attend.

Student Council elections are held in September of the Fall Semester. All of the offices are open for election. Student candidates may either nominate themselves or be nominated by someone else. Re-election is allowed. The whole student body is eligible to vote in the elections. Faculty and staff members do not nominate or vote on student candidates. Those who are elected serve in their positions for one year until the next election. Special elections can be held or appointments made if a position becomes vacant during the year.

 Student Council 2014-2015

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Brandon Dang


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Ernie Jandonero


 Class Representatives

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Ben Rosado


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Victor Trinidad

Theology 1 

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Clayton Baumgartner

Theology 2 

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EJ Resinto

Theology 3 

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Jeremy Santos

Theology 4


Community Life and Growth Committee:
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Manny Rodriguez
 Field Education Committee:
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Jason Simas
 Ethnic Affairs Committee:
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Jesus Hernandez
 Library Committee:
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John Hoang
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Wilberto Piczon
Facilities Committee:
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Mario Rizzo
Liturgy Committee:
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Arturo Bazan
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Andrew Ginter
Peace and Justice Committee:
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Francis Kalaw
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Rafael Garcia
Spiritual Life Committee:
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Justin Liu
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Anhvu Nguyen
Walk for Life Sub-Committee:
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Mark Tannehill

2012 Dates

Continuing Formation from the Beginning
August  27 - Thursday, August 30, 2012

"Evangelizing Emerging Adults"

Rev. Gladstone Stevens, PSS
"What is the New Evangelization?"                           

Rev. Tony Pogorelc, PSS
"The Changing Spirituality of Emerging Adults"

Mr. Ken Johnson-Mondragon
"Evangelizing Latino Youth and Young Adults" 

Cost: $800

Continuing Formation from the Beginning
is a program designed for recently ordained priests (two-ten years) as they move toward or begin their first assignment as an administrator or pastor. Developed as a program of “proximate preparation for pastorate,” CFB consists of a series of four-day workshops offered each year on a rotating basis, designed to equip a recently ordained priest to assume the responsibilities of a pastor. The 2008 workshop, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, the 2009 workshop, Pastoral Leadership in Multicultural Parishes: Models and Issues, and the 2010 workshop, Church and Culture: Spiritual Leadership for a New Millennium, attracted priests from several dioceses and received enthusiastic reviews from the participants.

Brochure and registration information to be posted by February 15, 2012

Contact Us

Vatican II Institute
320 Middlefield Rd.
Menlo Park, CA 94025
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Rev. Jim Myers, PSS

Mrs. Amy Yamamura
Administrative Associate