Archbishop Elect CordileoneThe Holy Father, Benedict XVI has appointed this day in Rome the new Archbishop-Elect of San Francisco Archbishop Elect Salvatore J.  Cordileone, J.C.D. current Bishop of Oakland as the successor to Archbishop George Niederauer. According to the Catholic San Francisco newspaper (CSF), Archbishop George Niederauer announced that the the installation Mass for the new Archbishop will take place on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4, 2012) on the patronal feast day of the Archdiocese at the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

The Community of St. Patrick's Seminary & University congratulates Archbishop-Elect Cordileone and pledges prayer and cooperation in the common work for the good of the people of God in the Church of San Francisco and the many dioceses and archdioceses the seminary serves.
Below is the official announcement from the Holy See in Italian:

Il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI


St. Patricks Graduates 2012










On Friday, May 9, 2012 the graduating classes received their degrees in the context of solemn vespers in the Seminary chapel. President/Rector, Father James L. McKearney, S.S. presided over the ceremonies and challenged the graduates to put what they have learned to good use in serving the people of God.


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.