Tom_DalyOn this St. Patrick's Day, the Seminary Community is proud to congratulate an alumnus and Bishop-Elect Thomas Daly, a priest of the Archdiocese of San Francisco and vocations director, who has been chosen to become the first Auxiliary Bishop of San Jose, California.

Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Nuncio to the U.S., Archbishop Pietro Sambi, made the Pope's choice public on March 16. The 50-year-old bishop-designate is currently the president of Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, and the Director of Vocations for the Archdiocese of San Francisco.


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