Dr. Jeffrey M. Burns, adjunct professor at SPSU, permanent deacon in the Diocese of Oakland, as well as archivist and director of the Chancery Archives of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, recently was the     recipient of the Benemerenti Award. Through the efforts of Archbishop George Niederhauer, the honor was granted to Dr. Burns by Pope Benedict XVI for his exemplary service to the Archives of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Dr. Burns is an eminent scholar of the history of Catholicism in California and the United States. SPSU is blessed to have the Archives housed at the seminary and, therefore, the community regularly enjoys Dr. Burns' cordial presence, as well as his experience and effectiveness with the seminarians in the classroom. St. Patrick's wishes a hearty congratulations to Dr. Burns for this prestigious papal acknowledgement.

A Night to Remember.....


On Saturday, September 17th, St. Patrick's Seminary & University hosted the Fourth Annual Four Pillars Gala; and what a wonderful evening it was!  Three hundred and seventy-five guests attended this warm and celebratory evening.  Vespers began at 5:00 pm with the President/Rector, Reverend James L. McKearney, S.S.  as the Presider.



"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)