"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)


A St. Patrick's Seminary & University member of the Board of Regents, Ms. Nellie Hizon received a papal honor at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco. On the vigil of the feast of the Assumption Nellie received the Benenerneti award in recognition of the good work she continues to carry out on behalf of the Church. Congratulations to Nellie on this wonderful occasion and on her receipt of this great honor. 



San_Jose_Ordination_June_2011The ordinations of recent alumni - the Class of 2011 - have begun. For example, on May 14th Father Rafal Duda, Father Alex Quiros Castillo, Father Edilberto Castanas and Father Gerald Pedrera were ordianed priests for service in the Diocese of Oakland. On June 4th seven of our alumni were ordained for service in the Church as priests. Father Steve Kim (former student body president pictured here), Father Andrew C. Nguyen and Father Angelo David were ordained priests for the Diocese of San Jose. Father Jeff Wilson was ordained for the Diocese of Stockton and Father Jose de Jesus Beltran was ordained for the Diocese of Sacramento. Fathers Tammylee Ngo, OFM and Father James Phan, OFM were ordained for service in the Franciscians. On June 10th three alumni (Martin Bui, Duy Le and Nicolas Nguyen) will be ordained for service in the Diocese of Orange. Congratulations to our new priests and their parishes in which they will be serving.