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2015 Rector's Appeal

"The world needs God - not just any god but the God of Jesus Christ, the God who made himself flesh and blood, who loved us to the point of dying for us, who rose and created within himself room for man. This God must live in us and we in him. This is our priestly call: only in this way can our action as priests bear fruit."
-Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in his homily at Chirsm Mass on Holy Thursday, April 13, 2006

For one hundred and seventeen years, St. Patrick's Seminary & University has lived out this teaching. Our mission has been, and remains, the formation of priests who searve to make the God of Jesus Christ a living presence and a source of hope to humanity. Pope Francis reminds us that carrying Christ's word and his saving action to the most vulnerable among us must be the single passion of the priest today.

This is the taske and mission of St. Patrick's. Through course work, field education, a discipline of prayer, and pastoral encounters, our seminarians are formed to become the priests necessary in our time and place. We need your help to accomplish this mission. Your generosity will provide resources essential to educating and instructing the men who will one day serve as priests in your parish. 

On behalf of the seminarians, faculty and staff of St. Patrick's Seminary & University, I sincerely thank you for your continual support and invite you to visit our historic and beautiful campus. To arrange a tour, please contact Ms. Leelamma Sebastian, Director of Public Relations, at (650)289-3320 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

May God bless you and please pray for vocations. To make a donation to our seminary- Click here.

Discernment Retreat 2015

St. Patrick's Seminary & University will host the annual Discernment Retreat Weekend from Friday, January 16 until Sunday, January 18, 2015. Previous Discernment Retreats have been instrumental in helping seventeen current St. Patrick's seminarians discern God's call and enter into priestly formation for their local dioceses.
Those interested in registering must contact their local Diocesan Vocation Director.  
For more information, please contact the Discernment Retreat Office at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Discernment Weekend Flyer 2015
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Online sales for the 9th Annual REVS vs SEMS Basketball Challenge have now ended.  Please purchase your tickets for the game at the door.

Friday February 20, 2015: 7 PM, 
Leavey Center
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

All proceeds from the game will benefit Seminarian Formation.

Admission prices:
$10 general | $5 student | $40 family (6 tickets)

For more info, call:
(650)325-5621 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it



Albert Charles Giaquinto, S.S.


December 13, 1923 – October 27, 2014

GiaquintoAmerican writer, May Sarton, wrote “Love is the great enlarger of the person because it requires us to ‘take in’ the stranger and to understand him, to exercise restraint and tolerance as well as imagination to make the relationship work.” Such love was clearly manifest in Fr. Al Giaquinto’s life through his gift for relationships. Fr. Giaquinto had a genuine interest in others and a willingness to make relationships work. Through the profound wisdom gained from a lifetime of prayer and service, he knew how to make friends and to make loyalty last.

When speaking about his childhood and family life, Fr. Giaquinto often referred to how his Italian immigrant parents lived under the dark cloud and burdens of financial challenges. But despite such stress as the sixth of eight children born in New Haven, Connecticut on December 13, 1923, Fr. Giaquinto would still describe his early life as marked by love, unity and an intense faith rooted in parish life and family piety.
As he began to discern his vocation to the priesthood, Fr. Giaquinto entered the seminary sponsored by the Archdiocese of Hartford. He eventually was assigned to Theological College first as a Basselin Scholar and then as a theologian graduating with a M. A. in Philosophy (1944) and an S.T.L. from The Catholic University of America in 1948. Fr. Giaquinto was ordained a priest on May 27, 1948, for the Archdiocese of Hartford. He was later incardinated into the newly formed Diocese of Norwich in 1953.
After ordination Fr. Giaquinto was given the opportunity to serve as the Newman Chaplain at the University of Connecticut, an initial pastoral immersion that gave birth to many of his priorities as a priest and as a future Sulpician. Later in life he often celebrated the many blessings he experienced from his large extended family, the educational opportunities offered at The Catholic University of America and Theological College, and the insights gained from the students he served at the University of Connecticut—insights that became the catalyst for his discernment of a call to serve the Church and the priesthood as a Sulpician.


Spring/Summer 2014 Patrician Published


St. Patrick’s Seminary & University is proud to announce the publication of our Spring/Summer 2014 issue of The Patrician. This issue features messages from our academic and community leaders, inspiring spiritual commentaries, highlights from Spring/Summer events, and important information about our community.

To access digital copies of all our Patrician issues, click here. If you would like to receive a hard copy, please send an email to: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  or call: (650) 289-3320.


It is a great honor for me to serve as the 16th President/Rector of St. Patrick's Seminary & University. The mission of this venerable institution has remained constant over the course of its history; namely, to form priests according to the heart of Jesus Christ and worthy of God's holy Church. This mighty work requires the active collaboration of all committed Catholic Christians, including our wonderful faculty and staff and all those in the wider community who care about the future of the priesthood.

Please take some time to explore this website and see all that is involved in the formation of priests for today. Please keep St. Patrick's in your prayers and be assured of our prayers for you.

On March 1, 2014, Saint Patrick's Seminary & University was honored to host Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver, British Columbia. An expert on the Papacy and on Catholic education, he now oversees a large and diverse archdiocese in Western Canada. Archbishop Miller gave two talks on Saturday morning, one on Pope Francis and the reform of the Church, and another on the New Evangelization. In the afternoon he led a discussion with faculty and seminarians on Pope Francis’s Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudum (“The Joy of the Gospel”).


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Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, announced on Wednesday, Feb. 19, the appointment of Rev. Gladstone H. Stevens, PSS, as the new permanent President-Rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park effective June 1, 2014.

Until recently associate professor of Theology and Vice Rector at St. Patrick’s Seminary, Fr. Stevens is best known as someone who combines theological knowledge with religious counsel and encouragement. At St. Patrick’s he is regarded as an articulate and engaging professor of dogmatic theology. In California and beyond, he regularly gives retreats, days of recollection, and talks especially to priests but also to laypeople seeking to deepen their faith.


On Friday February 7, 2014, Huong Van Le successfully defended his Master's thesis, "Blessed John Paul II's Vision of Conjugal Love: Total Person-Love-Gift." We are especially proud of Huong, who is just finishing his third year of theology, and whose native language is Vietnamese. Huong dedicated his work to his parents, Anthony Hoi Le and Maria Dang Nguyen. Congratulations to Huong on a job well done!


3Dr. John Cavadini, professor of theology and Director of the Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame, came to SPSU as one of our special programs speakers. He gave a lecture regarding teachings of the church and important issues related to marriage. He led our seminarians in an in depth discussion on two of his published articles. 

Dr. Cavadini is a member of the Department of Theology, having served as Chair of the Department from 1997-2010 and led the Department to a top-10 ranking in the recently released NRC rankings of doctoral programs. He is also the McGrath-Cavadini Director of the Institute for Church Life.  His main areas of research and teaching are in patristics, that is, the theology of the early church, with a special focus on the theology of St. Augustine, and on the biblical spirituality of the Fathers of the Church.  He has published extensively in these areas, as well as in the theology of miracles, the life and work of Gregory the Great, catechetical theology, the theology of marriage, etc.  As Director of the Institute for Church Life, he inaugurated the Echo program in catechetical leadership, the ND Vision program for high school students the seminar "What We Hold in Trust" for trustees and presidents of Catholic colleges and universities, the Sustaining Pastoral Excellence program and the Initiative in Spirituality and the Professions, among others.  In November, 2009, he was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to a five-year term on the International Theological Commission and was also created a member of the Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great, classis civilis, by Pope Benedict.  He has served as a consultant to the USCCB Committee on Doctrine since 2006 (cited from: University of Notre Dame, Department of Theology).