St. Patricks

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.

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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, S.S., 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).


 St. Patrick's Seminary & University, Menlo Park, California will be hosting a Discernment Retreat, January 17 - 19, 2014. This opportunity enables men to reflect on God's calling to the Priesthood. Please see this flyer for more details.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be interested, please contact our Discernment Retreat Office at (650) 325-9122 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . For information on registration, contact your local Diocesan Vocations Director.

Patrician Fall 2013 thumbnailSt. Patrick’s Seminary & University is proud to announce the publication of our Fall 2013 issue of The Patrician. This issue features messages from our academic and community leaders, inspiring spiritual commentaries, highlights from Fall events, and important information about our community.

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Bishop Thomas Daly to lead seminary in interim post

Catholic San Francisco
September 18th, 2013
By Valerie Schmalz
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San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone appointed San Jose Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Daly as interim rector and president at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University, the archdiocese announced Sept. 16.

Bishop Daly is expected to hold the position for up to a year while the Society of St. Sulpice, the traditional administrators of the seminary, work with the seminary board of trustees to search for a permanent president and rector, officials said.

At the same time, Jesuit Father John Piderit, former Loyola University-Chicago president and president of the Catholic Education Institute, was appointed vice president for administration. Father Piderit is a major voice for restoring Catholic identity in Catholic education as president of the Catholic Education Institute. He continues as vicar for finance at the Menlo Park seminary, a position he has held since late 2012.

Sulpician Father Gladstone Stevens will continue as vice rector and dean of men. Basilian Father Anthony Giampietro, appointed in the past few months, is executive vice president for advancement and academic dean.

Bishop Daly “believes that St. Patrick’s can be one of the outstanding seminaries in the United States,” said seminary provost Melanie Morey. As president of Marin Catholic High School from 2003-2011 and Archdiocese of San Francisco vocations director from 2002-2011, Bishop Daly “has a leadership record of growing an institution,” Morey said. “He has a deep and abiding love of vocation education and a great vision for the seminary moving forward,” Morey said.

Bishop Daly, 53, “has been active in generating priestly vocations for many years,” the archdiocese noted in its announcement. Fifteen of the 93 seminarians studying at St. Patrick’s are from the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Bishop Daly is a graduate of St. Patrick’s and serves on its board of trustees. Bishop Daly, appointed to the San Jose diocese by Pope Benedict XVI in 2011, will continue to serve as vicar for clergy and in the area of Catholic education, the Diocese of San Jose announced.

Bishop Daly’s passion for finding priestly vocations came through whenever he spoke about the topic during his time as vocations director in the San Francisco archdiocese. “Pray for vocations. You can’t build a vocation culture unless you have a culture of prayer,” then-Father Daly said in a 2011 interview with Catholic San Francisco. “Second, have seminarians assist you who have a passion for vocations. Third, don’t get in a numbers game (to inflate the rolls) because one crazy, weird seminary candidate will chase away five normal guys.”

Outgoing rector and president Sulpician Father James McKearney will continue to serve in ministry as a member of the Society of St. Sulpice, the archdiocese said in its announcement.

Born April 30, 1960, in San Francisco, Bishop Daly graduated from Sacred Heart High School, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Francisco in 1982; a Master of Divinity degree from St. Patrick’s in 1987; and a Master of Education degree from Boston College in 1996. He was ordained a priest for the San Francisco archdiocese in 1987.