St. Patricks

Here are the men of the  graduating Class of 2013. 

We celebrated their success and dedication to serving the Lord, at a ceremony last Friday night.

Now, ordination ceremonies have begun for these soon to be priests who will serve in California, the Western United States and Guam.

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This photo, taken at last night's spectacular Mass and banquet/fundraiser sponsored by our generous Vietnamese community, shows that it was truly a family affair.

The Mass was celebrated by San Jose Auxiliary Bishop Tom Daly. The overall event was inspired by Fr. (Cha) Vincent Doan Bui, our Dean of Student Affairs and a spiritual leader to the Vietnamese Catholic community and indeed to us all.

Behind the scenes was our benefactress Trina Phan Vu--who coordinated many details including the sumptuous meal and magnificent flowers.

We don't have a total yet for the amount of money raised, but we received four generous gifts dedicated to the purchase of four digital blackboards--a.k.a. smartboards.

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Father Mark Catalana (July 15 1963-May 2, 2013), a graduate of SPSU and the vocations director for DSJ for many of our SJ seminarians died in the morning, May 2, 2013, of an apparent heart attack, following his recent surgery for injuries sustained in an accident.

Mark Michael Catalana was born in San Jose on July 15, 1963, one of six children of Frank (deceased) and Wanda Catalana.

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Bishop-Elect Michael BarberThe St. Patrick's Seminary & University Community congratulates Bishop-Elect  Micael C. Barber who is to be ordained at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland on May 25, 2013. Before heading to Boston and serving as spiritual director to the house of seminarians at St. John's Seminary, the then Father Barber served as a teacher of systermatic theology and directed the spiritual life programs of St. Patrick's Seminary & University. While serving Catholics in various priestly capacities the Bay Area, Bishop-Elect Barber also served as a chaplain within the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, which provides Catholic pastoral ministries and religious services to members of the U.S. armed forces and their families in 29 countires--with responsiblity for the pastoral care of over 1.8 million Catholics..

Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio who now oversees the Archdiocese for Military Services  has continued to send military men considering a vocation to the priesthood to St. Patrick's Seminary for a discernment retreat each year.

The Vatican Radio press release announcing the Oakland Bishop-Elect's appointment by Pope Francis I can be found  here.

Father John (Jack) Olivier, S.S. beloved professor of St. Joseph's College, Mt. View, California from 1947-1965 and this seminary from 1965-1969, died peacefully at the Sulpician retirement center in Catonsville, Maryland slightly before midnight on April 12, 2013. He was a beloved liturgist, musican, chant director and companion on the spiritual journey to so many both inside and outside the halls of the Seminary. He will be missed both here in the West as well as among the Sulpicians and so many friends in the East. 

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at St. Patrick's on May 1, 2013 at 5PM in the main chapel. The public is invited. Due to space limitations, guests are asked to RSVP at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may he rest in peace.

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facebookiconThis week, St Patrick's Seminary & University revamped our Facebook page and began posting more regularly. We already have over 100 "likes" and have been checked out by over 1,000 people. We even have St Patrick's parents posting in response to our posting of our annual group St Patrick's Day photo. (The Moms think that their sons look great!) Our site is managed by the Advancement Department under the direction of President/Rector McKearney to ensure that appropriate and accurate messages are posted. We welcome you to explore our page, leave a message, and learn more about the Seminary.
 
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Our address is 320 Middlefield Road--a well traveled Silicon Valley byway.

But in order to enter our beautiful and historic 40 acre campus, visitors must travel down a tree lined driveway.

Many of the trees were planted over a century ago--and the path to St Patrick's offers an opportunity to celebrate the changing seasons.

The driveway photo above was taken by seminarian Justin Liu (Diocese of San Francisco) on the first day of Spring.

 

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 At daybreak on the first day of the week 
the women who had come from Galilee with Jesus 
took the spices they had prepared
and went to the tomb.
They found the stone rolled away from the tomb;
but when they entered,
they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
While they were puzzling over this, behold,
two men in dazzling garments appeared to them.
They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. 
They said to them,


“Why do you seek the living one among the dead?
He is not here, but he has been raised.
Remember what he said to you while he was still in Galilee, 
that the Son of Man must be handed over to sinners
and be crucified, and rise on the third day.”
And they remembered his words. (Luke 24: 1-8)

 

In the spirit of Holy Thursday, let us remember His example captured in the Ubi Caritas and truly honor His Resurrection today.

Where charity and love are, God is there.
Christ's love has gathered us into one.
Let us rejoice and be pleased in Him.
Let us fear, and let us love the living God.
And may we love each other with a sincere heart.
Where charity and love are, God is there.
As we are gathered into one body,
Beware, lest we be divided in mind.
Let evil impulses stop, let controversy cease,
And may Christ our God be in our midst.
Where charity and love are, God is there.
And may we with the saints also,
See Thy face in glory, O Christ our God:
The joy that is immense and good,
Unto the ages through infinite ages. Amen.

 

 

 

TriduumThe three high holy days of the Church year begin today. As the Church solemnly celebrates the passage of the Christ through death to life in sacrifice for the sin of the world, the members of the St. Patrick's Seminary community scatter to the various parishes and institutions of the dioceses to accompany the faithful. May God's blessings come upon all of our community and its supporters that we may serve God faithfully now and enjoy his presence forever. Here is a wonderful performance of Handel's "Surely He hath borne our griefs"  

 

Sixth graders from St. Christopher School in San Jose, toured the seminary today, starting with morning brunch served by the Oblate Sisters, and ending with a soccer game on the playing fields. There was also time for reflection in midday prayer and benediction and a question and answer session about seminary life. All received Holy Cards.  Pictured here are the students taking in the Chapel artwork.

We thank San Jose Vocations Director, Rev. John Poncini and Parochial Vicar Rev. Anthony Nguyen for organizing the vist--and thank the many seminarians who helped to make this day so successful.

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Seminarians, faculty and community members gathered for an evening celebration in advance of St Patrick's Day on Sunday, March 17th.

On this evening, faculty members observed a longstanding tradition of assisting the Oblate Sisters in serving the meal, pouring wine, clearing plates, and cleaning tables. This is a task usually done by seminarians.

Pictured here are Fr. Vincent Doan Bui (wearing white waiter's coat over his clerics) and Rev. Mr. Tom Martin in his  Irish knit sweater worn over clerics.