St. Patricks

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.

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Our beautiful statue of Sedes Sapientiae has arrived just in time for her blessing at the 2013 Four Pillars Gala this Saturday, September 14th.

We hope that you will be a part of this marvelous event! If you haven't already, you can purchase your 2013 Four Pillars Gala tickets through our website at:

Blessings on Our New Academic Year!

The Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, celebrated Mass this evening with us here at St. Patrick's Seminary. He gave a wonderful homily on how the importance of our individual relationship with Jesus Christ will shape us into the priests of tomorrow. 

On behalf of the entire seminary community, thank you, Archbishop! 

Also, tomorrow marks the beginning of our new academic year. Our 94 seminarians will begin classes and prepare for their individual field education assignments. Please keep them in your prayers.

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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.

If you would like an ordination schedule or would like to learn how you can make a donation in their honor to support future graduating classes, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .913719 567885613234823 1206418810 o

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.


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, PSS 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.