St. Patricks

IMG 7962St Patrick's alumnus Fr. Justin Le of  St Elizabeth parish in Milpitas returned to the Seminary on Friday Feb 1st  to celebrate Mass (pictured above) and usher in the Lunar New Year.  



Thanks to the generosity of the SF Archdiocese led by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone,  the second collection at all Masses celebrated  on Sunday January 27th will be designated for St Patrick's. Seminarians from the SF Diocese will be speaking at parishes in SF, San Mateo and Marin Counties (pictured left to right: Alvin Yu, Rev. Mr. Tom Martin, Andrew Ginter, Michael Liliedahl, Justin Liu, Mark Doherty). We hope that you will support us on that day and always.

Here's why:

2nd-2 1 of 1WebFor over a century, St Patrick's Seminary and University in Menlo Park, California has been preparing men for the Roman Catholic priesthood. At a time when well prepared priests are needed more than ever, we are blessed with a record enrollment of 112 men--with more planning to join us in 2013.

With great blessings and opportunities, however, come great challenges. We need your support so that we can continue provide outstanding academic programs and increase seminarian housing.

We invite you and your group to see our faith and mission in action by visiting our historic campus, chapel, library and grounds.

To arrange a tour, please contact Lauren John at  650 325-5621

Have You Considered God's Calling In Your Life?

Young men over the age of 21 are invited to participate in a weekend retreat at St Patrick's Seminary and University on the weekend of January 18th through Jan 20th 2013. The retreat, led by the Auxiliary Bishop of San Jose, Thomas A. Daly, is designed to help participants to discern the Lord's call to the priesthood. Participants will have the opportunity to meet and speak with St. Patrick's seminarians who can describe their calling and share their experience and vocational stories.
There is no cost to participants for the retreat. All fees are covered for room, meals, and programs from Friday dinner through lunch on Sunday. However, participants must  be sponsored by their parish priest and the Vocations Director of their diocese. (click here for a listing of vocation directors: Diocesan Contacts)
Applications (Retreat Registration Form) are still being accepted - but those interested in taking part in the retreat are encouraged to apply soon. The program begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, January 18th and ends with a Mass celebrated by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at 10 a.m., January 20th.
For more information, please contact Lauren John at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or call 650 289-3348

Year of Faith Banner Medium

Today in the Universal Church the Year of Faith begins. The photo here, of the banner designed by Mrs. Amy Yamamura and Katie Bailey, ornament the campus with an appropriate spirit of joy. The Year of Faith (October 11, 2012 - the Solemnity of Christ the King 2013) opens today on this fiftieth anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. Our Holy Father Benedict XVI today in Rome mentioned on this momenteous occasion that the Church must be forward thinking in communicating the fatih clearly with a new evangelization that is coherent for our particular times


bishop vann pictureOn Friday, September 21, 2012, Feast of St. Matthew, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI appointed Fort Worth Bishop Kevin William Vann, J.C.D., bishop of the Diocese of Orange. Congratulations to all of our Orange seminarians! A Priest of the Springfield Ill diocese and doctor of canon law educated at the Angelicum in Rome, Bishop Vann comes to us with much experience as an able, articulate, compassionate and committed Bishop. Click for more information on life and experience of Bishop Vann and join us in welcoming him to California. 

The Very Reverend Father Robert Barron is the new Rector and President of Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Father Barron is by now known to most as one on the forefront of the new evangelization. Below is his recent presentation on the new evangelization and the culture given recently in Toronto. Apologetics and the upcoming Year of Faith is a particular concern for priests, religious, seminarians and all of the baptized in today's world wherein there is much spiritual hunger. Below is the Toronto lecture and other links on pertinent, even urgent, topics of grave importance for a formational and faith-filled community today. Father Barron has been referrred to as the new Fulton J. Sheen and for good reason!

Be sure to check out these and other interesting presentations by Fr. Barron as well.

Fr. McKearney




Archbishop Elect CordileoneThe Holy Father, Benedict XVI has appointed this day in Rome the new Archbishop-Elect of San Francisco Archbishop Elect Salvatore J.  Cordileone, J.C.D. current Bishop of Oakland as the successor to Archbishop George Niederauer. According to the Catholic San Francisco newspaper (CSF), Archbishop George Niederauer announced that the the installation Mass for the new Archbishop will take place on the feast of St. Francis of Assisi (October 4, 2012) on the patronal feast day of the Archdiocese at the Cathedral of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. 

The Community of St. Patrick's Seminary & University congratulates Archbishop-Elect Cordileone and pledges prayer and cooperation in the common work for the good of the people of God in the Church of San Francisco and the many dioceses and archdioceses the seminary serves.
Below is the official announcement from the Holy See in Italian:

Il Santo Padre Benedetto XVI


St. Patricks Graduates 2012










On Friday, May 9, 2012 the graduating classes received their degrees in the context of solemn vespers in the Seminary chapel. President/Rector, Father James L. McKearney, S.S. presided over the ceremonies and challenged the graduates to put what they have learned to good use in serving the people of God.


Ernesto Madrigal at Prayer 1-jpgThe Vatican congregation for the clergy released in March 2012 a document for priests concerning their holiness in a time of increasing atheism. The message is positive in that priests have the potential to move the people of God back to hope in the power of God through their sacrifice and example. The document includes an examination of conscience useful for priests in a time of recovery of the priestly identiy and the unique holiness to which the priest is called. As the seminary year comes to a close  and in light of Fr. Jose Rubio's final liturgical catechesis drawn from Acts 2:42 ("They [the disciples] devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.") the Vatican document attached here (Congregation for the Clergy Letter to Priests March 2012) can be a rich source for reflection in the summer days ahead. May the Risen Lord send the Holy Spirit that we all may be holy as He is holy.

Fr. Fred Cwiekowski S.S.

The Community of St. Patrick'[s Seminary & University gives thanks to God for the 50 years of priestly service to both the Sulpicians and the preparation of priests. Fr. Cwiekowski has served nearly half of his priestly years at St. Patrick's and is well known throughout the Bay Area and beyond. His book The Beginnings of the Church, Paulist Press, 1988) with forward of his teacher Fr. Raymond Brown, S.S. continues to be an important ecclesiogy primer and study of the life of the early Church. Ordained May 31, 1962 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Hartford, CT. Fr. Fred began his ministry as a Sulpician Father teaching in Seattle, Baltimore and Menlo Park. Congratulations Fr. Fred and ad multos annos!

Fr. Cwiekowski, S.S. Golden Jubilee and History

(click on the link about to view a video of the history of Fr. Cwiekowski's priestly service)