St. Patricks

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) 


“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.Then they returned from the tomb and announced all these things to the eleven and to all the others." (Luke 24:5-9)

St. Patricks-April 11 2012

JesuswashesthedisciplesfeetBlessings to all the community and supporters of St. Patrick's Seminary & University. In these holy days of the sacred triduum may all the faithful sit with due reverence at the Table of the Lord and with sincerity at the feet of our neighbor. As the Church proclaims in the first reading at the Mass of the Lord's supper on Holy Thursday night, as the Israelites ate the Passover as if in flight (Exodus 12), and as the Lord ate His Passover signifying His saving death and rising, may the members of the Church learn from Him to proclaim this message with lives poured out in loving service, in living memory of the One who is coming again (1 Corinthians 11:23ff) and who alone can give life.

On Tuesday, March 20, 2012 St. Patrick's Seminary & University celebrated the admission of candidates for holy orders. Bishop Robert Vasa of Santa Rosa presided and preached highlighting the need for the seminarian to focus on the imporatant things related to being a good disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and from there, the priest can hope all things. Pictured above are two of the candidates, Samuel Moses Brown and Pawel Jamroz, both of the Diocese of Santa Rosa. The candidates for holy orders publicly state that they will do all they possibly can to assure their way to priesthood, and likewise the Church. Most of the candidates will be ordained to the transitional deaconate and then to priesthood, God willing, within the next two to three years. Congratulations candidates!

Admission to Candidacy 

On Thursday, February 23, 2012 the St. Patrick's Seminary & University Community celebrated the institution of new lectors. Bishop Tod Brown (Diocese of Orange) presided over the installation ceremony. Bishop Brown emphasized the importance of the priest cherishing the Word of God in in his life and this in order to pray, teach and preach well. Congratulations to the new readers!

Lector 2012

On Friday, February 3rd St. Patrick's seminarians played tough basketball against the priests of the Diocese of San Jose at the Leavey Center of Santa Clara University. It was a great game, no one got hurt and coach Father George Schultz, S.J. moved St. Patrick's to its second consecutive annual win! Congratulations Sems!


Father Anthony Rapozo-December 30 2011

Congratulations to December St. Patrick's Seminary graduate and now Father Anthony Rapozo. On Friday, December 30, 2011 at 6 O'Clock in the evening at St. Theresa Co-Cathedral in Honolulu, Bishop Larry Silva, alumnus of St. Joseph's College Seminary and St. Patrick's Major Seminary presided as Bishop of Honolulu stating in his homily, on the feast of the Holy Family, that ordination is a gift of grace and of love, 


Andre Dung_LacThanks go out to all the Vietnamese members of the St. Patrick's Community for their wonderful work of the feast of the Vietnamese Martyrs (November 17, 2011). The video presented at the dinner (link below), narrated by Seminarian Brandon Dang and produced by Seminarian Peter Nguyen, portrays the history of the stuggle of the missionaries who first brought Christianity to Vietnam. History of the Vietnamese Martyrs





Dr. Jeffrey M. Burns, adjunct professor at SPSU, permanent deacon in the Diocese of Oakland, as well as archivist and director of the Chancery Archives of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, recently was the     recipient of the Benemerenti Award. Through the efforts of Archbishop George Niederhauer, the honor was granted to Dr. Burns by Pope Benedict XVI for his exemplary service to the Archives of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Dr. Burns is an eminent scholar of the history of Catholicism in California and the United States. SPSU is blessed to have the Archives housed at the seminary and, therefore, the community regularly enjoys Dr. Burns' cordial presence, as well as his experience and effectiveness with the seminarians in the classroom. St. Patrick's wishes a hearty congratulations to Dr. Burns for this prestigious papal acknowledgement.

San_Jose_Ordination_June_2011The ordinations of recent alumni - the Class of 2011 - have begun. For example, on May 14th Father Rafal Duda, Father Alex Quiros Castillo, Father Edilberto Castanas and Father Gerald Pedrera were ordianed priests for service in the Diocese of Oakland. On June 4th seven of our alumni were ordained for service in the Church as priests. Father Steve Kim (former student body president pictured here), Father Andrew C. Nguyen and Father Angelo David were ordained priests for the Diocese of San Jose. Father Jeff Wilson was ordained for the Diocese of Stockton and Father Jose de Jesus Beltran was ordained for the Diocese of Sacramento. Fathers Tammylee Ngo, OFM and Father James Phan, OFM were ordained for service in the Franciscians. On June 10th three alumni (Martin Bui, Duy Le and Nicolas Nguyen) will be ordained for service in the Diocese of Orange. Congratulations to our new priests and their parishes in which they will be serving.

Vietnamese_Fundraiser-2011-2On May 7, 2011 over 230 guests filled St. Patrick's Seminary & University for the 2ND Annual Vietnamese Fundraising Dinner.  The night started with a magnificent concert in the Main Chapel, with Father Paul Maillet, S.S. performing works of Schumann, Brahms, Chopin and others at the piano followed by the Seminary Schola Cantorum who performed two pieces composed by Sir John Rutter (Lord Make Me an Instrument of Your Peace, and Lux Aeterna from the Requiem Mass in honor of Vietnamese supporter Peter Van Dinh Le). Pictured here is Seminarian and artist Peter Nguyen who donated several of his paintings including this one titled Madona and Child. 

After guests enjoyed the magical recital in the Chapel they were lead to the main dining hall where an 8 course meal, music, and an auction awaited them.  It was a truly wonderful evening that raised substantial and much needed funds to assist in the formation of priests. "Seminarians Today, Priests Tomorrow"