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.