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As white smoke rose over the Vatican,  members of the St Patrick's Community began to cheer, applaud, send text messages, and ring bells across the campus.

We then assembled in the dining hall to watch the televised proceedings and learn for the first time that the Cardinals had electe Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina to become Pope Francis I.

Fr. McKearney led us in prayer just before our lunch break--where we shared thoughts and impressions of this historic moment.

Pictured here are seminarians Brandon Dang (Orange), and Guadalupe Vargas (Fresno) and Raj Derivera (Sacramento) as they first learned the news.