St. Patrick’s Seminary installs Reverend George E. Schultze as 17th president-rector

Seminary begins school year with 20 new seminarians, the largest class since 2013

On Monday, August 21, 2017, St. Patrick’s Seminary & University celebrated the installation of Reverend George E. Schultze, SJ, as the institution’s 17th President-Rector. The Mass was celebrated by The Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, who also delivered the homily and performed the Rite of Installation before a gathering of an estimated … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez welcomes 21 new seminarians

Archbishop gave the seminarians his blessing following a special Mass in their honor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

On Aug. 2, Archbishop José H. Gomez welcomed 21 new seminarians to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles as they begin their journey toward the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary and Queen of Angels Center for Priestly Formation. Archbishop Gomez gave the seminarians his blessing following a special Mass in their honor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los … [Read more...]

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Vatican confirms ban on homosexual candidates for priesthood

Congregation for the Clergy says the Church “cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the so-called ‘gay culture’“

The following comes from a December 7 Catholic Culture article: The Vatican has confirmed that homosexual men should not be ordained to the priesthood. In a new instruction for the training of seminarians, entitled The Gift of the Priestly Vocation, the Congregation for the Clergy says that the Church “cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practice … [Read more...]

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Dozen new seminarians is biggest class in years

San Bernardino Bishop Gerald Barnes has accepted 12 men into St. Junipero Serra House of Formation

The following comes from a September Inland Catholic Byte article by Malie Hudson: Bishop Gerald Barnes has accepted 12 men into St. Junipero Serra House of Formation, bringing the grand total of Diocesan seminarians up to 43. The 12 new seminarians and their parish or community are: Vicente Tomas Segura Arredondo – Mexico (parents are from Sacred Heart Parish, … [Read more...]

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Positive momentum

Why vocations are booming in Los Angeles archdiocese

The following comes from an August Angelus article by Father Steve Davoren and Father Sam Ward: We both love sports. There is a curious thing in sports called momentum. It’s a mysterious phenomenon that’s hard to define, but you know it when you see it. Why is it that a team can go from being hopelessly inept at one point in a game to all of a sudden the players can do no … [Read more...]

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93 seminarians preparing to be priests in Los Angeles

"We are blessed with many new vocations" says Archbishop Gomez

The following comes from a post by Archbishop Gomez, published on August 17 by the Angelus: This week marks the start of the academic year for the many men who are preparing to be priests at our St. John’s Seminary and Juan Diego House. It is a good moment for us to give thanks to God. In recent years, he has blessed his children here in the archdiocese with many fine new … [Read more...]

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These seminarians are being ordained – in a refugee camp

Event will be a 'sign of hope' for the Christians who are left in Iraq

The following comes from a March 18 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: After their seminary in Qaraqosh was dissolved following a brutal ISIS attack in 2014, four Iraqi seminarians chose not to give up after being forced to flee, but to continue their path to the priesthood. Now, a year and a half after the attack that uprooted them from their homes, the four … [Read more...]

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The forgotten vice in seminary formation

A touchy subject that must be dealt with

The following comes from a July 27 Homiletic and Pastoral Review Magazine article by Father James Mason: This is an article that I wrote during my years of seminary formation, but I was advised to wait to have it published until after my priestly ordination. Sioux Falls is a rural farming diocese that is having great success in vocations with both numbers and quality.  In … [Read more...]

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Typical new US religious:

  The following comes from a Jan. 24 story on Catholic World News. The typical religious who professed perpetual vows in 2013 is a 37-year-old cradle Catholic who has three or more siblings and who regularly prayed the Rosary and took part in Eucharistic adoration before entering religious life, according to a survey released by the United States Conference of … [Read more...]

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Catholics see rise in number of seminarians

The following comes from a Sept. 24 story on Religion News Service. After decades of glum trends — fewer priests, fewer parishes — the Catholic Church in the United States has a new statistic to cheer: More men are now enrolled in graduate level seminaries, the main pipeline to the priesthood, than in nearly two decades. This year’s tally of 3,694 graduate theology … [Read more...]

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