Newest seminarians for San Bernardino diocese

Three men bring total number of seminarians to 34, say they are looking for holiness, reform amid abuse scandals

Joaquin Oliveros, Larry Curtis and Demitri Chuzel arrived at St. Junipero Serra House of Formation in August as the newest seminarians in the Diocese of San Bernardino. The three men bring the total number of Diocesan seminarians to 34. They already share a common brotherhood as seminarians. They’re also bound by their decision to pursue the call to the priesthood in spite of … [Read more...]

35 new priests ordained in California this year

Among them are surfers, financial managers, space researchers, teachers and musicians

A diverse mix of 35 new apostles of Christ were ordained to the priesthood in California this year, entering ministry to the state’s Catholics. The newly-ordained priests include men who heard Christ’s call early in their adult lives, but also men who travelled other paths into middle age before hearing the call. Among them are men who had been surfers, financial managers, … [Read more...]

Increase in vocations presents challenge for San Jose diocese

The good news is that vocations are up, the bad news is that diocese is having difficulty paying their tuition, room and board at the seminary

After years of declining numbers of priestly vocations, a growing group of men are answering the call of Jesus to serve as priests in the Diocese of San Jose. Last year, the Diocese was blessed with seven seminarians; this year it is twelve. The blessing of these many vocations presents one particular challenge: the cost of one year of priestly formation averages $50,000 for … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]