In a letter to priests of the Diocese of San Jose dated Feb. 10, Bishop Patrick McGrath wrote he had “decided to transfer current seminarians and send our future seminarians to the University of Saint Mary of the Lake Mundelein Seminary of the Archdiocese of Chicago.” San Jose has 11 seminarians currently enrolled at St. Patrick’s
The announcement was summarized on the National Catholic Reporter (Feb. 14, 2017) web site.
The report notes that the change will take place at the end of the current academic year marked by graduation on May 17. San Jose seminarians had been enrolled at St. Patricks’ Seminary & University in Menlo Park, Calif. for many years. According to the St. Patrick’s web site eight California dioceses plus the San Francisco archdiocese sponsor students at St. Patrick’s, as do the dioceses of Honolulu and Reno.
The departure likely stems from the fact that in October the Priests of the Society of St. Sulpice (Sulpicians) decided to withdraw its members from staffing and administrative leadership of the school. The Sulpicians had taught at the seminary for 118 years.
For the entire NCR summary, click here.