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Jesuit installed as president-rector at St. Patrick’s Seminary

07 8.31.17_rector installation.bishopswithLevada.ManuelRodriguezphotocredit PAGEPictured at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University at the Aug. 21 installation of Jesuit Father George Schultze as president-rector are, from left: retired Santa Rosa Bishop Daniel Walsh; Sacramento Auxiliary Bishop Myron Cotta; Cardinal William J. Levada, retired San Francisco archbishop; Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone; Father Schultze; San Francisco Auxiliary Bishop William J. Justice; Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, SJ. (Photo courtesy Manuel Rodriguez)

August 31, 2017
Valerie Schmalz

The first non-Sulpician – and the first Jesuit – to lead St. Patrick’s Seminary & University invoked the Holy Spirit after he was installed at a votive Mass of the Holy Spirit to start the new school year, celebrated by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone

Jesuit Father George E. Schultze was appointed in February and assumed the duties of president-rector July 1 at the Menlo Park institution.

“What happens here is great,” said Archbishop Cordileone in his homily at the Aug. 21 Mass in the seminary chapel. The archbishop has made formation of priests one of the hallmarks of his episcopacy, and is known for his close attention to each seminarian during the seven-year process.

“Seminaries must be signs of encouragement and support to them and must form men who will be such for the people they will, please God, one day serve as priest. That is why the life of the seminary is so central to the life of the whole church,” Archbishop Cordileone said.

The archbishop said “seminaries must be a beacon of faith, a source of light for all in society but especially for those who accept and strive after a deep life of faith.”

During the rite of installation, Archbishop Cordileone said, “Remember Father George, always be a loving father, a gentle shepherd and wise teacher, so that you may lead them to Christ, who will strengthen all you do.” Father Schultze then made a profession of faith and took the oath of fidelity, required by canon law, to perform the duties of his office in communion with the Catholic Church,

Father Schultze spoke of the importance of the Holy Spirit in the work of forming priests and in life.

“We need the gifts of the Holy Spirit to live out God’s will in the world: wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord,” Father Schultze said in brief remarks at a celebratory dinner open to all who attended Mass. “We called God for this help as we start this historic academic year. Our community needs these gifts because they produce fruit in our words and deeds.”

“I must say that joy is the fruit of the Holy Spirit that I have most experienced over these last few months,” Father Schultze said. “I am full of the joy of the Lord because God has brought me here to help form good men to become holy priests.”

The seminary, which had been struggling with low enrollment, has the largest entering class since 2013 – 20 men, with a 21st to arrive in January from the Oakland diocese, Father Schultze said. New seminarians are from the Archdiocese of Agaña in Guam, and the dioceses of Honolulu, Oakland, Sacramento, Santa Rosa, Spokane and Suwon in South Korea, as well as the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The appointment of a non-Sulpician marked a major turning point for the seminary as the Sulpicians, who held a teaching and administrative role at the seminary since its founding in 1898, departed at the end of June.

At the beginning of Mass, Archbishop Cordileone said he was “deeply grateful” to the provincials of the Jesuit Western Province for allowing Father Schultze to lead the seminary. Father Schultze, who grew up in the Bay Area and speaks English and Spanish, has served as a spiritual director and adjunct faculty at the seminary since 2005 and prior to that was assistant professor of social ethics at University of San Francisco, 1998-2004.

He has a doctorate in social ethics from the Department of Religion at University of Southern California, a masters of divinity in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology at Berkeley. He earned a master’s in business administration at University of California Berkeley, and a bachelor’s of science in industrial and labor relations at Cornell University.

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