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Inspiration and clarity

August 17, 2017
Stuart MacKenzie
San Bruno

Thank you for the inspiring coverage of the life and funeral of Archbishop John Raphael Quinn in the July 13 edition. He led the Catholic Church through some troublesome times with Christian charity, care and dignity. The picture from 1987 meeting of Archbishop Quinn and St. Pope John Paul II with the Golden Gate Bridge and the fog in the background is classic San Francisco.

Thank you for the interview with Jesuit Father George Schultze, president and rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University. It clarifies many of the concerns I expressed earlier about the future of the seminary. He foresees an active seminary proclaiming charity and truth. There is new faculty to replace the Sulpicians who departed. Father Schultze mentions three big concerns: 1) The student body of seminarians is about 60, compared with more than 100 reached briefly a few years ago; 2) the WASC review said that about 80 seminarians are needed to provide sufficient financial support to maintain the viability of the seminary, without using money from the endowment; 3) he said that the seminary is recruiting students from distant dioceses to bring the student body population up to sustainable numbers. (These will replace seminarians from the local diocese that chose to depart, San Jose).

Father Schultze also pointed out a further problem: the need for priestly vocations, a nationwide issue.

We pray for the success of his efforts and of the seminary.

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